The Garrison 5.0

Mini Indoor Wifi PTZ with 4x zoom

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The Garrison is an indoor only mini PTZ with both Wi-Fi and POE ethernet connections. It is extremely lightweight (for a PTZ) and can be ceiling mounted without a bracket.

Although, we would never recommend doing an entire system based on WiFi cameras, sometimes running a cable is impossible for a single camera.

It is best used in places where running cables may be extremely difficult, such as lobbies, convenience stores, churches and cathedrals, car dealerships, bank vaults, and elevators.

The Garrison 5.0 - Mini Indoor Wifi PTZ with 4x zoom The Garrison 5.0 - Mini Indoor Wifi PTZ with 4x zoom
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The Garrison is an indoor only mini PTZ with both Wi-Fi and POE ethernet connections. It is extremely lightweight (for a PTZ) and can be ceiling mounted without a bracket.

Although, we would never recommend doing an entire system based on WiFi cameras, sometimes running a cable is impossible for a single camera.

It is best used in places where running cables may be extremely difficult, such as lobbies, convenience stores, churches and cathedrals, car dealerships, bank vaults, and elevators.



5MP @ 30 FPS; 2880 x 1620

Detect: 200 ft
Recognize: 150 ft
Identify: 85 ft

Processing Power and Compression: Not All 1080P Cameras are Created Equal


indoor only

Indoor Only
This camera is for indoor use only and has no weather protection.


temperature rating

Rated 14°F to 122 °F

Humidity rated between up to 95%.


ptz lens

Motorized 4x PTZ Varifocal: 2.7 - 13.5mm
107.1° - 30.6° of coverage

Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

Learn about Digital vs Optical Zoom


night footage

Infrared night vision up to 100 FT

Color video possible until 0.003 lux

How to get the best footage at night


special features

Built in microphone and speaker

Active Deterrence Audio Warnings

Wifi - 802.11b/g/n, POE for power

Small, Compact PTZ for indoor use

True 120db WDR and low light sensor

Pan: 350° rotation

What makes the Garrison Mini Unique:

Admiral Line Camera Features:

plug and play

Plug & Play with Admiral & Imperial NVRs

This camera will plug and play with our Admiral and Imperial line of NVRs.

Please note that our camera models with model numbers in the 26xxx format record in the new, more efficient H.265 compression codex and are intended to work with our Imperial and Admiral NVRs.

line crossing event and other recording modes

Event Recording Mode through Video Content Analysis (VCA)

This camera features AI enhanced Intrusion Detection and Line Crossing. These VCA options can be set to filter by people or vehicles using the onboard AI enhanced chipset.

Entering an area

Lingering in an area

Crossing a Line

Covering, damaging, or moving the camera lens

In addition you can search your video footage for these events

*Each feature must be enabled and set up before it can be searched. Not all features can run at once.

email alerts on motion

Get Alerted when there's Motion

With this camera and an SCW Admiral or Imperial NVR, you can send Snapshot Email Alerts.

You can set up your recorder to email a series of pictures to you when motion is detected by one of your SCW cameras (or if one of our other VCA events is observed). You can choose specific dates and times for these alerts to be active and other times for these alerts to be ignored. Some Snapshot email options are based upon your current recording mode.

Motion Detection, Continuous, and Event Recording Modes

Motion Detection, Continuous, and Event Recording Modes

You can record your SCW cameras continuously, via motion, or even via VCA (video content analysis) events like intrusion detection.

You can create individual schedules for each camera, including hours for motion recording mode, hours for continuous recording mode, hours for event recording mode, or even hours when that camera is off completely.

Motion Detection, Continuous, and Event Recording Modes

Customizable Motion Detection Recording

With this camera and an SCW Admiral or Imperial NVR, you have video analytics-based motion detection.

Motion detection can also be used to send you email alerts when motion is detected or to record when recording on motion events. You can modify the sensitivity level so that more or less movement is required for the motion detection to trigger. You can create inclusion areas (places where you care if there is motion) and define the rest as exclusion areas (places where you don't care if there is motion). So, for example, you could create a motion based alert to notify you if someone was in your yard, but ignore them if they were on the sidewalk or in the street.

No Recording Delay; See What Happened before Motion was Detected

Many consumer-grade cameras use PIR sensors to trigger a camera to turn on when something gets close enough to the sensor. This is a bad design as there's a slight delay (0.5-3 seconds) that can cause the camera to not record what happened. Our cameras not only don't have a recording delay but allow you to record up to 30 seconds before the motion.

Don't miss out on important motion events: go back in time, before the event, to understand why it happened.

Cloud Firmware Update

1 Click Firmware Update

Tired of chasing down firmware from the manufacturer, downloading the firmware, uploading the firmware to the device, and then restarting the device? Don't bother!

This device checks for firmware and then downloads and installs it, itself, with one click.

3 year warranty

3-Year Warranty

This camera has an industry leading 3-year warranty. This camera can also be upgraded to a 5-year warranty.

Anti Reflective Glass

Anti-Reflective Glass

This camera has Anti-Reflective Glass.

Anti-Reflective Glass allows better light transmission vs standard glass. Standard glass cameras often come with a foam ring around the lens to prevent infrared light from bouncing back off the glass and entering the lens. This bounce-back can cause extreme differences in infrared lighting, which makes some items too bright and others too washed out if the ring is loose, ripped, or removed. Anti-Reflective Glass prevents this issue. Also, people have a tendency to accidentally destroy, damage, throw away or lose these foam rings. Anti-Reflective Glass reduces maintenance and user error.

Auto Grade LEDs

Auto Grade LEDs

This camera has Auto Grade LEDs.

Many IP cameras include low-quality infrared bulbs that fail over time. This camera has Automotive Grade LEDs, and you should expect the same sort of longevity from them as the headlights in your car.

Headlight Compensation

Headlight Compensation

This camera has Headlight Compensation.

Vehicle headlights directly into the camera lens can render many cameras useless. Headlight compensation reduces glare and overexposure due to car headlights.

At SCW, we try not to use the misleading term "License Plate Camera." The term "License plate cameras" is used rather flippantly by the security camera industry, has no real definition as a term, and can sometimes mean simply the presence of HLC; be careful with companies offering a simple solution to a very complex task of capturing license plates.

For more info, please read our knowledge base article on What they don't tell you about License Plate Cameras.

Automatic Defog

See through Fog with Automatic Defog

This camera has Automatic Defog.

Our automatic defog feature allows you to cut through fog, air pollution, and other atmospheric haze.

Adjustable Shutter Speed

Adjustable Shutter Speed for Customizable Performance in Low Light

This camera has an Adjustable Shutter Speed in a range between 1/30s to 1/100,000 of a second.

The shutter in a camera controls how long the camera takes to take a picture, but faster doesn't mean better. The faster that a camera shutter opens and closes, the more likely that you will get a clear, blur-free image. The longer that the shutter is open, the more light you let in and the better your image will be in low light. Shutters that are open for an extremely long time allow you to take color pictures at night/twilight without having to switch to infrared mode, but can result in motion blur.

There's no one-size fits all approach to shutter speed, so we give you full control (and free tech support) to set it up the best way possible.

Extended Transmission: 750 Foot POE

Extended Transmission: 750 Foot POE

This Camera has SCW EasyConnect2.0 which allows it to plug and play with SCW Cameras up to 750 feet away!

Normally, ethernet cable has a limit of ~300 feet. After that you start getting data packet collision (your video data gets all mixed up and hard to figure out the order of the data). With this SCW Admiral NVR and any of the SCW Admiral Line Cameras, you can extend that distance up to 750 feet. This feature requires both our cameras and NVR to work together.

When plugging a camera into a normal POE switch or POE injector, the normal ~300 foot limits will still apply. SCWEasyConnect 2.0 only available on SCW NVRs and some SCW POE Switches.

Note: When extended transmission is enabled, data flow from the camera must be under 10Mbps.

H.265 Recording

H.265 Recording

This device can record in H.265

H.265, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or MPEG-H Part 2, is the video compression standard which replaces H.264. HEVC was a collaboration by many parties including Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Dolby, and the Moving Picture Experts Group. In comparison to H.264, H.265 offers about double the data compression ratio at the same level of video quality, which means both substantially improved video quality at the same bitrate and lower storage requirements.

H.265 saves hard drive space and increases the quality of an image by splitting the screen into a grid and only updating the sections that changed from the previous frame. This focuses nearly all of the processing power of the camera on the areas of the screen with activity. The image quality differences of H.265 is most noticeable in situations such as attempting to watch your camera remotely if your internet upload speed is slow.

You can also record in H.264 if you need backwards compatibility.

ONVIF Conformant

ONVIF Conformant

This device is ONVIF Conformant.

ONVIF is an open industry standard encoding language for the interface of IP-based physical security products.

Power over Ethernet

POE (Power over Ethernet)

This camera can be powered via an ethernet cable.

POE allows a Cat5 cable to both carry data and power, making it so that you only have to run one cable. You will need either a POE injector, a POE switch or one of our NVRs with built-in SCWEasyConnect POE to power a camera via ethernet.

**There is an optional wall plug adapter on most of our camera models. This wall plug adapter is only used by clients who cannot run POE cables.

UL Listed

UL Listed and FCC Certified

This product is UL Listed and FCC certified

UL is a safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, and auditing of SCW products.

The Federal Communications Commission has certified that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the FCC.

American-Based Technical Support after the sale. For FREE. Forever.

Real review from Larry, who had this to say:

The most important part of a purchase like this is the support for technical assistance when there is a question or when there is a problem, and they always exceed expectations!

All of our equipment comes with Free Technical Support that is US based (Our Warehouse and Staff are located in Asheville, NC). We're happy to help you via chat, email, screen share / remote support sessions, and phones. Our number is 866-414-2553 and we're open from 9-7 M-F (EST).

scw support included

The Garrison 5.0 26ZV5M-WIFI


Pan and Tilt Controls

Pan Range
350° (stops and has to return)
Pan Speed
0.1°/s ~ 60°/s; Preset speed: 60°/s
Tilt Range
Tilt Speed
0.1° ~ 50°/s / Preset speed: 50°/s
Max Presets
Home Position
Patrol Types
Preset Patrol
Max Presets
16 patrols, up to 64 presets for each patrol
Patrol Stay Time

Image Specifications

Image Sensor
1/2.7", 5 megapixel, progressive scan, CMOS
Processor Manufacturer
VCA / Smart Features
Face detection, AI enhanced Cross Line, Intrusion detection (ability to filter vehicle and people).
Min. Illumination
Color video until 0.003 lux @F1.2
0 lux with IR on
Auto/Manual; shutter time: 1s ~ 1/100000 s
2.8-13.5mm AF
Day & Night
IR-cut filter with auto switch (ICR)
Digital Noise Reduction
Wide Dynamic Range
True 120dB WDR
Digital Defog
Max. Image Resolution
2880x1620; 5 Megapixel
Frame Rate
5MP @ 30FPS
Image Settings
Saturation, brightness, contrast, sharpness, highlight compensation, backlight compensation, region of interest, evaluative metering.

Networking Specifications

Video Compression
H.265, H.264, MJPEG
Camera Streams
Main Stream: up to 5MP (2880*1620) 30 fps

Sub Stream: up to 720p (1280x720): Max. 30 fps;
Third Stream: up to 352×288 Max. 25 fps
Bit Rate
32 Kbps ~ 16Mbps
Edge Storage
Micro SD, up to 256 GB
ONVIF(Profile S, Profile G, Profile T)

Inputs / Outputs

Ethernet Interface
1 RJ45 10M/100M Base-TX Ethernet
Built in Microphone and Speaker. Speaker volume ~78dB within 6 feet.
Audio Compression and Features
Two way Audio Supported; G.711 Audio Compression

General Specifications

Operating Conditions
14°F ~ 122°F, Humidity ≤ 95% RH(non-condensing)
Weather Protection
None - Indoor Only
Power Supply
DC 12V±25%, PoE+ (IEEE802.3at)
Power Consumption
Up to 15W
Surge Protection
Plastic / Metal
Φ5.1’’ x 5.7’’
IR Range
Up to 100ft.
1.67 Lbs

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