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Set or get pitch angle of camera for satellite scenario viewer



campitch(viewer,pitch) sets the pitch angle of the camera for the specified satellite scenario viewer. Setting the pitch angle tilts the camera up or down as shown in this figure..

Camera with double-headed arrow, pointing up and down in front of lens

outPitch = campitch(viewer,___) returns the pitch angle of the camera. If the second input is pitch, then the function sets the output equal to the input pitch.


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Create a satellite scenario object.

sc = satelliteScenario;

Launch the Satellite Scenario Viewer.

v = satelliteScenarioViewer(sc);

Set the pitch angle of the camera in the Satellite Scenario Viewer to -60 degrees.

pitch = -60;      % degrees

Input Arguments

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Satellite scenario viewer, specified as a satelliteScenarioViewer object. viewer must be specified as a scalar satelliteScenarioViewer object.1

Pitch angle of the camera, specified as a scalar the in the range [–90, 90] degrees. By default, the pitch angle is –90 degrees, which means that camera points directly toward the surface of the globe.


  • When the pitch angle is near –90 (the default value) or 90 degrees, the camera loses one rotational degree of freedom. As a result, when you change the roll angle, the heading angle might change instead. This phenomenon is called gimbal lock. To avoid the effects of gimbal lock, call the camheading function instead of the camroll function.

Version History

Introduced in R2021a

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