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Set or get pitch angle of camera for Satellite Scenario Viewer

Since R2021a



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 about its y-axis.

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);

In the Satellite Scenario Viewer, set the pitch angle of the camera to -60 degrees.

pitch = -60;      % degrees

Input Arguments

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Satellite Scenario Viewer, specified as a scalar satelliteScenarioViewer object.1

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

Output Arguments

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Camera pitch angle in degrees, returned as a numeric scalar.


  • 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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