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Rotate the camera position around the camera target

**Syntax**

camorbit(dtheta,dphi) camorbit(dtheta,dphi,'

') camorbit(dtheta,dphi,'*coordsys*

','direction') camorbit(axes_handle,...)*coordsys*

**Description**

```
camorbit(dtheta,dphi)
```

rotates the camera position around the camera target by the amounts specified in `dtheta`

and `dphi`

(both in degrees). `dtheta`

is the horizontal rotation and `dphi`

is the vertical rotation.

`camorbit(dtheta,dphi,'`

The

')
*coordsys*

argument determines the center of rotation. It can take on two values:*coordsys*

`data`

(default) -- Rotate the camera around an axis defined by the camera target and the`direction`

(default is the positive*z*direction).`camera`

-- Rotate the camera about the point defined by the camera target.

`camorbit(dtheta,dphi,'`

The

','direction')
*coordsys*`direction`

argument, in conjunction with the camera target, defines the axis of rotation for the data coordinate system. Specify `direction`

as a three-element vector containing the x, y, and z components of the direction or one of the characters, `x`

, `y`

, or `z`

, to indicate `[1 0 0]`

, `[0 1 0]`

, or `[0 0 1]`

respectively.

```
camorbit(axes_handle,...)
```

operates on the axes identified by the first argument, `axes_handle`

. When you do not specify an axes handle, `camorbit`

operates on the current axes.

**Examples**

Compare rotation in the two coordinate systems with these `for`

loops. The first rotates the camera horizontally about a line defined by the camera target point and a direction that is parallel to the *y*-axis. Visualize this rotation as a cone formed with the camera target at the apex and the camera position forming the base:

Rotation in the `camera`

coordinate system orbits the camera around the axes along a circle while keeping the center of a circle at the camera target.

**See Also**

`axes`

, `axis`

`('vis3d')`

, `camdolly`

, `campan`

, `camzoom`

, `camroll`

Controlling the Camera Viewpoint for related functions

Defining Scenes with Camera Graphics for more information

camlookat | campan |

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