Ed Tech Focus: The Complete Guide to Document Cameras

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When connected to a computer, projector, or TV, a document camera displays live and captured images and videos of 3D objects. Whether used for enhancing views of a science experiment, closing in on details of a map, or explaining the anatomy of a live plant, these devices can help make teaching and learning more dynamic. Most of them can be connected to microscopes so that even the tiniest of specimens can be displayed, and they also come with software tools that allow for annotation, creation of time-lapse videos, and more. Here's a rundown of some of the newest document cameras geared toward K-12 classrooms.

To find the best model for your needs, use the links to the right to browse our document camera roundup by product feature. (Note: All prices are the manufacturer's suggested retail price; the reseller price may be up to 50 percent lower. The lists are based on manufacturers' specifications; we have not done any product testing to verify manufacturers' claims.)


Lumens DC166

Lumens DC166

Features
Still Resolution: 1.3 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 6x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 120 image internal memory with SDHC expansion
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Ladibug

 

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Elmo CO-10

Elmo USA CO-10

Features
Still Resolution: .78 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 15 FPS
Storage: 15 jpeg internal
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

 

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Lumens DC120

Lumens DC120

Features
Still Resolution: .78 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: none
Outputs: none
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Ladibug

http://www.myladibug.com/productDetails.php?m=51mhluv22i


Elmo iP-40SE

Elmo USA iP-40SE

Features
Still Resolution: 4.13 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 1.16x
Frame Rate: 3 FPS
Storage: SD
Inputs: RGB, composite, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Outputs: 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: none

http://www.elmousa.com/digital-visual-presenters.php


Lumens DC211

Lumens DC211

Features
Still Resolution: .78 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 120 images internal memory
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Ladibug

 

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Lumens DC265

Lumens DC265

Features
Still Resolution: 1.9 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1080p
Optical Zoom: 6x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 240 image internal memory with SDHC up to 32 GB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, HDMI, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Ladibug

 

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Dukane 445

Dukane 445

Features
Still Resolution: 1.9 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1080p, 1600 x 1200
Optical Zoom: 6X
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: 480 MB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, composite video, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: B-Works

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=445


Smart Technologies SDC-330

SMART Technologies SDC-330

Features
Still Resolution: 1.3 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 5.2x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: none internal, SD, SDHC
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-D, composite
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: SMART Notebook

http://smarttech.com/us/Solutions/Education+Solutions/Products+for+education/Complementary+hardware+products/SMART+Document+Camera?WT.ac=DiscoveryEd_012011_Cam&tab=5


Elmo P-10

Elmo USA P-10

Features
Still Resolution: 1.49 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 16x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: none, SD
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-D, composite
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

 

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Dukane 106

Dukane 106

Features
Still Resolution: .78 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 960
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: none
Outputs:
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Applied Vision 4

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=106


Elmo P100N

Elmo USA P100N

Features
Still Resolution: 1.3 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 16x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: SD
Inputs: RGB, Stereo RCA audio, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Outputs: RGB, DVI, composite, stereo RCA audio
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

 

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Elmo iP-750E

Elmo USA iP-750E

Features
Still Resolution: 2 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: 1.16x
Frame Rate: 3 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB, S-video, composite video, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Outputs: RGB, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity:
Software: none

http://www.elmousa.com/digital-visual-presenters.php


Elmo EV-4400AF

Elmo USA EV-4400AF

Features
Still Resolution: .4 megapixel
Video Resolution: 480 lines analog
Optical Zoom: 18x
Frame Rate: 18-20
Storage: none
Inputs: S-video (2), composite video (2), stereo RCA audio (2)
Outputs: S-video, composite video (2), stereo RCA audio
Connectivity: none
Software: none

http://www.elmousa.com/analog-visual-presenters.php


Samsung SDP 860

Samsung SDP-860

$799.00

Features
Still Resolution: 1.39 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 6x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 32 GB with SD, SDHC
Inputs: RGB, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Outputs: RGB, DVI, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity: USB
Software: SDP Viewer

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AVerVision SPB370

AVerVision SPB370

Features
Still Resolution: 5 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1080p, 1920 x 1080
Optical Zoom: 8x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage:
Inputs: RGB (2)
Outputs: RGB, DVI-I, S-video, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet
Software: AVerPlus

http://www.averusa.com/presentation/product_spb370.asp


Samsung UF-130DX

Samsung UF-130DX

Features
Still Resolution: 1.32 megapixel
Video Resolution: 720p
Optical Zoom: 14x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: SD, SDHC, USB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-D
Connectivity: USB 2.0, Ethernet
Software: SDP Viewer

http://www.samsungpresenterusa.com/products/productdetails.asp?ProductID=19


AVerVision CP135

AVerVision CP135

Features
Still Resolution: 3.2 megapixel
Video Resolution: 720p (1,280 x 720)
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 24 FPS
Storage: 128 MB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-I, S-video, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: AVerPlus

 

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Quizdom DC100

Qwizdom DC 100

Features
Still Resolution: 2 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: 9x
Frame Rate: 15 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, S-video, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: WizTeach

http://www.qwizdom.com/education/dc100.php


AVerVision 355AF

AVerVision 355AF

Features
Still Resolution: 5 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1080p, 720p
Optical Zoom: 5x
Frame Rate: 24 FPS
Storage: 128 MB with SD (32 GB max) and USB flash drive (64 GB max) extensions
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-I, composite video, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: AVerPlus

http://www.averusa.com/presentation/product_355af.asp


Samsung UF-80DX

Samsung UF-80DX

Features
Still Resolution: .85 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: 14x
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: SDP Viewer

http://www.samsungpresenterusa.com/products/productdetails.asp?ProductID=6


Elmo P100

Elmo USA P100

$3,850.00

Features
Still Resolution: 1.3 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 16x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: SD
Inputs: RGB, Stereo RCA audio, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Outputs: RGB, DVI, composite
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

 

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Samsung SDP-850ST

Samsung SDP-850ST

Features
Still Resolution: .85 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1034 x 779
Optical Zoom: 14x
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB
Connectivity: USB
Software: SDP Viewer

http://www.samsungpresenterusa.com/products/productdetails.asp?ProductID=11


Wolfvision Visualizer VZ P18

Wolfvision Visualizer VZ-P18

Features
Image Quality/Resolution: SXGA; WXGA; HD
Zoom: 16x digital; 14x optical
Video Frame Rate : 30 frames per second
Storage: Internal storage of up to 9 images
Connectivity/Interface: Input: VGA, RGB; Output: RGB (x2), DVI-I, USB, Ethernet/LAN
Software Included?: Yes, Wolfvision connectivity software
Special Features: Comes with a touch-screen remote control, and has a work surface that illuminates to show the pick-up area of the camera.

http://www.wolfvision.com/visualizer/index.php/it/desktop-visualizer/vz-p38/overview


Dukane 101

Dukane 101

Features
Still Resolution: video only
Video Resolution: 544 x 582
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: 120 MB
Inputs: none
Outputs: composite
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: none

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=101


Qomo QPC 60

QOMO QPC 60

Features
Image Quality/Resolution: 720p, WXGA
Zoom: 5.6x optical
Video Frame Rate : 30 frames per second
Storage: Internal, SD card slot
Connectivity/Interface: Input: RGB; Output: RGB
Software Included?: Video Capture
Special Features:

http://www.qomo.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=86


Dukane 110-9000

Dukane 110-9000

Features
Still Resolution: 2 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: none
Outputs:
Connectivity:
Software: Logitech Quick Cam v 11.8

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=110-9000


Samsung UF-130ST

Samsung UF-130ST

Features
Still Resolution: 1.32 megapixel
Video Resolution: 720p
Optical Zoom: 14x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 1 GB internal memory
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-D
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: SDP Viewer

http://www.samsunguf-130.com/UF130st.html


Elmo P30S

Elmo USA P30S

Features
Still Resolution: 1.3 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: 16x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: none, SD
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-D, S-Video, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

 

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Dukane Camera 335B

Dukane 335B

Features
Still Resolution: 1.3 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: 120 MB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: B-Works

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=335B


Epson DC11

Epson DC11

Features
Still Resolution: 5 megapixels
Video Resolution: 2592 x 1944
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 1 GB internal memory with SD card expansion
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Arcsoft

 

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Qomo QPC 30

QOMO QPC 30

Features
Image Quality/Resolution: 720p, WXGA
Zoom: 5.6x optical
Video Frame Rate : 25 frames per second
Storage: Internal storage of up to 128 images
Connectivity/Interface: Input: RGB; Output: RGB
Software Included?: Video Capture
Special Features:

http://www.qomo.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=82


Lumens PS660

Lumens PS660

Features
Still Resolution: 1.9 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1080p
Optical Zoom: 15x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 240 image internal memory with SD up to 32 GB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, HDMI, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Ladibug

 

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Samsung SDP-850DX

Samsung SDP-850DX

Features
Still Resolution: .85 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1034 x 779
Optical Zoom: 14x
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: SDP Viewer

http://www.samsungpresenterusa.com/products/productdetails.asp?ProductID=11


Qomo QD 3300

QOMO QD 3300

Features
Image Quality/Resolution: 1024x768
Zoom: 5x optical
Video Frame Rate : 25 frames per second
Storage: Internal up to 16 images
Connectivity/Interface: Input: RGB; Output: RGB
Software Included?: Video Capture
Special Features:

http://www.qomo.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=72


Dukane 106

Dukane 106

Features
Still Resolution: .78 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1280 x 960
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: none
Outputs:
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Applied Vision 4

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=106


Elmo HV-110u

Elmo USA HV-110u

Features
Still Resolution: .85 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none, SD
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

 

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AVerVision 300AF+

AVerVision 300AF+

Features
Still Resolution: 3.2 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: none
Frame Rate: 24 FPS
Storage: 32 MB
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI-I, S-video, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: AVerPlus

 

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Dukane DVP507

Dukane DVP507

Features
Still Resolution: 1.9 megapixel
Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Optical Zoom: 15x
Frame Rate: 30 FPS
Storage: 480 MB
Inputs: RGB (2)
Outputs: RGB, HDMI, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: B-Works

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_VisualizersCameras.asp?Model=DVP507


Samsung UF-80ST

Samsung UF-80ST

Features
Still Resolution: .85 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: 14x
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB
Outputs: RGB, DVI
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: SDP Viewer

 

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http://www.samsungpresenterusa.com/products/productdetails.asp?ProductID=6


Epson ELPDC05

Epson ELPDC05

Features
Still Resolution: .85 megapixels
Video Resolution: 1024 x 768
Optical Zoom: 18x
Frame Rate: 20 FPS
Storage: none
Inputs: RGB (2)
Outputs: RGB, S-video, composite video
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Software: Image Mate

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/consumer/consDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=45292618