Teachers Rejoice! Document Cameras Have Come a Long Way Since Your 9th Grade Biology Class

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When you think of document cameras, you probably think of that big, clunky square projector that your teacher would roll out (because it required its own dolly) to project book work on the projector screen. Well, document camera have come a long way since those days, and now have applications that go beyond the classroom (even though they are still great for that, too).

The Virtual Classroom

This year has been trying for a myriad of different reasons —  we don’t have to go down that rabbit hole — but one of the things that we didn’t see coming when the ball dropped and 2019 turned to 2020 was the idea of schools going digital. Online classes are nothing new, but everything from elementary to college going online is. With that in mind, especially if you are a teacher, you are going to need some trusty school supplies so you can move your classroom online without a hitch.

If you are looking for a document camera for your classroom or office, consider the following:

  • Document cameras can connect via USB, HDMI or have a separate power source
  • The best document cameras record video and scan documents as well
  • Not all document cameras work with both Mac and PC
  • Document cameras range anywhere from $80 to $750

How We Picked The Best Document Scanners

The most important thing is that your content is displayed clearly. If your students can’t see what is being displayed, they are going to have a hard time learning. We selected document cameras that can shoot in 1080p and have a frame rate of 30fps for smooth video shooting, although there are a couple options below that shoot at 720p.

We also picked ones with good compatibility. If a document scanner isn’t compatible with both Mac and PC, we looked for options that connect to your laptop or TV by USB or HDMI.

We also looked for additional features like curve flattening and image restoration to make your presentations and scanning are at top level quality.

Don’t think that you have to spend a fortune to get a decent document scanner, especially for teachers who’s budgets are stretched thin enough. If all you need is something to project work or documents to your co-workers or students, and one with good zooming capabilities, there’s really no need for all the bells and whistles (and price tag) for a fully-loaded document scanner.

Below you’ll find our recommendations for the seven best document cameras available for the classroom or office.

  

1. Inswan Ins-1

BEST OVERALL

This easy to use, lightweight and durable document camera is a great and affordable tool for the classroom or office. It features a 30fps frame rate, which you’ll find in the most expensive document cameras (we’re looking at you Elmo 1349), and even has a LED light to prevent glare when the lighting in the room isn’t great. The built-in microphone helps with voice clarity, especially during webinars or web-conferencing. The best part: all of this comes for only $100.

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2. Ipevo V4K Ultra High Definition Document Camera

ALSO GREAT

The Ipevo document camera has a 90% approval rating on Amazon. That’s because of the 8MP camera that shoots in UHD with a smooth 30fps frame rate. It also focuses quickly when you are switching back and forth between materials to show the classroom or the office. And it works with both Mac and PC, so you’ll be able to connect it regardless of your flavor of laptop.

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3. Ipevo VZ-R HDMI-USB Document Camera

4K PICK

The Ipevo document camera has a 90% approval rating on Amazon. That’s because of the 8MP camera that shoots in UHD with a smooth 30fps frame rate. It also focuses quickly when you are switching back and forth between materials to show the classroom or the office. And it works with both Mac and PC, so you’ll be able to connect it regardless of your flavor of laptop.

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4. iOCHOW S1 Document Camera

GREAT FOR RECORDING

You can use the S1 to scan documents or make recordings while you teach the classroom. This is thanks to the 8MP camera that helps you display content clearly. Even though you can scan and record, it doesn’t have curve flattening to make books look better when they are displayed, but it can fill in and fix minor image damage to create better scanned documents.

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5. iCodis X9

If you use windows and are looking for a reliable document scanner for the classroom or office, the iCodis X9 has plenty of capabilities. For starters, is uses a page flattening algorithm to remove the curvature of books or magazines you are trying to display. You can also record and scan documents, and the nine LED lights help you display content even in bad lighting conditions.

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6. Elmo 1349 Model TT-12ID

HIGH-END PICK

With better zoom (12x optical) and frame rate (30fps) than most document cameras, the Elmo 1349 is on the high-end in terms of features and price. The zoom allows you to zoom in on even the most specific details, and the quick frame rate can capture great video. The USB, VGA and HDMI connections make it easy to connect to a computer. If you have the funds, the extra performance is worth it.

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7. iOCHOW S3 Book & Document Camera

ALSO CONSIDER

The iOCHOW S3 document camera is a great tool for projecting books with its flattening algorithm that eliminates the curvature of book pages when projecting. Beyond projecting technology, it can also record video and scan documents. When you’re done with the document scanner, the foldable design makes it easy to stow away. Keep in mind this multifunctional document scanner will only work with Windows.

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8. iCodis Document Camera X3

BEST FOR PC

This document scanner comes with software that assists you with your presentations. It can automatically segment specific areas of your document, and even help correct defective images. It also scans documents to create PDF versions for online use. Although the software can do some pretty nifty stuff, it is not compatible with Mac OS.

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9. Lumens DC265 UXGA 6x Optical Zoom

MOST FEATURES

Sporting a 1080p camera, with 6x optical zoom, manual zoom and 8x digital zoom, the Lumens DC265 document camera is a powerful tool for the classroom and office. What sets this apart from other document cameras it the ability to record and playback video without the need for a computer. This eliminates wires running amok or having to deal with a dead computer battery when you want to present. It’s a great document scanner as long as you’re willing to spend a little extra dough.

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