Document Cameras

Written by Charles Peacock
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One of the problems with video conferencing is that it can be difficult (and in the very least awkward) to change what the viewer on the other end is seeing. Showing a document, for example, is virtually impossible using the same camera as the one that is focused on the main speaker. You would have to reposition the camera and change the focus, which would interrupt the flow of the presentation.

Document Cameras Make it Easy

If you're planning on showing a lot of physical documents in your presentation, the best solution is to use a dedicated document camera. Document cameras can be hooked up to your video conferencing equipment so that all you have to do is switch over to that camera when you're ready to show the document. The focus and lighting will already be set, and the document will pop up instantly on the screen in clear view.

There are several things you should keep in mind when purchasing a document camera. First of all, you'll probably want to find a camera with built-in lighting. The overhead lighting in your conference room will almost assuredly not be strong enough to get a good picture if you're focusing on a document lying flat on a table.

Another important feature for a document camera to have is an auto-focus setting. This will allow you to simply slide a document under the camera without having to worry about getting the focus right. If you're using a high-bandwidth, high-quality video conferencing system, you'll probably also want to look for a camera with a high resolution.

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