What Is a Document Camera and How It Works?
A document camera is a device that can project and magnify images of objects, paper notes, and transparencies. It is described as being similar to an old overhead projector that almost every classroom consisted of in the past. However, a document camera is more modern, smaller, and can work remotely over Wi-Fi.
Majority of users would classify document cameras as high-resolution webcams that have arms to ensure their placement over documents, objects, or papers. Teachers, professors, and world-wide educators find document cameras to be very useful because they can write notes on paper and then present the notes to the audience of students through the document camera.
The document camera works by taking a picture of whatever object is placed underneath it and producing a live picture that multiple people can view at once. Depending on what type of document camera you purchase and how much you are able to spend, each has their own flexibility when it comes to placement of objects and forms.
Some document cameras allow two or three-dimensional objects to be placed in front of the camera, and others just focus on what is placed beneath them. Some classrooms have installed mounted document cameras from the ceilings to give the camera a bigger working area to project and magnify photos.