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    I’m hoping that someone can help point me in the right direction in finding the right camera for a project that I’m working on.

    What I’m looking for:

    1: Has optical zoom and can be used for macro videography. (will be videoing objects that are <6" away)

    2: Can stream high quality video to a monitor (preferably HDMI)

    3: Zoom and hopefully more can be controlled by computer (preferably over USB or TTL serial, but I can use LANC or other method if needed.)

    The best solution I've found so far is to use a camcorder. The problem is that it seems that only higher end camcorders (>$600) offer remote computer control. Also I don’t need the camera to do any recording, have its own display, or be battery powered, so a camcorder is kind of overkill.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Thank you, Nick

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    Google “document camera,” where I suspect you’ll find what you are looking for.

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    Thanks! They’re so close to being what I need but I don’t see any that allow a way for computer control within custom software. You’re stuck using their limited software.

    Right now the best I’ve found is something like this

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    For this to work your camera must have HDMI out, and the monitor need to have an HDMI input. Check out this forum thread that discusses this in detail:

    Here is an useful Youtube video tutorial:

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