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