Looking for a computer controlled camera

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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

    • #216167

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

    • #216226

      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 http://www.sentechamerica.com/En/Cameras/AutoFocus/STC-AF134DV

    • #278030

      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: http://www.tomsguide.com/answers/id-2657954/computer-monitor-camera-monitor.html

      Here is an useful Youtube video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOeowRP7ma0

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