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- September 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM #95484nickexistsMember
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
- September 19, 2017 at 11:09 AM #216167JackWolcottParticipant
Google “document camera,” where I suspect you’ll find what you are looking for.
- October 2, 2017 at 4:36 PM #216226nickexistsMember
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
- December 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM #278030TanguyPrimeauMember
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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