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How to Use Document Cameras

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB instructors

Last Updated: August 24, 2018

Determine Document Camera Type

Document cameras come in different types and all types are controlled by the touch panel.The three most common are:  

doc camera


pedestal doc camera

Desktop VZ-3

table top version 2

Desktop VZ-9

Turn On/Off the Document Camera and Zoom

document camera

Please make sure you have entered your combination in the Teaching Station and have turned on the Projector.

  1. Press Document Camera on the left-hand side of the touch panel.
  2. Press Power On to turn on the Document Camera. On some document camera types you need to turn the camera head down.
  3. In most locations, Auto Focus is set automatically and is a benefit most of the time. If focus continuously searches, turn Auto Focus off by touching Focus In or Focus Out momentarily. Press Auto Focus to turn it back on.
  4. Use controls for Zoom In and Zoom Out to adjust the size of the image.
  5. Press Power Off to turn off the Document Camera.


Please do not write on the white board base.

Advantages of Document Cameras

  • Unlike an overhead projecter with a document camera there will be no need to obtain a new transparency roll.  Simply place a pad of paper under the camera and whatever you write or draw will be projected. 
  • Books, your iPad, your laptop or a three-dimensional object can all be placed under the document camera for viewing.
  • Demonstrate how to use a UB clicker or scientific calculator.
  • Easily share a close-up view of an object without having to pass it around the class.

Common Questions

Why is only half of my image being projected?

Adjust the document camera (if possible), the zoom setting or the object until the image is satisfactory.  If there's still a problem, select a different input and return to the Document Camera.

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