How to Use Document Cameras

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB instructors

Last Updated: August 14, 2020

Determine Document Camera Type

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

Turn On/Off the Document Camera and Zoom

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. Lift the arm or press Power On to turn on the Document Camera.
  3. Use controls located on the head of the camera for devices located on the teaching station. For cameras mounted in the ceiling, use touch screen controls located on the Crestron interface.
    • In most locations, Auto Focus is on by default and can be beneficial, however, for best result allow the document camera to focus on your document first and then turn Auto Focus off. The camera will remain focused on the document and not on your hand or pen as you write or point.
    • Use the Zoom wheel or the Zoom In and Zoom Out controls to adjust the size of the image.
  4. Press Power Off to turn off the Document Camera.
  5. Please rotate the camera back and/or fold down when done using.


Please do not write on the whiteboard base.

Advantages of Document Cameras

  • 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.
  • Provides visuals large enough for the farthest student to see and read. This is based on screen size adequate for the classroom. Any image that does not fill the screen limits the learner's ability to focus, using more energy to see and less to recognize and learn.
  • Easily add vivid color to presentations using highlighters as you teach.
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