How to Use Document Cameras

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB instructors

Last Updated: December 20, 2023

Determine Document Camera Type

There are two common models of document camera at UB:

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. 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
  • 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

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

  • Provide visuals large enough for the farthest student to see and read. The image of your notes or document on the screen will be larger than handwriting on the chalkboard. A larger image allows students to focus on the lesson rather than struggling to read.
  • Place a piece of paper under the camera and whatever you write or draw will be projected. 
  • Place books, your iPad, a scientific calculator, your laptop or any three-dimensional object under the document camera for viewing on the big screen.
  • Share a close-up view of an object without having to pass it around the class.
  • Add vivid color to presentations using highlighters or different colored markers as you teach.
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