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Document Cameras

What are Document Cameras?

Document cameras (also known visualizers) are real-time image capture devices for displaying an object to a large audience. A document camera is able to magnify and project the images of actual, three-dimensional objects. This allows a lecturer or presenter to write on a sheet of paper or to display an object while the audience watches.

Who uses Document Cameras?

Lecturers or presenters for:

  • Lecture hall or classroom use
  • Presentation of material in conferences, meetings and training sessions

Why should I use Document Cameras?

All students will have a better view of the information that the presenter is sharing with the class. By allowing all students to view an item simultaneously, the presenter does not have to walk slowly around the room to show everyone his or her treasure. They can also be used instead of the whiteboard, you can hand write onto a piece of paper and the display is projected onto a screen. Zooming in can increase the font size so even the person at the back of the room can see what you have written. Document cameras are are compatible with scanners, projectors, computers and many other technologies.

How do I use Document Cameras?

Theoretically, all objects can be displayed by a document camera. Most objects are simply placed under the camera. The camera takes the picture which in turn produces a live picture using a projector. Larger objects usually can simply be placed in front of the camera and the camera rotated as necessary. Please be gentle when repositioning the document camera as hot bulbs do not like to be jolted.

View the User Guide for details on the features of this device.

How do I access a Document Camera?

Document cameras are accessible in most of the Teaching rooms.

Support for Document Cameras

If you have a technical or administration query, the ITS Service desk is your first point of contact, telephone: 04 463 5050.


Individualised support using this technology in your teaching is available from the CATs (Contacts for Academic Technology). Visit this page to find out more and contact your CAT.


Support is also available from Centre for Academic Development (CAD) staff please send an e-mail to CAD-Contact or contact CAD staff, Stephen Marshall, Irina Elgort or Jillian Pawlyn.