5 Best Document Camera for Artists, Art Teachers & Demos [2021]

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The best document camera for artists are the following:

Top 3 camera’s for artsist’s documents:

DEVICE NAME PURPOSE WHERE TO BUY
Epson ELPDC21 Best Document Camera For Artist  
ELMO MA-1 – Best Document Camera For Art Demos  
CZUR ET16 Plus Best Document camera for art Teachers  

 Best Document Camera for Artists in the United States

Now, let’s check out their features, pros and cons.

  • Epson ELPDC21

Pros

SD Card reader/writer

Comes with Microscope adapters included

VGA pass-through

Cons

Expensive but sure is worth every penny

Epson has been leading in the document camera space for some time, and it has maintained quality production even up till now.

This ELPD21 boasts of a ½,7” CMOS sensor that is able to capture a full A3/tabloid area. It is stable, comes with autofocus and can be used with one hand.

The remote comes with manual control. While working you can capture and record with its 12x optical zoom feature or try out the 10x digital. It pays close attention to the kind of details you need it to.

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It is built to take a hit, and is by no means the most portable reviewed here, but at over 2.5 kg (over 2.5kg), and with a Kensington lock, it will survive a fall.

  • ELMO MA-1

Pros

Works in a computer-free environment

At 5-inch the touchscreen a useful size

It supports SD Card

Cons

Expensive but you get high value

ELMO has created a system they call “Stem-cam. What this does is that it layers their own software styling atop Android (the same way phone designers do).

That lets them add touch-screen controlled annotations, zoom and many more features, as well as including stored images and videos on the internal storage or memory card.

But that’s not all. It comes pre-loaded with QR-code readers, Miracast, a browser (Chrome, of course), and a countdown timer to give an exam a suitably ominous note.

  • CZUR ET16 Plus

Pros

It features a foot pedal for speed

Ideal device for painters, Librarians and artists

Cons

Visualization needs a computer

Cables on foot pedal could be longer

Only records video as MJPEG

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This is a really useful device when it comes to prints, especially when archiving a large collection of print document.

This scanner’s raison d’etre is to overcome the book’s reluctance to open and lay flat, which traditional scanners have a strong preference for.

A feature we enjoy is the USB foot pedal that can trigger the scanner to scan after your hands are placed outside the camera area, all with the goal of helping you scan the pages and art in a couple of minutes.

On an average, it takes 7-10 minutes to scan a 300-page book. The document lights are wisely placed to the side to eliminate chances of reflections, which the 16-megapixel camera makes good use of.

The software works on both Windows and Mac and supports OCR, that performs better than most-presumably because of the laser flattening.

To keep it minimalist and avoid using a computer, the built-in TFT screen above the camera helps clarify you’ve got the right light, but seems an awkward place for the monitor for shorter users.

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  • Lumens DC172 Ladibug

Pros

Light can be positioned as you need

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Pass-through VGA

Records to SD card

Con

Needs mains power. This may not be a bad thing to you.

The flexible gooseneck design and 13-MP camera makes this device one of the best document camera for art teachers within and outside the classroom.

The Lady-bug design makes it eye-catching in the classroom. It’s has a newer design that supports 4k HDMI or USB output; There is also pass-through for the HDMI so you can share your screen quickly and easily.

Personally, I believe this is amongst the best document camera for art demos for the money. The older version which is the Lumens DC170, which offers XGA pass-through and a light on a separate stalk can still be found online, but needed a newer design after half-a-decade.

The USB connector can also play stored images and videos directly, or can record your lesson (to a computer or up to 256G drive).

Alternatively, you can also connect to a mouse so you can use teaching tools without needing a separate computer; image rotation, highlighting, highlighting etc. are all there.

The camera also features an “Auto Tune” button, that isn’t for music fans but automatically adjusts contrasts and focus.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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