Summary: I'm a 7th grade science teacher and plan to use this every day this school year. I set it up in less than 5 minutes. The CD it comes with loads the software to run this in just a minute, placing an icon on your desktop. The images are crystal clear and sharp, capable of blowing up one line of text almost full screen. I bought the "Portable USB LED Light for Doc Cam, Laptop and Reading" to use and it works well also.
Summary: This is perfect for my use. I regularly am away from home and am regularly helping my wife with her reading material at home so when needed, I remote desktop into her machine, she turns on the camera, and I can see exactly what she is looking at, helping her with translations or pronunciations.
Summary: I bought this camera to use in my classroom at a school with little or no technology in it. It has made filling in workbook pages with my first graders so much easier. Great camera for the price. The kids and I love it and it is so versatile. I am the envy of the school with this camera.
Summary: I have used this camera to project my handwriting on a screen. I have to put the camera on a few books so it's high enough to view the entire paper, but this isn't too much of a hardship. I use the autofocus to allow the camera to focus one time on the paper, then I turn it off so it doesn't focus on my hand while I'm writing. There's a little bit of a time lag, but overall it does the job I want it to and you can't beat the price.
Summary: I think of myself as a savvy shopper, so I did my research before buying this. I even looked at the IPEVO's Ziggi. The reason I went with this one is because it was slightly less expensive and could be detached from the stand. I teach high school English and hook this up to my computer, which is docked and connected to a SMARTboard. Long past are the days of passing around a single example or holding it up without the students being able to see the details.
Summary: Having used ELMOs before, I was a little hesitant about using this camera. My school district is beyond broke and not the most...technologically friendly...if you catch my drift. Needless to say, finding a working computer is a miracle, yeah, like I am going to find an ELMO. Fast forward to my purchase of this lil item. Holy goodness is this thing cool! It works like it is supposed to, the stand is good and installation of the hardware is easy as pie.
Summary: Bought this for my classroom. Great price for teachers. Excellent for showing kids' work, pages from textbooks for the whole class to see, etc. BUT not so good for doing demonstrations for the whole class to see as any movement causes it to re-focus.
A good first effort, but needs significant refinement
16 April 2012
Summary: Like most others who have reviewed the P2V, I ended up with one of these as an alternative to very expensive document cameras. While workable for that purpose, and seemingly the only affordable / premade "webcam on a stick" in this surprising market void, it's not quite an ideal solution as it stands. The auto-focus works decently (when triggered, anyway), and image / edge clarity is respectable and usable, just about as good as any higher-priced doc cam I've used.