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Title: Color video camera
Post by: Bob Cap on November 04, 2015, 05:38:09 pm
I have a need for a small color video camera. It needs to have output that I can run into a TV monitor (HDMI, RCA, similar).

Give me some leads!

Thanks

Bob
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Corey Scogin on November 04, 2015, 06:01:55 pm
GoPro?

It's small.
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Tim Weaver on November 04, 2015, 06:52:30 pm
Or any color cctv unit.
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Tom Bourke on November 04, 2015, 07:27:49 pm
I have a need for a small color video camera. It needs to have output that I can run into a TV monitor (HDMI, RCA, similar).

Give me some leads!

Thanks

Bob
What kind of quality?  If this is to see your driveway then get a weather proof CCTV security cam.  They range from yuck to OK quality but they can see at night if you get an IR unit and wont die when wet.

Some of the HD-SDI units look great and with an adapter can go to HDMI.
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Bob Cap on November 05, 2015, 05:20:50 pm
[I guess I really did not give enough info....

As it is I'm getting more info from my friend.

The local Elks club is running bingo nights. They need a small camera to display the bingo balls on a couple of large TV sets.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Tom Bourke on November 05, 2015, 06:45:21 pm
I would go for a security cam.  They are small and easy to mount.
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Bob Cap on November 06, 2015, 08:58:14 am
I would go for a security cam.  They are small and easy to mount.

I've been looking at them. All I find is BNC or cat5 outputs. Do I need to go the route of finding an adapter to go from BNC to composite or HDMI?
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Jordan Wolf on November 06, 2015, 08:58:48 am
Look for a used ELMO document camera. Quite a few features packed in those suckers...
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Tom Bourke on November 06, 2015, 01:44:13 pm
I've been looking at them. All I find is BNC or cat5 outputs. Do I need to go the route of finding an adapter to go from BNC to composite or HDMI?
BNC can carry composite or HD-SDI.  All you need is BNC to RCA for a composite camera.  HD-SDI will have a better picture but will require a converter box that will cost from $35 to $500 depending on what you get.  A camera will be one or the other, not both and not normally switchable.
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Corey Scogin on November 06, 2015, 02:30:03 pm
I'd definitely go with a basic analog surveillance type camera. They'll plug straight into the composite input on a display. IP cameras would require much more hardware to connect to a display and much more difficult to configure or troubleshoot.
Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Cailen Waddell on November 06, 2015, 08:13:56 pm
We use an HD security box cam that has an sdi output that we convert to HDMI.  Poke around bh photo video to get an idea of what is available.


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Title: Re: Color video camera
Post by: Craig Hauber on December 02, 2015, 10:15:12 pm
If going the box-cam route don't cheap-out on the lenses.  Better ones won't be as fish-eye and you'll be able to fill the screen with more document image before lines start to bend.  Make sure the lens chosen also has the auto-iris with the pigtail connector.

I've also done the bingo-thing with basic re-purposed consumer camcorders (from the end of the digital cassette era) which can be found practically dime-a-dozen and usually always had a real composite output.


We use an HD security box cam that has an sdi output that we convert to HDMI.  Poke around bh photo video to get an idea of what is available.


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