DEVICE: IPEVO Ziggi-HD Document Camera
COST: $94.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable)
Cost: With a sub-$100 price tag, this document camera is very appealing when compared to competitors products.
Clarity: The Ziggi-HD has a 5.0 megapixel camera, which gives great clarity when projecting the image to your students. This document camera passes the $5 bill test (use the camera to see how well it displays the names of the states at the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a $5 bill.)
Footprint: The Ziggi-HD takes up very little space on your desk. The base is roughly the size of a smartphone. The neck articulates and folds up if you want to put it away or take it with you to a presentation.
Ease-of-use: The included software is simple and straight forward. Teachers can be up and running with this device in their classroom in under 10 minutes or less (depending on install time.)
Connection: The Ziggi-HD is USB only so it must be run through a computer. While this is listed as a negative, it is really a trade off for the small footprint and low-cost. IPEVO offers other models of document cameras, specifically the VZ-1 VGA/USB Dual Mode Document Camera that can be run directly to a projector if desired.