Hovercam T3 High Resolution Visualizer
Our Most Popular Document Camera
The HoverCam T3 is the document camera that began HoverCam’s rapid growth as the leader in the document camera industry. It is the budget mindful workhorse of the HoverCam line up and remains one of our top selling cameras. Most will find the features of the T3 adequate. We will point out its most notable features below. However, for more demanding imaging environments, we encourage customers to check out HoverCam’s other offerings such as the Solo 5 or their new 4K resolution Solo 8.
Cost Effective & Simple
The HoverCam T3 is a cost effective high quality document camera designed to endure the rigors of everyday use. The T3’s simple design makes it easy to integrate into any work space. The most notable aspect of the T3 is that despite its low price point and simple design, users are still able to experience top of the line image quality. For those customers on a tight budget but not wanting to comprise over image quality, the T3 is a sure win.
A Lot of Camera for so Little Money
All of our customers including teachers, business professionals and hobbyists have fallen in love with the T3’s light weight and portable design. The T3 is able to fold and collapse into a slim easy to carry platform. Despite its portability, HoverCam has managed to pack a 3 megapixel high resolution imaging sensor into the camera’s design. This provides detailed image production with bright and defined colors at all times. The T3 also comes standard with an LED lighting system built into the camera’s head. This allows the T3 to operate in nearly any low light situation. Best of all, LED lighting means no maintenance cost or time replacing burnt out bulbs.
The HoverCam T3’s simple design does not stop at the camera’s exterior. HoverCam has also designed the camera to be just as simple to use. A unique feature in the document camera world is the T3’s ability to power itself via a USB cable connected to your computer. Yes, this means the T3 only requires the use of a single cable. With this USB powered system, that means you must use a computer with that camera. Many customers find that this is much simpler than running another cable to their projector or display. However, if the ability to operate without a computer is a must please contact us. HoverCam has some great alternatives to fit your needs.
The HoverCam T3 although small in size, provides a sturdy and dependable base. The base of the T3 is weighted in order to keep the camera stable even if a teacher or student bumps into the table or desk that the camera is placed on. The rubber pad on the bottom of the camera stops it from sliding on surfaces.
HoverCam Flex Software
Adding to the value of the HoverCam T3 is that it includes award winning HoverCam Flex Software. HoverCam Flex Software is the leading and most technologically advanced document camera software available. Despite being feature packed, HoverCam has managed to keep their software easy to use and the interface easy to understand. This allows users to utilize the camera to its full potential. Please see some of the great features the HoverCam Flex Software has to offer:
- Designed for use with any interactive whiteboard system
- Capture audio and video with a few mouse clicks
- Record and Capture your computer’s screen
- Digitally annotate over images
- Auto digital image enhancement
- 16X digital zoom
- Auto straighten images
- Upload image captures directly to Evernote, Dropbox and more
HoverCam T3 Video Review
Q & A
Q: Why Hovercam?
A: HoverCam has taken a radical, new approach to the document camera market. First, we took out the VGA connector. The HoverCam connects directly to the computer, not the projector. Not only does this result in cost savings, but with the growth of interactive whiteboards more and more teachers prefer using the computer to manage lesson delivery. The HoverCam uses the processing power of the computer to control the camera image. Another significant cost savings come from using a patent pending digital zoom process to deliver smooth zooming in and out up to 16X (optical zoom costs more).
Q: What can I use the T3 for?
A: The T3 can be used for everyday scanning, copying, email/fax solution for offices as well as schools. The T3 is also a visual presenter, and it can be used in schools for interactive teaching and distance learning as well as scanning and archiving students work.
Q: Can the T3 be used for testing?
A: Yes, using Hovercam’s Grade Central software, you can effortlessly scan and grade tests. Please contact us for more information.
Q: Does it have a carry case?
A: The T3 comes with a drawstring pouch that can hold the T3 and the USB cable. It is meant for basic protection while transporting it.
Q: What is the rubber mat that came in the box with the T3?
A: That mat is there to assist in scanning documents. It has marks on it for the camera as well as different sizes of paper. Once you are set up, you simply drop you paper within the marks on the mat and you know it will be centered in the sceen and ready to scan.
Q: How do I scan an image? Does it take long?
A: Once your subject is placed under the camera and visible on your computer screen, you simply click the snapshot button on your screen and a few seconds later you have a scanned image thumbnail on the right side of your screen.
Q: How does the Hovercam T3 connect?
A: The Hovercam T3 connects to your computer through the included USB cable. No other cables are needed. Since it does not have a video output, it can only connect to a computer through USB.
Q: Do I need any additional items to use the T3?
A: All you have to do is connect it to your computer. The T3 comes with the software and USB cable needed to use it.
Q: Can the T3 save images of my documents?
A: Yes, the T3 can be used as a scanner to save JPEG and PDF images right within the Hovercam software.
Q: Can the T3 save pictures to internal memory?
A: The T3 does not have an internal memory so it will save all images and video back to your computer. The T3 needs to be connected to that computer to function.
Q: Can the T3 be used to record audio and video?
A: Yes, the T3 has a built in microphone and can record audio and video right inside the Hovercam software. You can also use Quicktime and Google Picasa for capturing video.
Q: How do I record video with the T3?
A: With the software in video mode, simply press the record button on your screen. It will then ask you to select the area which you want to record. Drag the box over the area of the image that you want to record and click record.
Q: How do I ensure that the microphone is there and ready to record?
A: The microphone is something you won’t have to think about. It is built into the T3, located near the camera lens. It is also always ready to go when you push the record button.
Q: Does the T3 have good video quality?
A: There are many factors that can affect your video quality, most notably is your computer. If the computer is running slow, the video may look slower than it should. You can also adjust the resolution of your video right on your screen. Higher resolution will give you a very high res image and slower video. Lowering the resolution will give you smoother video.
Q: Does the T3 work with Skype?
A: It can, but because the lens looks down, it would not work well for a video chat. Please take a look at the Neo3 or Solo 5 which have adjustable cameras.
Q: I frequently travel for work and I would like to take the T3 with me. Is that possible?
A: Absolutely.The T3’s compact size and one cable connection make it easy to transport and use wherever you go.
Q: Can the T3 be connected wirelessly?
A: No, the T3 cannot be made wireless.
Q: How long is the included USB cable?
A: The cable is 5 feet long. We also sell 15 and 30 foot long cables if you need a little more room to move around.
Q:Does the T3 have an autofocus?
A: The T3 does not have an autofocus. There is a manual focus ring around the camera lens. Once set, you should not need to adjust the focus often.
Q: Can a HoverCam be used with an interactive whiteboard or smartboard?
A: Yes, a HoverCam makes a great addition to any interactive whiteboard or smartboard. Please read this article from Craig Justice, Vice President of Hovercam about using their cameras with an interactive whiteboard. Click Here!
Q: What is a better camera for me, the T3 or T5? Hovercam T3 VS T5
Q: Can I use the hovercam with a smartboard or interactive whiteboard?
A: The T3 is better for school customers that record live video and still shots. It has a better refresh rate so you will get smoother video quality. The T5 will take higher quality still shots but not good video quality. The T3 also has a built in mic to record audio. The T5 we mainly sell to businesses while schools use the T3.
Q: Does the Hovercam work with the Microsoft Surface Tablet?
A: Hovercam document cameras, doesn’t matter which model, will work with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet. This tablet runs Windows 8.1 so it can support the Hovercam software. The Surface and Surface 2 tablets are not compatible with the Hovercam software.
Q: How Durable is the HoverCam T3?
HoverCam Whiteboard Connector is a small Flash application which allows users of Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) software, such as Smart Notebook, Promethean ActivInspire, eBeam ActiveCapture, or Mimio Studio Notebook to embed and manipulate live video from a HoverCam document camera.
- Smart Notebook
- Promethean ActivInspire
- Mimio Studio Notebook
- eBeam ActiveCapture
- MicroSoft PowerPoint Slides
- MicroSoft Word Documents
- Annotate with IWB Tools Over HoverCam Video
- Uses Familiar HoverCam Flex Controls with IWB
- Embed HoverCam Video in PowerPoint Slides or Word