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Cameras for live video to PC via USB or Firewire

by Delphi382 / January 17, 2013 5:28 AM PST

I need to find cameras that, in addition to recording in the field, can also be connected to a PC via Firewire or USB to pass "live" video to an app that will connect via Windows drivers, bypassing the camera's record functions.

I need at least 4 megapixels, 10x optical zoom, stabilization, auto-focus and a price under $500.

Suggestions will be welcomed and appreciated.

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What has 4 Megapixels over USB 2.0?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2013 5:35 AM PST

So far none as the data rate is too high for USB and firewire.

Is there more to this story? What product, in fact have you found any 4 megapixel solution at 30 or so FPS at any price?

PS. Yes I know about The Big Red.

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What has 4 Megapixels over USB 2.0
by Delphi382 / January 18, 2013 1:40 AM PST

Let me state the question differently. What I am looking for is a camera with the resolution, auto-focus and Windows connectivity of a WEB cam, particularly the Logitech C90 or similar, plus a 10x or so optical zoom lens. I need to focus on objects 10 to 20 feet or so from the camera, and digital zooming drops too many pixels.

The interface (USB, Firewire) to Windows doesn't necessarily matter, as long as the camera is recognized and drivers auto loaded.

Are there any camcorders that can be connected to Windows that will pass "live" video to the computer and bypass its internal recorder? This needs to be a simple connection (USB, Firewire, etc.) and not require any other device such as capture card, etc.

Needs to work with XP3, 7 & 8

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I had a question too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2013 1:47 AM PST

I asked for anything at any price that did this. I didn't ask but you need to define "live" video. Part of my work has been and still is CCTV systems (product design, not in sales or installation) and what you are looking for is usually in your machine vision category and easily can jump in to the 5 figure range.

If you can find an example product that fit your spec at any price it would help others look for other solutions. for example lets us do a lot with off the shelf DSLRs.

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