Is the Lumens DC125 Ladibug 30fps HD Lightweight Document Camera Worth It?

If you were going to pay almost 300 dollars for something in your classroom, you want to make sure it is worth it and long-lasting. That is where the question comes in, Is the Lumens DC125 Ladibug 30fps HD Lightweight Document Camera worth it? Short answer, depends on what you need/have.





















Below is the picture of the document camera.
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This is a great alternative for those who only have a projector and not an interactive whiteboard like a Promethean Board or Smartboard. It is very convenient to have one, but when your school/business cannot supply you with one then this is the perfect alternative. Below is my list of Pros & Cons of what I think about this Doc Cam.


Pros
1) It is Lightweight and easily adjustable! This Doc Cam is slightly different than most of them. The neck that connects the base to the camera is surprisingly durable and stiff enough to do the work. When I first opened the doc cam box and saw the neck I was concerned if it would hold steady and not fall down every time I tried to use it. Boy, was I wrong! 99% of the positions I adjust the neck to meet the needs of the classroom. The doc cams that are on the market are more fragile and the necks of them look like they are going to snap. Another side benefit to this is the weight of it. It weighs about three pounds. Easily portable! I can move it with one hand on the neck, no problem (just be careful of course)!

2) Easy install & troubleshoot. They gave me multiple ways to do this. One time when I had to switch it to a different computer and all I did was plug it in and it started to download the drive I need for it. I felt that was a rare situation. Nonetheless, that time it was easy! I think the simplest way they give it to us to install is to plug it in and they give you a link to type in on your browser and it takes you to the drive & SOFTWARE you need to download/install. Once that was completed, all I had to do was to click on the "ladibug" and it started working right away (as long as you have it connected)!!! It was that easy. It took me less than 5 minutes! It would only take you longer if you have a slower internet speed and outdated computer. That is where there troubleshoot comes in. They give you problem-solving strategies if needed. Also, they give you different drives and programs if needed to make it work on your computer/mac.

3) Connects to Computer (not the projector/Promethean/Smartboard board). Compared to most Doc Cams, they usually connect to the projector only. This one actually connects to the computer. At first, this felt like an inconvenience, but really became more of a positive than negative. The ability to keep your computer connected while showing the doc camera helps minimize that transition time from switching to doc cam to the computer. On top of that, you can set up your computer/laptop in a way for you to see it so you don't have to keep looking at the projector screen to see if it is positioned how you want it. For the first two years I used this, this helped tremendously! 

4) Last, but the best Pro is the QUALITY AND THE SPEED. That 30fps HD component is very important. If you have/had a Doc Cam before, then you know when you when your working on one, they are typically on a half second to one-second delay. This one is so fast it feels like a live feed! On top of that, it is HD! The quality of the picture is amazing! I am very picky in this area because I know the technology has the capability, it was just a matter of finding it. 

Cons
1) Feels fragile (but it does not break). I know I talked about the neck being durable and able to move to where you need to show what you need, but at the same time, it is fragile. The red parts are plastic, the camera portion has obvious fragile components, and the neck, if not taken care of properly, can break if misused. I had a strict no touching the doc cam policy, but we all have those students who try to touch it and play with it. What happened a couple times is students play with it very rough and eventually the Doc Cam loses balance and falls! As I tried to hold my emotions in check because I am thinking in my head, "OMG! THERE GOES MY 300 DOLLAR DOC CAM!" But, surprisingly, nothing broke, not even a scratch.

2) Price. Wow! this price is steep when you have to pay out of your pocket for this. Not to say it isn't worth it in my opinion. I do remember I did my research long and hard about this Doc Cam simply because it was a very steep price to pay to meet what I needed for my classroom. Don't expect to go down significantly either. The price now is about the same price I paid three years ago. Again, the product is well worth the price that it is shown, but it is still a lot of money to spend on. 


Overall/Conclusion
Now having this item for about three years, I can safely conclude that the price I paid is well worth it. The convenience of it being connected to my computer instead of the projector, the quality and speed are a MAJOR PLUS, and it is lightweight and can adjust very easy when needed too! The price is the major con in this product, but I feel the pros outweigh the cons this time around. If you have questions, concerns, or comments please do so down below or email me! Better yet, you know other people who are in need of a pencil sharpener or had issues in the past with them? SEND THEM THIS LINK!

THIS IS A GREAT gift if you know the teacher does not have an interactive whiteboard (Promethean/smartboard) but does have a projector.

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