951Re: [genphoto] Digital Camera
- Jul 3, 2001I can get readable copies from library books with the Olympus D-490
zoom camera but I have never tried using OCR software to convert the
document. I have also been able to get readable copies with a 1.3
megapixal camera using a copystand.
To get more than minimally acceptable copies in most cases, one
really needs a copystand or a tripod that can be reversed to use as a
copy stand as it is difficult to get really readable text by hand
holding the camera in places with relatively poor lighting. Some
libraries such as the CT State Library in Hartford are beginning to
supply copy stands..
Given the copy stand, natural light produces decent results.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeffrey Owens" <owensj@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 9:12 PM
Subject: Re: [genphoto] Digital Camera
> While the topic of discussion is digital camera selection I wonder if
anyone has had any experience with using a digital camera to capture
text from books or other printed material and then running it through an
OCR software on a laptop. This would be so great for those trips to the
library. At the national archives you can't use hand scanners and the
photocopy process for older materials requires a lengthy process. Even
at my local historical societies it would be a great time saver. I once
saw a priest who was researching at my local society using such a
setup,but at that time didn't think it enough priority to ask many
reagrding the specs, etc.
> TNX for any comments,
> Jeff Owens
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