Inswan INS-2 review: a budget-friendly document camera that's surprisingly capable

This document camera is cheap, but what are you sacrificing for the low price? Our Inswan INS-2 document camera review reveals all.

Inswan Ins-2 document camera on desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Inswan INS-2 is a budget-friendly document camera that captures crisp 4K images and videos reliably and consistently. It boasts a versatile design with an extendable arm, is easy to set up, and even offers OCR scanning. While lacking editable PDF output or TV connectivity, it delivers excellent performance for its low price, making it a compelling choice for students and educators.


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    Low price

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    Easy to use

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    A3 workspace

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    4K capture

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    OCR scanning


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    Can't save scans as editable PDFs

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    Can't plug directly into a TV

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    No Wi-Fi option

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    Only connects via USB-A

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The best document cameras capture documents, book pages, and other objects, making them very useful in a number of situations, from Zoom meetings to business presentations, and tech demos to classroom lessons.

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Max resolution3840 x 3104
Frame rate60 fps (1920 x 1080) / 30fps (3840 x 2160) / 15fps (3840 x 3104)
Shooting area420 x 315 mm (16.53 x 12.40 inches)
OutputsUSB 2.0 port (Type A)
Digital Zoom16X (Win/Mac), 8X (Chrome)
Weight1kg (2.35 lb)
Joyusing V508

The Joyusing V508 document camera is a little pricier than the Inswan INS-2, but not by much. And what you're getting for the extra cash includes a remote, an extra fill light, and an HDMI cable, which you can use to connect the camera directly to a TV or monitor.

Inswan INS-3

Want the flexibility to display objects and documents from all kinds of angles? The Inswan INS-3 allows you to detach the camera from its stand and move it about, so you can get the lens in the perfect position. It's also cheaper and lighter than the INS-2, although on the downside the 5MP sensor offers lower picture quality. 

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.