Digital Camera & Equipment Loans (Gear2Go)

OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) maintains a collection of digital cameras and other devices for the use of all TU students, faculty and staff at both Towson and TUNE.

SCS offers equipment checkout at both our Cook and TUNE (Bel Air) locations. This equipment is available to all current students, faculty and staff, regardless of major. By using your active TU email address when reserving equipment, you identify yourself as an eligible borrower. 

Gear2Go

Our Gear2Go collection includes cameras and other equipment that borrowers may use anywhere, on or off campus, for up to four days. 

Items may be reserved online in advance by selecting the corresponding link in the tables below. Some items are available at both SCS Cook in Towson and at SCS TUNE in Bel Air, so be careful to use the link that corresponds to your desired location. Items must be returned to the same location from which they were picked-up. Repeated or extensive late return of Gear2Go equipment will result in suspension of borrowing privileges. 

Before borrowing equipment, please review our reservation guidelines at the bottom of this page; they are designed to offer fair access to as many students as possible. 

Gear4Here

Our Gear4Here collections include headphones, scanners and other fragile or unique items that may be used only within SCS facilities.

Gear4Here items are available at the Service Desks in Cook and TUNE on a first-come-first-served basis. Service Desk staff will collect and hold your TU OneCard until you return the equipment. Repeated removal of Gear4Here equipment from SCS facilities will result in suspension of borrowing privileges.

If you are new to SCS equipment loan services, it is essential that you read and adhere to the procedures at the bottom of this page. 

To search for a particular title or word on this page, use Control-F (Windows) or Command-F (Mac). Video overviews are available for our most popular items. Click "Kit Video" where it appears below to learn more about an item. 

Digital Video Cameras

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Sony a6300 Camera

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Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera  

This highly-regarded mirrorless camera records 24MP still photographs and 4K video to SD media. It includes a Sony E 16-50/F3.5-5.6 lens, and it will connect to your computer via USB for file transfer or tethered shooting. It includes the same APS-C sized sensor as our Canon DSLR cameras and produces comparable still images and arguably superior video. 

Specifications 
Users Guide 
Kit Video

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera

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Canon EOS 80D DSLR 

This professional-level DSLR camera records 24MP still photographs and full-HD video to SD media. It includes a Canon EF-S 18-135/F3.5 lens, and it will connect to your computer via USB.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera

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Canon EOS 70D DSLR 

This professional-level DSLR camera records 20MP still photographs and full-HD video to SD media. It includes a Canon EF-S 18-135/F3.5 lens, and it will connect to your computer via USB.

Specifications 
Users Guide 
Kit Video

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera

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Canon EOS 60D DSLR 

This professional-level DSLR camera records 18MP still photographs and full-HD video to SD media. It includes a Canon EF-S 18-135/F3.5 lens, and it will connect to your computer via USB.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video
Lynda.com Course 

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Side views of a Canon VIXIA HF-G20 video camera

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Canon VIXIA HF-G20 Camcorder  

This full-featured 1920x1080p HD camcorder records to dual removable SDHC media and internal 32GB memory. It features a high capacity battery and supports manual control for the artistically inclined.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video 

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Front right view of Sony HDR-CX560 Video Camera

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MAKE A TUNE RESERVATION

Sony HDR-CX560 Camcorder  

This full-featured 1080p HD camcorder records to both removable SDHC media and an internal 64GB hard drive. It features a high capacity battery and it supports manual control for the artistically inclined. It also shoots standard definition video and excellent 12.3 megapixel stills.

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Users Guide
Kit Video 

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Front right view of Sony HDR-CX550 Video Camera

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Sony HDR-CX550 Camcorder  

This full-featured 1080p HD camcorder records to both removable SDHC media and an internal 64GB hard drive. It features a high capacity battery and it supports manual control for the artistically inclined. It also shoots standard definition video and excellent 12.3 megapixel stills.

Specifications 
Users Guide 
Kit Video 

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

GoPro HERO3+ Sports Camera Kit

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GoPro HERO3+ Sports Camera Kit, Now with an LCD Display   

Encased in a tough, waterproof shell, and supporting a multitude of mounting options, the HERO 3+ can capture outstanding wide angle HD video under conditions that would destroy many cameras. Strap it to your head, clamp it to handlebars, or mount it to a tripod; these mounts are included in the SCS base kit. Also included are a 64GB MicroSD card, a charger, a remote control, a Quick Reference Guide, and cables. Chest harness and suction mounts are available separately.

Users Guide
Kit Video 

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their reservation on the final day of their active reservation, provided that a kit is available. To extend a reservation, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call 410-704-5151 or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. 

Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera

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Kodak Zi8 Pocket Camcorder    

This pocket-sized 1080 HD camcorder is easy to use and features removable SDHC media and an external microphone port. Use the included AC adapter to power the camera and you won't have to worry about the batteries dying in the middle of a shoot.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video

Flip UltraHD Pocket Video Camera

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MAKE A TUNE RESERVATION

Cisco Flip UltraHD Pocket Camcorder   

This pocket-sized 720 HD camcorder is the easiest-to-use camera we offer. You can expect to get 60 minutes of recording from a set of 2 fully charged batteries. The kit includes 4 batteries (which must be returned) and a portable recharger allowing for two hours of recording. Battery recharging requires approximately 6 hours.

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Users Guide 
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Digital Still Cameras 

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Front view of Blue Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera

This compact 16MP digital camera is shockproof, freeze proof, dust proof and waterproof down to 39 feet. It also includes a stereo mic and will record full HD 1080p video.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video

Digital Audio Equipment & Microphones

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Front view of Zoom H2 Digital Audio Recorder

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Samson Zoom H2 Digital Audio Recorder

This small, lightweight digital audio recorder will capture vocal and instrumental performances, as well as interviews and lectures with stunning clarity. The device features four on-board microphones and records in a variety of formats and quality levels to affordable SDHC media cards.

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Users Guide  
Kit Video

audio technica Pro 88W wireless microphone system

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MAKE A TUNE RESERVATION

audio-technica Pro 88W Wireless Mic System

This rugged, easy-to-use wireless microphone system offers two switchable frequencies and supports a 100'-300' range. It's great for video applications. The transmitter and receiver each use a single 9 volt battery.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video

Polsen OLM-10 Wired Mic

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Polsen OLM-10 Wired Lavalier Microphone 
This easy-to-use wired microphone includes a 20-foot cable and compatible with all of our video cameras that feature a mic port. A spare button-cell battery is included. 

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Users Guide 
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white, cylindrical Rode Pocaster USB microphone

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Rode Podcaster USB Microphone

This advanced USB microphone is well suited to recording a variety of audio sources directly to a computer. There is a headphone port for monitoring.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video

 

silver, capsule-shaped Blue Yeti USB microphone

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone

This advanced multi-pattern USB microphone is well suited to recording a wide variety of audio sources--from narration to choral and instrumental performances--directly to a computer. There is a headphone port for monitoring.

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Users Guide  

Tripods & Support Systems

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black Sony VCT-R640 Video Tripod

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MAKE A TUNE RESERVATION

Sony VCT-R640 Video Tripod

These video tripods are light enough to carry around all day, yet sturdy enough to support rock-solid recording in all but the most extreme conditions. The pan-tilt head and quick release are perfect for your next video or photo project.

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Users Guide 
Kit Video 

black Manfrotto Bogen 3001BPRO Video Tripod

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Manfrotto/Bogen 3001BPRO Video Tripod

Solid support with a 3-way pan-tilt video head and quick release. 

Kit Video

small black tripod with smartphone mount

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Smartphone Support Kit

Including a small, but flexible tripod and a spring clamp for mounting all but the largest smartphones, this kit is well suited for self-recording and sharper, more professional smartphone photos and video.

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Kit Video

Gear4Here Equipment for On-Site Use at SCS Cook Library

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black Monoprice MHP-839 Headphones

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk 

Monoprice MHP-839 Headphones

These lightweight, comfortable studio monitor-style headphones convey bass sounds more accurately than open-air headphones.

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silver Behringer HPS3000 Headphones

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Behringer HPS3000 Headphones

These comfy, acoustically sweet headphones will allow you to crank it up in the SCS lab without disturbing others.

Specifications 

black Canon LiDE110 Color Image Scanner

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Canon CanoScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner

This 2400x4800 dpi flatbed scanner can be connected to any SCS computer for digitizing photos, art work and printed pages.

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Users Guide

photo of USB Blu-ray disc burner

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Blu-ray Disc Burner USB

Use this external Blu-ray Disc burner to read or write to 25GB BD-R discs on your own laptop computer (if compatible) or an iMac computer (with the Roxio Toast application) in one of the three SCS Studios. Please note that SCS does not stock BD-R media, but you can purchase BD-R discs online or at local electronics and office supply stores.

black M Audio Axiom 49 USB MIDI Keyboard

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

M-Audio Axiom 49 USB/MIDI Keyboard (1st Gen)

For use with DAW (audio) software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Garage Band to input/edit music.

Users Guide  

Genaray LED 6200 T Video Light Kit

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Genaray LED-6200T Video Light Kit

This 4.5"x2.5" LED video light is perfect for self-illumination during webcam recording. Both the light intensity and temperature/color is adjustable. The kit also includes a battery, a power adapter, and a small tripod.

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black and gray Wacom Intuous 4 6 by 8 Graphics Tablet

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Wacom Intuos4 6"x8" Graphics Tablet

This input device for the artistically inclined includes the Intuos4 medium tablet, pen, mouse and a pen stand all in a soft case.

Users Guide 

black Kensington Expert Mouse USB Trackball

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Kensington Expert Mouse USB Trackball

This mouse alternative may give your wrist a rest and provide you better control of your cursor.

Users Guide

Gear4Here Equipment for Use at SCS TUNE (Bel Air) 

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silver Behringer HPS 3000 Headphones

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Behringer HPS3000 Headphones

These comfy, acoustically sweet headphones will allow you to crank it up in the SCS lab without disturbing others.

Specifications 

black Canon LiDE100 Color Image Scanner

Available for on site use only; ask at the Service Desk

Canon CanoScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner

This 2400x4800 dpi flatbed scanner can be connected to any SCS computer for digitizing photos, art work and printed pages.

Specifications 
Users Guide 

Reservation Guidelines

Because we have a limited supply of high-demand equipment, SCS manually screens and cancels reservations that do not adhere to our guidelines. This process is in place to make our equipment available to the largest possible number of clients and prevent unfair reservations.

  • A client may make only one reservation at a time for any kit or type of kit. On the final day of a reservation, the client may call SCS to request an extension of up to four additional days. If the kit in question is available, SCS will update the reservation accordingly. If the kit is not available, the client must return it on time as agreed. 
  • A client may reserve only one kit of a particular type at a time. A client may reserve a DSLR camera kit, a wireless mic kit, and a tripod for use at the same time because these kits are of different types. However, a client may not reserve two or more camera kits at the same time. Clients who are planning a multi-camera shoot, may request an exception to this rule by emailing 

Terms & Conditions

In taking possession of the equipment you request from OTS Student Computing Services,

  1. You attest that you are a Towson University student, faculty member or staff member and possess a valid TU OneCard identification;
  2. You agree to take all reasonable steps to safeguard the equipment from damage and theft, to adhere to the SCS guidelines for equipment care and to return the equipment in the same condition you received it;
  3. You agree to return the equipment and all constituent components on or before the due date and time indicated in your reservation confirmation and receipt;
  4. You acknowledge your understanding that if you do not return the borrowed equipment on time, SCS may deny your reservation and borrowing requests in the future;
  5. You acknowledge your understanding that if you do not return this equipment within one week of the due date, SCS may bill you for the replacement value of the equipment through the Towson University Bursar's Office;
  6. You acknowledge your understanding that if you repeatedly reserve equipment and then fail to pick it up without alerting SCS, we may deny your reservation and borrowing requests in the future;
  7. You acknowledge your understanding that Towson University, the Office of Technology Services, and Student Computing Services will not be responsible for file or media loss due to equipment malfunction or misuse;
  8. You acknowledge your understanding that Student Computing Services routinely deletes all borrower content (i.e., image, audio and video files) from returned equipment and that it is your responsibility to transfer your files to your own computer or storage device before returning borrowed equipment; if you leave personal video or audio on a camera, it may be viewed by another borrower.

Regarding Late Returns 

Your delay in returning equipment might prevent another client from completing an important assignment or project on time. Consequently, we regard your due date very seriously and ask that you call us immediately should an emergency situation prevent you from returning equipment on time.

SCS tracks the incidence of late returns. If you reach a total 6 late return days* or 3 late return incidents, we will suspend your borrowing privileges for both off-site and on-site resources for 6 months.

(*Because your late return of 3 items—for example, a camera, a tripod and a microphone—could affect 3 separate clients waiting for those items, we record one late return day per item when equipment is late.)

We will suspend indefinitely the borrowing privileges of clients who do not respond to our email or telephone alerts and make it necessary for us to secure the assistance of the TU Police in recovering our property.

Regarding Abandoned Reservations

When you make a reservation, the equipment is held for you. No one else can reserve it. If you don't pick up the equipment—in other words, you abandon the reservation—it remains unavailable to others, nevertheless. We recognize that plans sometimes change, but we believe that in such cases it is reasonable to expect you to contact us and cancel the reservation.

SCS tracks the incidence of abandoned reservations. After your third abandonment, SCS will suspend your borrowing privileges for both off-site and on-site resources for 6 months.