CCTVs/Video Magnifiers (2022)

A video magnifier, or closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, uses a stand-mounted or handheld video camera to project a magnified image onto a video monitor, a television (TV) screen, or a computer monitor. Cameras with zoom lenses provide variable magnification. In most of these systems, magnification level and focus are set after choosing a comfortable and functional working distance between the camera and the material to be viewed. Some systems use an auto-focus camera. Lower cost video magnifiers often use cameras that have a fixed focus and cannot vary magnification or camera-to-target distance. Most cameras also need their own light source.

Cameras that are mounted on a fixed stand require the reading material to be placed under the camera and moved across and down the page. To make the process of viewing easier, a table that is movable from the top of the page to the bottom and side to side (referred to as an x-y table) is used with most stand-mounted cameras. Stand-mounted cameras are particularly effective for handwriting because a hand can fit under the camera.

In contrast to stand-mounted cameras, handheld cameras are designed for bringing the camera to the material to be viewed. They can magnify almost anything within reach, including labels on packages of food and medicine. Handheld cameras are often on rollers, which make them easier to move across a flat working surface. Some manufacturers of video magnifiers that use handheld cameras offer a writing stand as an accessory.

All video magnifiers offer the option of viewing black letters on a white background or white letters on a black background. Controls for contrast and brightness are also standard. Many video magnifiers also provide other special on-screen features and controls including underlining or overlining of text. Some systems work jointly with a computer, offering the option of sharing the computer monitor. Color video magnifiers are useful for reading materials in which color is crucial, such as maps and color photographs. A radical departure in design from conventional video magnifiers is the use of head-mounted displays (HMD). They offer portability and new ways of viewing the display. Being able to capture and save an image is also a new function that has recently become available.

Typically, video magnifiers that use a camera mounted on a fixed stand and x-y table are in the $1,800 to $4,000 price range. Lower cost video magnifiers that plug into a TV are in the $400 to $1,000 price range.

Acrobat Ultra LCD
Video magnifier that features a 3-in-1 camera for seeing one's self up close, reading, and distance viewing. Comes with 20", 22", 24", or 27" high-resolution LCD monitors that provide 1.6x to 99.5x adjustable magnification (varies with LCD size). The camera is also detachable, allowing one to use it at various workstations.

Amigo
Handheld portable magnifier with a 7" high resolution LCD with large field of view adjustable magnification of 1.4x to 25x. May be used to read price tags, restaurant menus, ingredients on a package and directions.

Aukey Ultra-Portable Video Magnifier
Pocket-sized, portable video magnifier with a 3.5" wide-screen LCD monitor with a magnification of up to 17x. Has three user-friendly tactile buttons: on/off and mode; magnification; and freeze frame. Comes with a detachable reading stand.

Aumax VGA
Flexible, portable video magnifier for both near and distance viewing at school, work and home. May be used to view text, photos, blackboards, crafts, etc. and can magnify from 3.5x to 79x on a PC screen or VGA monitor. Has three viewing modes: reading, distance and self-view. The dual control panels on the top and bottom of the camera makes it easy for left-handed or right-handed users. Carrying case included.

Aumed Image
Easy-to-use handheld magnifier with a comfortable grip. May also be used for reading or reviewing small print or writing—signing your name, writing checks and filling out forms. Offers a magnification range of 1.5x to 22x when used as a handheld magnifier (with handle extended) or 4.5x, 6x, 9x and12x when used as a stand magnifier (with handle folded) and five viewing modes: full color; black on white; white on black; yellow on blue; yellow on black. May also be plugged into a television to view images on a larger screen.

Butterfly
Portable handheld pocket video magnifier with 1.5x to 15x magnification on a 3.5" LCD screen. Weighs 4.2 ounces and is ideal for people on the go. May be hung around the neck. Tangible magnification and color mode adjustment buttons are handily located above on the right. When placed flat on books or photographs, offers a comfortable viewing angle with a foldable reading stand. Has an auto-focus camera for shooting unreachable materials, such as books on a high shelf. Includes a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery with 1400mAh capacity and an AC charger, stand, carry case and strap.

Candy
Five-inch LCD high-definition handheld portable video magnifier with 2.8x to 22x magnification. May also be used as a stand magnifier. Its unique, ergonomic three-position handle may be comfortably held in the center-balanced position for right-handed or left-handed use. Continuous digital zoom magnification easily increases or decreases the size of the text, photo or object being viewed. All function buttons, including the Freeze Image button, are large and conveniently located on or adjacent to the handle. Weighs less than 10 ounces and may be carried in a coat pocket or purse.

Candy 5 HD II
Handheld (with handle) 5.0" LCD HD video magnifier with a unique, ergonomic 3-position handle which can be comfortably held in the center-balanced position, for right-handed or left-handed use. Alternatively, use CANDY 5 HD II as a stand magnifier with included cradle.

Clearview C
Desktop video magnifier that comes with a high-definition monitor and standard camera with continuous magnification of 1.5x to 75x (optional: up to 170x) and adjustable document viewing modes: full color photo mode, 16 selectable high-contrast color combinations to improve contrast for better visibility, and from 1 to 4 selectable color combination presets. Comes with the following three camera functions and monitor options: standard camera with a 24" monitor, high-definition camera with a 24" Monitor, and a high-definition camera with a 24" monitor and OCR speech.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Optelec-Clearview-C_p_1375.html

ClearView+
Offers three monitor options—full-color 17" TFT monitor, full-color 17" CRT monitor, or a black-and-white 17" CRT monitor—with the additional option of computer compatibility.

Clearview+ HD 22"
Video magnifier system that magnifies anything placed under it from 2x to 85x times its original size, always maintaining perfect focus. Also features a specially designed high-quality monitor and lighting design for optimal visual enhancement. The entire system can be controlled with a single button and customized to meet the user's exact needs.

ClearView+ Speech HD
Desktop video magnifier with integrated OCR and text-to-speech technology. Read/view magnified text/images or listen to text read by synthesized speech and view each word highlighted as it is spoken.

ClearView+ Speech Module
Desktop video magnifier that integrates OCR and text-to-speech technology. Allows users to enlarge materials to a more comfortable size or change the high contrast viewing modes with one master dial. The Point and Read interface allows users to simply touch the screen for the Speech feature, and then sit back, relax and listen. Users also have the option to select video magnification to view photos, bills and read shorter text.

ClearView+ Speech True Color
Desktop video magnifier with integrated OCR and text-to-speech technology. Read/view magnified text/images or listen to text read by synthesized speech and view each word highlighted as it is spoken.

ColorMouse
Full-color video magnifier with a magnification of 14x on 20" or 28x on a 40" television.

ColorMouse-Mac
Full color, computer mouse video magnifier that can be plugged into any USB port on an Apple desktop or Notebook. Has a magnification range of 3x - 100x. Features include full color image, pure black text on a white background and variable magnification.

ColorMouse-RM
Full-color, computer mouse video magnifier with variable magnification of 14x-55x, vivid full-color, positive and negative view modes that can be plugged into any regular television.

ColorMouse-Win
Handheld, full-color mouse-style video magnifier that connects to a single USB port on any PC with Windows 7, 8 or 10 with a variable magnification of 3x-100x. Offers high-contrast negative image (pure white text on black background) and high-contrast positive image (pure black text on white background), split screen and more.

ColorMouse-Zoom
Full-color electronic magnifier that can be plugged into a regular television to using video input to magnify magazines, maps, prescription bottles, food labels, stamps, and photos. Offers freeze frame and variable magnification of 14x- 55x on a 20" television.

Compact 4 HD
Handheld dome magnifier with a continuous magnification range of 1.7x to 12x and 4.3" full color TFT widescreen display. Offers high-contrast viewing modes for easier reading (set up to 4 combinations from a possible choice of 16).

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Compact-4-HD_p_1264.html?AffId=1

Compact 5 HD
Portable video magnifier that features continuous zoom with 1.5x to 18x magnification, 8 megapixel high-definition and auto-focus camera for superior images, 5" full color TFT wide screen display and 16 high-contrast colors. Has a low vision customizable large icon menu and ergonomic design with two reading positions.

Compact 7 HD
Portable electronic video magnifier that features continuous zoom with 1.5x to 18x magnification, 8 megapixel high-definition and auto-focus camera for superior images, 7" full color TFT wide screen display and 16 high-contrast colors. Has a low vision customizable large icon menu and ergonomic design with two reading positions.

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Compact Mini
Pocket-sized video magnifier with a 3.5" full color screen with adjustable magnification of 2x, 5x, 8x, and 11x. Offers multiple high-contrast viewing options.

Compact Touch HD
Portable handheld video magnifier with continuous magnification of 2x to 20x and touchscreen controls. Has a 4.3" full-color TFT widescreen display and adjustable document viewing modes and full color for viewing photographs and images as well as four high-contrast color combinations for easier reading including black text on a yellow background.

Compact+
Small, portable video magnifier with continuous magnification of up to 3x to 10x with a 4.3" full-color TFT widescreen. Displays text in true color, black and white and reverse. Also offers blue/yellow and black/yellow options for easier discrimination.

Computer Screen Enlarger: 14
Screen enlarger that attaches to the top of a standard CRT style monitor. Magnifies 1.5x, reduces glare, and blocks UV rays. Easy to clean and install.

Crystal XL
Portable handheld magnifier with a 4.3" TFT display that includes a power on/off switch and offers text and images in 3 levels of magnification--3x, 4.5x and 7x—all of which appear in a variety of color modes, including color, positive, negative, and semi-colors. Micro USB battery charge connector included.

DaVinci HD
Desktop video magnifier with a 24" high-resolution LCD screen, text-to-speech (OCR) software that reads any printed text aloud with the push of a button, and a 3-in-1 camera that rotates 340 degrees. Offers magnification up to 77x and 8 viewing modes to optimize contrast and brightness. Monitor can also be used as a display for a computer or iPad (additional hardware required).

DaVinci HD/OCR
High-performance desktop video magnifier, featuring full high-definition color and contrast, crystal clear images, and vibrant colors; selective text-to-speech optical character recognition system (OCR); and a 3-in-1 camera.

DaVinci Pro HD
Desktop video magnifier that features a full high-definition Sony 1080p screen, a 3-in-1 camera, magnification up to 77x, and full-page text-to-speech system. Great for applying make-up, shaving, reading, writing, viewing presentations and whiteboards. The slide mechanism provides flexibility for various camera arm positions.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/DaVinci-Pro-HD-_p_1452.html?AffId=1

E-Bot Pro
iPad-compatible, portable, reading, writing and distance video magnifier that provides full-page OCR capability. Can be connected to a Mac via USB 3.0, a PC via USB 2.0/3.0, to a television or computer monitor with HDMI, or directly to an iPad screen via a dedicated Wi-Fi wireless access point. Common touchscreen gestures may be used to adjust the magnification level and image color on an iPad. Reading material may be manipulated smoothly and easily with a joystick control or touchscreen gestures which move the camera in response to touch. The OCR may be used to a scan and listen to a full page of text through a built-in speaker or headset (speaker jack available for earphone or headset).

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/E-Bot-Pro-_p_1444.html?AffId=1

Explore 3
Portable handheld video magnifier with 2x to 16x magnification, continuous zoom to clearly see every detail, auto-focus, freeze-frame, color mode selector. Also has a built-in stand for signing and filling out forms. Includes a flashlight. May be connected to a television to magnify what's on the screen. Features large buttons for adjusting magnification and contrast modes.

Explore 5
Smallest, lightest 5" high-definition handheld electronic video magnifier that offers a magnification range from 2x to 22x. Offers more than 18 customizable enhancement modes and three modes of use--out of pocket, with folding handle, or tabletop use. May be connected to a television to display enlarged pictures and text on a bigger screen. Can also store thousands of images for viewing anytime.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Humanware-Explore-5_p_1439.html?AffId=1

Explore 7
Portable, high-definition handheld electronic video magnifier with a 7" high-definition LCD screen that offers a magnification range from 2.3x to 19x. Offers more than 12 contrast and 3 favorite color settings and three modes of use: out of pocket, with folding handle, or tabletop use. May be connected to a television to display enlarged pictures and text on a bigger screen. Can also store thousands of images for viewing anytime.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Humanware-Explore-7_p_1440.html?AffId=1

Explorer Classic
Desktop video magnifier with auto-focus and manual-focus capabilities with a magnification range of 3.5x to 65x on 22" LCD display or 3.0x to 57x on a 19" model. Monitor comes on an adjustable arm for easy height, tilt and swivel. Features adjustable contrast control and a viewing table equipped with front-to-back and side-to-side (x-y) slides that allow users to position materials under the camera unit for reading, writing, and viewing various items. The table can be locked with an easy one-lever brake feature.

Explorer HD 22
Flexible desktop magnifier with magnification ranges of 2.5x to 57x (19" model), 2.8x to 65x (22" model) and 3.2x to 73x (24" model). Offers three additional Select-A-Color modes with the standard modes (full color, black on white, and white on black). Viewing table is equipped with front-to-back and side-to-side (x-y) slides for positioning materials under the camera unit for reading, writing, and viewing various items.

Eye-Q
Portable video magnifier with a 4.2" wide screen LCD screen and a 4x to 15x magnification range. Offers full color, black/white or white/black display.

Flick
Portable video magnifier for both distance viewing and near vision tasks. Features a fully motorized camera and lens system that enables users to control and retain their settings such as focus and magnification for each viewing mode. The first immersive and touch screen camera system that allows the user to view the desired scene or reading material to controlling the system from a tablet or computer screen without manual manipulation of the camera. The touch screen interface also features familiar gesture control; may also be controlled with a mouse or keyboard on traditional laptop or desktop computers. Connects to Windows 7 or 8 tablets or Windows 7, 8 or Mac laptops/desktops.

Fusion
Portable video magnifier that opens and closes like a laptop computer with a magnification range of 6.5x to 15x. Can be rolled across text or used with its integrated handheld mouse camera. Its 7" flat-panel screen folds down for portability.

IBIS HD
Portable, high-definition video magnifier with average adjustable magnification of 2x to77x (varies with HD screen size). Attaches to any television or PC monitor.

Jordy
Video magnification system consisting of a head-mounted display which can be worn like a pair of eyeglasses and is adjusted with a control unit. Video camera is enclosed within the front section of the 8-ounce Jordy eyeglasses and the camera is pointed by head movement. The head-mounted display is worn over prescription eyeglasses. Has a headband strap and an adjustable nosepiece. A lens on the front of the system can be slid over the main camera lens for reading and near viewing up to 50x. When placed on its optional desktop stand and attached to any monitor, it becomes a fully functional desktop video magnifier. Battery-operated and can be used to see near, far, and anything in between.

KitchenMouse-Color
Full-color, mouse-style video magnifier with an ultra-lightweight 12" screen that can be easily mounted on any wall in the Kitchen. Offers MD Mode which provides pure white text on a black background for maximum contrast and reduced glare for anyone with acute sensitivity to light. This can be especially beneficial for anyone with macular degeneration. Other features include greyscale image, pure black text on a white background with 10x magnification.

KitchenMouse-MD
Mouse-style video magnifier with an ultra-lightweight 12" screen that can be easily mounted on any wall in the Kitchen. Offers full-color magnification and MD mode, which provides pure white text on a black background for maximum contrast and reduced glare for anyone with acute sensitivity to light. This can be especially beneficial for anyone with macular degeneration. Other features include greyscale image, pure black text on a white background and 10x magnification.

KitchenMouse-Mono
Black and white, mouse-style video magnifier with an ultra-lightweight 12" screen that can be easily mounted on any wall in the kitchen. Offers MD Mode which provides pure white text on a black background for maximum contrast and reduced glare for anyone with acute sensitivity to light. This can be especially beneficial for anyone with macular degeneration. Other features include greyscale image, pure black text on a white background and variable magnification.

LaVoice Solo
Standalone scanning device that integrates reading and magnifying together. Built with multiple output interfaces such as VGA and HDMI and can be connected to any monitor or television (not included) via HDMI to get the additional display of the captured image, enabling user to see the image while listening to the text being read. Features high-quality, multilingual text recognition; magnifiers for reading entire page; pause, forward and rewind capability; adjustable reading speed; multiple text color to suit user’s specific need; crystal clear font at any zoom level.

Liberty Scholar 2
Portable video magnifier with both near and distance viewing capabilities for reading, writing and viewing distance objects with a magnification range from 1.5x to 50x and a 12" TFT display. Function buttons include overview mode, freeze image function, viewing mode selection, brightness adjustment and semi-color selection.

Looky + Portable Video Magnifier
Portable, handheld video magnifier with a 3.5" display screen with a magnification range of 2x to 20x and five viewing modes: full color, black on white, white on black (reversed), yellow on blue, and yellow on black. Has a foldable handle and weighs 7 oz.

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Maggie
Lightweight, portable electronic video magnifier with a large 5" high-contrast full-color LCD screen with MD mode (white text on black background) and variable magnification and a 6-hour battery life.

Magni-Cam
Lightweight, handheld video magnifier that connects to any television set or computer with an appropriate PC television video card adapter to provide enhanced reading ability. Provides magnifications of up to 50x when connected to a 25" television.

Magnifier for LCD Monitor - Widescreen 19
Monitor magnifier that fits over most 19" widescreen flat panel LCD monitors for desktop computers. Helps reduce glare, reflection and UV rays overall reducing eyestrain and fatigue. Magnifies up to 1.5x.

MagniLink S Computer
Affordable and portable system ideal for students. Can be connected to any PC or Mac with its USB 3.0 connector. May be used to read books and documents or to follow lecture notes on the whiteboard, and then take a snapshot to study later. All functions can be controlled with a computer keyboard. The camera is available in SD resolution.

MagniLink S Computer/Monitor
Video magnifier that can be connected to a computer or a monitor for use in a classroom for viewing materials or to record a lesson or presentation with the video recording feature or as a regular video magnifier at home, connected to an LVI monitor and a docking station. Comes with both HDMI and USB 3.0 connections and can be controlled by the integrated control box or from the computer’s keyboard. The camera is available in HD or SD resolution.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Magnilink-S-ComputerMonitor_p_1250.html?AffId=1

MagniLink S Monitor
Connects to any monitor and is ideal for use at home for reading, working on scrapbooks, reviewing documents, or sharing photos or even looking at one’s self using the mirror mode. Comes with an HDMI connector. Has a built-in control panel and uses minimal space. Camera is available in HD or SD resolution. Accessories such as 2-i-1-carrying case and a docking station available.

MagniLink S Monitor HD
Connects to any monitor and is ideal for use at home for reading, working on scrapbooks, reviewing documents, or sharing photos or even looking at one’s self using the mirror mode. Comes with an HDMI connector. Has a built-in control panel and uses minimal space. Camera is available in HD or SD resolution. Accessories such as 2-i-1-carrying case and a docking station available.

MagniLink S TTS
Video magnifier with text-to-speech functionality. Spoken text is synchronized with the magnified text and is easy to follow. Comes with an HD camera, USB 3.0 and HDMI connectors, as well as built-in control panel. Text can be read aloud with increase reading speed and endurance. Reads any printed text by sentence, word or paragraph. The OCR scanned text can be saved and opened in a text editor for proofing and rewrites. May be used with headphones.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Magnilink-S-TTS-HD_p_1249.html?AffId=1

MagniLink Student Professional
Portable video magnifier with a combined reading and distance camera, for connection either to a PC or to a computer screen. Comes with a high-resolution camera and weighs 2.9 lbs. and is mounted in a few seconds with a connection through USB 2.0. Additional features include video recording with sound, freezing of image and dual monitor support.

MagniLink Vision Text to Speech (TTS)
Video magnifier with text-to-speech functionality. Spoken text is synchronized with the magnified text and is easy to follow. Features tactile buttons for adjusting volume, speed, and display modes. Preferences for contrast enhancement, colors, fonts and more can be adjusted for each user and additional languages can be added at any time. Text can be saved to or opened from the included USB-stick. Comes with a headphone jack for personal listening.

MagniLink Zip 17" HD
Portable video magnifier with an HD reading and distance camera. Comes with a low-vision adapted 17.3-inch monitor and a stable x-y table for comfortable reading and precise control. Has all the functions offered in a desktop video magnifier but can be folded and carried to another location easily. Good choice for users who read frequently and sometimes need to move their video magnifier between different locations, for example home and work, hotel, summer house, etc.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Magnilink-Zip-17-HD-_p_1408.html?AffId=1

MagniLink Zip Premium FHD 13
Foldable, portable video magnifier with a 13.3" monitor with full high-definition auto-focus camera. Can be connected to a PC/Mac with USB/HDMI connection (optional) and with TTS software for PC/Mac (optional) for reading text aloud.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Magnilink-Zip-13-HD_p_1406.html?AffId=1

MagniLink Zip Premium HD13
Foldable, portable video magnifier with a 13.3" monitor with full auto-focus camera. Can be connected to a PC/Mac with USB/HDMI connection (optional) and with TTS software for PC/Mac (optional) for reading text aloud.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Magnilink-Zip-13-Full-HD-_p_1407.html?AffId=1

Mattingly SMART Portable Video Magnifier
Portable video magnifier with a magnification range of 2x to 15x; 4 viewing modes--full color, black and white, high-contrast white on black and high-contrast black on white; and freeze-frame option with 4-step brightness and 4-step contrast adjustments.

Max
Portable, handheld digital video magnifier that connects to any television or computer monitor and may be used to read newspapers, magazines, recipe cards, and medicine labels. Offers16 to 28x adjustable magnification (20?? monitor and 4 viewing modes.

MaxLupe
Color portable video magnifier with a magnification range of approximately 7.3x to 30x for reading and approximately 3x to 12x for writing. Comes with a 5.8" TFT-monitor (can be tilted).

Merlin
Full-color, auto-focus video magnification system with optional monitor sizes and styles--the classic CRT 14" or 20" to the newer ergonomic sleek LCD 17" or 19" monitors and 2.7x to 85x adjustable magnification (varies with LCD screen size).

Merlin Elite
Desktop video magnifier that features a high-definition Sony auto-focus camera, high-resolution 24" LCD monitor and text-to-speech feature software (Nuance). Offers 28 viewing modes to optimize contrast and brightness, adjustable magnification from 2.4x to 70x, and a low-profile x-y table with a user-friendly lock mechanism. The monitor can also be used as a display for a computer or connected to an iPad (additional cables required). The screen easily pivots horizontally and vertically to provide the most comfortable viewing position.

Merlin Elite HD/OCR
High-performance desktop video magnifier, featuring a full HD Sony® camera and selective text-to-speech (OCR). High-definition color and contrast provides crystal clear picture and vibrant colors.

Merlin Elite Pro HD/OCR
High-performance desktop video magnifier, featuring a Full HD Sony® 1080p camera offering three OCR reading formats (full-page text, full-page picture, and single-line text).

Merlin HD 22"
Desktop electronic video magnifier that offers high-definition color and contrast for reading books and magazines, reading and writing letters, managing financial records, viewing color photos, or doing crossword puzzles. Features a high-definition camera, high-definition LCD screen that easily pivots horizontally and vertically to provide the most comfortable viewing position, simple, easy-to-use tactile controls, 2.4x to 73.2x magnification, depending on screen size and zoom table selected, adjustable viewing modes, and an x-y table with a user-friendly lock mechanism for smooth continuous reading.

Merlin LCD
Flexible full-color, auto-focus desktop magnifier with 7 viewing modes and 2.4x to 77x adjustable magnification (varies with LCD screen size). The monitor also offers a split-screen mode to allow users to view magnified images and the computer simultaneously. Screen pivots, tilts and swivels in all directions.

Merlin Ultra Full HD
Video magnifier with full high-definition camera, simple, easy-to-use tactile controls, a 2.4x to 73.2x (depending on screen size and zoom table selected), and an x-y table with a user-friendly lock mechanism for smooth continuous reading. Computer compatible for easy toggling between the video magnifier and computer (additional hardware may be required).

Mezzo HD
Foldable lightweight desktop electronic magnifier that offers 2.2x to 90x magnification. Offers a range of viewing modes: full color, black on white, white on black, green on black, yellow on blue and yellow on black. May be purchased with an x-y table and a mobility pack that includes a battery and carrying case.

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MiniMax
Small lightweight portable magnifier with a 2.8" TFT screen and three easy top-access buttons identified with high-contrast icons. Offers three discrete levels of magnification of approximately approx. 3x, 4.5x and 6.5x full range of color and color-select options. A freeze frame mode allows for storage and image manipulation.

Mobilux Digital
Mobile and portable, the handheld video magnifier with a 3.4" diagonal screen and four viewing modes: black on white, white on black and color, yellow/black. Offers 3 levels of magnification: 3x, 4.5x, and 6x and image display in real image (true colors), contrast enhancement of black on white, white on black and black on yellow.

Mobilux Touch HD
Portable, handheld video magnifier with a 4.3" high-definition TFT LCD screen. Provides time and date information, has an automatic shut-off feature after 5 minutes of non-use to save battery power, and 5 contrast modes so users can customize the colors of the text and backgrounds to their individual needs. Magnification powers range from 4x to 12x and include the middle range powers of 5x, 6x, 8x, and 10x. Has a 4GB SD card that stores photos, which are downloadable to a PC or Mac computer through the included USB connection. When connected to a PC, a live image can also be seen on a computer monitor.

MonoMouse
Handheld, black and white, grayscale mouse-style video magnifier that works on any television with a magnification of 14x on a 20" or 28x on a 40" television.

MonoMouse-Mac
Handheld, grayscale mouse-style video magnifier that connects to a single USB port on a MacBook, Mac mini or iMac with a variable magnification of 3x-100x. Offers high-contrast negative image (pure white text on black background) and high-contrast positive image (pure black text on white background).

MonoMouse-RM
Handheld, grayscale, reverse mode and enhanced mode mouse-style video magnifier with a magnification of 14x on a 20" or 28x on a 40" television.

MonoMouse-Win
Handheld, grayscale mouse-style video magnifier that connects to a single USB port on any PC with Windows 7, 8 or 10 with a variable magnification of 3x-100x. Offers high-contrast negative image (pure white text on black background) and high-contrast positive image (pure black text on white background).

ONYX
Foldable and lightweight portable video magnifier designed to connect to a monitor or a PC and provides magnification up to 100x. May be mounted on a swinging arm or flexible arm and provides distance, document, and self views.

ONYX Deskset 17
Portable video magnifier with a 3-in-1 flexible camera for reading documents, distance viewing, and self-viewing. The camera, mounted on a rotating arm on a 17" flat panel monitor, has three axes and rotates up to 350 degrees.

ONYX PC Edition
Portable video magnifier that combines the ONYX portable camera with USB connectivity plus Freedom Scientific's MAGic® screen magnification software with speech. Features EyeMerge software which allows user to switch back and forth between magnified PC images and magnified camera views in any of three viewing modes: distance views, document views, and self views. Comes in choice of a swing arm or flex arm.

Opal
Small, portable, handheld video magnifier with a 4" screen and a magnification range of 4.5x to 9x. Has two full-color modes and five two-color reading modes (black text on a white background; enhanced black text on a white background; white text on a black background; yellow text on a blue background; or blue text on a yellow background).

OPTi Lite
Desktop video magnifier that connects to a desktop or laptop computer using a USB 2.0 to display magnified text or images on the computer's screen. Has a fully adjustable magnification range 4x to 40x on a typical 15" screen.

OPTi Verso
Portable video magnifier that offers distance magnification, viewing for classroom, and meeting room use, as well as near magnification for desktop-style reading and writing. Connects to either a PC or notebook. Offers magnification range of 1.5x to 50x on a typical 15" screen and the full color and a complete range of enhanced color viewing modes.

OPTRON Pro
Portable video magnifier camera mounted on a modular swivel arm for near, distance, and self viewing. Features an auto-focus camera with full color, black and white, and artificial colors image adjustment. VGA computer-compatible. Connects to various monitors.

Pearl
Portable folding camera that connects to a PC and allows user to magnify and view documents on the screen and navigate with the virtual x-y table from the keyboard. Also expands the features of OpenBook 9.0 to provide instant OCR.

Pebble 3.5 Portable Video Magnifier
Lightweight, handheld magnifier with 2x to 10x magnification for reading labels, prescriptions, price tags, menus, bus schedules and more. Features a 3.5" high resolution LCD display with adjustable brightness.

Pebble HD
Lightweight, portable video magnifier with a high-definition camera with a 4.3" LCD display and adjustable magnification from 1.25x to 13.5x. Has easy-to-use large tactile buttons in two color choices and offers 28 available color select modes. Multi-purpose handle allows usage in various positions.

Pebble Mini
Lightweight, portable video magnifier with adjustable magnification from 2x to 10x that weighs less than 4 ounces. Offers 28 viewing modes, freeze image feature with capability to magnify and change mode, and image capture with save and recall.

Pico
Small, portable handheld magnifier that easily fits into a purse or pocket.

Portix
Portable, foldable, and compact magnifier with a high resolution 10.4" LCD screen and is about the size of a laptop. Offers a variety of viewing modes: color, black and white, inverse, yellow on blue, and black on yellow with a magnification range of 3x to 36x. The easy to use rotational camera can be moved from desktop, distance, and self-viewing modes.

Presto
Portable, desktop video magnifier with a 15" LCD monitor and four simple front panel buttons and 2.5x to 40x auto-focus magnification. Also features a simple one piece/one plug design, full color/black and white or reverse viewing modes, a locking x/y table, and tilt angle display on the monitor.

Presto Lite
Portable, desktop video magnifier with a 15" diagonal Active Color Matrix TFT LCD display and simple four-button front control panel and a magnification range of 3x to 21x. Also features a low-profile display, a reading table, and three image modes—photo, positive and negative images

Prisma AF
Portable auto-focus video magnifier with a magnification range of 2.5x to 30x on a 17" television screen. Viewing modes available include full color, enhanced black on white and enhanced white on black. Uses any standard PAL or NTSC television set with a video input jack.

Prodigi Desktop 20"
Desktop video magnifier with Touch and Tap controls and Diamond Edge Text. With magnification from 1.2x to 20x, users can select from a wide variety of enhanced contrast options with Touch and Tap controls on a 20" LCD screen. Has no confusing knobs and dials, and no clumsy x-y table. Just place your document and tap to zoom in and start reading with your preset magnification, enhanced contrast and reading mode.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Humanware-Prodigi-Desktop-CCTV-20-_p_1276.html?AffId=1

Prodigi Desktop 24"
Desktop video magnifier with Touch and Tap controls and Diamond Edge Text. With magnification from 1.2x to 20x, users can select from a wide variety of enhanced contrast options with Touch and Tap controls on a 24" LCD screen. Has no confusing knobs and dials, and no clumsy x-y table. Just place your document and tap to zoom in and start reading with your preset magnification, enhanced contrast and reading mode.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Humanware-Prodigi-Desktop-24_p_1277.html?AffId=1

Prodigi Duo 20"
Personal Vision Assistant with a 20" LCD screen that incorporates both a tabletop magnifier and a handheld magnifier. Includes a lightweight, portable 5" HD magnifier with a touch screen, that docks right into the tabletop unit with magnification ranges of 1x to 80x (Diamond Edge Text) and 1x to 20x (color).

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Humanware-Prodigi-Duo-20_p_1275.html?AffId=1

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Prodigi Duo 24"
Personal Vision Assistant with a 24" LCD screen that incorporates both a tabletop magnifier and a handheld magnifier. Includes a lightweight, portable 5" HD magnifier with a touch screen, that docks right into the tabletop unit with magnification ranges of 1x to 80x (Diamond Edge Text) and 1x to 20x (color).

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Prodigi-Duo-24_p_1256.html?AffId=1

Prodigi Tablet
Lightweight touchscreen 5" HD magnifier with a magnification range of 1.2x to 20x and Touch and Tap controls. User can select from a wide variety of enhanced contrast options. Stores photos and documents and converts characters into Diamond-Edge Text for easier reading. Allows user to switch from reading documents to listening to them, with the tap of a finger.

Available from the Chicago Lighthouse at:
www.lighthousetoolsforliving.com/Humanware-Prodigi-Tablet-Portable-CCTV_p_1278.html?AffId=1

Quicklook Zoom
Handheld, lightweight full-color, electronic magnifier with an integrated 4" TFT display and a magnification range of 3x to 18x. Has a built-in rechargeable battery, charger, cable, and a protective carrying case with belt loop, shoulder strap, and a wrist/neck strap.

RUBY
Handheld, pocket-sized video magnifier with a 4.3" full-color screen with a magnification range of 2x to 14x magnification when used with handle extended and 5x to 10x when used flat on a table.

Ruby XL HD
Portable, handheld video magnifier with a 5-megapixel, auto-focus camera and a full color, 5" tiltable LCD screen with continuous zoom from 2x to 14x.

SceneEye-500
Portable near/far desktop camera specifically designed for use with touch screen tablets. Suitable for distance tasks such as viewing a whiteboard or presentations and near viewing tasks like reading, hobbies, crafts or games. Freeze, save and retrieve images capabilities. Continuous zoom magnification to 50x or more with contrast enhancement. Connects to any Windows (7, 8, 10) laptop or tablet. Includes cables, SceneEye software, large print user manual and carrying case.

Select
Desktop video magnifier with a fully adjustable auto-focus camera and monitor with a magnification range of 2x to 65x. Offers true color, enhanced black on white and reverse white on black contrast viewing. Controls at the bottom of the monitor allow for easy operation. The monitor is connected to an adjustable arm which may be positioned above, level with, or to the left or right of the x-y table. The table organizer in the x-y table provides a small storage space for pens and papers. Optional Effects Package includes color combination options, window shading and line markers.

SelectUltra
Desktop auto-focus video magnifier with a magnification range of 2x to 65x with an adjustable camera and 17" or 19" flat panel monitor with black and white, color, and reverse white on black viewing for seeing near, intermediate and distant objects. The table organizer in the x-y table provides a small storage space for pens and papers. Optional Effects Package includes color combination options, window shading, and line markers.

Smartlux Digital
Portable video magnifier with a 5" LCD TFT display, 5x, 7x, 9x, or 12x magnification and 5 different viewing modes: full color, black on white, white on black, black on yellow, and yellow on black.

Smartview 360
Desktop video magnifier magnifies with a 19" LCD monitor and 3 viewing modes: desktop (2.6x to 57x magnification), distance (0.6x to 27x magnification) and self view (1x to 4x magnification).

SmartView Synergy PI 23
Desktop video magnifier with 23" LCD monitor and magnification range of 3.7x to 75x. Offers a variety of viewing options: color mode, 16 user-selectable enhanced contrast modes, and positive and negative combinations.

Snow 4.3
Lightweight handheld video magnifier with a large 4.3" widescreen LCD display and large tactile controls. Provides magnification from 2x to 16x, 10 contrast modes, as well as the ability to freeze an image for a closer look.

Snow 7
Lightweight handheld video magnifier with a 7" display with 12 different modes: full color, grey, black on white, white on black, blue on white, white on blue, black on yellow, yellow on black, blue on yellow, and yellow on blue. Provides 2.2x to 16x magnification.

Synergy SI 22"
Desktop video magnifier with 22" LCD monitor and magnification range of 3x to 75x. Offers a variety of viewing options: color mode, 16 user-selectable enhanced contrast modes, and positive and negative combinations.

The Prisma
Portable, foldable, lightweight video magnifier with magnification levels of up to 34x on a 32" screen that can be connected to a conventional television monitor of any size. Comes with a carrying case.

The Traveller
Portable auto-focus video magnifier with a magnification range of 4x to 16x magnification, a 6.4" tilt screen, and full color or black and white viewing modes.

The View
Completely collapsible and portable tabletop video magnification system with x-y table with a rotating camera for seeing near, intermediate, and far distances with an ultrathin LED backlit monitors with 1680 x 1050 resolution with both color, black and white viewing modes. Optional battery pack available. Optional Effects Package includes color combination options, window shading and line markers.

TOPAZ Desktop Video Magnifiers
Desktop, auto-focus video magnifier with magnification levels of up to 77x (on a 24" monitor) with extra-wide x-y table for viewing large documents, and other items. Comes with a choice of monitors: 20", 22", 24". Can become computer compatible with the addition of the TOPAZ Connectivity Kit (optional with additional charge).

TOPAZ XL HD
High-definition desktop video magnifier that offers magnification up to 67x, 8.25" of workspace under the camera, and 30 high-contrast text color modes plus true color and enhanced full color. Also offers the lowest magnification (1.5x) and widest field of view of any desktop video magnifier. May be enhanced with OCR capabilities and PC connectivity when GEM and OpenBook Scanning and Reading Software are installed.

Topolino Smart
Portable video magnifier that can be used in conjunction with a laptop/PC through a USB port or be connected directly to a monitor via the VGA port. Has a magnification range of approximately 1.7x-86x, depending on the monitor. Comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Primarily designed for use by students for reading and distance viewing. Latest settings are always saved automatically. Video recording is also an option and can be selected during installation.

TVi Color
Video magnifier that consists of a control box and a small television camera in an ergonomic, handheld mouse. The camera incorporates a zoom lens that allows the level of magnification to be altered without refocusing. The magnified image is displayed on a standard television in high-contrast black-on-white or white-on-black for text, or in full-color photo mode for photographs. Mouse rollers can be used to facilitate easy scanning of text, allowing difficult-to-read items such as medicine bottles or cooking instructions on food containers to be magnified easily. An overview mode can be used for orientation or for tasks, such as looking at one's own face. All functions can be controlled from the mouse. Optional handwriting stand available. Offers a magnification range of 18x on a 14" screen and 13x-26x on a 21" screen.

VEO HD CCTV
Video magnifier with full high-definition camera that can magnify text, pictures or objects from 1x to 100x. LVHD-technology guarantees high-contrast and flicker-free pictures in full HD+ quality and the unique N.E.L.E technology (Natural-Evolutional-Light-Experience) minimizes reflections and shadows. The high-tech LED flat screen monitor is available in three different sizes. Two different operating boards (one button or three buttons) assure easy operation. The freely movable x-y table, with friction brake in both directions, vertically and horizontally, allows for easy positioning of texts, pictures or objects.

Versa
Easy-to-use electronic handheld video magnifier that can magnify images up to 15x. Features include simple-to-use buttons, a large 4.3". wide screen color LCD display, five high-contrast viewing modes, and television connectivity for increased magnification.

VideoEye Millennium
Versatile and flexible video magnifier with a magnification power that adjusts to two distinct control settings--normal (25X) and high power (50X) on a 27" screen. The patented extendable arm design floats easily over the entire work surface and can be easily extended over a user's lap. The full-time auto-focus system continually renders a sharp image as the viewing head is moved to different positions.

VideoEye Millennium II
Versatile and flexible video magnifier with a magnification power that adjusts to 3 distinct control settings—to 100x, 50x, 25x on a 27" screen. The patented extendable arm design floats easily over the entire work surface and can be easily extended over a user's lap. The full-time auto-focus system continually renders a sharp image as the viewing head is moved to different positions.

VideoEye PowerZoom
Conventional non-HD VideoEye models with a 32" flat LCD screen. Magnifies from 2x to more than 100x power. Features control buttons that adjust precise magnification to raise or lower magnification power. Controls on the front also feature reverse image, focus lock, and black & white/color.

VideoEye Standard
User-friendly and flexible video magnifier with a full-time auto-focus magnifier that continually renders a sharp image as the viewing head is moved to different positions. The patented extendable arm design floats easily over the entire work surface and can be easily extended over a user's lap.

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VisioBook S
Portable, foldable, video magnifier with a 12.5", 16:9 wide screen monitor that can be folded to about the size of a laptop computer when not in use. Uses a high-definition camera to magnify documents (correspondence, newspapers, magazines, etc.) and photos from 1.8x to 30x magnification. With auto-focus, can be used with curved materials such as a pill bottle. Includes built-in batteries.

Zoom-Twix
Portable, laptop-compatible scanner/reader, magnifier and flexible video magnifier with for near, distance, and self-viewing. Offers four tools in one: auto-focus flexible video magnifier camera for distance and close viewing (Zoom-Frog); instant reader with its OCR software; smart magnifier that eliminates the need for an x-y table; and fast scanner (20 pages per minute).

ZoomEx
Portable scanner/reader that connects to a laptop computer and converts any printed text into multiple accessible formats such as speech, large print, MP3 or txt files. Provides text in any color combination, such as reverse color, etc., and can scan 20 pages per minute.

FAQs

What is a CCTV video magnifier? ›

A video magnifier, or closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, uses a stand-mounted or handheld video camera to project a magnified image onto a video monitor, a television (TV) screen, or a computer monitor. Cameras with zoom lenses provide variable magnification.

What type of magnification is CCTV? ›

Magnification is typically from approximately 2x to 17x and above. Some models have a continuously variable zoom, while others give a choice of two discrete magnifications, one low power, the other high power.

How do I use video magnifier? ›

So we will press this yellow button here to turn it on. And then we can flip out our little hand

What is electronic video magnifiers? ›

A video magnifier is an electronic magnifier that uses a camera and a screen to make text easier to read. The camera image will be magnified and the contrast can be increased, making it even easier to read.

How does a digital magnifier work? ›

Portable Electronic Magnifiers. A portable electronic magnifier is a device with a camera on the underside that captures the image of text, pictures, or other items, and a monitor on the top side that displays the image.

What is a CCTV for low vision? ›

Known as a CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) or as a Video Magnifier, CCTV magnifiers provide low vision aid for a full range of visual needs, specializing in assisting individuals with macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, and other low vision causing eye diseases and ...

What is a stand magnifier? ›

A stand magnifier is basically a plus lens mounted on legs that fix the distance from the lens to the object. They work based on the principles of angular and relative distance magnification. Some of the magnification, the 'enlargement ratio' is provided by the lens based on its distance from the object to be viewed.

Which low vision device provides the widest field of view? ›

Reading glasses allow the widest field of view for reading compared to other aids. Hand-held and stand magnifiers [Figure 2] enlarge close-up images, allowing the user to see small print and images at greater distances from the user's eyes.

What is a low vision aid? ›

Low vision aids are devices that assist those living with vision loss or legal blindness improve their visual performance. They help to enrich the lives of individuals with visual impairment and aid them in performing daily activities.

What is a portable video magnifier? ›

A portable video magnifier is a small, lightweight electronic handheld magnifier that is easy-to- use. Due to its compact size, it is easy to carry along anywhere you go. You can magnify and increase contrast on the spot.

What is projection magnification? ›

Optical magnification is the ratio between the apparent size of an object (or its size in an image) and its true size, and thus it is a dimensionless number. Optical magnification is sometimes referred to as "power" (for example "10× power"), although this can lead to confusion with optical power.

What are the advantages of using a magnifying glass that is foldable with built in light? ›

The main takeaway with having built-in lights on your magnifying glass is that it can help immensely with reducing the total amount of magnification needed to perform the various task you are trying to perform and make the device that much more capable of assisting with an everyday task.

What is a stand magnifier? ›

A stand magnifier is basically a plus lens mounted on legs that fix the distance from the lens to the object. They work based on the principles of angular and relative distance magnification. Some of the magnification, the 'enlargement ratio' is provided by the lens based on its distance from the object to be viewed.

What is a low vision aid? ›

Low vision aids are devices that assist those living with vision loss or legal blindness improve their visual performance. They help to enrich the lives of individuals with visual impairment and aid them in performing daily activities.

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