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CCTVs/Video Magnifiers

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 xy 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 xy 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.

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Acrobat Ultra LCDVideo magnifier that features a 3-in-1 camera for seeing one... Order Acrobat Ultra LCD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store Multimedia
AmigoHandheld portable magnifier with a 7" high resolution LCD wi... Multimedia
Aukey Ultra-Portable Video MagnifierPocket-sized, portable video magnifier with a 3.5" wide-scre...
Aumax VGAFlexible, portable video magnifier for both near and distanc...
Aumed ImageEasy-to-use handheld magnifier with a comfortable grip. May ... Sales@MagnifyingAids.com
Butterfly Portable handheld pocket video magnifier with 1.5x to 15x ma... Order Butterfly from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
CandyFive-inch LCD high-definition handheld portable video magnif... www.perkinsproducts.org/store/ www.maxiaids.com/
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ClearNoteLightweight, flexible video magnifier designed for laptop us... www.visual-techconnection.com/
Clearview CDesktop video magnifier that comes with a high-definition mo... Order Clearview C from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
ClearView+Offers three monitor options—full-color 17" TFT monitor, ful... Multimedia
Clearview+ HD 22"Video magnifier system that magnifies anything placed under ...
ClearView+ Speech HDDesktop video magnifier with integrated OCR and text-to-spee...
ClearView+ Speech ModuleIntegrates OCR and text-to-speech technology in a desktop vi...
ClearView+ Speech True ColorDesktop video magnifier with integrated OCR and text-to-spee...
ColorMouseFull-color video magnifier with a magnification of 14x on 20... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
ColorMouse-MacFull color, computer mouse video magnifier that can be plugg... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
ColorMouse-RMFull color, computer mouse video magnifier with variable mag... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
ColorMouse-WinHand-held, full-color mouse-style video magnifier that conne... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
ColorMouse-ZoomFull-color electronic magnifier that can be plugged into a r... Image
Compact 4 HDHandheld dome magnifier with a continuous magnification rang... Order Compact 4 HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
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Compact 7 HDPortable electronic video magnifier that features continuous... Order Compact 7 HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store Multimedia
Compact MiniPocket-sized video magnifier with a 3.5" full color screen w... https://us.optelec.com/products/
Compact Touch HDPortable handheld video magnifier with continuous magnificat... https://us.optelec.com/products/
Compact+Small, portable video magnifier with continuous magnificatio... https://us.optelec.com/products/
Computer Screen Enlarger: 14Screen enlarger that attaches to the top of a standard CRT s... www.independentliving.com; www.lssproducts.com/
Crystal XLPortable handheld magnifier with a 4.3" TFT display that inc... www.maxiaids.com
DaVinci HDDesktop video magnifier with a 24" high-resolution LCD scree... https://www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-product-line/davinci-all-in-one-hd-video-magnifier-with-text-to-speech.html
DaVinci HD/OCRHigh-performance desktop video magnifier, featuring full hig... www.enhancedvision.com
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E-Bot ProiPad-compatible, portable, reading, writing and distance vid... Order E-Bot Pro from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Eclipse TouchFull color, desktop auto-focus video magnifier with 15" coll... www.enablemart.com www.magnifyingaids.com www.maxiaids.com
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Explore 3Portable handheld video magnifier with 2x to 16x magnificati... Order Explore 3 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
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Explorer ClassicDesktop video magnifier with auto-focus and manual-focus cap... www.magnisight.com/
Explorer HD 22"Flexible desktop magnifier with magnification ranges of 2.5x... Order Explorer HD 22" from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Eye-QPortable video magnifier with a 4.2" wide screen LCD screen ... www.enablemart.com/
FlickPortable video magnifier for both distance viewing and near ... www.magnifyingchoices.com/store
Fusion Portable video magnifier that opens and closes like a laptop... https://www.magnifyingaids.com/Fusion_Video_Magnifier
IBIS HD Portable, high-definition video magnifier with average adjus... Order IBIS HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Jordy Video magnification system consisting of a head-mounted disp...
KitchenMouse-ColorFull-color, mouse-style video magnifier with an ultra lightw... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
KitchenMouse-MDMouse-style video magnifier with an ultra lightweight 12" sc... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
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LaVoice Solo Standalone scanning device that integrates reading and magni... www.maxiaids.com/
Liberty Scholar 2Portable video magnifier with both near and distance viewing... www.magnifyingaids.com/
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Liberty SoloPortable video magnifier with a tiltable 12" TFT screen that... www.shop.magnificationresources.com/
Looky + Portable Video Magnifier Portable, handheld video magnifier with a 3.5" display scree... www.maxiaids.com/
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MaggieLight weight, portable electronic video magnifier with a lar... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
Magni-Cam Lightweight, handheld video magnifier that connects to any t... www.synapse-ada.com/
Magnifier for LCD Monitor - Widescreen 19Monitor magnifier that fits over most 19" widescreen flat pa... www.lssproducts.com/
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MagniLink Vision Text to Speech (TTS)Video magnifier with high resolution and definition. you can... Order MagniLink Vision Text to Speech (TTS) from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
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MagniLink ZipFoldable, portable video magnifier with an auto-focus camera... www.magnifyingaids.com/ www.specialneedscomputers.ca/ Multimedia
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Mattingly SMART Portable Video MagnifierPortable video magnifier with a magnification range of 2x to... www.mattinglylowvision.com/
MaxPortable, handheld digital video magnifier that connects to ... www.enhancedvision.com/ www.nanopac.com/
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Merlin Full-color, auto-focus video magnification system with optio... www.aroga.com/
Merlin EliteDesktop video magnifier that features a high-definition Sony... www.nanopac.com/ www.beyondsight.com/
Merlin Elite HD/OCRHigh-performance desktop video magnifier, featuring a full H... www.enhancedvision.com
Merlin Elite Pro HD/OCRHigh-performance desktop video magnifier, featuring a Full H... www.enhancedvision.com
Merlin HD 22"Desktop electronic video magnifier that offers high definiti... www.nanopac.com www.beyondsight.com/
Merlin LCDFlexible full-color, auto-focus desktop magnifier with 7 vie... http://www.ulva.com/Online-Store/ Multimedia
Merlin Ultra Full HD Video magnifier with full high-definition camera, simple, ea... www.enhancedvision.com
Mezzo HDFoldable lightweight desktop electronic magnifier that offer... www.magnifyingaids.com/ http://shop.magnifyingamerica.com/
MiniMaxSmall lightweight portable magnifier with a 2.8" TFT screen ...
Mobilux Digital Mobile and portable, the handheld video magnifier with a 3.4... www.visual-techconnection.com/ www.magnifyingaids.com/
Mobilux Touch HDPortable, handheld video magnifier with a 4.3" high-definiti... Order Mobilux Touch HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
MoJoBattery-operated, full-color portable electronic monocular t... www.enhancedvision.com
MonoMouseHand-held, black and white, grayscale mouse-style video magn... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
MonoMouse-MacHand-held, grayscale mouse-style video magnifier that connec... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
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MonoMouse-WinHand-held, grayscale mouse-style video magnifier that connec... inquiries@bierleymagnifiers.com Image
ONYXFoldable and lightweight portable video magnifier designed t... http://sales.freedomscientific.com/
ONYX Deskset 17Portable video magnifier with a 3-in-1 flexible camera for r... http://sales.freedomscientific.com/
ONYX PC Edition Features the ONYX camera mounted on an arm secured to a stur... http://www.freedomscientific.com/Products/
OpalSmall, portable, hand-held video magnifier with a 4" screen ... http://www.mcssl.com/store/my-vision-aid/catalog/
OPTi Lite Desktop video magnifier that connects to a desktop or laptop... https://magnificationresources.com/ www.maxiaids.com/
OPTi VersoPortable video magnifier that offers distance magnification,... http://shop.magnificationresources.com/ www.maxiaids.com/
OPTRON Pro Portable video magnifier camera mounted on a modular swivel ...
Pearl Portable folding camera that connects to a PC and allows use... www.freedomscientific.com/ www.nanopac.com/
Pebble 3.5 Portable Video Magnifier Lightweight, handheld magnifier with 2x to 10x magnification...
Pebble HDLightweight, portable video magnifier with a high-definition... Order Pebble HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store Multimedia
Pebble MiniLightweight, portable video magnifier with adjustable magnif... www.enhancedvision.com/ www.lssproducts.com/ www.visabilitystore.org/ www.sightconnection.com/
PicoSmall, portable handheld magnifier that easily fits into a p...
PortixPortable, foldable, and compact magnifier with a high resolu...
PrestoPortable, desktop video magnifier with a 15" LCD monitor and... www.lssproducts.com/ www.floridareading.com/ www.magnifyingaids.com/
Presto LitePortable, desktop video magnifier with a 15" diagonal Active... www.magnifyingaids.com/
Prisma AFPortable auto-focus video magnifier with a magnification ran... www.maxiaids.com/ www.magnifyingaids.com/
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Prodigi TabletLightweight touchscreen 5" HD magnifier with a magnification... Order Prodigi Tablet from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Quicklook ZoomHandheld, lightweight full-color, electronic magnifier with ... www.maxiaids.com/
RUBYHandheld, pocket-sized video magnifier with a 4.3" full-colo... www.freedomscientific.com/
Ruby XL HDPortable, handheld video magnifier with a 5-megapixel, auto-... www.freedomscientific.com/
SceneEye-500Portable near/far desktop camera specifically designed for u... https://www.sightenhancement.com/products/sceneeye-500
SelectDesktop video magnifier with a fully adjustable auto-focus c... www.visiontechnology.com/store/
SelectUltraDesktop auto-focus video magnifier with a magnification rang... www.visiontechnology.com/store/
Smartlux Digital Portable video magnifier with a 5" LCD TFT display, 5x, 7x, ... Order Smartlux Digital from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Smartview 360Desktop video magnifier magnifies with a 19" LCD monitor and... Order Smartview 360 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
SmartView Synergy PI 23Desktop video magnifier with 23" LCD monitor and magnificati... http://www.magnifyingaids.com/
Snow 4.3"Lightweight handheld video magnifier with a large 4.3" wides... Order Snow 4.3" from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Snow 7" HDLightweight handheld video magnifier with a 7" display with ... Order Snow 7" HD from The Chicago Lighthouse Store Multimedia
Synergy SI 22"Desktop video magnifier with 22" LCD monitor and magnificati...
The PrismaPortable, foldable, lightweight video magnifier with magnifi... www.magnifyingaids.com/
The TravellerPortable auto-focus video magnifier with a magnification ran... https://us.optelec.com/products/
The ViewCompletely collapsible and portable tabletop video magnifica... www.visiontechnology.com/store/index.php
TOPAZ Desktop Video MagnifiersDesktop, auto-focus video magnifier with magnification level... http://sales.freedomscientific.com/
TOPAZ XL HD High-definition desktop video magnifier that offers magnific... http://sales.freedomscientific.com/
Topolino SmartPortable video magnifier that can be used in conjunction wit... Order Topolino Smart from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
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VEO HD CCTVVideo magnifier with full high-definition camera that can ma... Order VEO HD CCTV from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
VersaEasy-to-use electronic handheld video magnifier that can mag... www.rehabmart.com/
VisioBook SPortable, foldable, video magnifier with a 12.5", 16:9 wide ... Order VisioBook S from The Chicago Lighthouse Store Image
Zoom-TwixPortable, laptop-compatible scanner/reader, magnifier and fl... www.independentliving.com/
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