Unsure about if this product suits your needs?
Let AskSARA guide you

Three simple steps to your personalised advice report

1 Choose a topic

2 Answer some questions

3 Get advice

Start here

Video magnifiers

This section includes electronic devices that use video camera technology to magnify text. 

Video magnifier systems that require PC or TV connection – these devices provide magnification only when connected to a TV or PC screen. They may consist of a handheld camera, similar in shape to a computer mouse, that rests on the original image and can be moved across the paper or object, or may be mounted resembling a desktop lamp with a head which contains the camera and can be angled to focus on the document. 

Portable video magnifiers – these CCTV camera systems are supplied with a screen providing users with a magnified image. They can be moved from one location to another but are not pocket-sized. The screen and camera may be separate units connected by a cable.  The camera, which is often similar in shape to a computer mouse, is placed on the original image and can be moved across the paper or object while the magnified image appears on the screen.

Handheld pocket electronic video magnifiers – these devices provide a magnified image on an integral screen. Most offer a choice of contrast modes and may also save or 'freeze' the image (image capture). These magnifiers may have the option of attachment to a monitor or television screen.

Desktop-mounted video magnifier systems – these devices provide a magnified image on a screen. The systems listed include a screen and camera, they are not designed to be portable. The printed material to be magnified is placed on a reading table, on most models the table can be moved left and right, and backwards and forwards. 

Acrobat Hd Lcd Magnifier
Portable video magnifier. Comprises: detachable/rotating HD camera; HD tilting LCD monitor, adjustable arm; mirror, reading and distance viewing; adju...
Acrobat Hd Ultra Lcd Video Magnifier
LCD video magnifier. Comprises: auto focus; three in one camera; mirror, reading and distance viewing; detachable full HD camera; memory setting for e...
Acrobat Hd Ultra Long Arm Video Magnifier
HD ultra long arm video magnifier. Comprises: detachable full HD auto focus three-in-one camera; camera can be rotated to view images in the distance;...
Acrobat Hd Ultra Short Arm Video Magnifier
HD magnifier. Comprises: HD auto focus 3-in-1 camera; free standing; adjustable; detachable; self-viewing mode; memory setting; 28 viewing modes; left...
Acrobat Hd-mini Magnifier
Portable video magnifier. Comprises: camera settings saved for each view; battery operated; standby mode; camera and remote mounted controls; computer...
Acuity Full Hd Desktop Video Magnifier
HD desktop magnifier. Comprises: text to speech; wireless remote control; 1080p camera and screen; autofocus; OCR functionality; A3 page wide XY multi...
Amigo HD Desktop Magnifier
HD desktop magnifier. Comprises: adjustable and folding base; widescreen LCD; black and white and coloured buttons; HD camera; auto focus; adjustable ...
Amigo Hd Portable Video Magnifier
Handheld video magnifier. Comprises: colour LCD; auto focus or one push manual focus for viewing objects at a range of distances; adjustable magnifica...
Candy 4 Hd II Handheld Magnifier
Handheld video magnifier. Comprises: large display; digital clock; customisable text and background colour combinations; near distance view; auto focu...
Candy 5 HD II Video Magnifier
Handheld HD video magnifier. Comprises: ergonomic three position handle for right or left-handed use; centre position camera; auto focus, adjusts when...
Clearview C 21.5 Desktop Magnifier
Desktop video magnifier with 21.5 inch screen. Comprises: height adjustable TFT widescreen; integrated lighting; gliding table which moves in X and/or...
Clearview C24 Hd Speech Video Magnifier
High definition desktop video magnifier with 24 inch screen and audio text to speech. Comprises: height adjustable TFT widescreen; integrated lighting...
Clearview C24 Hd Video Magnifier
Desktop video magnifier with 24 inch screen. Comprises: height adjustable TFT widescreen; integrated lighting; gliding table which moves in X and/or Y...
Clover 10 Portable Video Magnifier
Portable video magnifier. Comprises: HD camera; auto-focus; adjustable line marker; locate feature; distance viewing mode; mirror image feature; snaps...
Clover 4 Handheld Video Magnifier
Handheld video magnifier. Comprises: continuous zoom; image freeze; fold-away writing stand; adjustable brightness; LED lighting on/off; 20 colour mod...
Clover 5 Handheld Video Magnifier
Handheld video magnifier. Comprises: continuous zoom between minimum and maximum range; image freeze; fold-away writing stand; adjustable brightness; ...
Clover 7s Portable Video Magnifier
Portable video magnifier. Comprises: LCD screen; 18 high contrast colour modes; adjustable brightness, line marker and mask functions; screen freeze ...
Clover Book Pro Video Magnifier
Portable video magnifier. Comprises: folding base with angle adjustable HD screen; A4 OCR and text-to-speech function; touch screen panning and zoom; ...
X CLOSE
Buying equipment

There are several factors to consider when purchasing equipment.

Making complaints and reporting unsafe products

In most instances a complaint should initially be made to the supplier who provided you with the item. CAB has a range of guidelines on their website on making a complaint about poor service or faulty goods. These include complaining by phone, complaining in writing and template letters. CAB advice about making a complaint.
If you are not satisfied with the supplier's response then you may choose to complain to:

  • an ombudsman scheme
  • a regulator
  • an independent mediator
  • a trade association (if the supplier is a member of one)

 

Safety incidents involving medical devices can be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the GOV UK website www.mhra.gov.uk or their Adverse incident centre hotline 020 3080 7080. The MHRA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medical devices and medicines work and are acceptably safe. Their definition of 'Medical devices' includes devices used for assisting patients and users, thus many daily living aids such as bath lifts, commodes and walking sticks are medical devices. Any incident involving the safety of a medical device (including safety issues with its instructions for use) should be reported to the MHRA, especially if the incident contributed to, or could have caused injury, life-threatening illness or death.

Buying from a private person

Buying from a private person gives you fewer rights. You will only be able to claim against the seller if the product doesn't match its description or if the seller did not own it. Consequently, some firms occasionally pretend to be private sellers to avoid their legal responsibilities towards customers. If you suspect this has happened to you find out about your rights and what action to take on the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/ or call 0345 404 0506 to speak to the Citizen Advice consumer helpline.

Guarantee

The length of the manufacturer's guarantee does not limit any claim you may make to the seller as if a product develops a fault outside the guarantee period you can still claim against the seller if you can show that the fault was unreasonable at that period in the products life.

 

You may be asked whether you would like to purchase an extended warranty. Remember that your statutory rights exist, under the Sale of Goods Act, whether or not you choose to buy their warranty and whether or not the goods came with any guarantee. Manufacturers' guarantees are separate from the automatic rights you have against the seller, and may be more limited. For more information read the Citizens Advice Bureau guide to guarantees and warranties.

Maintenance and insurance

For large complex items, such as a stairlift, check what kind of maintenance contract the supplier offers.

Membership of trade associations

Some suppliers are members of a trade association. Many of these trade associations have a code of practice that governs their members' customer service, and thus may help to project you from unscrupulous selling practices. For example, some trade associations prohibit their members from contacting people uninvited to try and sell their products. They may also prohibit their members from using high pressure selling tactics such as offering a discount if you order that day, or phoning their manager while demonstrating the equipment to you to agree a 'special discount/deal'. Thus if you have a choice of suppliers for the product you wish to purchase we recommend you consider the suppliers who are members of trade association.

We record suppliers' membership of several trade associations (see a list of these trade associations) and our ratings give greater weighting to trade associations with codes of practice which are approved by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) (e.g. the British Healthcare Trade Association) or governed by an audit scheme which meets the requirements of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

We also record whether suppliers meet the ISO 9000 series of standards. These standards define a Quality System which certifies that formalised business processes are being applied, and thus may be another indicator to look for if you have a choice of suppliers.

VAT

You may be able to purchase equipment designed for use by disabled people without paying the VAT if you are 'chronically sick or disabled', and you are buying the item/s for your own personal or domestic use. For VAT purposes, a person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they:

  • Have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities.
  • Have a condition that the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness (e.g. diabetes).
  • Are terminally ill.

 

So, you won't qualify if you're only temporarily disabled or incapacitated (e.g. if you have a broken leg).

Examples of products which are likely to qualify for VAT relief (if intended for the personal or domestic use of a chronically sick or disabled person) include:

 

  • wheelchairs
  • stairlifts
  • computer software or hardware designed specifically for disabled individuals
  • kettle tippers, tap turners, button hooks and similar gadgets or devices that are designed solely to make everyday tasks easier for disabled individuals
  • artificial limbs
  • vehicles that have been adapted for use by a wheelchair or stretcher user

Price

Price is important but, if we list more than one supplier, it is important to look for more than just the cheapest price. Check when the prices were last updated (this should be stated under each price). Consider whether:

  • Postage/delivery is included (if shopping by mail order or online)
  • Is the supplier a member of a trade association? (see below)
  • Is one supplier listing the price with VAT and another without VAT?
  • Check the suppliers' returns policies and any guarantees / warranties (see below).
  • For complex equipment that requires maintenance and/or servicing check what's included in the price and what the ongoing costs will be.

Get advice and an assessment

Experienced therapists or trusted assessors know a lot about products and will help you make sure the product is right for you now and will continue to be suitable in the future. 

 

You may be able to get an assessment and advice from social services. GOV.UK website
Alternatively you may choose to pay for a private occupational therapist. If you wish to request a private appointment with an occupational therapist then you can obtain details of local private occupational therapists from the 'College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice' (COTSS-IP) website. www.cotss-ip.org.uk or phone their enquiry Line: 0845 129 7699.
You can check whether a therapist is state registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) at www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/

Try before you buy

You can find out about products and try them out, with independent advice at an Independent Living Centre (ILC). There are about 30 ILCs in the UK. Most do not sell products but they will be able to tell you where to buy them. We recommend you make an appointment before you visit

You could view equipment at an exhibition. They are a good opportunity to see what's available and meet the competing suppliers. The main exhibition of equipment is NAIDEX, held annually at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, and Glasgow. www.naidex.co.uk


Support us by donating

Need to speak to us?
back to top