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Hardware Overview: Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs)

Several models of CCTVs are available at the ATAC for video magnification of print and other materials.
Users can place a book, image, or text underneath a camera or lens and the magnified image is rendered on a video screen.

Use any of the links below to learn more about a particular CCTV unit.

Picture of Woman using Aladdin Magnifier with black text on a white bacground
Aladdin Magnifier

The Aladdin is a black-and-white video magnifier that presents enlarged text on a 14" black-and-white TV monitor. The user can choose from a wide range of magnifications-from 4.5X to 25X. Text is placed on a sliding platform that can be easily moved under the camera...

 

Picture of Woman using Magnisight CCTV
MagniSight CCTV

The MagniSight CCTV features a large viewing table, customized settings, auto focus capabilities, freeze image control, and reversal mode for high contrast viewing. A brightness control helps eliminates glare, and a tension control assists with vertical motion, and margin stops help with horizontal movement...

 

Picture of Woman using MaxPort
MaxPort

MaxPort is an electronic/video magnifier that helps the partially sighted read. The battery operated system is composed of a hand magnifier attached to a pair of electronic glasses. It can be taken anywhere because there is no need for a TV set-the display is built into the glasses. The user can read labels at the supermarket, a map in your car, or a book on an airplane...

 

Picture of Woman using myReader 600 CCTV
Humanware myReader 600

The Humanware myReader 600 is a low vision auto-reader that captures documents as images and rewraps the text on the screen according to your preference. You can view text as a wrapped paragraph (column layout), as a continuous line (row layout) or one word at a time...

 

Picture of Woman using Prisma CCTV
Prisma Color Video Magnifier

The Prisma is a portable magnifying device that is able to enlarge text on a computer monitor using a camera with various display settings. Its adjustable camera stand allows a wide magnification range, enabling you to get an overview and to zoom in for detail...

 

ONYX Deskset XL CCTV
ONYX Deskset XL CCTV

The ONYX is a portable magnifying device that is able to enlarge text on the built-in computer monitor using a camera with various display settings. Its telescopic adjustable camera mount allows a wide magnification range, enabling you to view objects right in from of you or objects off in the distance...