Mantis Elite-Cam HD stereo microscope
Mantis Elite-Cam HD with easy USB2.0 connectivity
Mantis Elite-Cam HD microscope on bench stand with monitor
Software image showing dental work annotation
Image capture using uEye software included
Stereo Microscope with Integrated HD USB Camera

Mantis Elite-Cam HD

The latest update in the popular Mantis stereo microscope range. Combining the ergonomic benefits of unique eyepiece-less technology with the imaging power of an HD camera, Mantis Elite-Cam HD is the ideal solution for inspection, reworking and reporting.

  • 2x - 20x magnification
  • Fully integrated HD camera with USB connection
  • Unique 3D stereo view and useful annotation software
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The COMPLETE SOLUTION for low magnification inspection, manipulation and documentation tasks.

Mantis Elite-Cam HD is comprised of a standard Mantis Elite 'eyepiece-less' stereo microscope, with a factory integrated HD digital camera, offering truly superb 3D imaging plus the flexibility and convenience of digital image capture.

Winner of numerous industry design awards, the outstanding ergonomic design of Mantis allows your eyes and hand to work together naturally, eliminating user fatigue, improving efficiency and productivity for any precision task requiring magnification.

This system comes complete with great software to allow you to carry out easy-to-use image archiving and annotation. Advanced software for dimensioning and simple measurement is available as an upgrade.


  • Unique eyepiece-less design
  • Unrivaled depth perception and 3D view
  • Unbeatable ergonomics for increased productivity
  • 2x – 20x optical magnification options (two position quick change turret)
  • Factory integrated HD USB2.0 camera
  • Complete with great image capture and mark-up software
  • Powerful DimensionOne™ imaging and measurement software (optional upgrade)
  • Choice of stands and accessories to suit numerous applications

Amazing 3 dimensional view

The expanded pupil technology of the Mantis Elite Cam HD enables users to move within the optical paths, effectively allowing the user to look around the subject by moving their head. This increases depth perception enabling easier hand eye coordination and natural manipulations.

Effective software included

Simple, easy-to-use uEye image and video capture software is included as standard to allow you to quickly get up and running, make annotations and optimize camera settings for your application.

An upgrade to the powerful DimensionOne™ software provides the added benefits of on-screen measurement tools.

uEye and DimensionOne™ are available in all major languages.

Fatigue-free optical viewing

Patented optical technology of Mantis removes the need for restrictive eyepieces of a conventional microscope, allowing operators freedom of head movement, providing superb ergonomics and hand-eye coordination, plus the ability to wear prescription or safety glasses, if required.

Universal Stand
Mantis Elite Universal stand
  • Mantis Elite, with counter-balanced universal stand, for flexibility and ease of use.
Bench Stand
Mantis Elite Bench Stand
  • High stability bench stand with integral focus, dimmable substage illumination.
Articulated Arm
Mantis Elite Articulated Arm

  • Designed specifically for applications requiring extended reach, without compromising stability.
  • Maximum reach of 800mm, with optional Secondary Link.

Floor Stand
Mantis Elite Floor Stand

The floor stand (for use with the articulated arm) is specifically designed for stereo inspection where subjects are immobile or require a standing position. Mobile and highly stable, the floor stand provides a versatile option for Mantis operators.

  • 360° movement around the base
  • Lift, swing, tilt and rotate capability

Mantis Elite 3D Inspection System Details

Mantis Elite-Cam superior 3D inspection

Make no mistake – the optical and ergonomic performance of the Mantis Elite-Cam HD Stereo Microscope with camera is unrivaled.

“Wow!” The most common reaction when looking into a Mantis for the first time...

Naturally, as many people have never looked into an eyepiece-less stereo microscope before, it is difficult to truly understand the "wow!" factor. Why not request an on-site demonstration, so you can see the "wow!" for yourself?

Price and Performance

Mantis Elite-Cam HD not only incorporates the most modern advances in optical design with LED illumination and a small footprint, but with the integrated digital USB camera, achieves a superb price/performance ratio.


  • A complete integrated solution - one unit to achieve a multitude of low magnification tasks.
  • Patented optical design allows your eyes and hands to work together resulting in increased throughput, accuracy and reduced scrap and rework.
  • 2x – 20x magnification options with quick change turret allows users to switch between low magnification inspection and high magnification fine detail tasks.
  • Increased head and body freedom for the operator leads to greater productivity, increased throughput, improved quality control and less fatigue.
  • From inspection, preparation, rework and manipulation tasks the Mantis Elite-Cam HD provides exceptional hand-eye coordination with easy-to-use imaging software.

Image and video capture software included

The Mantis Elite-Cam HD comes with uEye image capture PC software as standard which enables image capture as well as video recording.

  • Quickly and simply add annotations / mark-up to captured images using the uEye software supplied
  • Image capture in a variety of formats (.bmp, .jpg and .png)
  • Video recording (.avi), ideal for training purposes
  • Multilingual uEye software, available in 14 languages
  • Optimize camera settings for individual applications, including white balance, gain, contrast, color channel gain

Image and video capture software included 

Powerful imaging, mark-up and measurement software (optional upgrade)

DimensionOne™ is a powerful imaging, annotation and dimensioning software solution for the Mantis Elite-Cam HD, providing fast, precise imaging of your samples and components.

Powerful imaging, mark-up and measurement software

  • Image capture - DimensionOne™ captures an image with a click of the mouse, or a touch of the screen* - it’s that simple! (* Requires Windows 7 for touch screen functionality)
  • Annotation - Adding annotation text could not be easier. DimensionOne™ has one simple font and a palette of colors, ensuring maximum contrast can always be obtained for easy reading.
  • Dimensioning and on-screen measurement tools - On-screen dimensioning can be performed on any captured image to measure circles, lines, points, angles and distances. Additionally, there is a range of powerful measurement tools available.
  • Save it, email it, print it. The choice is yours. Files can be saved as .jpg, .png, or .bmp
  • Multi-lingual software - DimensionOne™ is available in multiple languages.

More on DimensionOne™ microscope imaging software.

The Mantis Elite-Cam HD enhanced stereo inspection system is a popular solution for inspecting and manipulating samples under magnification.

A range of accessories is available for tailoring to individual application requirements.

Episcopic illuminator
Mantis Elite Episcopic Illuminator

The episcopic illuminator provides a concentration of light through-the-lens (TTL) to illuminate the bottom and sides of component features, which would otherwise be difficult to view.

With an iris feature to allow focusing of the light, the episcopic illuminator is ideal for the inspection of complex internal/external features, such as bores, pipes, tubes, slots, holes and connectors.

  • Focusable, through the lens illumination
  • Available with 4x, 6x, 8x and 10x objectives (6x, 8x and 10x objectives require a spacer block)
Floating stage
Mantis Elite-Cam Floating Stage

Provides smooth and sensitive control allowing for samples to be accurately inspected. For use with bench stand only.

  • Sensitive controls for steady maneuverability
Objective lenses

2x, 4x, 6x, 6x SLWD (Super Long Working Distance), 8x, 10x, 15x and 20x objective lenses are available, to suit different application requirements.

Mantis Elite-Cam HD houses 2 objectives in a quick rotate turret, so you can inspect at lower magnification, then switch to higher magnification for detail work.

With a 4.41" (112mm) working distance, the 6x SLWD objective is an ideal solution for precision applications requiring both inspection and detail tasks, such as hair restoration and dental laboratory work.

Disposable lens protection caps are available to protect your objective lens from damage when soldering, or in similar aggressive environments.

Secondary link for articulated arm

Keep the workspace clear. A secondary link increases total reach of the Articulated Arm to 800mm, for ultimate flexibility and maneuverability.

To discuss your particular requirements in further detail please contact your local Vision Engineering representative.

Optical data

Objective Lenses Working Distance Field of View
2x 6.30" (160mm) 2.24""(57.0mm)
4x 3.78" (96mm) 1.34" (34.0mm)
6x 2.68" (68mm) 0.91" (23.0mm)
6x SLWD* 4.41" (112mm) 0.79" (20.0mm)
8x 2.32" (59mm) 0.67" (17.0mm)
10x 2.13" (54mm) 0.53" (13.5mm)
15x 1.57" (40mm) 0.35" (8.8mm)
20x 1.14" (29mm) 0.26" (6.5mm)

* cannot be used together with 2x or 20x objective lens


Surface 24 LEDs 11,000 LUX
(bench stand only)
58 LEDs 2,700 LUX


Camera Data

Sensor type CMOS
Resolution (H X W)
1600 x1200 pixels
Sensor size 1/3"
Pixel size 2.8µm
Color depth 8-bit 
Refresh rate 18.3 fps max.
 Interface  USB 2.0
File formats BMP, JPG,PNG, AVI
Supplied software uEye Cockpit 


Power Supply

  • 9V DC external plug transformer, available in all worldwide plug configurations.
  • Bench Stand: 100-240VAC 50-60HZ 1.0A Max, available in all worldwide plug configurations.


Universal Stand

  • A = 23.35" (593mm) - 31.57" (802mm)

  • B = 13.86" (352mm) - 24.49" (622mm)

  • C = 16.34" (415mm) - 24.57" (624mm)

  • D = 4.06" (103mm) - 12.28" (312mm)

Mantis Elite Bench Stand dimensions

Bench Stand

  • A = 19.17" (487mm) -24.41" (620mm)

  • B = 11.81" (300mm)

  • C = 14.96" (380mm)

  • D = 12.99" (330mm)

  • E = 10.04" (255mm) max, less working distance

Articulated Arm

  • A = 34.65" (880mm)

  • B = 16.93" (430mm)

  • C = 20.08" (510mm)

  • D = 25.60" (650mm)

        = 31.50" (800mm) with secondary link (optional)

  • E = 11.42"(290mm)

Mantis Elite Floor Stand Dimensions

Floor Stand

  • A = 54.72" (1390mm)
  • B = see Articulated Arm

Mantis Elite-Cam includes

  • USB cable, (1m)
  • uEye image capture software, on memory stick


Software System requirements
uEye (included as standard)

Windows 7 (64-bit systems)

Languages: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Hungarian, Thai,

DimensionOneTM (optional upgrade)

Windows XP or later (Windows 7 or later required for touch-screen functionality)



  • 2x, 4x, 6x, 6x SLWD, 8x, 10x, 15x, 20x objective lenses
  • Floating stage
  • Secondary link arm (for articulated arm)
  • Lens protection caps, disposable
  • Dust cover, Universal Stand
  • Dust cover, Bench Stand
  • Replacement LED illumination arrays

How does the image of the subject viewed through Mantis Elite-Cam HD compare to the image displayed on the computer screen?

As with all microscope systems there is a reduction in Field Of View (FOV) of what the camera sees, compared to what you would see through Mantis Elite-Cam HD. The view through Mantis optical head is a circular area, whereas the camera image is a rectangle.

Image difference - Mantis Elite-Cam HD optical head and screen

What is the magnification of the captured image?

The magnification of the captured image is dependent on the size of the screen or print that the image is displayed. 

The 'real' magnification on the video display essentially is the ratio between the known sample size versus what physically appears on the display given the setting parameters of the PC. For a 22” monitor this is:

Magnification using 22" monitor
Objective Optical
 2x  2x  12x (9.45"/0.79") (240/20.12mm)
 4x  4x  24x (4.65"/0.20") (118/5.01mm
 6x  6x  32x (6.30"/0.20") (160/5.01mm)
 8x 8x   44x (8.66"/0.20") (220/5.01mm)
 10x 10x   56x (11.02"/0.20") (280/5.01mm)
15x 15x  83x (16.54/0.20") (420/5.01mm)
20x 20x   127x (10.24"/0.08") (260/2.04mm)


Is the depth of focus of the camera image the same as Mantis Elite-Cam HD?

Depth of focus is the depth of the subject being viewed that is in sharp focus. In general, depth of focus is larger at low magnifications and reduces as you increase magnification.

The optics of Mantis Elite-Cam HD has a very large depth of focus, so more, or all of your sample is in focus. This large depth of focus, combined with the eyepiece-less stereo image is what provides the superior 3D viewing experience and the ability to hand manipulate subjects with ease.

Digital cameras have a limited depth of focus (compared to the human eye), meaning less of the computer image will be in focus, compared to the image viewed through Mantis Elite-Cam HD.

TIP: When capturing an image, focus the Mantis Elite-Cam HD while viewing the computer monitor image. The image in the Mantis head will now be in focus as well.

Can I extend the length of the supplied USB cable?

A 1m USB cable is supplied with Mantis Elite-Cam HD.

The maximum USB cable length for proper operation of the Elite-Cam HD is  16.40" (5m). If a greater length is required, a powered USB hub must be used, which are readily available from your local electronics retail.

Can I reduce the amount of file space used to store images by the uEye software?

Yes.You need to change to default settings of the software to reduce file size by:

  • Reducing the resolution on the camera.
  • Changing the file type to JPG.
  • Reducing the number of frames per second (for video capture only).
Is uEye software compatible with Windows 7?

Yes. Windows 7 may try and install a driver it thinks is right for you, so we recommend that you always install the software before connecting up the hardware.

Make sure you are using the latest driver.

I’ve lost my software memory stick, how can I get another copy?

You can download the uEye software here (Registration required)

Does uEye software have annotation / mark-up capability?

Yes. uEye software provides essential image annotation / mark-up capability, as well as functions to adjust the camera controls and capture an image.

The optional DimensionOne™ software provides professional image capture, annotation and on-screen measurement.

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