Ergonomic. Versatile. Productive.

Mantis is an award-winning range of ergonomic 3D stereo microscopes which offer exceptional operator comfort and superb 3D imaging. No awkward eyepieces and no hunched posture, operators can increase productivity through a stress-free viewing experience, seeing more and doing more than is possible with conventional microscopes.

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The unmatched ergonomic design of Mantis allows your eyes and hands to work together naturally to reduce operator fatigue and eye strain. Less discomfort leads to improved efficiency and greater productivity even over longer sessions. Enhanced depth perception and access to peripheral vision mean easier working with tools and subjects. You can even use Mantis without taking your glasses off.


There’s a Mantis for any application where you would otherwise use a bench magnifier or traditional stereo microscope. Designed for accuracy in the industrial workplace, Mantis is ideal for quality inspection of assemblies, repairs and reworks, sample preparation, dissection and more. Mantis is the 3D stereo microscope of choice for industries including aerospace, automotive, telecommunications and manufacturing. If you need to magnify it, you need a Mantis.


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Image Capture


Each of the Mantis eyepiece-less stereo microscopes not only provides superb 3D imaging, but also allows freedom of head movement which means that operators can view around the subject, instead of being restricted to a 2D, top-down, view. Use it for inspection, preparation and manipulation tasks, where easy hand-to-eye co-ordination is essential.

Configured for you

Mantis works the way you want it to. Choose between the space-saving universal stand (pictured), a high-stability bench stand, an articulated arm stand for extended reach, or the floor stand for inspecting immobile objects.

Image and video capture capability

Mantis Elite-Cam HD features an integrated HD camera, with versatile ViCapture image and video capture software, plus the ability to add annotations to captured images. A range of powerful software packages provide on-screen dimensioning, enhancement and documentation and analysis tools. (ViFox, ViPlus, DimensionOne)

Smooth and sensitive control

Used with a bench stand, the floating stage gives smooth yet sensitive control to reduce the handling of delicate samples.

Switchable illumination

Switch as needed between UV and white light (Mantis Elite and Mantis Elite Cam HD) for fast, accurate fault detection. Optional quadrant illumination and dual dimming control.


Bore hole inspection

The episcopic illuminator provides through-the-lens illumination for the inspection of boreholes and complex features, aided by precise iris adjustment for accurate lighting control.


Mantis is ideal for a wide range of precision engineering applications including electronics and PCBs, aerospace and automotive components, medical and dental, hair restoration, agriculture, education, restoration, repair and engraving, forensics and much more.

Precision engineering

The clear views and low operator fatigue made possible by Mantis makes it perfect for inspecting components for defects.


Bright imaging and ease of use makes Mantis a great choice for the inspection of stents, catheters and other medical products.


Improved hand-eye coordination and low operator fatigue makes jobs such as soldering, PCB inspection and reworks easy, even over extended periods.

Laboratories and life sciences

High-concentration applications which require long periods of intense concentration, such as sample preparation, dissection and manipulation can be performed in comfort. Safety glasses can be worn and Mantis can even be used in a laminar flow cabinet.

Plastics and rubber

Mantis makes the quality control of rubber seals and plastic components – and inspection and rework, such as the removal of flash and other injection molding defects – easier and quicker.


Mantis is a good choice for precision work such as tailoring dental prosthetics which requires magnification for inspecting the moles, for rework and color-matching the final product.


Mantis Compact

Objective Lens Working Distance Field of View
2x 167mm 45.0mm
4x 96mm 27.5mm
6x 73mm 19.2mm
8x 58.5mm 14.3mm

Mantis Elite / Mantis Elite-Cam HD

Objective Lens Working Distance Field of View
2x 160mm 57.0mm
4x 96mm 34.0mm
6x 68mm 23mm
6x SLWD* 112mm 20.0mm
8x 59mm 17.0mm
10x 54mm 13.5mm
15x 40mm 8.8mm
20x 29mm 6.5mm
* cannot be used together with 2x or 20x objective lens
Mantis Compact Mantis Elite & Mantis Elite Cam HD
Built in 20 LEDs 9,400 LUX 24 LEDs 11,000 LUX
Substage (bench stand) 58 LEDs 2,700 LUX 58 LEDs 2,700 LUX
UV Version Optional Switchable UV-white light illuminator
Episcope Illuminator Only compatible with Mantis Elite and Elite Cam HD
Mantis Elite-Cam HD (only)
Sensor type CMOS
Resolution 1600 x1200 pixels
Sensor size 1/3″
Interface USB 2.0
File formats BMP, JPG, PNG, AVI
Supplied software ViCapture
Stand Options
Universal Stand Counter-balanced, for flexibility and ease of use.
Bench Stand For high stability, integral focus, substage illumination.
Articulated Arm For extended reach (to 800mm) without compromising stability.
Floor Stand For immobile subjects or where a standing position is required (used with the articulated arm).
Software Options
ViCapture Image and video capture (supplied with camera).
DimensionOne Image capture, annotation, on-screen measurement.
DimensionTwo Image capture, annotation, on-screen measurement, camera control.
VifoxEVO Image capture, analysis, enhancement, annotation, on-screen measurement, camera control, reporting.
ViPlus Image capture, annotation, on-screen measurement, camera control, reporting.
  • Standard power 100V-240V, 50/60Hz, available in all worldwide plug configurations.
  • Floating Stage: For smooth and precise control. For use with Ergo stand and Bench stand only.


Ergonomic. Versatile. Productive.

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Frequently asked questions

Below you can find some of the most common questions.

Can I use Mantis Elite to look down a blind hole?2020-07-13T05:16:45+00:00

Yes, Mantis Elite has an optional centre point illuminator which shines light down the optical path and can be used to illuminate blind holes so all the details can be clearly seen

How does Mantis work?2020-06-30T05:26:01+00:00

Mantis is a stereo microscope, without eyepieces. Twin optical paths pass through the patented optics of Mantis, exiting the single viewing lens as separate (stereo) optical paths, just as they would with a conventional stereo microscope. The operator sees a stereo image with high contrast and high resolution.

How does the image of the subject viewed through Mantis Elite-Cam HD compare to the image displayed on the computer screen?2020-10-15T07:46:28+00:00

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.

Is Mantis Elite-Cam HD supplied with software?2020-06-24T13:55:57+00:00

Yes. The Mantis Elite-Cam HD is supplied with the ViCapture software. This allows image and video capture as well as annotation, saving and recall of settings and for overlays to be applied to the image.

What is the difference between Mantis Compact and Mantis Elite?2020-07-10T15:18:32+00:00
The most significant differences are:
  • Field of view. Mantis Elite has a larger field of view than Mantis Compact
  • Magnification Range. Mantis Compact goes up to 8x and the Mantis Elite goes up to 20x
  • Mantis Elite allows two lenses to be fitted on a quick change turret so users can rapidly switch between low and high magnification
What objective lenses do I require?2020-07-10T15:19:34+00:00

The choice of objective lenses will depend on the application and on user preference. In general, when viewing or inspecting objects, it is advantageous to see more of the sample (i.e. have a larger FOV) and have a large depth of focus. Depending on the size of the subject, these requirements may indicate that the lower magnification (4x and 6x) lenses will be the most useful for inspection work and the higher magnification (≥8x) lenses more useful when more detailed work is required.

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Mantis Elite

A superior field of view, quick-change lens turret, and up to 20x magnification, makes this an ideal 3D stereo microscope for viewing and manipulation applications.

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Mantis Elite-Cam HD

Featuring an integrated high-definition camera, complete with video and image capture, annotation, display of custom overlays, and optional on-screen dimensioning software.

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Mantis Compact

Ideal for viewing and manipulation applications, where operator comfort and a low magnification range (up to 8x) is needed. A UV version is also available.

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