The 6 Best Portable Digital Magnifiers

Updated March 08, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Visual impairment shouldn't stop someone from skimming the morning newspaper, enjoying their favorite book, or engaging in a hobby like collecting stamps. Unfortunately, the details on all of these items can be small and faint, so we found portable video magnifiers that can illuminate and enlarge them, with some offering to capture images in a digital format for viewing on computer or TV screens. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best portable digital magnifier on Amazon.

6. ViSee 43

The wide-screen view of the ViSee 43 makes the user feel like they're watching something on their laptop or television. It's a versatile tool that lets one flip through captured images and delete old items, along with allowing for live view reading.
  • supports sd cards
  • easy to operate
  • only reaches a 14x magnification
Brand ViSee
Model LCD-Magnifier-43
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Mustcam 5M

The Mustcam 5M looks more like a high-tech camera than a vision aid so if you're looking for a gift for somebody who likes to keep their seeing issues private, then this is perfect. It can magnify an image by up to 1,200x, making it a treat for curious minds.
  • screen can rotate as needed
  • elegant chrome stand
  • some snapshots come out blurry
Brand Mustcam
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Koolerton Pocket

The Koolerton Pocket features a built-in LED light that illuminates your text, creating a clear and sharp image, and its brightness can be adjusted to your comfort. If you leave it unattended for a while, the device automatically shuts off to conserve battery power.
  • has a freeze frame feature
  • adjustable text and background color
  • cannot connect to a television
Brand Koolertron
Model pending
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Mustcam Mobile

The large, texturized controls on the Mustcam Mobile are much easier for the vision-impaired user to operate than flat or recessed ones. It also features anti-slip bumpers at the corners, so one can hold it up to a map or subway sign without worrying about dropping it.
  • rechargeable battery lasts 4 hours
  • comes with a carrying case
  • entire unit feels sturdy
Brand Mustcam
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Uphig Zoom

The Uphig Zoom has a magnification range of 2x to 32x, making nearly any text readable for most vision impairments. It also offers three color modes -- black on white, white on black and full color for those with limited color perception.
  • has screen capture capabilities
  • handy pop-up stand
  • affordable and high quality
Brand Uphig
Model pending
Weight 14.9 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Eyoyo Handheld

If your vision problems make it difficult for you to identify the buttons on the Eyoyo Handheld, don't fret because you can also operate it via easy voice commands. This complete package comes with a TV, USB and power cable, offering a variety of ways to view and enjoy.
  • large five-inch screen
  • flashlight to illuminate text
  • can also play music
Brand Eyoyo
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

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Last updated on March 08, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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