Mantis Compact is a low magnification visual inspection microscope, providing truly superb 3D imaging with unparalleled freedom of head movement.

Featuring Vision Engineering's patented eyepiece-less technology, Mantis Compact is the low magnification stereo viewer of choice for a wide range of inspection, manipulation or rework tasks requiring magnification.


  • 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x quick change magnification options
  • Superior ergonomics for fatigue-free viewing and increased quality / productivity
  • Superb hand-eye co-ordination for inspection and manipulation tasks
  • Long working distance and large field of view
  • True colour, LED illumination providing up to 10,000 hours of shadow-free viewing
  • Choice of stands to suit numerous applications

Mantis Compact

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  • Mantis Compact Ergonomic Inspection Microscope

    Since its introduction, Vision Engineering's Mantis has become the accepted standard for ergonomics and high performance magnification.

    Mantis offers users 3D imaging with unrivalled clarity and comfort – without microscope eyepieces. Businesses choose Mantis because they know their operators are more efficient, more accurate and more productive. So the operator benefits and so does the business.

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

    Mantis Compact brings users many benefits for a wide range of inspection, manipulation or rework tasks.

    An ergonomic body position makes Mantis more comfortable, less fatiguing and, more importantly, much easier to use. Plus, since there are no microscope eyepieces, operators can sit back from Mantis, making viewing and co-ordination tasks an entirely natural experience.

    Features and Benefits

    • Superb stereo imaging, without fatigue,
    • Advances in optical design allow your eyes and hands to work together resulting in increased throughput, accuracy and reduced scrap and rework.
    • 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x magnification options provide clear, sharp images with long working distances and large depth of field.

    Ease of Use

    Increased head and body freedom for the operator leads to greater productivity, increased throughput, improved quality control and less fatigue.

    Mantis Compact offers effortless 3-dimensional viewing, with the apparent distance to the viewed object image identical to that of the real object, eliminating re-focussing of the operator's eye; thus reducing the likelihood of fatigue.

    Price and Performance

    The latest generation of Mantis incorporates the most modern advances in optical design with LED illumination and a small footprint, giving a superb price / performance ratio.

    Stand Options

    • Universal arm for simplicity and flexibility.
    • Rigid bench stand for added stability with substage illumination options.
    • Articulated arm for applications requiring extended reach, without compromising stability.
    • Floor stand (with articulated arm) for inspection where subjects are immobile, or require a standing position.

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


    Surface 20 LEDs 9,400 LUX
    (bench stand only)
    58 LEDs 2,700 LUX


    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 = 565mm - 775mm
    • B = 335mm - 545mm
    • C = 395mm - 605mm
    • D = 110mm - 320mm


    Bench Stand

    • A = 475mm - 608mm

    • B = 300mm

    • C = 380mm

    • D = 330mm

    • E = 256mm max, less working distance


    Articulated Arm

    • A = 880mm

    • B = 430mm

    • C = 510mm

    • D = 650mm

          = 800mm with secondary link (optional)

    • E = 290mm


    Floor Stand

    • A = 1390mm
    • B = see Articulated Arm


    • UV illumination
    • Floating stage
    • Secondary link arm
    • 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x objective lenses
    • Lens protection caps, disposable
    • Dust cover, Universal stand
    • Dust cover, Bench stand
    • Replacement LED array