DRV-Z1 – Digital Stereo 3D Viewer With Zoom

Digital Stereo 3D viewer DRV-Z1

Digital Stereo 3D viewer DRV-Z1 is a with zoom that brings together the benefits of optical stereo microscopy and digital technology into a single unique system.

  • 6x – 186x magnification
  • Digital stereo 3D with vivid depth perception
  • Remote viewing of stereo 3D images in real-time


Image quality

Designed for inspection and manufacturing applications, DRV-Z1’s stereo digital image provides a natural 3D view, with high definition resolution and excellent subject clarity, enabling better quality inspection.

Unique 3D without glasses

For the first time in a digital system, DRV-Z1’s patented technology provides real depth perception, supporting the use of tools for subject manipulation, soldering and reworking. Uniquely, the 3D image is seen without the need for special glasses.

Ergonomic benefits

DRV-Z1’s ergonomic benefits, including freedom of head movement, natural subject view, comfortable working position, easy hand-to-eye co-ordination and ability to wear prescription eye glasses, if required, all contribute to improved efficiency, accuracy and productivity.

Communication across sites

For organisations with multiple locations and whose supply network is geographically spread out, DRV-Z1’s 3D image view, capture and sharing enables productivity improvement and new opportunities in collaboration via real time digital connectivity.


  • Digital stereo magnification with 3D depth perception
  • Unparalleled hand to eye coordination
  • Remote viewing and sharing of live 3D images
  • Globally patented 3D technology
  • 10:1 zoom ratio for greater flexibility of application
  • Long working distances and low light requirement
  • Large field of view increasing efficiency and ease of working
  • Users able to wear spectacles for eye correction or safety
  • No special eyewear or VR head sets
  • Optimised ergonomics



DRV-Z1 digital stereo 3D image provides a comfortable and natural view of the subject. Creating an image using innovative optical and digital configurations DRV-Z1 delivers 3D view with sharp details, vivid colour and contrast.

Long working distance, large field of view and wide zoom range makes DRV-Z1 suitable for a broad range of applications and supports precise hand-to-eye co-ordination and the use of tools.

DRV-Z1’s ergonomic design enables good posture and reduced fatigue improving productivity, work quality and user comfort.


DRV-Z1 requires minimal setup, and is remarkably easy to use with familiar controls designed specifically for efficiency and comfort in the working environment. Very little training is required, with full user benefits achieved quickly.


DRV-Z1 is the first 3D stereo digital display that allows remote viewing, capture and sharing of the image. The ability to share live 3D images in real time across networks creates completely new opportunities for collaboration between customers, colleagues and suppliers.

Components, parts and products can be viewed in real-time between departments, customers, manufacturers, designers and suppliers locally or around the world. DRV-Z1’s faster and more accurate reporting and sharing contribute to faster, better informed decision making.


This new level of collaboration removes geographical barriers, enables innovative ways of working, and improves the efficiency and effectiveness of essential operational processes such as rapid prototyping and quality control.


Freedom of head movement

Vision Engineering’s patented digital technology doesn’t restrict head movement, and so reduces short and long-term neck and back strain. DRV-Z1 takes this concept to a new level, increasing the freedom of head movement through extra-large exit pupils.

A natural view of the subject

DRV-Z1 delivers a widescreen digital stereo 3D image, enabling users to sit back from the viewer, providing a more natural view. DRV-Z1 delivers superb image quality, irrespective of whether the user wears prescription glasses or not.

Easy hand-eye-co-ordination

With Vision Engineering’s patented 3D viewing technology, operators enjoy a peripheral vision that enhances natural hand-to-eye co-ordination, critical for precision inspection tasks, re-work, repair, dissection and other manipulation tasks.

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Display head
Resolution 1920 x 1080 per channel
Image Size on concave mirror 400 x 225mm in 16:9 aspect ratio
Digital Zoom 2x
Working distance (maximum) 182mm


Power supply 100 – 240vac 50 / 60Hz
Headphone Jack 35mm


Image Capture USB2
Video Capture HDMI cable to an external video capture card
Connection to external mono monitor HDMI 1920 x 1080
Connection to second or multiple DRV-Z1s HDMI daisy chain / Wi-fi connection


  • Counterbalanced stand with 150mm vertical travel.
  • Fully adjustable sub-stage illumination (optional)

Zoom module

Module with 10:1 optical zoom and fully adjustable surface illumination


Maximum System Weight: 45kgs

Optical data
Objective Lens 0.33x 0.4x 0.5x
Zoom range 6.1x – 61x 7.4x – 74x 9.3x – 93x
Working distance 182mm 138mm 93mm
Field of view at max. zoom 6.5mm / 3.7mm 5.4mm / 3.0mm 4.3mm / 2.4mm
Field of view at min. zoom 65mm / 37mm 54mm / 30mm 43mm / 24mm


Short base
  • A = 823mm max. (673mm min.)
  • B = 390mm
  • C = 323mm
  • D = 721mm
Long Base
  • E = 823mm max,
    (728mm at 525 eye point, 673mm min.)
  • F = 390mm
  • G = 720.4mm

The sub-stage illumination is available as an option on the long bas

Display head
  • H = 575mm



Objective lenses

Choose from a range of objective lenses to provide the desired magnification range or working distance. Objective lenses incorporate anti-reflection coatings to enhance imaging performance.

  • 0.33x
  • 0.4x
  • 0.5x

Sub-stage Illumination kit

  • Can be retro-fitted to the Long base.

Stand Options

DRV-Z1 can be configured to suit a wide variety of applications with base options or can be systems can be mounted directly to the work surface.

Short base

  • Easy for inspection of small parts allowing for long working distance
  • Subjects can be placed directly on the workbench for maximum clear working a

Long base

  • Standard base with ability to add integral dimmable sub-stage illumination.
  • Permits the inspection of large samples
  • Reversibl


Long base with sub-stage illumination

  • Transmitted (substage) illumination permits viewing in a wider range of applications in electronics, life sciences, films and plastics.


What is the resolution of DRV-Z1?

DRV is a unique display system which cannot be categorised in the same way as a monitor. The image of DRV is made up of two full HD channels optically combined on the mirror, thus doubling the line resolution viewed by the user. We refer to the resolution as “full stereo HD”.

Do I need a PC/software to capture still images?

No. DRV-Z1 allows the saving of paired images which can be shared and used to reproduce the stereo view in separate DRV-Z1 systems.

How does the system differ from “3D” monitors already on the market?

DRV-Z1 uses patented technology that delivers two high resolution channels to the left and right eye giving crisp stereo full HD 3D visualisation.

Do I need training before using DRV-Z1?

No. DRV-Z1 intuitive controls makes it easy to use from the start. A comprehensive user manual is provide with the system.

What is the field of view of DRV-Z1?

The field of view is dependent on the magnification at which you are viewing and the objective lens that you are using. The widest field of view will be achieved with a lower magnification objective. Field of view reduces as magnification increases. Please refer to the optical data for full details.