Photo of Symbol VS4004
Symbol logo

Symbol VS4004 Scanner

The Symbol VS4004 has been discontinued. No direct replacement is available.
Please contact us for a suitable substitute.

The VS4004 is a handheld CCD imager which reads all popular 1-D and 2-D bar code symbologies and postal codes. Based on the same technology utilized in today's digital cameras and video camcorders the VS4004 and can be used to capture and output clear digital black and white photographs at VGA resolution. Its intuitive laser aiming pattern similar to the viewfinder pattern found on many digital cameras provides for point and shoot simplicity in both bar coding and image capture applications.
We respond to every email
VS4004 Options
Part # DescriptionAvailabilityPriceOrder
VS4004HD-I000 VS4004, High density imager. Includes product reference guide. Order cables & power supply separately. See accessories. Check Availability Call for Details
VS4004-I000 VS4004, Standard imager. Includes product reference guide. Order cables & power supply separately. See accessories. Check Availability Call for Details


Part # DescriptionAvailabilityPriceOrder
23844-00-00R US AC Line Cord, Grounded, 7.5', Three wire for power supplies (Part# KT-14000-148R) and (Part# 50-14000-241R) and (Part# PWRS-14000-148R). Ships Free Today $15.69
50-16000-182R AC Power Line Cord, 2 Wire, 6', ungrounded, NEMA 1-15P Plug. (For use with 2 Wire, ungrounded Power Supplies) Ships Free Today $12.84

Symbol VS4004 Details

Image Scanning with Best-in-Class Performance

Symbol combines integrated image capture with handheld scanning of all major bar code symbologies in the Vision System (VS) 4000 Series. Based on the ergonomic design of the VS4004 of handheld scanners, the VS4004 combines best-in-class performance with award-winning ergonomics.

For existing 1-D applications, the VS4004 provides robust working range on 1-D codes, such as 13 in./33 cm on 100% UPC, with the added benefit of omni-directional scanning. More importantly, the VS4004 delivers functionality to support the growing number of 2-D applications.

PDF417, DataMatrix, MaxiCode and Postal Code

Whether your requirements are to read DataMatrix for small item identification, MaxiCode for parcel sortation, postal codes for mail-handling applications, or PDF417 across a variety of applications, the VS4004 provides the aggressive performance you need.

The VS4004 High Density version was designed to read DataMatrix codes as small as 0.005 in. (5 mil), while providing a user-friendly working range on all other symbologies.

Image Capture

For image capture applications, the VS4004 delivers clear Video Graphics Array (VGA) resolution images while providing the user total control over image attributes such as compression quality, transfer time, and file size. User-selectable imaging options also allow the choice of a variety of industry-standard image file types.

Comfortable and Intuitive to Use

The VS4004 is ergonomically contoured, light and easy to use–just what you have come to expect from Symbol! A bright laser generated pattern defines the imager's field of view, enabling point-and-shoot operation for bar code applications and intuitive aiming for image capture applications.

Easy to Program

With an eye to the future, the VS4004 is as easy to program as it is to use. With flash programming capability, Symbol made it a snap to update and reconfigure the imager, even in the field. This protects your technology investment and provides an easy upgrade path for new codes and features. The VS4004 Handheld Imager from Symbol Technologies– the right solution for all your handheld image capture needs.

For More Information

Symbol is the worldwide leader in bar code-driven data management systems with more than 20,000 wireless network installations and millions of scanners and terminals in use.

To find out more about how your company can benefit from Symbol's scanners contact us at any of our offices, or visit us at code. 

VS4004 Features Benefits

Omni-directional reading of matrix codes, PDF417, postal codes and linear symbols

Outstanding image capture for popular, industry-wide applications

Clear VGA resolution

Total control of image attributes


Choice of standard image file formats

Ergonomic, two-finger design is intuitive to use

Minimizes operator training

Advanced Data Formatting

Seamless integration into existing host applications

Flash memory

Easy software upgrades in the field

Synapse "Smart Cable" Interface

Offers connectivity to any host with a single cable change

VS4004 Specification Highlights

VS4004 Physical Characteristics:


6.3 in. H x 5 in. L x 2.8 in. W/16 cm H x 12.7 cm L x 7.1 cm W


7.3 oz/205 gm (without cable)

Coil Cable Length


Performance Characteristics

Field of View

32 ° horizontal/24 ° vertical

Focal Point:

Standard: 5.8 in./14.8 cm from nose of scanner High Density: 2.4 in./6.2 cm from nose of scanner


Progressive Scan CCD

Optical Resolution:

640x480 pixels x 256 shades of gray


± 60 ° (from front to back)


± 60 ° from plane parallel to symbol (side-to-side)

Rotational Tolerance:

± 180 °

Print Contrast Resolution:

25% (1D symbologies) or 35% (PDF417) absolute dark/light reflectance differential, measured at 650 nm

Aiming Pattern:

Visible laser diode at 650 nm

Ambient Light Immunity:

Sunlight: Up to 9,000ft-candles/96,890 lux


Withstands multiple 4ft/1.2m drops to concrete

Power Requirements:

+4.75 to 5.25V, 400 mA (typical) Low Power Mode Current: 1.5 mA Normal Current: 400 mA Peak Current: 930 mA


RS-232 and Synapse Smart Cable interface


5% to 70% noncondensing

User Environment

Operating Temperature:

0 ° to 40 ° C/32 ° to 104 ° F

Storage Temperature:

-20 ° to 60 ° C/-4 ° to 140 ° F

Decode Capability:

1-D Symbology: UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, Code 39, Code 39 Full ASCII, Trioptic Code 39, Code 93, UCC/EAN-128, Code 128, Codabar, Interleaved 2 of 5, Discrete 2 of 5, Bookland EAN, UPC Coupon Code, MSI Plessey, JAN, Italian Pharmacode2-D Symbology: MaxiCode, QR Code, micro PDF417, PDF417, DataMatrix (ECC 200)

Postal Codes:

U.S., Australia, Canada, UK, Japan, Holland

Imaging Options (User Selectable):

File Formats: JPEG, TIFF, BMP Resolution: Full (640x480), 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 image Grayscale Level: 256, 16, 2, shades of gray Cropping: Any rectangular region of the image

VS4004 Regulatory

Electrical Safety:

Certified to UL1950, CSA C22.2 No. 950, EN60950/IEC950

Laser Safety:

CDRH Class II, IEC Class 2


FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES-003 Class B, European Union EMC Directive, Australian SMA

The Symbol VS4004 is also known as the Symbol Technologies VS4004 .