June 22, 2012 AT 2:30 pm

Super Vision with the USB Microscope! (video)

Get acquainted with our USB microscope in this video, and see electronics at 220x! Watch on YouTube (and please subscribe to our channel) or Vimeo.

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USB Microscope – 5.0 Megapixel / 220x magnification / 8 LEDs. As electronics get smaller and smaller, you’ll need a hand examining PCBs and this little USB microscope is the perfect tool. Its smaller and lighter than a large optical microscope but packs quite a bit of power in its little body. There’s a 5.0 megapixel sensor inside and an optical magnifier that can adjust from 20x (for basic PCB inspection) to 220x (for detailed inspection). Eight white LEDs are angled right onto whatever you’re examining so you get enough lighting to see, and are smoothly adjustable via a dial on the side.

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New! We’ve upgraded from the previous model we stocked, this is a microscope to 5.0 Megapixel (from 2.0M) and this one comes with two removable plastic caps to get close ups for a wider focusing range.

If you plug this into any computer, it just shows up as a standard USB camera (we used this for our weekly Ask an Engineer show) and the Windows/Mac software lets you take snapshots using the button on the side of the microscope or direct from the software (so you don’t move the camera).

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We tried a bunch of different USB microscopes and found this one to be the best combination of optical clarity, usability, and price. It’s perfect for electronics hacking, rework, SMT (de)soldering, inspection, and soon you’ll find yourself pulling it out to look and photograph all sort of cool small stuff around your lab and home.

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We took some snaps of this ‘scope while looking at a tiny 0201-populated GPS board at 20x magnification and then at a raw die at 200x

Package comes with a USB microscope with 4.5ft/140cm long cord, an adjustable metal stand, and CDROM with drivers/software.

  • Image Sensor: 5.0 megapixel w/high-speed DSP
  • 20x/220x axis micro-lens
  • Adjustable focal length, from 10mm-500mm
  • Snapshots via software or pressing the button
  • Image capture: 2560×2048 (5M Pixel), 2304×1738 (4M Pixel), 1600×1200 (2MPixel), 1280×1024 (1.3MPixel), 1280×960, 1024×768, 800×600, 640×480, 352×288, 320×240, 160×120.
  • Video rate of 30f/s at a brightness of 600 lux
  • Flicker control for 50Hz/60Hz
  • Video format: AVI
  • Photo format: JPG or BMP
  • 8 white LED light, 40000mLux
  • 20x/200x magnification
  • USB port powered
  • TWAIN compatible
  • Software available for Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7 & Mac OSX
  • Size: 112mm long x 33mm diameter

Comes with driver/software on CDROM. Color may vary

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2 Comments

  1. Hi,
    your pictures are just wonderful, however they
    way you use the term magnification is perhaps wrong.
    200x would mean that your picture of a chip has exactly
    200x the physical dimension of that chip. As you probably do
    not calibrate for screen dpi, browser zoom, etc. sizes will be mostly wrong.
    Professionals in the world of microscopy prefer to
    talk about resolution to characterize an instrument, and
    they prefer to draw scalebars to demonstrate sizes. Scale bars
    will stay true for different screen sizes or zoom levels because they automatically change accordingly. So, what you actually should report about your microscope is:
    1.) Frame size of object aerea for min and max zoom
    2.) The resolution, e.g. the smallest distance of two black lines,which can be separated.
    The latter chracterizes the power of a microscope, the word
    magnification does not.

  2. The price/performance ratio is quite impressive for a hobby microscope.

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