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Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

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Light source type LED
Item dimensions L x W x H 8.9 x 3.2 x 3.2 centimetres
Magnification maximum 250 x
Item weight 2.9 Ounces
Voltage 5 Volts

About this item

  • HOBBY FOCUSED - Useful and fun for students, collectors, testers, and anyone interested in exploring the microscopic world. Cannot be used as a document camera.
  • HIGH DEFINITION - 2.0 Megapixels, up to 250x magnification (Note: Final magnification corresponds to monitor size)
  • BROAD COMPATIBILITY - Electronic microscope uses a webcam chipset and sensor to support nearly any operating system using standard webcam software. Users with an Oculus Rift may require additional setup
  • INTEGRATED LIGHTING - LED halo light with brightness adjustment control. Flexible arm stand with observation pad includes graduated marks for easy measurement or use as a handheld microscope
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 2-year limited parts and labor warranty as well as Seattle-based email support
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Explore the World at the Microscopic Level With Plugable’s Digital USB Microscope!

Great for hobbyists and professionals, the Plugable 250x USB 2.0 Digital Microscope (USB2-MICRO-250X) allows you to work quickly and effectively at the microscopic level. Common uses include exploration, stamp or coin analysis, micro-soldering, garden parasite identification, and much more.

This adaptable tool can be used either with the included stand for lower magnifications, handheld for quick point-and-click inspection, or placed directly on subjects for the highest magnifications. The rugged plastic body makes it ideal for many scenarios including industrial applications.

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Compatibility

Windows

USB Video Class (UVC) support is built in to all versions of Windows from XP and above. This includes Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista, and XP. Companion software is available on our website that allows finer control of the device, or any other video capture software can be used.

macOS and OS X

Mac computers with OS versions 10.4.2 and above have built-in support for USB Video Class (UVC) devices. Companion software is available on our website that allows finer control of the device, or you can use any video capture software, including Photo Booth (with limitations).

Linux

Linux distributions with kernels 2.6.26 and above have built-in support for USB Video Class (UVC) devices. Works on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian Jessie. We recommend using Cheese or GTK+ UVC Viewer.

Chrome and Android

Works on all Chrome OS devices with the built-in Camera application. Many newer Android devices support the microscope using an OTG cable and a viewing application. Select Android devices many not, and it's up to the device manufacturer to support external cameras.

iOS

iOS devices (iPhones, iPads) are not compatible with external cameras.

Specifications

Interface 4ft USB 2.0 Cable
Magnification 0x-250x
Lighting 4x 5050 SMD LEDs with diffuser
Resolution 1600x1200 Snapshots, 640x480 Video
Sensor 2/3in (11mm) CMOS
Controller EtronTech eSP570A

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Reviewed in Australia on 20 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the $60 AU Price tag.
By Marco Piampiani on 20 March 2020
IMAGES:
* Letter "P" on manual, lens against surface
* Tip of a pen on camera board, with camera in socket
* Seiko Automatic watch face. The LED glare lights is because of the glass face reflecting back.

IMPORTANT THINGS:

*** Camera gets picked up automatically (Win 10) as a standard device, so you can use ANY software that can call up the output, you don't need weird drivers or software. I use program called WebCamViewer (single exe about 250K) to test devices (I work in IT), and it works fine. (link is https://www.bustatech.com/webcamviewer-a-simple-viewer-for-webcam/), but you can use a MILLION different programs on the net, they just need to work on webcams, and the more complex software can do more complex things, that one I linked is just good for testing purposes - it can take snapshots as well btw.
*** Plug it into a USB3 port as apparently all my USB2 ports don't put out enough power to drive the camera AND the LED lights. Camera kept "switching off" randomly (probably the port being overloaded). As soon as I went USB3, problem gone. I even plugged in a 60cm (about 2 feet) USB M-F extension cable to get extra distance, and it worked perfectly.

REVIEW:

Bought it "as a toy", as I wanted to see what a low Pixel CMOS chip might work like (as far as I know the chip only had 640x480 hardware, with interpolation for anything higher).

* For distance/focus/zoom reference, if you hold it about 30cm (1 foot) away from your face, you will fit both eyes into the frame width wise. If you put the camera down flat against the shroud on a piece of paper, you will see about 5mm across.

If you put it against your skin, you can focus in and see a DISTURBING level of detail, and if you place it against say, the instruction manual it came with, you can clearly see the pixellation effect from the ink-drop-firing machines it was printed with. You do get a bit of that "constant fuzziness" as the camera (they all do it) constantly scans the image, but is not bad enough to count as a negative.

I'm sure devices like these that cost $200 and up have much higher hardware resolution, but this one works really damn well for it's price range.

The focusing ring is easy to manipulate while holding the camera, and can work as a normal webcam. although you need to mess with distances. Even pointed into my bedroom from the PC room about 20 metes away and saw my annoying cat looking back, with exactly the same clarity as my old Logitech webcam.

Very impressed with my value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, but losing points for (a) stand with insufficient vertical reach and (b) misleading info on the Amazon website.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, but losing points for (a) stand with insufficient vertical reach and (b) misleading info on the Amazon website.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2016
For me, the ability to make pictures of coin or postage stamp size objects as a whole is more important than an extreme magnification factor. The Amazon website mentioning a smaller minimum magnification of 10x for this device was thus one of the reasons I chose it, but the specifications on the box are somewhat different "Magnification Range: 60x - 250x". Oops...
The camera does not actually have a zoom function. Zooming is done by changing the distance to the object and then focussing. Using the standard gooseneck the reach allows for a maximum object size of about 2,5cm x 2 cm, which is not sufficient for me. Luckily, the camera has sufficient focus range to place it higher up, and using a somewhat modified setup (see picture) it works for me. The other pictures show the largest possible object size with standard setup (the coin photographed has 26mm diameter) zooming in to the maximum magnification on this coin.
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Ian_dc
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be improved
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a shot (no pun intended)
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Edvinas M.
5.0 out of 5 stars More of a real tool than a toy - well worth the purchase
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of a real tool than a toy - well worth the purchase
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2016
Amazing little microscope. Came well packaged with some manuals and software. You don't really need software but I would highly recommend it as it allows higher resolution and capture options including time-lapse.

Using it is simple and straightforward. You just plug it into your USB port on PC or laptop (mine got recognized automatically on Windows 10) install the software supplied or download latest and off you go.

Magnification is something else. I had to include some pictures for you to believe (ballpoint pen tip, 1 euro cent coin, t-shirt fabric, high resolution mobile LCD screen). I doubt there is much more to add... One tip - try zooming in and out all the way until you hit physical stop. I was amazed of magnification out of the box just to find out that pass that blurry focus loss is another new step of even greater magnification. So don't forget to max out on both ends. You are welcome :)

As with everything there's obviously some things to consider. For one is the ease of working with the flexible arm. It is there more as a just in case solution that full time option in my opinion. With magnification at that level you need some sort of fine thread like adjustment. You can obviously use it without the arm provided but you might as well think of some solution to do fine adjustments up and down. But that's for extreme zoom and continuous steady image. For casual use supplied options are fine.

Overall I would highly recommend this little microscope. It is handy in many cases and nearly must have in your household. 5 out of 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little gadget
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little gadget
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021
Bought this to use for taking microscope pictures & also for a jewellery hobby. I tried a jewellers loop and couldn't view the mark on my bracelet, it took seconds to focus the camera and take a snap of the mark, amazing clarity. You can hold it in your hand or if you want close up shots and have shaking hands this is perfect as it will attach to the included white gridded mat for hands free. The stem bends so you can move the microscope around to view from different angles. Works on my Windows 10 desktop pc. I plugged in the usb & downloaded the software, the website is printed on the instructions leaflet (It also works with Photo Booth which I did try but I prefer the digital viewer as I find it easy to use) On the website you can watch a video of how to install & use everything, I had no issues. The microscope light comes on when you open the installed viewer software, focus the microscope, one click of the mouse and you have a picture. You can also do time lapse & record but I haven't tried those yet. It comes boxed with the microscope, stand, mat, usb lead, instruction leaflet. The microscope is compact about the size of a small torch but packs a punch in quality imagery, the mat is roughly A5 size. Very impressed so it get a double thumbs up!
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