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Aven 26700-300 ZipScope USB Digital Microscope with 2 Mega-Pixel 10x-50x Optical, 200x Digital Magnification
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Aven 26700-300 ZipScope USB Digital Microscope with 2 Mega-Pixel 10x-50x Optical, 200x Digital Magnification

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With 2 Mega-Pixel 10x-50x Optical, 200x Digital Magnification

Product Features

  • 2.0 megapixel digital tabletop microscope with 1/2" color complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor
  • Includes USB 2.0 computer output to display images or video
  • Optical magnification of 10X to 50X, and digital magnification of 200X
  • 8 built-in, white LED lights with two-step intensity control for illumination, automatic white balance, and the ability to be turned on and off
  • Included software produces images (JPEG or BMP formats) or video (AVI format)

Product Details

User Manual [421kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004M8SQ6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Aven 26700-300 ZipScope USB Digital Microscope with 2 Mega-Pixel 10x-50x Optical, 200x Digital Magnification + Aven 26700-311 Digital Microscope Universal Stand with X-Y Base and Built in LED Backlight
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Product Description

The Aven 26700-300 zipScope is a tabletop, 2.0 megapixel digital microscope that has a USB interface, eight white LED lights with two intensity settings, a snapshot button for image capture, optical magnification of 10X to 50X, and digital magnification of 200X. This digital microscope enhances the resolution of an object or image, and connects to a computer for image display. It is commonly used for quality control (QC) inspection, medical and scientific research, geology, mineralogy, chemistry, and for printing and textile inspection.

This microscope has an adjustable magnification of 10X to 50X, and comes in an all-in-one, compact lens. A 1/2” complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) color image sensor manages noise reduction and image quality. The microscope has a shutter speed of 1 second to 1/1000 of a second. The frame rate is 30 frames per second (FPS) at 2.0 megapixels. The zipScope uses eight white LED lights with two intensity settings to control illumination. The microscope has automatic white balance to control brightness, and automatic exposure. A snapshot trigger captures images, and the microscope outputs images or video to a PC. A large, manual focus wheel adjusts focus in a 10 to 500 mm range. The microscope body has a rubberized, anti-slip coating for durability. Included software has image (JPEG and BMP) and video (AVI) capture functions. The microscope comes with an adjustable metal stand that includes height and angle adjustment.


Optical magnification 10X to 50X
Digital magnification 200X
Image sensor 0.50” color CMOS
Effective pixels 2.0 mega-pixels (M)
Illumination 8 white LED lights with two intensity settings
Shutter speed 1 second to 0.001 (1/1000) of a second
Frame rate 30fps, 15 fps at 1.3 M
White balance Automatic
Snap shot mode Hardware and software controllable
Focus range Manual, 10mm to 500mm
Frame rate 30fps, 15 fps at 1.3 M
Operating system Microsoft Windows XP, Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Formats produced Images (JPEG or BMP formats) or video (AVI format)
Power source 5 VDC through 2.0 USB port
Power consumption 110-volt
Overall dimensions 19.7 x 6.7 x 8.6 cm / 7.75 x 2.625 x 3.375 inches (H x W x D)
Weight 0.294835 kilograms (0.65 lb.)

*(H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.)

Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.

Aven manufactures optical inspection tools, precision tools, and bench accessories for industrial, scientific, and research applications. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI.

What’s in the Box?

  • 26700-300 zipScope microscope
  • Adjustable metal stand
  • Software
  • Instructions

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Customer Reviews

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336 of 344 people found the following review helpful
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The video might be enough to convince you. But please read this extended review for all the details. Every one of the images in the video was captured with THIS microscope camera.

EDIT: Please see W. Nicholls review for more current information on software and a solution for the weak stand! We've both found that the stand is okay for very basic use, but leaves a lot to be desired. The software is the same way, but there are several excellent freeware alternatives available.

I am an IT professional for a major police department. I specialize in video enhancement and conversion. I ordered this for my Mom, who collects and sells antique buttons. Because of my Prime Membership, and because I would be the one installing this for my parents (naturally), I had it shipped to my place. When the package came in, I couldn't resist opening it and trying it out on my system. There are a few things that I didn't like, but more that I did like. First, the stand is stable enough, but not rock-solid steady like a tripod. Specifically, the stand itself appears to be very sturdy stainless steel, although the arms holding the camera are plastic. The software included (for my Win7x64 system) is actually a very basic Microsoft program, so don't expect a custom application. That's okay, though. It gets the job done, and I had no problems with program or driver installation. The magic is in the scope itself.

The grippy rubber surrounding the unit helps with positioning, especially when you are using it in a hand-held photo/video shoot. The focus ring might be a little tough at each of the extreme ends, but is otherwise very smooth and easy to adjust.

I was able to grab several very high quality images right off the bat.
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122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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Right off the top, the Amazon listing for the Aven 26700-300 claims 2MP resolution. I was only getting .3MP (640x480) via the primitive software pressing the shutter button. The instructions don't tell you how to get full resolution captures and I stumbled upon how it's done. Here's the arcane procedure:

Open the AMCAP application window so you can frame your image. This application only has controls for capturing video. If you press the shutter button you'll get a snapshot that pops up in a new window. However, this image will only be 640x480. To snapshot at higher resolution, you must use the tray application/control panel. This gives you access to Properties controls if you select the Properties Page, but that won't give you control over photo resolution. You must right-click or click and hold on the tray application, click on the snapshot menu item, then select a resolution from the fly out list. 1600x1200 is the sensor resolution if it's 2MP, but the Chinese manufacturer's specs (Oriental Inspiration, Ltd.) say 1280x1024 (1.3MP). When you pick the resolution, a snapshot is taken and it pops up in the snapshot viewer window. You'll only see a portion of the full res image since the viewer window can't be resized and there is no zoom. If you then press the shutter button on the microscope, new images will be captured at the resolution you set via the tray application. Be sure to save the image from the viewer window since the image will be lost if you don't. Beware -- when you quit the software the snapshot resolution will set back to 640x480. There's no way to make the full resolution be the default. This software isn't just primitive, it's stone age.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The joy of dichotomy October 9, 2012
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AVEN zipScope with measurement software.
The microscope: It does exactly as advertised and with amazing clarity.
The stand: It is as valuable as a milk bucket under a bull. It will not support the microscope at a 90 degree angle which is necessary for accurate measurements and a lack of subject distortion.
The programming: ... Horrible! The written dropdown boxes that are critical for measurement and marking the pictures were in the programmer's font (little square boxes).
Product support: Great, the company responded to correct the problem after which the measurements work.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome to see electronics, bugs, spots on skin close up December 28, 2011
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Picture quality is great. We are using other software to view images from Windows and Linux laptops, never had to instal software that came with this. Feels solid, handles well, focuses well, built-in light at two settings is great too. Whether the magnification is good enough for you is for you to decide, but it is amazing for our kids and for me to see stuff up close, sharp, intense colors, on large screen. Resolution is 1600x1200, but then it does only 5fps or so, which makes it harder to work with if you move stuff a lot, so I'm actually running it at 800x600 where is does 20fps, and it could 30fps at something like 640x480, but I like an integer divisor and 20fps is OK to work with. I did take a couple pictures too at 1600x1200 after I focused at 800x600.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for small kids August 11, 2011
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I had ordered before a similar version, and ended up frustrating when realized that it had a fixed magnification. This one is much better. Small children have great fun.. In my case, putting the signal on the TV (using Wireless Display) made it even better. Tons of fun!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes practice to use
It takes a lot of practice to use it well. I have been able to do a number of things with it, but it gets very frustrating to focus it when the unit is at an awkward angle. Read more
Published 15 days ago by beachbum61
1.0 out of 5 stars dont be fooled
Be aware that there is no way to magnify the image other than moving the scope closer to the object. I bought this to show my kids how a microscope works and it's utterly useless. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jack gelbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for all-around usages.
I used it to see the crevices on my vinyl albums. I wish it was a little more powerful in magnifying, but more money had to be spent.
Published 2 months ago by Darrell G. Eson
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly designed - poorly documented
Basically a webcam on a plastic stand. The supporting software is frustratingly difficult to use, and the supporting documentation is very poorly translated from another language... Read more
Published 2 months ago by steven j koebrich
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent performance for the money
Better than I expected. LED lighting ring could use a diffuser to avoid making hotspots on shiny objects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for many things
This works wonders for my stamp collection. It is so much easier to use than a magnifying glass because it sits on a stand and I don't have to hold it steady. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pjf
4.0 out of 5 stars cool tool in the classroom
I like it. Need more clear instructions on how to adjust magnification. I have not been successful with how to move between lower (10) to higher (50) magnifying powers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shawn Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Zipscope has good redention
I have no idea whether scope is 10x or 200x magnification. I could not find how to get these settings. The resulting pictures were sharp and interesting though. Read more
Published 3 months ago by beavor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good low cost digital microscope.
I bought the Aven 26700-300 ZipScope USB Digital Microscope when is available as a "Lightning Deal", and I'm happy with it. I find it useful as a tool, and fun as a toy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Hentze
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Microscope
The scope is great, I never dreamed it could be so sharp and clear. Yes the clamp isn't great, it will fall over unless you mount it to something solid like a piece of wood. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Photodog
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