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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2010
Bought this for my classroom use with some special education kids. They loved it and it worked well. The software that comes with it leave A LOT to be desire. Very limited in scope and functionality. It was also somewhat annoying that there is an increasing lag in the computer image as you increase the resolution (zooming in more on the image.) You move the scope, or change the focus, and there is a serious lag in what you see on the screen at these higher resolutions. It makes focusing very difficult at high resolutions. Not a problem at the lower settings.

The snapshot feature is nice.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2010
Product looks very stylish; installation is a breeze (I have Windows XP); operation is very intuitive and smooth. All good, except magnification seems to be stuck at 20X.

I tried all moveable parts on this camera; and adjusted the magnification scale in "preference"; but the magnification never changed. Since high magnifying power is the main feature I'm after, this product gets a one-star from me. I hope I made a mistake; if so, somebody please tell me how to increase the magnification.

The box and User Instruction gives no contact number -- not even the company selling or manufacturing this product which is pretty weird. I only found company name in the Amazon shipping label. I'm gonna call them on Monday but somehow I have a feeling I'd get nowhere.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2011
I bought this to check dates, mint marks and errors on coins. It's not bad if you are looking for a simple microscope with a single magnification level. As some of the other reviews stated, focusing it is a bit clunky with the scroll wheel, and it was also a little tricky to get working on Windows 7.

If you are using Windows 7, below is what I did to make it work. If you don't follow those steps, the camera won't be recognized by the software using the driver that windows automatically assigns to the camera. Note that the software really isn't anything fancy - in fact it's very basic, but it does the trick.

There are two installation files on the CD, one for the drivers and the other for the software. You can install the MicroCapture software anytime (setup.exe), before or after the drivers. Once you run the install for the drivers (drvsetup.exe), plug in the camera and a driver will be installed by windows automatically. Once it is complete, go into the properties of the camera (through the Device Manager in your Devices and Printers) and update the driver. Choose the appropriate driver for your operating system, located in the "C:\Program Files\Vimicro Corporation\VMUVC" directory (x64 or x86). Once I chose my driver and updated it, the camera was recognized by the software right away.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2010
I could not get the unit to work on my computer with Windows 7. There are toggles within Windows 7 to revert back to previous versions (Vista, XP etc.) to make older products work. Even with the computer operating a version the GSI required; it would not work.

There was no support or anyone to call. Even the package has some broken English a.k.a. mis-spelled words.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2011
I'm Happy. It took several attempts (a few BSDs) to get drivers installed before their "Amcap" pgm would detect this toy microscope on Win 7/64: 1st copy CD to HDD/my_crow_scope_pix; right click installer and set Compatibility Mode to 7 (or was it finally "2000" mode that got it working?) then double-click it to run the installer. YES, it's not super HQ rez, but it works fine for ~41 bucks! I love the overall ergonomics and the handy dual function of the focus adjustment - there are TWO magnification powers (not zoom) at each extreme of "focus". At high mag, turn up the LED brightness via the cord-dongle adjustment dial. I un-soldered the LED PCB to look deeper inside the unit: The internal lens threads can be turned "in" for infinity, or extended for max mag (it only changes the CU ranges slightly). Note: Dust/dirt can easily enter and end up on the sensor, so use/store it carefully w/corded end "up"! I'll post 6 hand-held test pictures: Cent, Dollar, and Pen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2011
The magnification was great but I was unable to capture images over 320x200 in size, any increase in capture magnification resulted in a black capture window. There is no support available as the device was non-branded from China. On the upside the drivers installed without a problem and the device did work well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
This unit is easy to set up and use, great for kids.
The issue is the magnification is no where near 200x.
It is not useful for me and I ended up giving it away
to my neighbor's kids. They are very happy with it.

I will be trying to locate a different brand that
actually works as stated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
Bought this unit for work. The directions and setup are terrible, poorly translated into english. The software is possibly bootlegged, microsoft didn't like it much. But overall for the price it did work, you can get some decent pictures of stuff and some good magnification. And you really can't beat the price for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2013
What's awesome is the driver CD actually has a folder called "mac" on it... and it's empty.

So, googling the USB product and manufacturer ids I found what appeared to be drivers for the same thing under a different brand:

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I downloaded them all and started installing (probably not the safest thing--we'll see if my system gets flaky), after one that said it succeeded installation I ran Photo Booth and it worked. I'm getting 640x426 images out of the thing, nowhere near the 2MP it advertised, but for the price I'm not complaining. All I needed was something to help with soldering.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
I spent quite some time over the holidays looking for a cheap microscope. My primary use is looking at stamps -- and I'm a casual user. Hence, I did not want to spend a lot of money on this. My only other criteria was that it should run on a Mac. Having read some of the previous reviews of this item (and many other, more expensive microscopes) I was not quite sure if it would work with my Mac. However, at $40 it was low risk. Today, I received the microscope and I have just installed it and tested it on a few stamps. It works perfectly and I would not hesitate to recommend this to other people looking for a cheap microscope for their Mac.
The drivers are delivered on a regular size CD-ROM (as opposed to the mini that has been discussed in other reviews). The installation is drag and drop. The software coming with the microscope may not have the greatest interface and doesn't really utilize many of the Mac's great features, but it works! Also, I could get it to work with Apple's Photobooth.
The magnification is slightly difficult to manage, but it may become easier as I'm getting used to the microscope.
Bottom-line, if you are looking for a low-cost microscope that is easy to install and use for casual purposes on a Mac, look no further. This is it! At $40 you can't beat it.
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