AGPtek® USB 800X Digital Microscope endoscope 2MP 8 LED Compatible with Windows and Mac OS 10.5 or above For Micro-measure Work
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- USB Digital Microscope is a good quality to use in different fields, Skin inspection, Hair inspection, Industrial inspection (PCB, Material¡) Education purpose, Print industrial, Textile industrial, Biological inspection, Jewelry & Stamp (collections) inspection and so on.
- The microscope is designed for PC solution with friendly user interface.
- The special AP software: Micro-Measure-Tool can support you to have picture, record video and do micro-measure work with ease.
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Image sensor: 2Mega Pixels (interpolated to 3MP)
Still capture resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1024x768, 800x600, 640x480, 352x288, 320x240, 160x120
Video capture resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1024x768, 800x600, 640x480, 352x288, 320x240, 160x120
Focus Range: from 10mm to 250mm
Frame Rate: Max 30f/s under 600 Lus Brightness
Magnification Ratio: 40x to 800x
Video format: AVI
Photo format: JPEG or BMP
Light source: 8 LED (adjustable by control wheel)
PC interface: USB2.0
Power source: 5V DC from USB port
Operation system: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X 10.5 or above
OSD language: English, German, Spanish, Korean, French, Russian
Bundle software: MicroCapture with measurement & calibration function
Size: 125mm (L) x 33mm (R)
System Requirement Pentium Computet with 700M Hz &Above, 20M HD Space
CD ROM Measure Tool: Micro-Measure (It can measure Length and diameters, angle, the perimeter, area, etc)
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That said, I'm happy with it because I bought it after playing with a friend's so knew what to expect regardless of the box claims. Note that even at just 100x true zoom, a human blood cell should be a little bigger than two pixels on the screen... Not bad for a hand-held device! The optics seem pretty good up to the true sensor resolution, so adding a little digital zoom for easy viewing still results in a pretty good image. I would give it five stars if it were just marketed more honestly.
Tip: when you have something in focus at the lower zoom [7mm f.o.v.], dial it out of focus, keep going, and eventually it will come back into focus again at about 4x the zoom [1.8mm f.o.v.]. For a while I didn't realize there was a higher zoom available.
It works out of the box on Linux (Ubuntu) in Cheese (webcam app), at 640x480. On a Mac the included software gives larger digital zoom options but the lag is pretty bad (perhaps just on my mac due to processor speed). Just use 640x480 and go full screen, and it's real-time and fine quality.
The USB identity of this scope is "0ac8:3610". If you google that you can find many reviews and images from either this same product or near clones which use the same sensor and probably optics. Some others have gotten slightly different fields of view (and hence effective zoom) than me, but generally in the ballpark. Not sure if that's variation between same model device, or different models using the same sensor and basic design but slightly different optics.
When you plug it in, it is on and ready to use. The "power" switch is for the LEDs only and is three state: bright, dim, off. So you can use it with the built-in lighting or external lighting or a combination. The red button served no function I noticed on Linux or Mac. I do not have a PC to test it on.
Even between 20x and 40x there is a total lack of focusability. There is no software and no documentation to correct this. There wasn't so much as an advert for other agptek stuff included in the box -- this thing is entirely undocumented and it makes me question the shining reviews from people who only used it to view coins and the like. Calling it a microscope is a complete misnomer, it cannot view anything microscopic. And in the case of the 800x model, you definitely had to at least be paying for it with that utility in mind. I'm returning mine for being completely unlike its advertising. The only way it could really be worse is if it didn't output images at all. In light of that fact, one star.
Any other would-be buyers, feel free to ask questions on this device, I *highly* recommend you look elsewhere.
This microscope isn't it. I connected it to a Windows 7 desktop box. It hopped online and found the drivers, but I was not aware of any app to use, so I popped in the disc that came with it. That disc had some software on it, which I installed and which hard hung the computer - it would not restart, I had to power-cycle. Strike one.
I then learned you can use VLC media player with it, which is true enough as far as it goes. You can get it to acquire image data and snapshots that way, and it works - for about 5 minutes, before it stops recognizing the 'scope and data stops flowing. No problem - I'll just unplug the USB scope and plug it back in. Blue screen of death. This is a reproducible; there's no way to dismount/eject the device that I was able to find, and when you pull the plug on it it BSODs the system. Strike two.
OK. Reboot, plug it in, get it up and running. The stand - flimsy as heck, you can't get it sturdy enough so that it keeps its configuration through the pressure needed to focus. The focus wheel - geared, sticky, slow, overshoots, undershoots, is very hard to use. But I've got it working, now let's set it up to view coins. There's no 'zoom'; distance from the (scratched up plastic) objective determines the object size. If you focus on the objective you'll see it's scratched to hell and back. So, build a little platform to elevate the objective. At about 3 inches, the whole Liberty dime is in frame - aaaaaand, the depth of field is so razor thin that the entire 0.3 millimeter field of the coin details cannot be focused on. It's either Liberty's hair or the coin's field, but not both. If the top of the date mark is in focus, the edge where the date meets the field will not be. And there is no way I am touching that damn focus wheel every time I want to inspect a coin.
If you place the coin just under the objective, the depth of field is adequate, and the cam is actually pretty sharp, though chromatic aberration abounds it'd be good enough for my purpose - except that only about 5% of the coin is in frame. You'd have to move the coin about under the objective. I think the scope was designed to be used this way, because the built in lights actually work well in this setting; when the scope is well above what it's looking at, you get their ghost in focus on the objective, blanking that part of the display.
I don't see the point of this thing. I can't imagine using it for any purpose at all. I'm going to return it and get something that hooks onto my Nikon, like I should have done in the first place.
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