Carson zOrb USB Digital Computer Microscope with 53x Effective Magnification (Based on 21 inch Monitor), Safari Green
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- Digital Microscope with an Integrated Camera that Displays the Magnified Image right on your Computer Screen
- Internal LED illumination ensures bright, crisp on-screen image; capture detailed digital images or video with built-in camera with 640-by-480 resolution
- 53x zoom on a 21-inch Computer Monitor allows you to see enlarged Details of Ordinary Objects | The zOrb Digital Microscope is NOT compatible with tablets
- Measures 1.9 by 2.9 inches (W x H) | 3.6 oz. weight | For latest software drivers, please visit Carson's website
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|Package Height||2.3 x 5.4 x 7.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.5 pounds|
The MM-480G zOrb from Carson Optical is a Digital Microscope with an integrated camera that displays the magnified image right on your computer screen. The impressive 53x Magnification (on a 21" monitor) allows you to see details of ordinary objects you never knew existed! To determine the magnification power, multiply your computer screen size by 2.5. Example: 35x magnification on a 14” monitor; 53x magnification on a 21” monitor; 58x magnification on a 23” monitor; 68x magnification on a 27” monitor. The built-in internal illuminator ensures a clear and bright image. The zOrb Digital Microscope comes in 2 colors: Surf Blue and Safari Green. Capture an image to keep on your computer using the built-in 640 x 480 resolution digital camera. You can even capture close-focus video with the zOrb! The zOrb is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or above, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and MAC OS X 10.4.9 or above. A USB 2.0 or 3.0 port is required. Easy to hook-up and use. Fun for all ages. At Carson, we strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with the quality of our products. We are so confident in our products that we back them with a One Year Limited Warranty! This Carson product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. Please contact Carson for additional warranty details.
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As a side note, I had been worried about installing the Carson Zorb Digital Microscope on my iMAC due to a few of the other reviews, but installation was simple and all I had to do after installation was click on the Digital Viewer icon and then click on the words "Digital Viewer" within the "Webcam List" box. After that, I was able to take multiple pictures and was impressed with the quality of the images and how easy it is to focus the camera. Still have to see how this little device holds up over time, but for now I am very happy with the product's quality and user-friendliness.
The supplier (Amazon) had the microscope to me in a few days. It was well packed. All I had to do was slip the disk into my laptop and install the software. Actually it did that all by itself.
Two little adapters, plastic cones, were supplied and I was told to select one of them according to the size of the image. I chose the smaller and it will probably be the one I'll be using as this old man could snap it into the microscope but could not unsnap it back out. Anyway, the small one is probably the only one I'll want to use anyway. If I need to get the other out, I'll have my son come over.
I liked the 35X magnification. It is just right for looking at moles, nose hairs and fingernails. I can read small print with the thing like you get on a sales slip when you buy something or try to read the dosage on a bottle of pills. And you can look at the details on coins and bills.
Now, I'm going to get some bugs and other interesting things and play with that. The magnification on my computer screen is amplified and if I need to I'll go to my other computer with its big monitor. I can hardly wait to catch an ant.
Well, better still, one of those Idaho Black Widow spiders.
I captured still images in two ways. I read that someone said they had movement when they clicked the camera button. I had no such problem but I also captured using the MS Snippet Tool. I brought them up into a graphic program and re-sized them with no problem. I could add captions if I wanted to.
Now I'm a retired R & D engineer and I've operated hundreds of microscopes over the years including an SEM. I would not compare them with this little device but I would say you can have a lot of fun with any good microscope no matter how much it costs.
I didn't take any video but all you need to do is click. You can control the length of your video and other parameters. When I get that bug, I'll take a video.
I found the image quality to be about like the hand lens I've carried around for years. However, at my age, I much prefer this small device to my hand lens. It is so much easier to view the image on the computer. That is the main reason I bought the device.
I think this would be a great gift for a child, one who likes bugs. I also think it would also be a nice gift for grandpa who can't read the dosage on a bottle of pain pills.
Did I say its a cute little bugger?
I can hardly wait to show it to my 34 grandchildren and my older great grandchildren. They will be so excited!
I tried to use the supplied software (free on the Internet) to record a video. I had no trouble recording a still shot but I'm too old and too dumb to figure out how to find a video recording after I save it. When I do, I get an icon instead of a video. I'm sure there is a way to do this but I'm 80-years-old and don't have time for such nonsense.
The software did say there were restrictions.
I simply went to the the Internet and downloaded the FREE Debut Video Capture software. I had no reason to buy the pay version. It works perfectly with my computer camera and the microscope camera. It is very easy to use and that is exactly what I needed.
I now use Windows Movie maker to edit the videos. Then I can save them and stick them into the free Ezvid software and uploaded them to YouTube. If I don't want to send the video to YouTube, I just create the whole video and save it from Windows Movie Maker. I know I could upload a video to YouTube after I save it but with Ezvid I don't have to think.
I think that the supplier should supply Debut or some other easy to use software.
I still love this camera and I'm having a ball. I caught a spider and filmed hims attacking a Potato Bug. Quite a fight. It is great for looking into your nose and ears too.
Wait! My wife's caregiver just caught a jumping or wolf Spider in the sink. Now, if I can just get him to behave while I get the microscope over him.
Have some fun.
John T. Jones, Ph.D.
I wasn't expecting a whole lot in picture quality, but I have to tell ya, if you focus it it has a quite impressive clarity. I did notice that if you put the cups on the lens, it does help you steady over small objects that fit within it. That way, it is much more stable, and you can really focus in on the item. But, it gets real close to it and sometimes I wished I was able to back the power down to see an entire object. I used it to see some opals I have that did fit in the cups, but it was so dang close, I couldn't see the entire stone unless I backed the camera away. However doing that you loose the stability of it being firm on the surface and you are dependent on how stable you can hold it freehand. So, that would have made it nice if it wasn't a fixed zoom so you could select it's zoom level. But then again, this is a limited frills camera, and maybe that expects too much for the cost. So if you need or what those capabilities, spend more and buy one with more features. For the cost of this, it's really not fair to complain about the lack of features. It really would have been nice to have some way to mount it to a small tripod tho for stability in that case. But there is no tripod mounting hole that I have found on it yet.
It is sort of a one hand operation thing, but kind of awkward to point it, adjust focus and snap a picture with one hand, but can be done once you get used to it. Not a big problem but more of a motor control on your part to adjust to. If ya have both hands free, it would be of course easier, but with some practice can easily be a one hand thing.
The biggest plus of this is it's ease of use, and it's really clear picture for this money. Easy to use for a kid. In fact my 13 year old daughter played with it some, and fell in love with it. Awesome choice for kids. It looks well made enough to take the abuse.
For the money, maybe this should be a 5, but I gave it a 4 because I think they could have done small function improvements for the money to make it even a better buy.
Would I buy it again: Absolutly
Is it a value: Absolutly
Could it be improved and stay in or close to it's price point? I think so, but really not a deal breaker.
Would I recommend it? Absolutly, especially if you have curious kids. They would be entertained for hours on end with this thing looking at stuff..
Thanks and God Bless..
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