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Learning Resources Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope

4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
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  • Amazing all-in-one digital microscope brings technology into the hands of young learners and sparks a natural curiosity of scientific observation and investigation
  • Egg-shaped microscope fits perfectly in a child's hand and can be positioned in any angle over objects to view them magnified 43x
  • View images immediately on your computer, projector, or interactive whiteboard, or take video or still photos to be used later
  • Plugs directly into your computer, projector, or interactive whiteboard
  • Compatible with Mac* and PC (XP, Vista, Win7) and is automatically recognized as a USB device; *not compatible with Mac version 10.9
  • No batteries are required
  • Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope comes complete with 2 head adapters for viewing different kinds of subjects
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Product Description

Product Description

This Handheld Digital Microscope displays amazing images, up to 43x magnification, on your computer screen. Hold the child-size, egg-shaped device in your hand and move over any object to easily view. LED illuminated, turn-top focus, and captures still photos and video.

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Amazing all-in-one digital microscope takes scientific inquiry to a new level—yet is easy for even a young child to use. Hold the hand-friendly scope over an object, turn the top to focus, then press the single control button to take videos or still images from 35 to 53x magnification on a 14" monitor. Supports students as they record observations and investigations. Great for lab reports, presentations and authentic assessment for digital portfolios. Sharply detailed images enrich whole-class and individual explorations. Use with your computer, projector or interactive whiteboard. Downloads and charges via USB. Features 640 x 480 pixels (interpolation up to 1200 x 1600 pixels), VGA CMOS sensor, LED illumination, fun special effects (photo frames) and 2 head adapters for viewing different kinds of subjects. Compatible with Mac and PC (XP, Vista, Win7). Measures 2"L x 2.5”H. Grades PreK–12

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7 x 4.1 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 7.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces
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Item model number LER4416
Manufacturer recommended age 4 - 8 years
Best Sellers Rank #62,615 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#48 in Industrial & Scientific > Lab & Scientific Products > Lab Instruments & Equipment > Microscopes & Equipment > Microscopes > USB Microscopes
#308 in Industrial & Scientific > Test, Measure & Inspect > Inspection & Analysis
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4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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The zoomy came fast and was incredibly easy to install. I didn't bother with the disc. I just went straight to the website and downloaded the software. Even before I got the software up and running, both my Mac and my PC recognized it as a digital camera and integrated it into my pre-existing digital software. I didn't install the software on the Mac because I am primarily using it on a tablet PC.

The zoomy is very durable and easy to use. My two year old daughter can play with it and I don't have to worry about her breaking it. She runs it across the table and takes tons of pictures. She doesn't really know what she's doing, but I guess that a year from now, she'll be using it like a pro.

Sometimes it's a pain to hold, focus AND look at the monitor at the same time. I am too uncoordinated to get a movie made, as my hand shakes too much to keep in focus. I have seen movies made by a seven year old girl -- so I don't blame zoomy for the problem I have. I think I'm just too clumsy.

The only serious issue I have is with the claimed magnification. This isn't just a complaint I have with the zoomy. I have it with all USB microscopes. They make their magnification claims based on how big you can get something to look on a screen -- NOT based on how much detail and magnification you get from the optical magnifier. The optical magnification on this is 10x tops. The difference between 10x and 40x is pretty big. Its the difference between a magnifying glass and a dissecting microscope. It's the difference between seeing water bears as white pixilated specs and actually seeing their little body parts and tracking their movements.

I figured this out about Zoomy before I bought it by analyzing pics taken by others with the camera.
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The Zoomy microscope is easy to load software for and starts up with no problem. My ten-year-old uses it as part of home school, to look at, identify & record all sorts of cool bugs. I think it well worth the $50 we spent. The USB connection is convenient and the pictures can be saved in .jpg format, the same as photos.
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I had been looking at USB powered digital microscopes to inspect old coins and to show my grandson all the cool small things we could find around the house and the yard. Then, I bumped into this Zoomy. It fit the purpose to a tee.

Zoomy is a perfect toy for kids and adults. It keeps us busy, and I find that a boy of 5 can have a decent span of attention, while we explore and learn about the things around us.

Collectors of coins and stamps, or any kind of miniatures will appreciate this as a useful tool as well.

Operation is simple and easy, even for younger kids. We found it easy to capture images and videos. I’ve added some untouched images taken with Zoomy for reference.

Setting up was quick and painless. I just plugged it into my USB port and downloaded the software (rather than using the provided disk) from the Learning Resources website. Just google “zoomy” to find the learningresources.com page and click on the “Downloadable Samples” link, further down the page. If you prefer not to use their software, I found that my webcam software will recognize and use the device (using W7pro).

Although Zoomy appears rugged enough, I did tether the cord to our desktop with an elastic to avoid any hard crashes or pulls on the USB port, as kids can be tough on devices.

For the price, you can’t go wrong. I installed the software into my laptop and showed some friends, may have to order more…
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This product does what is says. It takes very clear, detailed pictures and videos. It has a preview setting. This means it has a "live view" screen to focus your picture, and allow for hours (!?!) of entertainment. If I thought this would be so much fun for my kids, I would have bought one sooner!

We bought it to correctly identify insects and spiders in the gardens, which it allows me to do wonderfully, but we have found so many other uses for it! My two children (2yo and 4yo) are in love with this little machine. They are exploring a whole new world! The first day we received it the kids looked at everything from their toe nails (ew!), lined paper, a house fly, a pencil tip, the dog's fur, the cat's ear, and we even located and pulled out a sliver in mommy's finger! They have more fun just watching the preview screen, and don't take alot of pictures with it. They are usually too involved, and move on to the next item without taking any.

For my purposes, I use it to correctly identify insects and spiders in the house and garden. It is essential to know what pest (or beneficial) you are dealing with to know if, when, and how to kill. Many nymphs, and instars of insects look similar if not identical to the naked eye. I now know that the brown beetle I thought was a common stink bug, it actually the fourth instar of the marmolated stink bug. This is an invasive, foreign species that is just now spreading to my area. It's the first time I've seen one, and he got the flush instead of being carried outside to freedom. I also know to look for more of them. It will also help me identify lacewing, ladybug, and parasitic wasp larvae. These are all beneficial insects that should NOT be destroyed, and will help, or completely control a pest insect in the garden.
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