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Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

4.3 out of 5 stars 3,529 ratings

Price: $39.95 & FREE Shipping
Light Source type LED
Material Plastic
Item Dimensions LxWxH 9 x 6 x 2 inches
Item Weight 0.65 Pounds
Brand Plugable

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  • HOBBY FOCUSED - Useful and fun for students, collectors, testers, and anyone interested in exploring the microscopic world. Cannot be used as a document camera.
  • HIGH DEFINITION - 2.0 Megapixels, up to 250x magnification (Note: Final magnification corresponds to monitor size)
  • BROAD COMPATIBILITY - Uses a webcam chipset and sensor to support nearly any operating system using standard webcam software. Users with an Oculus Rift may require additional setup
  • INTEGRATED LIGHTING - LED halo light with brightness adjustment control. Flexible arm stand with observation pad includes graduated marks for easy measurement
  • 2 YEAR WARRANTY - We love our Plugable products, and hope you will too. This product is covered by a 24-month limited warranty as well as Seattle-based email support

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Product Description

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Explore the World at the Microscopic Level With Plugable’s Digital USB Microscope!

Great for kids, hobbyists, and professionals, the Plugable 250x USB 2.0 Digital Microscope (USB2-MICRO-250X) allows you to work quickly and effectively at the microscopic level. Common uses include classroom exploration, stamp or coin analysis, micro-soldering, garden parasite identification, and much more.

This adaptable tool can be used either with the included stand for lower magnifications, handheld for quick point-and-click inspection, or placed directly on subjects for the highest magnifications. The rugged plastic body makes it ideal for children, classrooms, or industrial applications.

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Compatibility

Windows

USB Video Class (UVC) support is built in to all versions of Windows from XP and above. This includes Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista, and XP. Companion software is available on our website that allows finer control of the device, or any other video capture software can be used.

macOS and OS X

Mac computers with OS versions 10.4.2 and above have built-in support for USB Video Class (UVC) devices. Companion software is available on our website that allows finer control of the device, or you can use any video capture software, including Photo Booth (with limitations).

Linux

Linux distributions with kernels 2.6.26 and above have built-in support for USB Video Class (UVC) devices. Works on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian Jessie. We recommend using Cheese or GTK+ UVC Viewer.

Chrome and Android

Works on all Chrome OS devices with the built-in Camera application. Many newer Android devices support the microscope using an OTG cable and a viewing application. Select Android devices may not work, and it's up to the device manufacturer to support external cameras.

iOS

iOS devices (iPhones, iPads) are not compatible with external cameras.

Specifications

Interface 4ft USB 2.0 Cable
Magnification 0x-250x
Lighting 4x 5050 SMD LEDs with diffuser
Resolution 1600x1200 Snapshots, 640x480 Video
Sensor 2/3in (11mm) CMOS
Controller EtronTech eSP570A

Product description

Explore the world of detail around you.

Features

The Plugable USB2-MICRO-250X USB microscope provides up to 250x magnification. The microscope is powered via USB bus power alone (500mA), so no extra power adapter is required. Operates like a standard webcam and can be used with the default webcam software included in your computer's operating system (note that some versions of Windows do not include webcam software by default, although many third-party applications are available for download).

Compatibility

Can be used on most computers and tablets supporting USB webcams, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android simply by plugging it into a spare USB 2.0 port (OTG cable and app required for Android tablets). Native OSX support using PhotoBooth in 10.5 or above, third party support in older versions.

No iOS Support.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, but losing points for (a) stand with insufficient vertical reach and (b) misleading info on the Amazon website.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing camera, but losing points for (a) stand with insufficient vertical reach and (b) misleading info on the Amazon website.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2016
For me, the ability to make pictures of coin or postage stamp size objects as a whole is more important than an extreme magnification factor. The Amazon website mentioning a smaller minimum magnification of 10x for this device was thus one of the reasons I chose it, but the specifications on the box are somewhat different "Magnification Range: 60x - 250x". Oops...
The camera does not actually have a zoom function. Zooming is done by changing the distance to the object and then focussing. Using the standard gooseneck the reach allows for a maximum object size of about 2,5cm x 2 cm, which is not sufficient for me. Luckily, the camera has sufficient focus range to place it higher up, and using a somewhat modified setup (see picture) it works for me. The other pictures show the largest possible object size with standard setup (the coin photographed has 26mm diameter) zooming in to the maximum magnification on this coin.
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Edvinas M.
5.0 out of 5 stars More of a real tool than a toy - well worth the purchase
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of a real tool than a toy - well worth the purchase
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 18, 2016
Amazing little microscope. Came well packaged with some manuals and software. You don't really need software but I would highly recommend it as it allows higher resolution and capture options including time-lapse.

Using it is simple and straightforward. You just plug it into your USB port on PC or laptop (mine got recognized automatically on Windows 10) install the software supplied or download latest and off you go.

Magnification is something else. I had to include some pictures for you to believe (ballpoint pen tip, 1 euro cent coin, t-shirt fabric, high resolution mobile LCD screen). I doubt there is much more to add... One tip - try zooming in and out all the way until you hit physical stop. I was amazed of magnification out of the box just to find out that pass that blurry focus loss is another new step of even greater magnification. So don't forget to max out on both ends. You are welcome :)

As with everything there's obviously some things to consider. For one is the ease of working with the flexible arm. It is there more as a just in case solution that full time option in my opinion. With magnification at that level you need some sort of fine thread like adjustment. You can obviously use it without the arm provided but you might as well think of some solution to do fine adjustments up and down. But that's for extreme zoom and continuous steady image. For casual use supplied options are fine.

Overall I would highly recommend this little microscope. It is handy in many cases and nearly must have in your household. 5 out of 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a shot (no pun intended)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could be improved
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2020
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Roberto
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of kit, needs strain relief on cable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of kit, needs strain relief on cable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2017
My 6 year old daughter had a great time playing with this microscope in the park. We even used it to examine the injury while extracting the splinter! When held up directly against an object it has two points at which it focuses, including the one at 200x. It Just Worked with Ubuntu Linux 16.10.

Unfortunately there are a couple of flaws with the product. Minor niggle: the cable comes out of the side of the microscope that corresponds to the 'top' of the image, meaning that the natural inclination when holding the device handheld (as we almost always did) is to hold it upside-down, leading unnecessarily to the inversion of movements that you get with a classic optical microscope!

The worse flaw is that the usb cable has no strain relief where it connects to the device. After a few weeks of use, this led to a sheath failure and exposed ground wire at that point (see photo). Thankfully I was able to return the device under the Amazon Fulfillment 30-day return policy for a refund.
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