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The Dino Lite Digital Microscope is a handheld digital microscope which connects directly to your computer through a USB port.
At first glance this microscope looks more like a gadget than a useful professional instrument. However, these portable instruments are used for industrial inspections and medical applications, in addition to being used by hobbyists and schools.
The Dino Lite Digital Microscope requires software to be downloaded to the computer and set up.
The software allows the Dino-Lite to capture images, including time lapsed video, record audio associated with the image, annotate the image, and, on some models, allow for measurement and calibration of the image.
AnMo Electronics Corporation was established in 2000 in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
AnMo designs handheld digital microscopes utilizing rotating lens technology. The company has established an excellent reputation.
There are three standard series of Dino Lite microscopes. These are the AM2011, AM311 and AM411.
The measuring function allows you to input the magnification value from the microscopes zoom control. This allows you to measure the length, angle and circumference of the object.
For even more accuracy, the software can be calibrated using a known scale, such as a ruler laid along the specimen.
However, when used as a handheld digital microscope, measurements and calibrations are only as accurate as the hand holding the microscope. Movement of the microscope will impact the measurements.
There is a large range of specialty scopes available with a Dino Lite digital microscope.
Most of the specialty scopes are based on the AM411 models, but have additional features specific to their intended application.
The specialty series range in price. Additional features include:
A great additional purchase that we, at MicroscopeMaster, recommend is the Dino-Lite Microscope stand.
Digital Blue also offers a digital microscope which attaches to a laptop, or other PC, through a USB cable.
Offered by Digiblue Corporation, the QX3 and QX5 digital microscopes are both designed for children, and have no application for the more serious home hobbyist or professional.
Both models include:
While the Digital Blue digital microscopes are significantly less costly, these are strictly children’s toys.
Purchasing the QX3 or QX5 for your child would be a good way of determining if your child has any interest in microscopic observation.
The wide range of products and features makes the Dino Lite digital microscope more than a toy, or an interesting add on to your computer.
These handheld microscopes are used as a reading aid for the visually impaired, for school or for your career.
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