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The USB Microscope Camera

Types, Styles and Features

A USB microscope camera allows users to dive deep into the exploration of microscopic images and specimens.

This type of microscope camera is becoming more commonly used and allows for microscopic images to be explored, captured, and stored on a computer for later study and analysis.

Scientists, amateur scientists, and children who are curious about the microscopic world around them use microscope cameras.

These microscope cameras are also popular with physicians, law enforcement technicians, and crime scene investigators.

Magnification and Image Resolution

A USB microscope camera can allow a user several different magnitudes of magnification.

A basic level of magnification can start at 10x the original image of the sample and extend to 60x or even 200x for exploring the sample at an even deeper level.

This in-depth inspection can allow for hours of exploring specimens under the microscope and image storage for study later.

Most brands of these cameras can stream an image from a microscope camera via a USB connection.

The common resolution for this style of camera when recording or storing the image is 640 x 480.

Different Types and Styles

A USB microscope camera can come in many different shapes and styles.

Several different companies make and market these cameras.

Each one of these different items offer different capabilities and feature sets.

1/ Digital Blue is a company that specializes in developing interactive kids’ entertainment and scientific toys.

Their QX5 V2 microscope has a USB camera that allows kids to collect specimens and explore them up close.

Read our article on the QX3 and QX5 Digital Blue microscopes here.

2/ Carson Optical is a company that specializes in creating optical products like binoculars, scopes for rifles and guns along with microscopes.

Their Epix is a USB microscope camera that offers magnification up to 130x while also giving users the ability to connect and store images on their computer via a USB connection.

3/ The Dino-Lite Handheld Microscope Camera has a wide variety of usages.

It’s versatility comes from the fact that it is very portable as it can even be handheld.

It is used by scientist at the country’s top research institutions and interestingly enough also by law enforcement forensic experts when they investigate crime scenes.

To read more click on our link about the Dino Lite line of USB microscopes.


All of these microscope cameras come with software used to store and manage images.

Most of the developers of software for microscope cameras have developed their software so that it is compatible with both PC and Macintosh computers.

This software allows users to capture images to their computer and creates a storage system for users to collect and retrieve their images.

Operation and Use

The design of most microscope cameras is such that they are simple and easy to use.

These cameras usually require that the user install the software that accompanies the camera.

The user can specify image settings such as determining magnification, storage location, and file naming.

Most of these cameras come with a set of standard items. These can include:

  • Eyedroppers
  • Collection slides
  • User’s manual
  • Forceps

Extra Features and Special Items

Some of the more sophisticated cameras can collect and store full motion video along with capturing stills.

It is important to note that videos take up a considerable amount of storage space when compared with just capturing still images.

Some of these style microscope cameras offer users the capabilities to use Near Infrared Light (NIR) and infrared light.

Law enforcement forensic experts in the investigation of crime scenes sometimes use this type of light.

A USB microscope camera offers users a way to get a different perspective on the world.

This perspective is just what is needed for scientific research, to investigate crimes, or just for the fun of exploring the microscopic world in an up close and personal way. 

Digital Microscope Camera - available with traditional eyepieces, microscopes can now provide imaging that was once only possible in laboratory settings. 

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