With 2 Mega-Pixel 10x-50x Optical, 200x Digital Magnification
The Aven 26700-300 ZipScope USB Digital
Microscope is an easy to use microscope that allows you to view high resolution
images and videos on a computer monitor. As such, it can be used for quality
control inspection, medical and scientific research as well as in such fields
as geology and chemistry among others.
The Aven 26700-300 ZipScope microscope has in
place 8 built in LED lights and two light intensity settings. This will allow
you to switch to the specific light intensity that will meet your needs with
given objects/specimens. The microscope also has in place a snap shot button
for capture, a large focus wheel as well as a rubberized anti-slip coating that
The Aven 26700-300 ZipScope also comes with optical
magnification of 10X to 50X as well as digital magnification of 200X. This
provides a broad range and large working distance, which allows for practical
Other Important Features
Image sensor (1/2"
Frame rate of 30
Shutter speed of 1 sec to
Automatic white balance to
Manual focus range
with image (JPEG and BMP) and video (AVI) capture functions
The Aven 26700-300 ZipScope USB Digital Microscope is easy to set up
and use, which is a big advantage for younger users. It comes with a range of
features, which makes it a microscope of choice for general use in classrooms
and laboratories. For instance, the broad range (10x to 200x) and the large
working distance allow for the microscope to be used for a range of specimens
with varying sizes and shapes.
This provides practical benefits in
the laboratory, classroom as well as for younger users and hobbyists, who wish to
observe different types of specimens/objects. On the other hand, the rubberized
anti-slip coating has been engineered for both durability as well as to ensure
comfort during use.
The microscope also has in place a two-stage intensity
control of 8 LEDs. This is of great significance in that it eliminates shadows
during lighting, which enhances the viewing experience, allowing for clear
images. In addition, the microscope comes with a USB cable that can be easily
plugged into any computer for the purposes of saving, processing as well as
sharing the images.
Weighing only 0.65 lbs, the Aven 26700-300 ZipScope is very
light and can be easily carried to the field. Apart from being a light weight
microscope, it is small in size and can be easily separated from the stand,
which makes it even easier to carry around.
The metallic stand has a round base, which
provides stability during use by keeping the microscope in place. Here, it is
also worth noting that the stand has both height and angle adjustments, which
will allow the user to modify the height and angles without having to move the
object/specimen under observation. It is for this reason that the microscope
allows for a large working distance.
Strengths and Limitations
The snapshot button conveniently
captures clear, true color images
It is easy to use, making
it a great choice for younger users and beginners
It can be connected to any
computer using the USB cable
The Aven 26700-300 ZipScope
is a simple microscope with limited magnification. As such, it does not provide
sufficient magnification to view single-cells.
While there have been
claims that it can go up to 400X, such settings do not result in clear images.
Although the software has
an image capture feature, there are limits as to what the user can do with it.
The stand may prove
cumbersome at some angles
When considering making a purchase, it is worth
noting that the Aven 26700-300 ZipScope is not a superior microscope for
viewing single cells. If purchased for this reason, it will definitely
disappoint. However, it will prove to be a good device for younger users as
well as for hobbyists who develop an interest viewing such objects as small
insects, leaves and minerals to name a few.
When considering making a purchase
therefore, it is important that users have an understanding of its strengths
and limitations depending on the intended purpose of use.
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