The Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope is a digital microscope that uses a webcam chipset and sensor, which allows it to support just about any given OS (operating system) and standard webcam software. It allows up to 250x magnification (depending on the monitor) with 2.0 megapixels making it a useful device for collectors, students as well as hobbyists.
Some of the most important features of this microscope include:
Before anything else, it is recommended that users download the required software from the manufacturer's website for Windows and OS X and Linux. Once all the parts are connected, the microscope is powered using a USB bus power (It is advisable to only use the USB cable to connect to a PC or a smart phone without using additional cables).
Once set up is complete, the microscope will work like a standard webcam. The microscope can be easily used with most devices that support USB webcams.
For this microscope, a capacitive button is used for the purpose of capturing images. To capture images, the user can simply use this touch button at the top most part of the microscope. A capacitive button is preferred over a physical push button given that a simple touch produces blur-free images.
Image capture can also be done using the software on the PC (or tablet, smart phone). Using the software, the user can simply capture images or take videos without the need to use the touch button or focus wheel.
The Plugable USB 2.0 digital microscope is compatible with:
The Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope comes with built-in LEDs, which can easily be dilated (increasing brightness) through several brightness levels when illuminating the specimen/object under inspection.
To eliminate a glare, the LEDs shine through a diffuser to give focused lighting that allows for clear images. This feature is particularly useful when viewing objects like coins which tend to reflect light. With the diffuser in place, light is evenly distributed across the surface of the object without any harsh glare that would otherwise distort the image.
At the highest magnification possible, the microscope may not produce very clear, crisp images.
Some of the other important features include:
Although the Plugable USB2.0 Digital Microscope may not be ideal for professional use, it is a great device particularly for kids, hobbyists and collectors who wish to observe a wide range of objects such as leaves, insects, stamps and coins among others.
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