NEW PRODUCT – USB Microscope – 2.0 Megapixel / 200x magnification / 8 LEDs
NEW PRODUCT – USB Microscope – 2.0 Megapixel / 200x magnification / 8 LEDs. As electronics get smaller and smaller, you’ll need a hand examining PCBs and this little USB microscope is the perfect tool. Its smaller and lighter than a large optical microscope but packs quite a bit of power in its little body. There’s a 2.0 megapixel sensor inside and an optical magnifier that can adjust from 20x (for basic PCB inspection) to 200x (for detailed inspection). Eight white LEDs are angled right onto whatever you’re examining so you get enough lighting to see, and are smoothly adjustable via a dial on the side.
If you plug this into any computer, it just shows up as a standard USB camera (we used this for our weekly Ask an Engineer show) and the Windows/Mac software lets you take snapshots using the button on the side of the microscope or direct from the software (so you don’t move the camera).
We tried a bunch of different USB microscopes and found this one to be the best combination of optical clarity, usability, and price. It’s perfect for electronics hacking, rework, SMT (de)soldering, inspection, and soon you’ll find yourself pulling it out to look and photograph all sort of cool small stuff around your lab and home.
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I’ve been looking at microscopes for surface mount work lately, this might do the trick. What’s the working distance (how far can it be from the workpiece and stay in focus)?
How do they get a 5 Mpixel image capture with a 2 Mpixel sensor? Are they doing some kind of interpolation?
I did a review of a similar unit in my website a few months ago. For the price, this unit is a great tool to review PCBs and small electronic designs. The base is not strong enough but the unit is very good. I have been using mine for the last 8 months.