As a scientist I have always been mesmerized by the power of the microscope, from the petri dish to my eye, an unseen world was opened up to me, with all its mystery and wonder.
As the technology has advanced, I have been able to learn more and more about the world, and have become a microscope junkie of sorts and as such am always on the lookout for the next latest and greatest microscope.
When I look to purchase a microscope, I look for a product that is all-encompassing. What is more, with the evolution of microscope technology, we now have microscopes with USB capacity.
With the power of UBS microscopes, images can be transferred with ease allowing you the power to save specimen images in the form of pictures or even printed for later use. No more slides that can be easily broken. Furthermore, it is important to remember when buying a microscope, to consider the requirement for the device.
Is the purchase for a young scientist who is just getting his feet wet, or is this going to be the tool you use to discover the cure for one of the many crippling diseases in this world?
Another consideration should be to consider the climate that the microscope will be used in and whether the materials used will be able to stand the conditions. When it comes to the materials the microscope is constructed with.
Cheap microscopes don’t last long and the purchase of one should be seen as an investment. For the purposes of this review, I have focused on the top 10 best digital microscopes on the market in 2018.
Table of Contents
- 10. AmScope 40X-2500X LED Lab Binocular
- 9. Celestron Compound Binocular Microscope
- 8. Firefly DE300 Polarizing Handheld USB Digital Microscope
- 7. Nikon 7314 20X Field Microscope Mini
- 6. OMAX 40X-2000X Digital Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope
- 5. BigC Dino-Lite Portable Digital Microscope
- 4. OMAX 40X-2500X Full Size Lab Digital Trinocular
- 3. 3.5X-225X Simul-Focal 144-LED Articulating Zoom Stereo Microscope
- 2. Dino-Lite USB Hanheld Digital Microscope
- 1. Supereyes 500X USB Digital Portable Pen Mini HD Manual Focus Microscope
- Which Digital Microscope Should You Buy?
10. AmScope 40X-2500X LED Lab Binocular
First up, we have the AmScope. The AmScope comes with a double layer mechanical stage and 50 blank slides ready to be filled!
With magnification up to 2500X, this microscope would be a good purchase for those who want a better view of microbes. The microscope runs on AA batteries and offers absolutely magnificent pictures.
- Heavyweight to prevent damage
- The lens technology is on par with big-name camera companies.
- It comes with free coverslips
- The product has been reported to have adjustment issues
- The binoculars are not as up to par as expected.
9. Celestron Compound Binocular Microscope
The Celestron microscope comes with slides, filters and emersion oil. The microscope is lab ready and made of durable materials to suit any lab setting.
The viewers are rotatable at 360 degrees and offer’s 3 color filters in green, blue and red. This is the perfect gift for a new scientist getting their lab up and running.
- It offers super magnification
- The illumination can be adjusted with ease
- The product comes with Trinocular capabilities for secondary viewing
- Amebas cannot be viewed
- Focus of the lens can be an issue
8. Firefly DE300 Polarizing Handheld USB Digital Microscope
Wow what a beauty, a handheld microscope! Oh, how the technology moves on. This little gem comes with USB technology and pushes 30 frame rates per second.
With a built-in snapshot button and the latest software technology, this is the perfect gift for any field scientist.
- Handheld and portable for that scope user on the go
- All in one technology
- USB capability
- Lacks detail of the images when magnified
- Images are saved as BPM which causes issues when converting format or expanding the image
7. Nikon 7314 20X Field Microscope Mini
Can you say microscopes on the go? Well with this handy little accessory, any scientist can brave the frontiers with the backing of this gem.
The microscope itself weighs 4 pounds and offers a water-resistant o-ring and comes with a protective case and neck strap.
- Perfect for use in light rain or damp areas
- Wider 51-72mm Inter-pupillary Distance Range
- Comes with protective lens cover
- Does not have 360-degree rotation
- Narrow field of view on lens at 11 mm
6. OMAX 40X-2000X Digital Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope
This microscope is credited as being number 1 amongst the top USB microscopes. Why is this? Because the microscope has a 1.3mp USB camera, has been put to the task of blood analysis which is precision work.
This is a purchase that won’t disappoint and is versatile enough to be used by anyone at any stage of life or expertise.
- Comes with a 5-year warranty
- 8 levels of magnification
- Stain resistant stage for those nasty spills
- No slides provided (and the slides are not cheap)
- Compatibility issues when downloading images on to apple computers
5. BigC Dino-Lite Portable Digital Microscope
Here we have another portable microscope with a space-age metal look to it. This awesome microscope comes with a built-in polarizing kit and a microTouch sensor to allow ease of toggle from on to off.
This product would be a wise choice because of the sheer versatility of the product in relation to its size and scale. This is not a product that will disappoint. The product has mostly positive reviews and the cons are not exactly deal breakers when it comes down to the purchase.
- comparable to a bigger and more expensive microscope
- Comes with a handy measurement feature
- Lightweight at 5.6 ounces
- The software is not user-friendly
- Some image formats prone to over-exposure
4. OMAX 40X-2500X Full Size Lab Digital Trinocular
Now I know I have raved on about technology, but this scope has something that excites the heck out of me and that is 3D capabilities! This Omax is a full-sized digital microscope with a 10mp USB camera.
If you want superior quality imagining then look no further than this scope. This is truly the only tool you need if you are a professional and want your work to be reflected as such.
- Advanced trinocular at 2500X
- works with Linux (a huge plus as Linux needs to be integrated into the OS world)
- 5-year warranty
- It weighs 14 pounds, heavy to move
- The cameras frame rate is slow at 1-2 frames per second
3. 3.5X-225X Simul-Focal 144-LED Articulating Zoom Stereo Microscope
This next microscope is an ergonomic dream. With a flexible pillar arm and advanced editing and measuring software, this is a good choice for those who like to multi-task on projects.
What is more, the scope offers crisp stereo images and the pillar arm offers a larger working distance.
- 5mp camera for crisp photos
- 225X Zoom for precision imaging
- offers a sturdy adjustable arm
- Software not designed for Mac
- No clear warning of the scope being waterproof or not.
2. Dino-Lite USB Hanheld Digital Microscope
The Dino-Lite is another handheld USB and it offers the most compatibility that I have seen amongst the products reviewed so far in that it supports Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
With it’s sleek design and comfort grip, this max 5mp scope is a good choice for any scientist or doctor on the go.
- Trigger sensor allows convenient snapshots
- Adjustable polarization
- Uses multiple formats for images and video
- Focus issues at the 200x level
- iOS compatibility issues, in conflict with advertisement
1. Supereyes 500X USB Digital Portable Pen Mini HD Manual Focus Microscope
Last, but not least is the supereyes microscope. The microscope comes in a pen format and packs a punch for a small product. The scope supports USB 2.0, takes 5mp shots and is compatible with a wide range of operating systems.
This scope would be a great addition to a forensic kit or a good back up microscope to be kept in the glove box as a spare. Moreover, the scope holds up against other bigger scopes and is an economical choice for those who are just learning to play with scopes or want to make a budget-friendly purchase.
- Comes with a sturdy protective metal case
- Crystal clear zoom for ease on the eyes
- High strength LED to give the user beautiful clarity
- Unreliable software that crashes and freezes
- Focus is not optimal
Which Digital Microscope Should You Buy?
So as you can see there are pros and cons in equal number across the board, but if I had to choose one of these microscopes, I would go with the OMAX 40X-2500X Full-Size Lab Digital Trinocular.
I could see pros with all of the products, but the trinocular and 3D imaging is what sealed the deal for me. Think about the beautiful pictures it will produce, and you are sure to be the envy of your colleagues with this diamond in the rough!
So if you would like to join me in ordering this fantastic microscope then please head over to Amazon so you too can experience the thrill of 3D bacteria!