- Optical Zoom from 1x to 50x
- Digital Zoom up to 200x
- 8 LEDs with dimmer for fine tuning illumination
- Live view with video capture or snapshot feature
- Solid alloy stand for stability.
- Functions like a simple web cam, so it works with PC, Mac and Linux (including Raspberry Pi Raspbian)
The Plugable USB2-Micro-200X USB microscope provides up to 50X magnification optically and up to 200x and can be used on computers running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux simply by plugging it into a spare USB 2.0 port and it requires no external power. When used with no additional software installed, it operates like a standard webcam and can be used with the default webcam software included in your computer’s operating system. There’s also included MicroCapture software for Windows and Mac OS X that extends the functionality with features like detailed measurement, specimen snapshots (Windows only) and more.
With the Microscope connected, install necessary drivers and MicroCapture Software here:
MicroCapture Software and Driver Download for Windows
This starts an installer from which two separate parts must be installed for full functionality:
- A custom driver for the microscope, which replaces Microsoft’s default webcam driver for it
- The MicroCapture application that relies on the custom driver to provide a few extra functions over standard webcam software, including easy snapshots using the microscope’s button (Windows only), etc.
Please be aware that when the installer asks to restart the computer, it can hang the system on shutdown because the driver installer still needs the user to click the “Finish” button to close the installer. The solution for now is to just let the reboot happen, it should not interfere with installation. This will be fixed in a future release.
We recommend running with Apple’s built-in software, which will detect and work with the microscope automatically. Just open Photo Booth and switch the camera source to the Microscope.
Custom microscope software is also an option. With the Microscope connected, install necessary drivers and MicroCapture Software for Macs here:
MicroCapture Software and Driver Download for Mac
For Linux – Raspberry Pi running Raspbian:
We have tested our Microscope with the Pi connected through a powered hub to work with GTK+ UVC Viewer by using the following terminal commands:
“sudo apt-get install guvcview”
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the included MicroCapture software store the temporary snapshots shown on the right?
They are stored in c:\photos. You can copy from or delete the files in this location. Or right click on the photos from within the MicroCapture application to delete or save them elsewhere.
Rather than use the custom software included with the microscope, can I use standard webcam software
Yes, absolutely. On Mac and Linux this is the recommended method, as both these operating systems include good webcam software. Linux even recognizes the microscope’s button to take snapshots. On Windows, the driver already included in Windows will recognize and provide standard functionality with the microscope — however Windows Vista and 7 do not include any webcam software by default. But there are lots of alternatives available for download, including Webcam XP / Webcam 7.
Where to Buy
|Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 10x-50x Optical Zoom, 200x Digital Magnification)||Product Details||$39.95|