4 ways to boost efficiency with HDMI microscopes

With an HDMI microscope, the magnified sample will be displayed digitally, offering new possibilities and advantages for microscope operators.

If you’re new to the world of digital microscopy, you might be wondering: “What is an HDMI microscope and how does it differ from a USB microscope?”

If so, you’ve come to the right place.

In this blogpost, we’ll go through:

  • What is an HDMI microscope?
  • What are the benefits of an HDMI microscope?
  • How does HDMI microscopes differ from USB microscopes?


What is an HDMI microscope?

As indicated by its name, an HDMI microscope uses HDMI output and thus a digital display. That is, instead of looking through an eyepiece or ocular to inspect the sample, the sample is displayed on a separate monitor (via HDMI output).

However, HDMI microscopes often have USB ports too, allowing the sample to displayed on a computer. So it’s important to know the difference between the two.



What is the difference between HDMI microscopes and USB microscopes?

When choosing your next digital microscope, it’s important that you know the difference between an HDMI microscope and a USB microscope – and that while most digital microscopes are USB microscopes, they are not necessarily HDMI microscopes.

Confused? Don’t be. Let’s get into it.


What are the benefits of an HDMI microscope?

With an HDMI microscope, the microscope can be connected to a monitor via a HDMI cable. This is a common way to install the microscopes due to monitor compatibility.

By connecting the HDMI microscope directly to a monitor, you eliminate the need for a computer to power it on or control it. This makes the HDMI microscopes highly useful for small workstations with limited space but large-scale needs.


What are the benefits of a USB microscope?

Although available in many forms, a key characteristic of the USB microscope is its USB ports that allows the inspection to be displayed on a computer.

The quality of the videos and images, however, will depend on the kind of USB microscope. Similarly, not all USB microscopes can be controlled via an API.

If you’re considering a USB microscope, it’s important that you know the technical specifications of the microscope and find a solution that matches your needs.

Employees looking at a monitor together to discuss what they are able to see with their digital microscope with HDMI output



How to boost your efficiency with an HDMI microscope

HDMI microscopes often come with a wider range of features than USB microscopes. This can take your visual inspection processes to the next level in wide other non-digital systems can’t.

The built-in computer of the HDMI microscopes makes it incredibly easy to document your findings and the additional camera settings create exceptionally great photos for you to validate your samples from.

HDMI microscopes also have more presets and software capabilities that ensure consistency across your inspections and eliminate lengthy manual processes.

An example is a leading Medical device manufacturer that has significantly reduced the time they spent inbetween inspections by using presets and the PNG reference app.



In summary about HDMI microscopes 

While most HDMI microscopes have USB outputs, not all USB microscopes have HDMI outputs. This is an important distinction to note as your output of choice will have a big impact on how you can utilize the digital display.

In contrast to the USB microscope, a key characteristic of the HDMI microscope is the fact that you don’t need a computer to capture photos or run advanced software. Instead you have a stand-alone solution that can fit onto workstations of all sizes.

If you’re curious which of TAGARNOs digital microscopes are HDMI microscopes and USB microscopes respectively, we refer to the technical specifications of the microscopes.

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Not sure which microscope you need? TAGARNO's digital microscopes can magnify from 4x-660x on a 24'' monitor.

What microscope you need will depend on your industry, if you want to use specialized apps to optimize your processes and if you need to document your work. Follow the link below to learn more.

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