Woman using an HDMI microscope to inspect PCB


4 ways to boost efficiency with HDMI microscopes

With an HDMI microscope, the magnified sample will be displayed digitally-.

Learn how using a HDMI microscope changes how you do magnification and visual inspection.

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?

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 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 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.


How USB microscopes differs from HDMI microscopes

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.

How HDMI microscopes differ from USB microscopes

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.

Employees using an HDMI microscope to inspect PCBs

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.

All of TAGARNO’s digital microscopes are HDMI microscopes and have USB outputs as well. You can explore them in greater detail below.

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