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What's the best microscope with a camera?

See the best microscopes with cameras from TAGARNO. You'll learn the pros and cons of each microscope and how to choose the best one for your needs.

Microscopes with cameras, also known as digital microscopes, have become an essential tool for companies and industries worldwide when doing visual inspection and quality control.

With the ability to capture high-quality images and videos, microscopes with cameras have replaced traditional magnification systems in many applications.

In this blogpost, we’ll go into more depth about how a microscope works when it’s using a camera – and how you can find the best one.

More specifically, this blogpost will cover:

What is a microscope with a camera?

As the name suggests, a microscope with a camera uses a sensor inside the camera to view and magnify a sample to a degree that you can’t detect with the naked eye. This contrasts with more traditional magnification systems that use an eyepiece.

Man using microscope with camera for PCB inspection

What are the benefits of using a microscope with a camera?

By not having an eyepiece, you have an optically simpler solution with dramatically broader magnification capabilities. What this means is that you don’t have to change between multiple microscopes if you want to go from low to high power magnification or vice versa. It can all be done on the one microscope.

To view the magnified sample, you’re using a monitor rather than an eyepiece. This allows you to sit up straight or alternate between sitting down and standing up. In other words, you have more freedom of movement which isn’t typically the case when it comes to microscopes with eyepieces. The locked positions created by using a microscope with an eyepiece often lead to musculoskeletal disorders due to awkward postures and repetitive movements.

Using a screen rather than an eyepiece also allows for multiple operators to look at the sample at the same time. All it takes is for a group of people to gather round and you can discuss your findings while pointing at interesting areas of the sample. A microscope with a camera will in other words help improve how you collaborate as a team.

Lastly, with a microscope with a camera, it’s easy to capture photos of your magnified sample. You can either use these photos for documentation purposes or forward them to business partners if an issue arises and needs to be addressed immediately.

Man using microscope with camera for PCB inspection

How do you find the best microscope with camera?

Unfortunately, there’s “no one size fits all” microscope camera on the market that will be the best no matter what. Which one is the best for you will of course depend on what you’ll be using it for and how much you’re willing to spend on it.

To find the best microscope with camera for your needs though, there’s a few technical specifications you need to consider:

Magnification range and field of view

The size of your samples as well as the level of detail required will determine how much magnification you need. If you’re new to the world of microscopy, however, and aren’t sure how much magnification you need, it can also be useful to look at field of view. That is, how much can you actually see (typically measured in inches or millimeters) across the screen at the microscope’s minimum and maximum magnification capabilities.

If you click the button below, you’ll be taken to our technical specifications page. Here you can see not only the magnification capabilities of the individual microscopes from TAGARNO, but also their field of view.

Frame rate

Another important thing to consider is frame rate. This refers to how many frames per second the microscope is able to show. While 30 frames per second may be enough if you’ll only be working with still images, it’s crucial to choose microscope with 60 frames per second if you’ll be using the microscope to work underneath the camera, e.g. by soldering.

Lighting

It doesn’t matter what frame rate the camera inside the microscope has if you don’t have proper lighting. Without proper lighting, the microscope won’t be able to produce clear images and you won’t be able to see everything you need.

Important things to consider when finding the best microscope with camera is finding a microscope that has built-in lighting and is compatible with additional lighting options. We recommend choosing an LED lighting option for its energy efficiency and long lifespan.

Software and features

Another benefit of choosing a microscope with a camera rather than an eyepiece is that the former often provides various software and advanced features. That’s why you need to consider exactly what features you need and what the microscope can offer. Finding a microscope with the right software and features can significantly impact your efficiently and add significant value to your business.

Woman using microscope with camera for inspecting seeds

What is the best microscope with a camera?

There’s many kinds of microscopes with cameras and different manufacturers available to choose from. To help you find the right one, there’s 10 key factors to consider.

Below, we’ve listed the microscopes from TAGARNO, a leading manufacturer of digital microscopes, that are among the best on the market and will for sure take your inspections to the next level.

A selection of the best digital microscopes from TAGARNO

Now, let’s look at the different microscope with camera options from TAGARNO. All of them use the exact same 60 frames per second camera and thus produce excellent live image quality.

Where they differ, however, is in terms of how many features they offer and how easy it is to capture photos with them.

TAGARNO ZIP

TAGARNO ZIP is a simple digital microscope that is perfect for magnification tasks that don’t require advanced software and features. It takes next to no time setting up the TAGARNO ZIP. Despite the simple, sleek appearance, TAGARNO ZIP makes sharp images at all magnification levels. It offers high frame rates, optical zoom and 1080p image quality.

 

Pros

  • Minimal adjustment needed, reduces risk of user error
  • Easy to get started
  • Lightweight and easy to move
  • A great low-entry product

Cons

  • No software options
  • Requires a separate computer to capture photos

TAGARNO ZAP

TAGARNO ZAP is a flexible digital microscope which you can install in any way you want: on a focus tracker, a third-party ø76 mm yoke or flex arm. You choose the setup that fits your needs. TAGARNO ZAP produces crystal-clear magnified images – perfect for documentation material. This digital microscope is made by high-quality materials and surface treatments which ensures a long product lifetime without any maintenance.

 

Pros

  • Versatile (You can create a custom setup)
  • More features can be added
  • Built-in laser pointer

Cons

  • No built-in light
  • Requires a separate computer to capture photos

TAGARNO MOVE

TAGARNO MOVE is an intuitive, fully flexible digital microscope with a separate processing unit and integrated software applications. This digital microscope is made of high quality materials and produces crystal-clear magnified images that will allow you to see every little detail. You can easily save the images and share them with colleagues and partners.

Pros

  • Flexible arm
  • Height adjustment
  • Advanced features and software
  • Prolong product lifespan with firmware updates
  • Built-in laser pointer

Cons

  • No built-in light
  • Not the best microscope for large magnifications due to flex arm

TAGARNO FRONT

TAGARNO FRONT is a smart and steady digital microscope with a great range of intelligent and intuitive software applications. The microscope creates sturdy and ultra sharp images, which allow operators to make accurate analyses of high quality.

Pros

  • The highest magnification capabilities
  • Reduced interference
  • Adjustable working depth
  • Advanced features and software
  • Prolong product lifespan with firmware updates
  • Built-in laser pointer

Cons

  • No built-in light
  • Ring light and magnetic lens not compatible with all lenses at short working depth setup

TAGARNO TREND

TAGARNO TREND is a smart and visual digital microscope that combines advanced technology with software, easily tailored to fit your needs. This FHD microscope takes your quality to the next level with more than 330x magnification and 1080p image quality. TAGARNO TREND is easy to use, with a simple interface that allows users to capture images and videos with ease.

Pros

  • Can fit anywhere
  • Good for bigger samples
  • Advanced features and software
  • Prolong product lifespan with firmware updates
  • Built-in laser pointer

Cons

  • Not the best microscope for large magnifications due to long camera arm

TAGARNO PRESTIGE

TAGARNO PRESTIGE is a smart digital microscope with 660x magnification. The smart microscope is agile, intuitive and customizable which allows you to tailor it to fit your needs perfectly. TAGARNO PRESTIGE is born powerful. And as it ages it will only improve with new firmware updates and features.

Pros

  • The highest magnification capabilities
  • Reduced interference
  • Advanced features and software
  • Prolong product lifespan with firmware updates

Cons

  • Shorter working depth
  • No built-in laser
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