Hi, I am looking to buy a USB microscope, to use as an inspection scope (to look up close at PCB’s and PCB components). I was looking on ebay and saw many different scopes they had, but this one seems like the best bang for my buck: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2MP-8-LED-USB-Digital-Microscope-endoscope-5X-500X-/220783578482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3367ba0d72
I just am confused about the zoom, I don’t know if its optical zoom or digital zoom (it says magnification ratio is 5x – 500x but doesnt say what type- would it be assumed that its digital zoom?). Also given the specs below, would this be a good unit for basic PCB inspection?
If anyone has any other recommendations for a better scope in the 50 dollar price range, feel free to suggest another type of scope.
Below are the specs
5X-500X USB Digital Microscope 2.0 Mega Pixel Video Camera
Vedio Recording+Optical zoom 5X-500X+2.0Mega Pixel+30FPS
Used for Science education, Plant dissection, Skin examination, Scal examination, Textile Inspection, Jewelry Inspection, Collections&Coin Inspection, PCB Inspection, Etc
Image Sensor: Max 20.0Mega Video Capture Resolution:1600x1200(2M Pixel)
Controller: High Speed DSP
Lens: Dual Axis 5X & 500X Micro-Scope Lens
Focus Range: Manual Focus from 10mm-44mm
Snap Shot: Software and Hardware(Optional)
Video Capture Resolution: 1280x1024(1.3M Pixel), 640x480,320x240, 160x120.
2560x2048(5M Pixel),2304x1738(4M Pixel),1600x1200(2M Pixel)
Frame Rate: Max 30 fps Under 600 Lux Brightness
Flicker Control: 50 Hz / 60 Hz Option
Shutter Speed:1 sec to 1/1000 sec
Video Format: AVI/format
Snap Shot Format: JEPG
Light Source: White Light LED x 8 with ON/OFF switch
Magnification Ratio: 5X - 500X (Manual)
Power Supply: USB Port (5V DC)
Software Compatibility: TWAIN / VFW/ Direct Show AP (Driver)
Interface: USB1.1 & USB2.0 Compatible
Operation System: Support windows 7ï¼â¿windows XPï¼â¿vista 32b,Take measure software tool!
OSD Language: English
Dimension: 110 mm ( L ) X 33 mm ( R )
Color: Black / White
Support WIN 98,XP,VISTA and WIN 7!