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Califone USB Digital Microscope

B&H # CACM1USB Mfr # CM1-USB
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You Pay: $109.95
Product Highlights
  • 10x - 200x Magnification
  • 4" Minimum Focus
  • Integrated LED Light
  • Powered by USB Connection
  • Capture Stills & Video
  • 1 Megapixel Stills
  • 1-Year Warranty for School Use

Built specifically for use in the classroom, the Califone USB Digital Microscope gives students a chance to learn about the world around them up close. It can be connected to a classroom computer, so students can be split into groups to conduct experiments and see the whole picture on the screen at the same time.

This USB Microscope allows for real-time display on computer screens, enabling multiple students to view detail at the same time. With a connected computer wired to a projector, an entire class or auditorium can participate, making it ideal for facilitating student understanding of the 6 goals within the National Educational Technology Standards, or NETS.

10x - 200x magnification with manual focusing from 4" to infinity
Takes image snapshots to appear on a computer screen
USB connection to computers allows for group monitoring and easy image capturing
Fully adjustable, detachable microscope stand
Protective lens barrel
Integrated bright white LEDs for lighting the subject
Multiple filter choices to highlight different aspects (Light enhanced, square base, color or black and white 3D, reverse tone, blue/red/green filters)
Automatic brightness adjustment & color compensation
Video Capture (choice of resolution & frame rates) or Still Picture mode (with choice of image resolution settings)
One year warranty for school use (most consumer electronics warranties would be voided if used in schools)
Microscope Type Digital Handheld Microscope
Body Type One Piece with Stand
Eyepiece No
Nosepiece Single objective with fixed lens mount
Objective(s) Dual axis 27x & 100x microscope lens (F2.4 2P M12)
Provides a Magnification ratio of 10x to 200x
Head No
Focuser Single knob manual focus (4" - infinoty Focus Range)
Light Source 4x white light LEDs (integrated)
Light Control Automatic brightness adjustment
Specimen Stage No
Image Sensor Color CMOS sensor
Power Source Powered via USB Interface
Preview Continuous video Preview (640 x 480 @ 30 fps under 600 Lux Brightness) with Flicker Control (50 Hz or 60 Hz) through PC
Image Resolution 1280 x 960
800 x 600
640 x 480
352 x 288
320 x 240
160 x 120
Color Depth 24-Bit true color with Automatic color compensation
Video Capture AVI Motion JPEG
640 x 480 @ 15 fps
320 x 240 @ 30 fps
Video Output No
Computer Interface USB 2.0
System & Software Requirements Windows System Only
  • IBM PC or compatible with Pentium 700MHz Processor or better
  • Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
  • 32MB RAM
  • 20MB free Hard Drive space
  • CD-ROM drive
  • VGA card with DirectX support
Overall Dimensions 4.5 long x 1.3" diameter (112 x 33mm) not including stand
Weight 9.6 oz. (273 g)
Califone USB Digital Microscope
  • Detachable Stand
  • 4' USB Cable (integrated)
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty applicable to School Use
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    CalifoneUSB Digital Microscope
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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        4.0

        Good Value

        By Ivan

        from Santa Barbara CA

        About Me Academic/Professional Researcher

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Works Properly

        Cons

        • Flimsy base

        Best Uses

        • In The Field

        Comments about Califone USB Digital Microscope:

        We use this microscope for scouting different bugs and pests in our greenhouse. It is very handy to send the pics to etymologists, etc. Very easy to use. Picture quality is good considering how cheap the scope was.
        The only downside is the flimsy base. Its hard to keep the camera still. I've been clamping it to the edge of the desk and that helps a lot.

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        4.0

        Good quality

        By IVW

        from Santa Barbara CA

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Works Properly

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Califone USB Digital Microscope:

            Use for scouting bugs in our greenhouse. Quality is great. Easy way to share what he photograph with it.
            My only complaint was the miniCD the software came on. Most new computers don't like minCD's... Not a huge deal but definitely annoying. Califone doesn't have any drivers online...

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            5.0

            Great value.

            By DFFerrari

            from Detroit MI

            About Me Professional Guide

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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            Cons

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                Comments about Califone USB Digital Microscope:

                The optics are very very good for an inexpensive item, The old days a device like this would cost thousands. Interface was very user friendly with PC.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent gadget

                By Roger

                from Barcelona, Spain

                About Me Professional Guide

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                • Teaching

                Comments about Califone USB Digital Microscope:

                As I was anticipating purchasing for our classroom a stereomicroscope with built-in video source, firstly I was not enthusiastical at all with this small device. However I bought it as I wasn't risking much money, after all. It was a very pleasant surprise as this is a light, small, hasslefree and powerful unit. It is very easy to work with, and has a fast install process. Image quality is not stellar but is far better than I expected, integrated lgihting definitively a plus, and takes snapshots and video stills.
                On the negative side, focusing needs to be accurate and this is not very practical when using the supplied foot, which is quite flimsy. The microscope tends to slip out of its attachment due to bad design. Other than that, an excellent prodcut to mate with a laptop for science teaching!

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