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Microscope Comparison Table

Microscope Ease of set-up Hardware Quality/Durability Number/magnification of each objective Quality of Image at Different Magnification Levels Ease of image acquisition Type of illumination/configuration of illumination Timelapse capability? Types of samples possible to image Ease of software use; OS compatibility Cost Star Rating
Celestron 44121 Microscope Requires both AA,AAA batteries, not included with microscope Cheap, not super durable 4x, 15x, 30x N/a Simple to focus on sample; not equipped for computer output Pen light for overhead illumination, small LED underneath; pen light provides essentially no illumination No Slide-mounted samples N/a $26 1
AmScope 40X-1000X LED Cordless Easy Good hardware, metal, solid-feeling 4x, 10x, 40x best good at 4X, worse at higher mags Very simple, nice crisp images Bottom LED Yes Slide-mounted samples Mac and PC; easy with Photobooth on Mac $125 3
OMAX 40X-2000X Digital Binocular Biological Compound Microscope Very easy Nice metal hardware. 4x, 10x, 40x Nice contrast, nicely saturated color Very simple; easy to connect to computer Bottom illumination with LED Yes Slide-mounted samples Mac and PC; easy with Photobooth on Mac $390 5
QX7 Microscope - Digital Blue QX7 Digital Microscope Easy Cheap plastic 1x, 6x, 20x Poor image quality; low contrast and dull color Simple to connect to computer Top and bottom LED illumination Yes Slides and unmounted samples Mac and PC; easy to use with Photobooth on Mac $123 2
Mini Microscope For iPhone Easy; snaps over iPhone4/4S Plastic casing N/A; essentially, can magnify at only one magnification Poor due to visible ring around edge of image Simple to do through iPhone camera LED Yes (through iPhone camera) Diverse, although LED is very reflective on glass slides Works with iPhone iOS $5-12 1
3B Scientific iPhone Microscope, 100x Magnification Easy; snaps over iPhone4/4S Plastic casing N/A; essentially, can magnify at only one magnification Poor due to visible ring around edge of image Simple to do through iPhone camera LED Yes (through iPhone camera) Diverse, although LED reflects off of glass slides Works with iPhone iOS $30 1
Micro Phone Lens, 15x and 150x Magnification Extremely simple to use lens is reusable, scratchproof and washable; comes with plastic casing 15x and 150x available 15X was tested and was reasonable Simple to do through iPhone camera; must line up with light source a simple light with a flexible stand is included with the 150x lens (not the 15x) Yes (through iPhone camera) Diverse, prepared slides are included in the package with 150x (not with 15x) tested with iPhone 4S and works; should work with any smartphone or tablet $14.99 for 15x; $39.99 for 150x 3
Celestron 44302 Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope 2MP Very easy Stand is metal, robust, very few moving parts N/A; essentially, can magnify at only one magnification Fairly good, although colors are not very bright and contrast is average Very easy LED Yes Diverse (handheld); glass slides too reflective to get good quality images Mac and PC; extremely easy with Photobooth on Mac $45 1
Carson MM-200 Carson Micromax LED 60X-100X LED Lighted Pocket Microscope Very easy Plastic casing, but few parts N/A; essentially, can magnify at only one magnification Poor contrast No possibility of computer interface LED No Diverse N/A $11 0
Wolfe® CFL Educational Microscope Very easy Nice metal stand 4x, 10x, 40x good contrast even at high mag, but color becomes very light Easy to focus and find sample. Sharp image LED, bottom-lit Not as sold Slide mounted samples N/A $246 4
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