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The Apex Minigrab

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  • This camera makes it easy to display microscope images on a laptop or PC
  • This camera fits into the eye tube of any low or high power microscope
  • Completely driverless - so simply 'plug and play'
  • The pictures show the camera attached to an Apex Practitioner microscope, which of course has to be purchased separately.
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
  • Item model number: Minigrab
  • ASIN: B001JI4VNY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Feb. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,242 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

For a long time using cheaper digital cameras with a microscope and a computer has not been quite as straightforward as some suppliers have claimed. Mainly because of differences between computers that has produced difficulties with the drivers needed to get these cameras to work. No more. The minigrab is completely driverless and now correctly belongs to the 'plug and play' group of products. You simply plug the camera lead into a USB2.0 port on your laptop or PC (sadly not suitable for MAC at the moment) and it will be recognised and installed by your laptop/computer in exactly the same way as a memory stick. You can then display the images from your microscope in any video software you already have on your computer or use the Minisee software supplied with the camera. You can take video clips and still images (as jpegs) and store these on your computer. The Minigrab will fit all of the microscopes in the Apex range. An ingenious accessory at an exceptional price. Microscope in picture is Apex Practitioner, not included with the minigrab. Not supported in MAC/Linux but some previous customers have had these operating systems working. Windows XP to 8.1 64bit and 32bit supported 2M pixel colour camera 1600x1200 max resolution Save video format (.avi/.wmf.asf) Save image format (.jpeg/.bmp/.tiff/.tga) Narrower field of view than with an eyepiece

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Roland on 30 Sept. 2013
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After spending much time trying to take decent shots with my Fuji A370 digi-cam simply offered up to the eyepiece (my new Pentax X5 bridge camera (review to follow shortly) couldn't be used at all due to the lens size) and finding it a very much hit and miss affair I decided to do the right thing and purchase a camera that was designed specifically for microscope work.

The obvious thing for me was to look at what Apex/Brunel Microscopes had in that department, as it was one of their microscopes that I would be using. Having done business with this company in the past I reckoned I would be in a safe pair of hands so to speak, and I wasn't to be disappointed.

I read all the reviews here on Amazon a few times over so I had a rough idea of what I would be getting as I have never had anything to compare the Minigrab with. I contacted Apex with a few queries I had and they responded positively, so the purchase was made.

Two days later it arrived and I was immediately taken by how small the package was, but of course a device of this nature would indeed be small. Inside the (very well padded) box you get a roughly 48 inch mini-standard USB cable, the camera itself, two metal collars of different diameters (30 & 30.5 mm) presumably to fit other microscopes, a mini CD ROM disc and a very short `quick guide' and I do mean short. More on this later!

Setting up was pretty straightforward, I simply routed the cable down the back of my desk (my PC sits on the floor underneath) and plugged it into a spare USB port. The same at the other end, I placed the `scope on the desk and removed one of the 10x eyepieces (my `scope is a binocular model) and popped the Minigrab camera in its place.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mythago on 25 July 2014
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A very necessary piece of kit if, like me, you suffer from a bad back and can't hunch over a microscope for very long. I bought it along with the Apex Practitioner. It produces images and video up to a maximum of 1600x1200 pixels, video has quite low frame rates of 5-7 fps. This means that any moving creature quickly becomes a blurry streak as it picks up speed. Capturing good still images can be tricky - I take long videos and play them back with VLC media player which can slow down playback and it's easy to take screenshots.
The camera has a magnification of roughly 12.5x with a narrower field of view than the wide field eyepieces. It works quite well with dark field illumination, using the 4x and 10x objectives. I've uploaded some pictures to demonstrate the results.
The software included is easy to use and well put together.

As others have mentioned, the bare cardboard box it comes in is rather miserable but at least it helps to keep the kit at an affordable price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin99 on 19 Aug. 2014
This is an ingenious and well made piece of kit. It enables you to capture images from your microscope to your computer. What you get is a small digital camera (with USB cable, adaptors etc.) and some quite powerful software which enables you to capture still and video images, take measurements (including angles etc.) and to manipulate those images to meet your requirements. Simple enough to install the software and to set up the little camera and take still or moving images, focussing the image by using the microscope's focusing adjustment until the image on your computer screen is just what you want. The user's guide on the little CD runs to over a hundred pages and will be invaluable to anyone wanting to achieve specific results. But you can be up and running with basic results within minutes of taking the Minigrab out of its well protected little box.
Downside?
Well, it will be ideal for many users and it is very good value for money for this type of specialised camera. BUT, it didn't really do what I hoped for. The main use I have for my microscope (the excellent Apex Discovery) is very much at the 'low powered' end of the range, with magnification between 10x and maybe 20x. At 10x, the field of view is a reasonable 19.5mm diameter. But the Minigrab captures just 3.5 x 2.6 mm (probably +/- 0.1 mm). For many uses (and using higher magnification) this will be just the ticket. But for what I want, it is better to do a high resolution scan or to use a camera with macro lens and a copying stand.
Apex couldn't have been more helpful. They lent me a Snapper to try and, when that still didn't do what I had hoped, gave me a full refund. You can't get better service than that!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By MikeG on 16 July 2011
There is a major omission from the product description. The camera only captures `1/5th of what you will see down a x10 eye piece'. So while it is easy to set up and the images produced are excellent they are not what was hoping for. If I had known this I would not have bought the product.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SJM on 21 Mar. 2011
I've had this camera for about 6 months, after trying all sorts of image capture. This is so easy to use, and it's really compact, just take out the eyepiece and insert the camera. I use it via USB onto a PC for both still pictures and video. I haven't had to install any software on the PC, just use the software that came with the operating system. I use it with the Apex Examiner microscope and also with higher resolution microscopes with equal success. Very happy with it.
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