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Veho VMS-004 Discovery Deluxe USB Microscope with x400 Magnification & Flexi Alloy Stand

by Veho
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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  • Up to x400 digital USB microscope with snapshot and video capture software
  • On/Off LEDs for object illumination
  • Alloy Stand and Stand alone Capture Button
  • Tacton Rubber Touch Housing
  • Pc and Mac Compatible
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 10.9 x 22.4 cm ; 272 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: VMS004DELUXE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,019 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

This handy USB desktop microscope - 400x 2 Mega Pixels magnification - has a multitude of home and office uses: science education, laboratory research, computer parts examination, printing inspection, presentation tool, medical analysis, reading aid, collectables magnification to name a few. Online chat can also be achieved with the microscope's built in webcam and record features.

Product Description

Digital Microscope Camera Tacton black

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259 of 265 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instructions for use at 400x 28 Aug 2010
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Instructions for Veho VMS--400 USB microscope

I write this as a professional microbiologist. This microscope is excellent but, at first, it seems impossible to use at high power [400x] because of inadequate instructions. I recommend practising on a simple flat object like a small piece of printed paper. Press the microscope firmly down onto it [or put the object into the lens cap] and focus at 20x. Now use the focus wheel to change to high power by rotating anticlockwise as far as it will go from that 20x position and then very slowly moving back until focus is achieved. [Note that it looks as if it should be possible to rotate a short distance from the 20 mark to the 400 mark on the focussing wheel. This is not the case. It is necessary to turn the wheel in the opposite direction to the 400 mark.]
As others have commented it is difficult to focus at 400x because the depth of field is small, the contrast is low and it is difficult to hold everything steady. This is not a fault of this microscope; it is true for the best professional instruments which overcome the problem by being very heavy, having precision engineered platforms for moving the object and special lighting systems (e.g. phase contrast). With the VMS-400 I recommend practicing focussing on a simple object as described above; it also may help to fix it to a heavy base or to place the object in the transparent lens cap. For smaller objects it is helpful to press them between glass slides for viewing at high power.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Veho x20 - x400 usb Microscope 2 May 2012
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This is a very bad item! Installed the software and looked forward to some acceptable if not pin-sharp photomicrography (based on the reviewers who gave this thing 5 stars and included photos!). No chance! The 'instrument' would only focus at x20 (with annoying difficulty) and would not 'zoom' to any higher magnification. Also, even when I managed to get it into the best focus, the saved image was appallingly poor. I magnified a prepared slide of a head louse and I've taken a photo at x40 using a basic digital camera placed over the eyepiece of my Natural History Museum pocket microscope and the resulting image is a hundred times sharper - and I'm not kidding!

The finish is poor and as for the stand; it doesn't grip the instrument firmly and tips over far too easily. It's not heavy enough basically. The whole set up is no where near worth 39.78 and it's going back!

I bought this because I didn't want to go to the expense of buying a camera adapter for my Apex microscope, but I now realise that one can get quite acceptable photos by simply placing a digital camera over the eyepiece - certainly much better than with this kind of thing!

No complaints with Amazon. They delivered like lightening! Ordered 29 April, to me 2 May and without special postage!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Susan
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This is a very nice looking package for the price. The microscope body has that soft, slightly-furry feel that is just a pleasure to touch (beware though, after a few years, this kind of surface coating often breaks down and goes sticky. I have several pieces of commercial equipment that has done this. However, it may never happen with this device. I just thought I'd warn you up front).

On with the praise -
The LED light control wheel at the top is easy to use, as is the focus/zoom control. Both have a quality "damped" feel and operate very smoothly.
The stand that it comes with is surprisingly useful and has a gorgeous glossy black coat.
The microscope clips in and out of the holder very easily, but is completely secure.

The software supplied is functional, but not outstanding. It does have some surprising options for a "Microscope" - Face-tracking (with effects such as "Mosaic", "Animal Face", "Animal Face", etc. There are also limited image modification effects, and Photo Frames.
I realise that if you can offer these options for next to no effort, then it is all added value for money.

As you may have surmised from the comments above, it can be used as a WebCam (with no audio).
You can record images using the software, or the hardware button on the top-side of the microscope. You can also record videos (AVI format). Still images are captured in JPEG format (JPG).
I really really wanted to like this this microscope. It just looks and feels fantastic.
Sadly, that's where the quality ends.

I probably made a mistake when researching the microscope, but it does not zoom from a magnification range of 20X to 400X. It is two magnifications - 20X AND 400X. That's it.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price! 5 Nov 2009
This is a great desktop gadget! It is fairly simple to instal and use, (i'm using vista) it also works well with programs like photoshop, under "import"
the settings make it quite versatile and you can choose a range of capture sizes.
The wheel allows focussing in either 20X or 400X (nothing in between) and at 400X the depth of field is quite shallow, so the object needs to be very close to the end of the microscope, and you have to be very gentle to get it in focus!
The microscope has a handy cap on the end which allows you to hold small objects or insects at just the right distance.
The supplied software is not bad either. it gives you access to all the settings and even allows you to measure the object usingthe scale on the focussing ring.
As with most reviews the stand is a little on the light side but is more than suffiecient to hold the microscope.
Well Recommended!
Thanks to amazon it arrived the day after it was ordered!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful tool
It is a useful device but the stand is pathetic, the microscope flicks out at the slightest disturbance which means you have to hand hold with a very shakey resultant image.
Published 13 days ago by William G Dare
5.0 out of 5 stars veho-VMS USB Microscope.
what an incredible piece of kit. As a philatelist I am delighted with this instrument which now allows me to identify details on stamps that were beyond a normal magnifying glass -... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sandra Batchelor
4.0 out of 5 stars preety good for everyday usage
1. This little gadget is pretty good for everyday usage, but don't expect it to perform like proper microscope
2. The camera is 1.3MP, interpolated to 2MP. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wmf
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely hardware, s*** software.
software was a bit crap. oh for it to have a regular webcam interface - the software i got was difficult to find online, exported corrupted movies, generally crap. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Lavelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and very high quility. no regrets
This microscope was a great buy and i use it for work to replace a traditional microscope. The product details are a little confusing but essentially you have one wheel which is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MR P M WOODCRAFT
3.0 out of 5 stars No Magnification
Unless I am missing something there is no varible magnification. It's fixed with dial labeled 20 to 400 used for focus. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Veho great but not for Mac OS lion
I think this item is a brilliant little bit of kit. I bought it because it said it was Mac compatable Well! It may be unless you have the latest Mac with os lion software. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jennifer Howe
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box
I have really had some fun with this microscope although it did take a while to get the software to load and work
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth being patient with it.
Slightly fiddly to use but does work well when you've got used to it. It was a present to my (adult) son and he was pleased with it.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Backhouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
Don`t expect much clear magnification, and I don't know what the competition for the price would compare!
If I needed it again sorry no.
Published 2 months ago by gord
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