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USB Digital Microscope with 400x Magnification


About this product


  • 400x magnification digital microscope
  • View images and videos live from your PC, laptop or Mac
  • 1.3 megapixel camera offers a 1600 x 1200 pixel image on-screen

Product overview

• Explore the minute details of the world with this 400x magnification digital microscope
• Digital microscope with the ability to capture images, videos and watch live from your PC, laptop or Mac
• 1.3 megapixel camera interpolated up to 2 megapixels to give you a 1600 x 1200 pixel image on-screen
• Compatible with Windows 10, 8.0, 8.1, XP, Vista, 7 and Mac 10.5 and later
• Standing at 125mm high and 33mm in diameter it won’t take up a lot of room on your desk and comes in a sleek black design with an alloy stand

What can I see with this digital microscope?
Place the microscope directly over or on the sample to get the highest possible 400x magnification and slowly pull it away, adjusting the focus as you go, to get back to 20x. The minimum focusing distance is 10mm, giving you enough room to see by simply placing the microscope on top of your sample over an area of approximately 855mm².

How easy is this microscope to use?
This microscope couldn’t be easier to use. Simply plug the attached USB lead into your PC or Mac and install the software, then you can start seeing the detail of your samples. The included stand helps you keep the microscope steady while the eight LEDs allow you to illuminate your work as you view.

Click here for the drivers for this Microscope.

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks like a good design that went slightly wrong. It doesn't zoom, it's just that the lens has a long range of movement. The plane of focus moves from out near infinity back to a minimum distance from the sensor and then out again as the lens is moved away from the sensor. It passes the end of the transparent plastic bit twice: at about 20x and about 400x (not measured, quoted figures). For most of the range, the plane of focus is deep inside the device - not useful. Did the designer get the sums wrong or is there a bit missing or maybe it's a poor copy of one that did work properly? I'm torn between taking it back and taking it apart.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic item at a great price. I'm using this to take dermatology photos as a podiatrist and its great for that. Good that you can use either the software or hardware to use this microscope. I find the hardware is excellent. One click on the button on the microscope and I have a photo ready to examine close-up and to show the patient. Much better and cheaper than a Dermatascope and with the bonus of a hard copy print too if required. My only gripe was that the mini disc of software would not work on my external disc drive and I had to download the software from the Maplins Website. Otherwise a super bit of kit.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a nice bit of kit for the money, agree with the previous comments. The stand is too light weight though, the weight of the usb cable alone renders it useless when trying to focus, unless you happen to be carrying blu-tak around with you ;) The base just needs about 100g to make it a bit more stable. The bottom flat surface is just a thin piece of soft plastic. I'm tempted to open it up and hot-glue a nice chunk of stainless steel in there... or :) if you're feeling brave consider how impressive a DIY project this could make using the microscope as part of a precision controlled (Stepper Motors + Servos + Microcontroller (Picaxe/Arduino) unit :)
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an excellent tool for anyone involved in precision engineering. I now have two of these microscopes. They are ideal for examining small electronic circuits. I use one as a general purpose electronics lab microscope the other I have built another into a three axis CNC machine to aid in the alignment. I have also built one of the earlier x200 versions into a precision PCB drilling machine. Check out the project report in the components section of the Maplin Forum, it is listed under "Application of Maplin USB microscope".
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've used microscopes for years identifying and counting asbestos fibres and fancied something to use now I'm retired. Having two inquisitive grandchildren I knew there would be fights over whose turn it was to use a "normal" micrscope so I bought this! An excellent bit of kit, and easy to set up. Already looked at numerous "things" from the garden! All in all would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made and works well. Just a couple of things to note though. The software download from Maplin's site is incomplete i.e. there are no programs in it.. The small CD that comes with the microscope does not run on some CD drives. Maplin will post a normal sized CD if asked. Just be aware that the microscope has only two settings 20 times and 400 times. There are no settings available in between. The graded settings on the focus wheel are not appropriate. There are slightly cheaper versions available directly from China but they can be up to 4 weeks in the post and any problems with it can be a nightmare to sort out. They post such items as a "Gift" which customs may not like and they may charge you import duty and an administration fee. To post it back can cost you ?ъ15 and communication is bad at best.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I will summarise the pros & cons, starting with Cons: 1) The stand too light and is easily overbalanced by the weight of the microscope. 2) The bolt attaching the stand to the microscope wobbles. 3) The stand is simple and hard to tighten securely. 4) No "zoom" control, you achieve different magnifications by moving the whole microscope up or down and re-focussing. Pros: 1) Installed relatively easily, under Windows 7. 2) Once the stand has been secured, device is easy to operate. 3) Produces JPeg images up to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, a little under 1mb in size. Resolution can be configured from menu. 4) The images are really sharp and clear. The stand can be stabilised by pinning it to a small piece of board, using a bulldog clip. This stops it falling over but there is still a lot of movement on the wobbly bolt, which will require some araldite. With the base of the microscope a millimetre or two above the subject, the field of view covers an area measuring about 12 mm x 8 mm. At 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, this produced an image measuring 133 mm x 100 mm. Based on these measurements, I would assess the magnification to be a little over 10X. Higher magnification may be possible by lowering the microscope but it is hard to believe that anything over 20X could be achieved. I have so far used the device to examine the very small print on a selection of integrated circuits in my collection. These had proved very hard to read under a magnifying glass but the camera provided a clear, sharp record of all the code characters. I envisage being able to see macroscopic subjects (insects etc.) but do not expect much luck with anything microscopic.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Microscope is great, it has two fields of magnification up to 400X. The lens can be focused at ANY point in between but this is obviously dependent on the distance of the lens from the subject matter. Step 1- Position the lens from the subject, Step 2- focus the lens on the subject. It's unreasonable to expect a device of this nature to keep the subject in sharp focus throughout the entire scope of its magnification range without altering its distance from the subject. The magnification shows great detail in good resolution and with crisp manual focus. Stand and camera casing- The stand is ideal for things close-up or for steadying the camera for a wider view. There is a button on the camera to facilitate quick snapshots and the software duplicates these controls. The clamp on the anodised metal stand can be adjusted/tightened to suit. There is a small lateral play which may be by design or fault but serves to move the field of vision so as to easily scan the surface of the subject matter. The camera stays in position when you let go (ie, neither the picture nor the focus drift). The casing houses a ring of white LED's which light up the subject perfectly - day or night (this feature can be disabled in the software preferences if you prefer). Software- The software is essential (in so much as the device can't work without it). Allows real-time processing of image properties (brightness and LED lamp behaviour etc). Can capture stills and video. Works exceptionally well with Windows 7 32Bit even on my tiny Netbook EeePC 1001HA 1.6GHz 1024MB Ram. Decent video frame-rates. Overview- Pros- Highly recommended. Great quality images at the end of the day. Cons- Only a couple of gripes... The focusing ring is VERY stiff in sections of it's movement and quite slack in others which makes it extremely awkward and sometimes frustrating to finely adjust the focus without moving the camera around. Fine control would have been a big bonus! A bit of trial and error is required to get the required focus but it is achievable. Maybe it will loosen off after continual usage. The Software CD is a micro CD and couldn't be played in my DVD ROM drive - only compatible with horizontal tray loading drives (not vertical or slot-loading drives). Overall: 8/10 Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-11-11
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Technical specification
Type Digital microscope
Max magnification 400x
Min magnification 20x
Maximum resolution 1600 x 1200
Image sensor 1.3MP (2.0MP interpolated)
Focus range 10mm to infinity
Flicker frequency 50/60 Hz
Light source 8 white LEDs
Still image format JPG
Video format AVI
Full image colour and exposure control Automatic
White balance Automatic
Compatible operating systems Windows 10/8.1/8, XP, Vista, 7, Mac 10.5 and above
USB connection Yes – 2.0
General specification
Battery N/A
Working/charge time N/A
Length of cable included 30 cm
Product dimensions 125 mm x 33 mm x 33 mm
Product weight 277 g
Package contents
400x magnification microscope
Alloy stand
Software CD

I have an unused example suitable for Windows 98/Vista and would like to use it on my Windows 10 computer. I don't seem to be able to access the links given previously for updated drivers

Asked by: David
Please try this new link
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2018-02-19

I have this microscope. It is difficult to setup and use. Is there a compatible stage I can buy to enable adjustments as per other microscopes .

Asked by: Geoff
On this occasion, Maplin does not stock a product that exactly meets your requirements, or indeed anything close enough to offer you as an alternative.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-10-11

I have a MAC with apple disc drive.  The software comes on a mini disc which my drive can't use.  How can I download the software?

Asked by: jollyjohn
Click here for the drivers for this Microscope.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-11-20

I have the xp version of this digital microscope, but since upgrading to windows 10, I have not been able to use it, is there any updates to use it with windows 10. Thank you

Asked by: darkel
The driver can be downloaded from here and is compatible with windows 10:
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-07-28

do you have COSH and safety data sheets on this USB microscope 400 as like to use it at rolls Royce Bristol. thanks Giulio

Asked by: Giulio Dent
Unfortunately these data sheets are not available for this item.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-05-15

Will this microscope work properly in Windows 10

Asked by: ossyk
Not with the latest windows 10 update. Please update the drivers.
Answered by: Mike
Date published: 2017-04-28

Hi, Where can I get the driver for the USB digital microscope with 400x magnification and how do I install it on Windows 10?

Asked by: Tony
The driver can be downloaded from here and is compatible with windows 10:
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2017-11-23

where can I download software for my Mac

Asked by: Scone
On the web page for the item click on the blue "here" for the downloads for operating systems. Click "here" for this Microscope.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-03-26
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