I just tested a new USB microscope. It’s in the range of the other affordable USB microscopes, under $100. You can find it on eBay searching “autofocus USB microscope”.Following my insights on this tool.
Autofocus and 3-feet configuration
Autofocus. This is the reason I tested this USB microscope. Indeed, it’s really uncomfortable to focus the other USB microscopes since you have to hold it and at the same time rotate the focusing gear and press a bottom on your computer to save the image. All of this while keeping the microscope over a delicate work of art. This USB microscope is the only one I could find with autofocus ability and the 3-feet configuration which allow you to leave the microscope on the artwork and taking comfortably the images on the computer . It allows to fine focusing from the bundled software. No risk to damage the artwork at all. It stays firmly on the surface and it’s super light.
Drawbacks: Image resolution, 5MP, not worth it.
Even if this autofocus microscope showcase a 5MP camera its magnification is about half that of the Veho VMS 2MP USB microscope. It has only a digital zoom, so you can magnify on its bundled software live view window until 100%, essentially the actual pixels.
The microscope covers an area 13 mm wide with its 5MP camera. This microscope is actually one of the few with this high 5 MP (pixels count). Though, this feature it’s not really useful since doesn’t mean better image quality and/or higher magnification. Indeed, the only practical advantage is to have a picture of a wider area. Though, only a part of the image would be on focus since the depth of field is very narrow and not enough to make up with the wide surface which would be not perfectly flat and aligned.
Pigments Checker is for photographers, conservators and scientists interested in technical documentation of paintingss. It has 54 swatches of historical pigments designed for infrared photography, ultraviolet photography and other technical photographic methods for art examination. Check it out!
Pigments Checker is a collection of 54 swatches of historical pigments that have been applied using gum arabic as a binder on a cellulose and cotton watercolor paper, acids and lignin free. This paper is not treated with optical brighteners, it’s slightly UV fluorescent, and it reflects IR. Two cross-hair lines, 0,2 mm (vertical) and 0.4 mm (horizontal) are printed on each swatch of paper before the application of paint, in order to have a means to evaluate the pigments’ transparency in the IR and IRR imaging. Among all the pigments and their varieties ever used in art these pigments collection select the most used ones from antiquity to early 1950’.
The autofocus feature and the 3-feet configuration are really useful for art examination. The microscope is lightweight and feels safe to use on delicate artworks. Though, it offers weak magnification and low quality lens.