New Toy

In the past I’ve written a couple of posts on how to get better magnification out of a digital camera. Well, you can get some pretty reasonably priced digital microscopes these days – and now I have one, the DigiTech QC3247.

It has two modes, a 20X mode which is fairly useful and a 400X mode which is ridiculous.

Here’s a capture from 20X mode. To give you an idea of scale, the brown chip capacitors in the picture are 0603 – ah, that is 1.6mm long and 0.8mm wide. Click on the picture to get the full-res 800×600 image.

Now here’s a capture of one of those same chip capacitors at 400X. It took me ages to position and focus it as the frame is less than 1mm from side to side. This mode is of limited use I think unless I build a mount for the microscope. It is impossible to hand-hold it at this magnification and the supplied stand is too flimsy to hold it in position without wobbling.

All in all, this will be a nice addition to my toolbox.