13 Best Lab Compound Microscopes

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Lab Compound Microscopes in 2020


Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper

Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-80X-100X-200X-400X-800X-1000X-2000X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF20X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: double layer X-Y mechanical stage with scales, size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm), translation range: 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Stage upward moving lock protects objectives and slides
  • Condenser: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Illumination: transmitted (lower) LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides
  • Full solid metal frame construction with stain resistant enamel finish; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) - Input: 100-240V; 100-piece blank glass slides with 100-piece cover slips and 50-sheet lens cleaning paper included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2500X LED Digital Trinocular Lab Compound Microscope with USB Camera and Mechanical Stage

OMAX 40X-2500X LED Digital Trinocular Lab Compound Microscope with USB Camera and Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF25X; Objective: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55mm ~ 75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm
  • Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 100V-240V (UL approved)
  • Digital camera: - True color 640x480 pixels (0.3MP) - Frame speed: 30fps at 640x480 - Software compatible with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems - Offers capturing still images, stitching, EDF, video recording and measurement functions - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2500X LED Digital Trinocular Lab Compound Microscope with 5MP Camera and Mechanical Stage

OMAX 40X-2500X LED Digital Trinocular Lab Compound Microscope with 5MP Camera and Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF25X; Objective: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55mm ~ 75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm
  • Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 100V-240V (UL approved)
  • Digital camera: - True color 2592x1944 pixels (5MP) - Frame speed: 2fps at 2592x1944, 3fps at 2048x1536, 5fps at 1600x1200, 7.5fps at 1280x1024 - Software compatible with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems - Offers capturing still images, stitching, EDF, video recording and measurement functions - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Compound LED Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and Digital Camera

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Compound LED Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and Digital Camera
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF25X; Objective: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable
  • Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) - Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 0.5A Max - Output: DC7.5V, 1000mA
  • Digital camera: - true color 640 x 480 pixels - 0.45X reduction lens to get larger field of view - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, and Mac OS - Capturing microscope images, recording live video, measuring lengths, angles, areas, editing images
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

AmScope 40X-2500X LED Digital Binocular Compound Microscope with 3D Stage and 5MP USB Camera

AmScope 40X-2500X LED Digital Binocular Compound Microscope with 3D Stage and 5MP USB Camera
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Six widefield magnification settings: 40X, 100X, 250X, 400X, 1000X & 2500X
  • Professional 30 degree inclined 360 degree swiveling Siedentopf binocular head
  • Sturdy framework with 3-D double layer mechanical stage, coaxial coarse & fine focusing, Abbe condenser, iris diaphragm and color filter
  • Powerful single bulb LED illumination with dimmer
  • Digital camera with advanced editing, processing & measuring software for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

OMAX 40X-2000X Digital LED Compound Microscope with Built-in 1.3MP Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage Compatible with Windows and Mac

OMAX 40X-2000X Digital LED Compound Microscope with Built-in 1.3MP Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage Compatible with Windows and Mac
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • High quality professional optical glass elements; 45 degree inclined 360 degree swivelling binocular head; Built-in 1.3MP USB Camera (Windows 7, 8, 10 & Mac Compatible) with Advanced Software for Windows
  • 8 levels of magnification: 40X-80X-100X-200X-400X-800X-1000X-2000X; 4 achromatic objectives DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S,Oil); 2 pairs of eyepieces: WF10X and WF20X
  • Sliding interpupillary distance adjustment; Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes; Variable intensity illumination; Coaxial coarse and fine focus adjustment; Focusing knobs on both sides
  • Stage upward moving lock protects objectives and slides; Stain-resistant double layer mechanical stage; NA1.25 Abbe Condenser with iris diaphragm & filters; Rack and pinion adjustment condenser
  • 5 Year Warranty

OMAX 40X-2500X Full Size Lab Digital Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 14MP USB Camera and 3D Mechanical Stage

OMAX 40X-2500X Full Size Lab Digital Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 14MP USB Camera and 3D Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: widefield WF10X/18 and WF25X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X (S), 100X (S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular; Interpupillary distance: sliding adjustable 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch (55mm ~ 75mm); Diopter: adjustable on both eyepiece tubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple
  • Stage: mechanical stain-resistant double layer, size: 5-1/2inch x 5-1/2inch (140mm x 140mm), translation range: 3inch x 2inch (75mm x 50mm); Photo tube adjustment range: 5/8inch (15mm); Focus: coaxial coarse and fine focus knobs on both sides, rack and pinion adjustment, with tension control; Focusing knob can be locked for observation and transportation; Condenser and diaphragm: Abbe NA1.25 rack and pinion adjustment condenser with iris aperture diaphragm
  • Black palm rest on the base; Illumination: transmitted (lower), replaceable 3W LED light, variable intensity; Metal mechanical components; Power supply: 100V~240V 50/60Hz worldwide range (US and Canada power plug)
  • Digital camera: - true color 4096x3288 pixels (14M pixels) - 0.5X reduction lens to get larger field of view - 0.01 mm calibration slide: 1mm/100 division - Frame speed: 1.8fps at 4096x3288, 10fps at 2048x1644, 27fps at 1024x822 - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS and Linux operating system - Capturing microscope images, recording live video, measuring lengths, angles, areas, editing images - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Biological Compound LED Microscope with 3D Mechanical Stage and Coaxial Coarse/Fine Focusing Knob

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Biological Compound LED Microscope with 3D Mechanical Stage and Coaxial Coarse/Fine Focusing Knob
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: widefield WF10X and WF25X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular
  • Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm)
  • Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable
  • Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) - Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 0.5A Max - Output: DC7.5V, 1000mA
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2000X Lab Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 1.3MP Camera

OMAX 40X-2000X Lab Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 1.3MP Camera
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-80X-100X-200X-400X-800X-1000X-2000X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF20X; Objective: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55mm ~ 75mm)
  • Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm
  • Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 100V-240V (UL approved)
  • Digital camera: - True color 1280x1024 pixels (1.3MP) - Frame speed: 15fps at 1280x1024, 26fps at 640x512, 50fps at 320x256 - Software compatible with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems - Offers capturing still images, stitching, EDF, video recording and measurement functions - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

AmScope M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound Microscope

AmScope  M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound Microscope
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • This is an ideal microscope for home school or for students in elementary to high school to learn sciences
  • 360 degree rotatable monocular head offers five magnification settings 40X, 100X, 250X, 400X & 1000X
  • Widefield all optical glass elements includes single lens condenser with disc diaphragm
  • Sturdy all metal framework
  • LED illumination system uses either an outlet (adapter included) or three AA batteries (or re-chargeable batteries). Camera and laptop not included

AW 40X-2500X LED Lab Binocular Compound Science Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage

AW 40X-2500X LED Lab Binocular Compound Science Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

OMAX 40X-2500X Digital Lab Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 5MP Digital Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage

OMAX 40X-2500X Digital Lab Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 5MP Digital Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF25X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular
  • Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm)
  • Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved); - Input: 100-240V
  • Digital camera: - true color 2592x1944 pixels (5M pixels) - 0.5X reduction lens to get larger field of view - 0.01 mm calibration slide: 1mm/100 division - Frame speed: 5fps at 2592x1944, 18fps at 1280x960, 60fps at 640x480 - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS and Linux operating system - Capturing microscope images, recording live video, measuring lengths, angles, areas, editing images - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

LANDOVE Compound Student Monocular Microscope with Smartphone Adapter,40X-800X Dual Light Optical Glass Lens All-Metal Microscope + Microscope Prepared Slide Set

LANDOVE Compound Student Monocular Microscope with Smartphone Adapter,40X-800X Dual Light Optical Glass Lens All-Metal Microscope + Microscope Prepared Slide Set
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Can give 40X-800X widefield magnificationsSturdy metal frame with coaxial coarse & fine focusing.
  • Come with a Smartphone Adapter, Capture Beauty in the MicroWorld with Smartphone Adapter
  • Optical glass monocular microscope with top & bottom LED lights
  • Can be used with AC Power Adapter(110 V) or 3 AA Batteries(Batteries not include)
  • Home school or for students in elementary to high school to learn sciences

How to Choose a Portable Digital Microscope

Children, students and researchers and hobbyists love microscopes. But there are different microscopes for different situations, people and usage.

1. PC Link USB Digital Microscope with Metal Base by PC Link

This affordable microscope sells out quickly. It's a stand up model with the dimensions of 8.5 x 3 x 4 inches. It's a digital microscope, web camera, digital camera. The metal stand is attached. It zooms up to 900x. Due to the many small parts included in the kit, this product is not for children under 3 years of age. The set comes with many items that include software, blank slides, collecting vials and much, much more. "A great product. Easy to set up",[1] stated one satisfied user. It was priced under $43.00 at Computer Geeks.com.

2. Carson Optical zPix Digital Microscope with Integrated Camera grated Camera by Carson.

This microscope is best for educational and professional use. It also magnifies right on your computer screen. Zoom is between 26x - 130x. Click the shutter button to capture an image. The zPix comes with a specimen base, 1 prepared slide, 3 blank slides, forceps, an eye dropper and software. One customer stated, "Installation was a snap on Vista laptop and the captured pictures are crystal clear."[2] Sale priced under $100.00 at selected stores.

3. Digital Blue QX5 Microscope by Digital Blue.

An excellent educational tool for ages 7 on up! This digital microscope has an appealing blue color that makes it stand out from the rest. Magnifies at 10x, 60x and 200x. The kit includes two specimen jars, slide and clip, tweezers, containment dishes and an eye dropper. The durability is excellent, as one customer explained, "We have had the Digital Blue for a couple of years and have enjoyed it every time."[3] Retails for under $100.00.

4. Orion MicroXplore PC200 Digital Hand-held Scope by Orion Telescopes.

Powerful magnification for 10x, 20x and 50x. Includes image editing software. Flexible use for school, work and home. One customer commented, "Sharp image. High magnification."[4] Priced under $130.00.

5. The Dino-Digital Microscope by AnMo Electronics Corporation.

This tiny microscope is ideal for students, hobbyists, and as well as professionals. This tiny microscope works in conjunction with your pc or television utilizing the Dino Capture software. It magnifies from 10x, 100-200x and 400-600x! It has 3 objective lenses, a microphone for capturing and recording video, and weighs only about 550 grams. One customer stated, "Recently our junior high school science department received the Dino-Lite hand-held digital microscopes...both students and teachers were very excited and could not wait to put them to use. We immediately began to examine everything around us in microscopic detail. The students all took turns looking at leaves, soil, clothing, etc. Everyone had a great deal of fun and (they) were very anxious to use the new teaching tool for actual classroom projects." And a doctor also commented on his purchase, stating,"This hand-held, digital microscope can be used to document and measure object images found in association with the skin and skin lesions of patients with Morgellons disease."[5] I found this product at UniversalPart.com under $180.00.

And just an FYI, to view one of the best in the industry for professionals, check out the DG 3 Portable Digital Microscope Base Set by Scalar. DG 3 which is touted as being the 3rd in a series of the worlds first portable Digital Microscopes. Manufactured by Scalar back in 2020, the DG3 seems to be the choice among commercial and government entities such as NASA, Boeing and the United Space Alliance.[6] With its powerful magnification of 1000x, just like the desktop scopes, the DG3 definitely has secured a place in the industry. After magnification, surfaces are imaged by a 2.3 million pixel sensor. Optional lenses are sold separately. It is priced around $6,000.000 at Power Max .

By the way, Mel Sobel Microscopes, LTD has a microscope rental program for medical students. If you a med student or are shopping for one, consider this alternative to purchasing. Shop around to get the best price after you narrow down your selection to a few models. Rental prices vary.

Portable digital microscopes are fun for the entire family! From curious children to students to researchers. And the bonus is that the prices vary enough to make purchasing one affordable.

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