Veho Discovery VMS-004 Deluxe
This handy USB desktop microscope - 400x, 2-megapixel magnification - has a multitude of home and office uses: science education, laboratory research,...
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Review of "Veho Discovery VMS-004 Deluxe"
Thanks everyone for the R/R/Cs, still much appreciated....... Especially thanks for all the E's ... Looks like dooyoo has finally given up the ghost. Not even sending vouchers out now... shame
I was given a box quite a while back. It was not a normal box, no, far from it. This box was something special. This box actually contained something, as all good boxes should do. This box contained a rather nice little device that, after taking everything out of the box, slotting things together, I soon realised that this box contained a little device that, on first impression, I though looked like a camera, which, technology, it is, but this camera is actually a microscope that can be also used as a camera, including a web cam. With this camera having the name Veho Discovery microscope deluxe
What does it look like..?
When I first picked up the box I had a quick look at what this device was capable of. With a picture of the actual microscope showing proudly on the front, with the stand and the scope in full view.
Then, with the box opened I saw that the box contained exactly what the image on the front said it would. I mean, i've opened some boxes to find that the contents were nothing like they should be, a little like a Big Mac, which looks great in the adverts but looks more like a floppy piece of out dated bacon when you come to eating it.
Inside the box I found the scope, a disc type piece of metal with a ball in the centre which is the stand. Then there was a piece of clear plastic which, on closer examination, turned out to be the little clamp that connects the scope to the base, using a small wingnut type screw to tight the grip.
There was also a little disc, which contains the drivers and some software, which I did not use as I got my drivers straight from the tinterwebnet.com. And there's also a little booklet which gives you a brief idea of what this is capable of... and I mean brief.Anyway, the camera itself is about 32mm in diameter and about 115mm long, having what looks like a silver scroll wheel which is embedded into the black plastic of the unit. This dial is used for zooming in and out of whatever 'thing' you're looking at. On the sides of the black plastic there looks to be a groove that encircle the whole unit. This is for the top section of the stand to slide into so that the scope can sit firmly in its housing.
There are a couple of little red buttons on the unit, one on either side, one being the 'zoom' function, the other being used to take a snap shot whilst you're looking at something.
The stand it sits on is a good 120mm high, when straight up, bending in many ways giving you more chances of getting that perfect angle in order to get a better shot. The circular support base that the stand sits on is a good 50mm in diameter.
The cable itself, which has a USB connector on the other end, is a good 400mm long, when stretched out.
Up the wire, about half way up in fact, there is a little dial that is housed in a plastic casing. This dial is to control the lights that surround the actual lens of the microscope. Turn the dial one one way and the lights get brighter, turn it the other way and the lights become dimmer. This comes in handy when it comes to seeing things that are on a reflective surface, so there's less bounce back from the lights.
How does it work..?
It works in the same way as a 'normal' web cam, sort of, which means that all you have to do is slot the end of the cable into an empty USB port, with the first insertion finding the drivers in order to use this. Once the drivers are found the lights on the end of the microscope, surrounding the lens itself, should begin to glow. You can control the brightness of the light by using the little dial that is about half way up the wire that connects the unit to your PC.
It gets its power from this USB port of the PC that it is connected to, so there's no need to find a plug socket.
So now you've got the drivers up and running you set about putting the stand together, if you want to, which I find a little better as it gives you more control over the scope, allowing the distance to be regular.
The stand consists of a disc, which has a little weight to it so that it can handle the slight weight of the scope when attached. There's the central section of the stand, which consists of two clear plastic pieces that are joined together by a single 'wing nut' that slots into the middle. You place this central piece over the little 'bobble' on ther stand, whilst at the same time you trap the little 'bobble' bit of the underside of the scope onto the other end of the clear plastic. Once done you tighten the 'wingnut', finding the ideal angle for the job you are doing.
And you're done. All you have to do now is run the software that you are using for the scope. ( I first started off with Debut video capture as it was, A, one of the ones that offered a clearer image, and, 2, it was free – but you can use your inbuilt software or download your choice).
And that's it, you can now go about seeing just how fascinating the miniature world really is, in some rather stunning images.NOTE:
Although there are two little red buttons on the scope itself I tended to use the buttons on the software as it meant not having to touch, or move, the scope once it was in the right position.
What special things do I need to run it..?
It runs off any USB 2.0 port on Windows OS 98, vista and 7, although I'm struggling to get it to work properly in Windows 8.1, but as with most things, it will get there in the end, if not, I'll just use it on the 7 OS when and if I fancy seeing things close up.
And for the Mac users, this can be used on MacOS X 10.5 or later.
What about the specs...?
The camera itself give you the chose of up to a 400X optical zoom, with the digital images being your standard JPEG with the video footage being good old AVI.
Is there anything else needed to know..?
You can also use this as a web cam, but make sure you set the image up properly as it can be quite scary for the people you're talking to when all they can see on their screen is a close up of your facial hair.
And, which I think is quite important, as I did not realise at first, which ended up with me seeing what looked like a massive crack on the screen, right on the front of the scope, the clear plastic ring that encircles the lights and lens, there is a single transparent cap over it. This cap can be removed as it was this cap that had the tiny scratch on it which, when looked at through the scope, made it look the size of the Grand Canyon. But once removed the scope gave a crystal clear image of what I was looking at.
What do I think..?
For a small microscope this doesn't half offer a cracking picture, making the small world seem a lot clearer and bigger.
It was straight forward to set up, not even having to install the mini CD that came in the package, although you can do if you want, but I didn't. So I was up and running in no time.
I was not expecting too much from this due to its size really but when I saw some of the images that it showed me I was impressed.
It did take some getting used to at first. By that I mean the actual zoom control, which is a long, stretched wheel that sits inside the black casing. This wheel was a little tight to move around with a single finger, which meant that it took more pressure, which meant that the scope would move, which meant that I kept having to re-focus and re-sit the scope in order to get the image back to where it was. But after a while I developed a knack of adjusting the dial to get a close up or pan out.
The USB connector is your standard size so there's no hassles with finding adapters, plus, the cable is a good length so you don't have to worry about there not being enough cable to get around to the USB port on your PC.
The little dial that adjusts the brightness of the lights surrounding the lens is so simple to use, adjusting the light with total control, giving you the option of no light to a bright light, with many options in the middle. This is needed when it comes to being in a darker space or even when you're 'subject' is sitting on a reflective surface, which means that a bright light will just bounce back into the lends and give you no image at all. This dial controlled is situated in the right place on the wire so that you're not accidentally knocking the scope when you're adjusting the brightness.
The pictures that this camera takes are as good as you'd expect, although a lot of that depends on the program you're using, but the images i've taken when messing about with this scope have some great detail in them, with some rather fascinating sights and even some images that you wouldn't believe.
And the price..?
This microscope sells for about £35 - £40, depending on where you shop. Amazon are selling it at the moment for about £37 which is not a bad price really for what this does.
Would I recommend it..?
Yes and no.
What I mean by that is that it's great for kids as it would help in their education when it comes to science, giving them a rather different look at certain things, showing them just what the likes of a human hair looks like close up, or how a piece of cotton is made up of several thinner piece which look all knitted together. Or, in the case of one of my kids, how the inside of their nostrils look, hairs like stalactites, complete with little coloured edges like massive monster insects clinging on for life. So, when it comes to education this microscope is a nice way to look at things.
But[, unless you are interested in seeing things close up, then this is something that will no doubt just sit in the cupboard collecting dust. Until you decide to try and sell it to the highest bidder on Ebay.
Product Information : Veho Discovery VMS-004 Deluxe
Manufacturer's product descriptionThis handy USB desktop microscope - 400x, 2-megapixel magnification - has a multitude of home and office uses: science education, laboratory research, computer parts examination, printing inspection, presentation tool, medical analysis, reading aid and collectables magnification to name a few. Online chat can also be achieved with the microscope's built in webcam and record features.
Product Description: Veho Discovery VMS-004 Deluxe - microscope
Device Type: Microscope - fixed
Dimensions (WxDxH): 3.3 cm 12 cm
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Optical Zoom: 400 x
Frame Rate: 30 frames per second
Optical Sensor Type: CMOS - 2 MP
Interfaces: USB 2.0
Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, USB powered
MPN: VMS-004 Deluxe, VMS-004D
Device Type: Microscope
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Width: 3.3 cm
Height: 12 cm
Type: Colour - fixed
Digital Video Format: AVI
Infrared LEDs: 4
Still Image Capture Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, USB powered
Type: 2 MP CMOS
Optical Zoom: 400 x
Computer Interface: USB 2.0
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces: 1 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A
Included Accessories: Stand
Compliant Standards: RoHS
Software / System Requirements
Software Included: Drivers & Utilities
OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Apple MacOS X 10.5 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows XP (32/64 bits)
System Requirements Details: - 700 MHz - RAM 384 MB - HD 20 MB
Listed on Ciao since: 30/05/2011