Small and durable, these handheld microscopes are great for examining objects indoors and outdoors in high detail. Unlike large, stationary microscopes, these “pocket microscopes” can easily be held in one hand for on–the-go examination.
Simply connect these tiny devices—via a USB port—into your computer for a high definition viewing experience you can share with your friends and family.
Both curious adults and children will get a kick out of these highly transportable devices.
Best Handheld Digital Microscopes
Here are our reviews of the best handheld digital microscopes
This pocket microscope is one of the most popular on the market. Its compact size coupled with a 5.0-megapixel camera makes this device perfect for viewing objects in high definition.
- Bright LED light
- Simple operation and easy to maneuver
- Easy-to-use focus knob
Portable and extremely affordable, this handheld microscope is capable of magnifying objects up to 230x.
- High quality optics
- Adjustable, ultra-bright LED bulbs
- Durable construction
This device, from Mustcam, can easily fit into your pocket. Simply flip open the screen and zoom in to view your findings in high definition, right in the palm of your hand.
- Capable of 1200x magnification
- Built-in micro-SD storage
- High resolution
Capable of magnification levels up to 1000x, this handheld microscope can be wirelessly connected to your smartphone for on-screen imaging.
- 0-megapixel camera
- 8 white LED lights for optimal brightness
- Detachable viewing stand included
This highly affordable handheld microscope with detachable holding arm is great for both working on electronics and observing the natural world in fine detail.
- Capable of 1000x magnification
- Wirelessly connects to any smartphone for on-screen viewing
- Double adjusting focus knobs for accurate observation
Best Handheld Microscopes Buyer’s Guide
A handheld microscope is a great stepping-stone for anyone who is on the fence about purchasing an expensive high-powered, compound microscope. Suitable for children and enjoyed by both adults and professionals, these pocket microscopes are a great way to explore the unseen world, inside and outside of the home.
Have a look at our buyer’s guide for some tips and features to keep an eye out for when making your purchase.
Resolution is an important feature, especially when it comes to highly magnified images and recordings. We recommend purchasing a device with at least 2.0 megapixels. Any less, and you may have a hard time making out your saved images due to distortion and pixilation when zoomed in.
Size and accessibility are what these devices are made for. Consider how you plan on using your device before you make your purchase. If you want to work on electronics, hands-free, a device with a detachable stand included will be your best bet. If you’re looking for a device to take camping or hiking, consider a microscope that can easily fit into your backpack or pocket, without much bulk and weight.
Digital handheld microscopes feature two types of magnification: optical and digital.
Optical refers to what you see when looking through the eyepiece. Conversely, digital magnification is the image you see when connected to either a built-in screen or home monitor. We recommend primarily focusing on the optical capabilities rather than the digital as the digital technology just isn’t there yet. Look for a device that is capable of an optical magnification of at least 220x.
Be sure to make sure that all included software is compatible with your existing technology. Some devices are only manufactured with specific smartphones or computer software in mind.