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How to Choose a Microscope

Which Handheld Digital Microscope Model should I choose?

Product Guide
To help you better understand the Dino-Lite series microscopes

AM - fixed nozzle
AD - removable nozzle

2xx - entry level model
3xx - mid range model (Dino-Lite Plus)
4xx - high end model (Dino-Lite Pro)

x11 - USB model
x12 - Analog (TV) model
x13 - USB model w/ calibration and measurement
x22 - Microscope eyepiece camera (TV)
x23 - Microscope eyepiece camera w/ calibration and measurement

T - microtouch, touch-sensitive area, captures image on usb models, toggles
LEDS on/off on analog (TV) models
M - metal, aluminum-body, reinforced cord attachment, ruggedized model
Z - polarizer, reduces glare on reflective objects
L - working distance (long), magnification up to 92X, focus from farther away than normal
T5 - 500X fixed magnification
L-M40 - working distance/wide viewing angle, magnification up to 37X
FIT - Near infrared lighting (850nm)
FVW - 4 White / 4 UV LEDs, UV at 390nm
FVW2 - 4 White / 4 UV LEDs, UV at 375nm
FVT - 8 UV LEDs at 390nm
FVT2 - 8 UV LEDs at 375nm

AMH - Medical product RUT - Iris scope
EAN - Ear Scope (TV)
EUT - Ear Scope (USB)
N5UT - Capillary vessel)
AMB-DT - Dental Scope

MS - Stand/accessory

i.e.
AM series – (i.e. AM311S, AM411T, AM413T) The practical and popular series of Dino-Lite microscopes usually with a fixed clear nozzle on the front end that allows you to have a magnification range from approximately 10x ~ 50x, with an additional magnification of around 200x.

AD series – (i.e. AD413T, AD413ZT, AD412NTL) The latest, most innovative, and advanced series of Dino-Lite microscopes that feature removable /interchangeable nozzles and enhanced lighting. AD series microscopes allow you to have a magnification range of 20x ~ 220x.The variable magnification range of 60x to 220x is available when the removable nozzle (0-0.4" distance between object) is not installed.

××”3” - AM/AD××3 – (i.e. AM313, AM413T) The third digit as a 3 is indicates that these microscopes
have the ability to perform measurement functions in the DinoCapture once an image is captured.

“T” -- AM/AD ×××T – (i.e. AM313T, AD413T, AD413TL) Indication of the MicroTouch feature on
the DinoLite microscope camera. MicroTouch trigger is another way to capture images on USB models
or turn on/off the lights on TV models. The MicroTouch is located at the top of the body of the microscope.

“M” -- AM/AD ×××M – (i.e. AD413MT, AD413ML, AD413MZT) Indication of a metal bodied microscope.
These microscopes are usually for harsher environments as the body is made from aluminum alloy.
The magnification adjustment dial is made from CNC metal.

“Z” -- AM/AD41×ZT – (i.e. AM413ZT, AD413ZT, AM412NZT) Z indicates a polarization feature for this microscope.

“L” – AM/AD4××TL – (i.e. AD413TL, AD413TL-FVW, AM413TL-M40) " L" Indicates enhanced working distance models. These microscopes have a magnification range of 10X~92X (AM413TL-M40 1x-37x) and feature focal points which are further away from the object as opposed to the standard working distance of Dino-Lite microscopes. In order to focus these models you must be at least 2 inches away from the object you are viewing.
Example of Magnifcation vs. Working Distance (WD)

Keyword Glossary
"WD" – Working Distance – The amount of distance between the microscope and the object you are viewing.

Diffuser – An additional piece to the Dino-Lite microscopes that causes the light to spread evenly therefore
reducing the amount of glare that would be produced onto a reflective surface.

Polarization – To cause light waves to vibrate in a definite pattern, thus resulting in varied imaging results.

MicroTouch – A touch sensitive trigger or button that is another way to capture images on USB models
or turn on/off the lights on TV models.

--------Product Applications

Industrial - AM/AD413T, AM/AD413ZT, AD413T/ TL, AD413MT (MZT) Series with MS35B/36B
Measurement - AM/AD413T, AM/AD413TL with MS35B/36B
Computer/Telecom - AD413T/ TL Series with MS35B/36B
Education/Training - AM411T with MS33W
Insects/Plants - AM411T with MS33W
Law Enforcement - AD413T, AM413T-FVW, AM413FIT with MS35B/36B
Counterfeit Identification -UV series, AM413FIT
Antiques & Collectibles - AM411T, AM413T with MS33W
Coins & Numismatics - AM411T with MS35B
Jewelry Applications - AM411T, AM413ZT, AD413ZT, AD413MZT with MS35B, MS15X, Ms43L
Household/Hobbies - AM311S, AM411T with MS32W
Online Chatting - AM311S with MS32W
Reading Aid - AM311S with MS32W or MS62
Printing/Textile -AM411T with MS12C

---------- Medical Applications
Medical/Science Lab - AMH series, AD series or AM423X eyepieces
Iris - AMH-RUT
Dermatology - AM413ZT, AD413ZT, AD413MZT, AMB-DMT-U6, AMB-DMT-U7, AMB-DMT-T9
Dental - AMB-DT-U1, AMB-DT-U2, AMB-DT-T4.
Scalp - AM413T5, AD413T, AD413ZT
Capilliary - AMH-U5T
Spa Beauty - AM311S,AM-411T, or AM413TL-M40 with MS32W, MS42W

Feature Budget Res Meas’t Trigger working distance Diffuser feature Mag LED On/Off Solid UV feature LCD/TV output USB Port Mobile
AM211 x *     *   x N/A       x x
AM311S x **     **   x x       x x
AM311ST   **   x **   x x       x x
AM313 x ** x   **   x x       x x
AM313T   ** x x **   x x       x x
AM/413FVT   *** x x **   x x   x   x x
AM/413FVT2   *** x x **   x x   x   x x
AM411T x ***   x **   x x       x x
AD413TL x *** x x ***   x x       x x
AM/AD413T x *** x x **   x x       x x
AM/AD413ZT   *** x x ** x x x       x x
AD413MT   *** x x **   x x x     x x
AM413T5/MT5   ** x x **   x x       x x
AM412N x *     **   x N/A     x   x
AM412ZT x **     **   x N/A     x   x

 

 

Application AM
211
AM
311S
AM
311ST
AM
313/T
AM
411T
AM/AD
413T
AM
413T5
AM/AD
413ZT
AD
413TL
AD
413MT
AM
413FVT
AM
412
AM
412ZT
Inspection, Quality Control x     x   x   x x x   x x
repair       x x x   x x x   x x
Computer/Telecom Industry          x x   x x x   x x
                           
Medical Analysis     x     x x x   x     x
Laboratories / Pharmaceutical             x x   x     x
Dermatology           x x x   x     x
Skin Scalp Exam     x     x x x   x   x x
                           
Education    x   x x x           x  
Teacher Aid   x     x x           x  
Presentation   x   x x x              
Training   x   x x x              
Insects/Plants Dissection   x   x x x              
Conference Aid   x     x x              
Reading Aid   x     x x              
                           
House Holder x x     x                
Collections Coin/ Stamp x x x   x                
Jewelry    x x   x   x   x x      
Antiques   x x   x                
                           
Law Enforcement           x     x x x   x
Textile/Printing Industry     x   x x x x         x

 

Accesories

Application MS
12C
MS
21/22/32
MS
35B
MS
36B
MS
42W
MS
52B
MS
72B
Inspection, Quality Control x ** x x   ** x
repair   x x ***   x  
Computer/Telecom Industry    x x ***   x  
               
Medical Analysis x   x x   x x
Laboratories / Pharmaceutical   x x x     x
Dermatology x x   x      
Skin Scalp Exam x x     **    
               
Education  x *** x x x   x
Teacher Aid x x x x     x
Presentation x x x x      
Training x x x x     x
Insects/Plants Dissection x x x x      
Conference Aid   x x x      
Reading Aid x x x x      
               
House Holder ** ** x        
Collections Coin/ Stamp x   x        
Jewelry  x x *** x      
Antiques x x x x      
               
Law Enforcement x   x x   x ***
Textile/Printing Industry ***   x        


Which Eyepiece Digital Microscope Model should I choose?

 

Feature Resolution Color Measurement Budget FOV USB port TV Output Frame per sec Apple Compatible
AM423 * *** N/A ** * x   ** x
AM423X * *** N/A ** * x   ** x
AM423U * *** N/A ** * x   ** x
AM423UN w/TV * *** N/A ** *   x **  


MACINTOSH users need to verify which MAC operating systems will support the “Dino-Capture” software.
Link -
https://www.dinolite.us/information/#mac

Before you buy a Dino Digital Eyepiece- There are two common sized apertures on a microscope: 23mm and 30mm. If you choose a 23mm Dino eyepiece and have a 30mm aperture on your microscope then the eye-piece would not function properly. Similarly if your eyepiece does not fit on the aperture of your microscope, then you may want to switch to a smaller eyepiece.

On model’s AM351/AM352, if the height of the object or specimen is greater than 10mm   it may interfere with the 400x600 lens. If the diameter of the object or specimen is greater than 30mm it may not fit properly in the observation tray.

The 10x lens on the AM351 requires fine adjustment by rotating the lens by hand until clear focus is achieved.

The AM423 eyepiece camera is designed with a zoom-in feature.  The field of view (FOV) is approx. 12-14mm allowing for a high quality image of a reduced area.  If your application requires a larger field of view then choose one of our EM series eyepieces which have an 18mm FOV.

What are some other uses for the DINO-Lite Digital Microscope?
The Dino-Lite can also be used as a web cam for instant messaging (Preferably MSN Messenger.)
Physicians from different locations can review patient case images in real time from remote facilities from throughout the world.
Dino-Lite digital microscopes can be used for entertainment purposes as well as a handy household tool.

Field of view chart
The viewable area varies depending on the distance of the scope from the object.  Each hand-held Dino-Lite scope has a clear protective “nozzle” which provides a “buffer” of approximately 2 cm between the scope lens and the end of the nozzle. 

Distance from object                            viewable area

zero distance from object  @ 211x Magnification  - “viewable area” ~  0.066” (L) x 0.049” (W) / 1.67mm x 1.25mm
0cm / 0.0”  from object  @ 60 x Magnification  - “viewable area” ~  0.23” (L) x 0.17” (W) / 5.8mm x 4.3mm
2cm / 0.79”  from object  @ 30 x Magnification - “viewable area” ~ 0.4” (L) x 0.27” (W) / 10mm x 7mm
5.0cm / 2.0” from object  @ 20 x Magnification-        “          “           = 0.7” (L) / 0.4” (W) / 18mm x 10 mm
10cm / 3.9” from object   @ 17 x Magnification-       “           “           = 0.9” (L) x 0.6” (W) / 23mm x 15mm
15cm / 5.9” from object   @ 15 x Magnification-       “           “           = 1.5” (L) x 0.9” (W) / 38mm x 23mm
20cm / 7.9” from object  @ 10 x Magnification-       “           “           = 1.9” (L) x 1.5” (W) / 48mm x 38mm

Depth of field
The depth of field of different magnification rates has been obtained as following:
20x --> 12 mm
40x --> 1.6 mm
60x --> 0.7mm