Andonstar sent the AD203 digital microscope for review and my fist thought was that this product is all about collectors, for coin, stamp or rocks observing. I have to admit that I was wrong, this little handheld microscope was a bit surprise and I did use it in electronics also with great success.
I have on my mind that a microscope for electronics should be something like the Andonstar AD208 that I had previously reviewed, I was wrong.
I loved so much that I decided to do 2 different videos one for electronics and the other more target to the collectors 😁, you can see both bellow more near the end of this article.
This digital microscope has a great features like being portable but even so it has a 4″ screen with great image and also you can record up to 1080p 30fps and export the image to PC.
The 1/4″ hole/nut is a big plus, allows you to use a tripod or a photography arm to fixate the microscope and use it in suspension to observe whatever you want to observe. This is great for several uses but for me allows me to use the microscope, for example, over a hot plate while doing rework, something I was unable with my previous AD208.
Don’t get me wrong, this microscope is no subsctiture for the AD208 or superior models, but I see it more as different approach, for different target and functions. The portability is great and allow you to use it in several situations, that with a normal microscope will not be possible, for example examining big parts or even more inacessibles ones like specific points in a car motor.
The main features are listed bellow:
|Display||4″ LCD (800×600)|
|Video output||FHD 1080p 1920×1080 30fps|
HD 1080p 1440×1080 30fps
720p 1280×720 30fps
|Photo resolution||Up to 12M (4032×3024)|
|Magnification||Up to 1000x|
|Supported OS||Windows 7/8/10|
|Battery||USB 5v DC|
1800mAh / 2.5 usage hours
One advantage over the Andonstar AD2008, more target to electronics or desktop work, is the USB connection to the PC that allows you to display in a big screen what you’re observing. For example I connected mine to the Microsoft Surface and just using the Windows Camera utility was able to observe and record everything without any other special setup or software.
The image quality is good and you can even record in FHD 1080p but you have to be careful with the lighting since, low light will give you some issues, image latency among others. If near, the leds will do the job (inhouse) but and extra source of light will be great help.
The use of a tripod will allow you to have a stable image and using a photography magic harm or a simple tripod, will give you great results.
All things consider, this is not a replacement for desktop microscope, but it will easilly do the job if you’re not a professional all day long doing SMD soldering. The price is acceptable, considering what you get. You can find it on Aliexpress from 55€ to 76€, depending on the seller, promotions and sale periods.
You can find Andonstar AD203 digital microscope here: https://geni.us/BtNB
The first review from TechCorner.TV is more targeted to electronics
and the second for collectors…
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