By Shane McGlaun

Microscopes are cool and when I was a kid, I had one with a cheap plastic mirror that I used to look at bugs and onions up close. The thing was pretty bad and you could often see better just looking closely at the subject.

Extech has unveiled a new digital mini microscope that offers a 7x to 27x optical zoom lens with a 4x digital zoom for a total of 108x magnification. All of that magnification is packed into a device about the size of your typical digital camera.

The LCD on the microscope used for looking at the magnified objects is 1.8-inches and the device has a 300,000 pixel CMOS sensor. To light subjects four LEDs are integrated and enough internal memory is offered to save 60 320 x 240 pixel images. Power comes from three AAA batteries and the microscope is priced at $299.99.

[ Extech ]