The SVP DM540 Microscopic Camera

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I recently purchased one of these through E-Bay for $50. Potentially it could be a great tool. Using it takes a little practice. It's hard to keep the camera from moving when you press the small "capture" button, especially at higher magnifications. Keeping the camera steady will take some ingenuity. There is a lot of distortion at magnifications above 100x.






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A couple of sample shots are below:

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It has it's problems but it's a neat toy.

A Few Images with the SVP DM540 Magnifier


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Ivy Roots into Cedar Tree

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Grass Tops

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Grass Tops Low Power

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New Growth



Practical Magnification.

If I just measure the images on the screen, I get the following approximation. At low magnification, 10mm looks like 25 mm creating an apparent 2.5 power. At medium magnification, 10mm looks like 115 mm creating an apparent 11.5 power. At high magnification, 1 mm looks like 65 mm creating an apparent 65 power.

The images at high magnification are quite hard to obtain and there is considerable distortion. In practical terms most of the useable images will be in the 10-20 power range.

The best thing about this magnifier is that I can take it outside without linking it to a computer.
 
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