Apexel 200x phone microscope lens review

More of a macro lens than a microscope, but what could you really expect from something that attaches to your phone camera?

Apexel 200x smartphone microscope
(Image: © Hannah Rooke)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I was excited to receive the Apexel 200x Smartphone microscope – partly because I was a little skeptical and partly because I wanted to see how much more it could see than the naked eye. I used it with the Honor 50 and I think this could be one of the reasons I'm not as impressed as I could be – had I managed to get my hands on the latest iPhone 13 which has a much better camera anyway, I think the results might be different.


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    Fits any phone

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    Fun to use


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    Annoying clip on design

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    Needs to be used with phone tripod

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When you think of a microscope, you think of the kind of thing you used in school where you sliced thin bits of onion and placed them between two glass slides. Now while I wasn't expecting the magnification powers of something you attach to your phone to be quite as powerful, I was expecting a little more than what is essentially a macro lens. 

It is a fun little gadget if you've got a spare $40 lying around but it's not something I would rush out to buy and I'm yet to find a really good use for it other than showing your mates the individual fibers of their clothes or the shape of their fingerprint. It's not headed for our list of the best microscopes any time soon.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.