Bresser Biolux NV 20-1280x microscope review

The Bresser Biolux NV is an excellent and affordable entry-level microscope for the keen amateur or hobbyist.

Bresser Biolux NV microscope
(Image: © Matt Smith)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Bresser Biolux NV is an attractive proposition for anyone getting into microscopy, offering a good set of lenses at a cheap price. The kit provides everything you need to get started, with example slides and some tools to create your own. The camera is a fun addition to play with, though suffers with poor quality. Overall this is a great piece of equipment, ideal for students of beginners.


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    Good quality for price

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    Innovative Barlow eyepiece

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    Wide range of accessories


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    Low quality camera

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    No fine-tuning control

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    No condenser

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When I open a microscope box for the first time, I still get that spark of excitement I got as a child, knowing I was about to peek behind the curtain into a secret world. I have been fortunate enough to study and work in labs, where the quality of optics is never in question. But where the microscopic world was once limited to professionals and rich hobbyists, there are now plenty of cheaper models available, catering to the keen amateur. One such microscope is the Bresser Biolux NV 20-1280x.

Bresser is a German company that specializes in optics and sells a wide range of microscopes—the Biolux NV is part of their 'Student Microscope' range. Although they have a facility in Rhede for testing, construction, and evaluating products, this particular microscope began life in China.

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Total Length150mm
Total Width105mm
Total Height270mm
Net Weight (including accessories)1100g
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FeaturesComes with everything you'll need to get going★★★★
DesignA standard design, clunky filter wheel and no condenser★★★★
PerformanceEasy to use and controls are smooth. Camera lets it down.★★★★
ValueVery good quality for the price★★★★★

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Matt Smith
Microscope expert

Matt is DCW's microscope expert - after completing a BSc (Hons) in Biology, Matt received a Masters in Biological Imaging, going on to work at Rothamsted Research, CABI, and the NHS. He progressed into photography and video production and now works in the publishing industry for Future Publishing.