Bresser Biolux Touch 5MP HDMI digital microscope review

This digital compound microscope takes great pictures and would be an asset to any classroom

Bresser Biolux Touch
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Bresser Biolux Touch microscope achieves what it sets out to do, but it could have been so much more. Small adjustments would make it more user friendly, but I cannot argue with the results. Thanks to its built-in digital camera, this microscope makes it easy to produce good quality images and video for a relatively cheap price and would work well in a classroom for teaching.


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    5MP camera

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    Connects to external display

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    Simple use

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    Comfortable viewing


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    Limited control over image or video

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    Poor stage controls

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    Touchscreen is slow to respond

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A little while ago, I reviewed the Bresser Biolux NV 20-1280x microscope, and while it performed well for a budget microscope, I criticized it for having a low-quality camera. Now I’m back with the Bresser Biolux Touch 5MP HDMI Digital Microscope, a step up in both quality and price. Unlike the NV, this has a fixed digital screen in place of an eyepiece tube, which can also be connected up to a laptop or display screen. As such it makes a good fit as a demonstration microscope for teachers or lecturers, while an amateur can use it to take good quality photos and videos. It’s a little unusual to have a purely digital compound microscope with a screen attached and no eyepiece, so it makes for an interesting microscope to test.


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Camera Resolution5MP
Screen Resolution853x480
Objectives4X, 10X, 40X
MagnificationAbout 30X, 78X and 290X
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FeaturesThe camera and screen are excellent additions. The slides and kit that comes with it are welcome, but at this price you would expect users to be making their own slides.★★★★
DesignThe body is good quality, but some of the controls can be awkward to use. The screen is fixed in place and cannot be adjusted.★★★
PerformanceThe images produced are excellent, though the interface is a little basic and lacks control over images.★★★★★
ValueInitially I thought this was a little expensive for what you get, but when you consider the quality camera it seems about right.★★★★

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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.