Hack a webcam and a film camera into a USB microscope

Most of you probably have a webcam sitting around somewhere, and after all the high voltage projects you’ve done using disposable cameras, we bet you have some camera lenses too. You could always do what [Butch] did and combine the lens from the camera with the webcam to do some up close inspection.

This seems like something we’ve seen several times, but we can’t find it in our archive. Such a simple and quick hack looks surprisingly effective in his shots. If you want to see the details, like where he tied into the webcam’s board to power an external LED, you’ll have to download the PDF.


  1. N0LKK says:

    Nice project, but more akin to a USB jewelers loupe that it is a a USB microscope. Handy for saving an image, something you can’t do with with a standard loupe that’s always ready to use anywhere any time.

  2. Th3badwolf says:

    funny,I got the about same webcam and it<s on a drill press frame to act as a microscope also =P some led lighting around make it go oomph :P

  3. Pablo Ridge says:

    This is a really useful little project, elegant in its simplicity. Now I know what to do with those old 2 MP cameras!

  4. uzerzero says:

    This reminds me to finish my camera mount for my stereo microscope. It’s incredibly useful for SMD soldering and outputs up to 200x to a TV.

  5. Eagerber says:

    What a great idea. Can’t wait to build one.

  6. Liz says:

    Golly, this is just what I’ve been looking for! Great idea.

  7. andy says:

    great hack! can’t wait to try this

  8. Jeffrey says:

    Looks pretty cool…

    Is the PDF of this project still available?

    Where can it be downloaded


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