AmScope B120C-E1 Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope, 40X-2500X Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination


AmScope B120C-E1 Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope, 40X-2500X Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination Review


The AmScope B120C-E1 Siedentopf Binocular Compound Microscope with 1.3MP USB camera is designed for clinical examinations, teaching demonstrations and laboratory applications. In fact, it is regarded as the best microscope for a variety of people, ranging from students, professionals to teachers including those enrolled in medical school and those having a major in biology.




This microscope from AmScope comes with great main features, such as a professional Siedentopf binocular head, LED illumination, double layer stain-resistant mechanical stage, course and fine focusing function and a 1.3MP USB digital camera. It also has 5 magnification settings, such as 40X, 100X, 250X, 400X, 1000X and 2500X, DIN standard objectives, a pair of WF10X and WF25X Widefield eyepieces, blue color filter, sample immersion oil, dust cover, USB cable, user’s manual and CD with Software, along with its driver instructions. Aside from this, it offers adjustable interpupillary distance, adjustable ocular diopter, NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm and filters, as well as rack and pinion adjustment condenser.


One things that is worth the note is its 1.3MP digital camera, which streams live videos on your computer screen, captures still images and is compatible with a range of operating systems, such as Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, Linux and Mac OS X. The user-friendly processing and editing software offers advanced features, including video recording, EDF (extended depth of focus), stitching and measurement functions. It allows you to simultaneously set live video and image capture in different resolutions, as well as process and edit image captures the same way as on PhotoShop.




The B120C-E1 is very easy to setup and performs great, with PC interface and software that is also fairly easy to use. This microscope offers 2500x of magnification, which is really a bit higher than other similar scopes, and you would immediately notice that its edge-to-edge focus is flawless and it lacks rainbows around objects. When you move the slides around, you will see that the mechanisms are smooth and also easy to use. A scope that is more modular than similar devices in its class and can easily be upgraded, the B120C-E1 offers an overall optical quality that is excellent. It is perfectly packaged and very easy to assemble even without the manual.




Take note that the camera of this microscope does not work with USB 3.0, which means that you cannot use it on newer Macs. Also, the 25x oculars can be sort of meshed and are quite dark, which would make it difficult for you to look through. There is also a complaint that after three weeks of use since it was opened from the box, its LED lamp suddenly made small popping sounds and then died.


Final Thoughts


All in all, this microscope is a great instrument for biological, bacterial and pharmaceutical research. This can even be a decent device to be used by children to become familiar with the microscopic world. It is perfect for home users.



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  • Michael November 4, 2016 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Hey there

    Can you see x2500 with the camera on the computer screen?

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