MicroZoom is an accessory than can turn any phone or tablet into a 30X digital microscope—just attach the spring clamp to your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet, and you’ll be able to instantly magnify skin, fibers, fine print, or anything else you want to see up close.
And with MicroZoom’s built-in LED lighting, you’ll be able to increase brightness, allowing you to view, take photos, or capture video, and share it with your friends and family. Best of all, you won’t have to download any software or apps to use it!
You probably already have a smartphone or tablet (or several) lying around the house; how cool would it be to turn them into a microscope? It’d be fun for you and a learning experience for the kids, right? But is MicroZoom really a “great gadget that’s perfect for all ages,” or will it just waste your money and leave you feeling scammed? That’s exactly what we’ll explore here.
First though, let’s begin with MicroZoom’s price.
How Much Does MicroZoom Cost?
Two MicroZoom lenses will cost you $14.99 plus $9.98 S&H. With your order, you’ll also receive:
- 2 Free Carrying Cases
- 2 Gadget Grab Stands (acts as a phone or tablet stand)
All purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Note: This means you’ll lose more than 2/3 of your refund in S&H fees—before calculating how much it’ll cost to send them back. In the end, you could lose more in shipping than you’ll get back as a refund.
Still want to request a refund? You’ll need to call Allstar Products Group customer service at (866) 972-8693.
Now, let’s find out what kind of competition MicroZoom is up against.
Are There Other Products Like MicroZoom?
After reviewing more than 600 “As Seen On TV” products, one thing we’ve come to expect is that they’re often just slightly redesigned versions of products that are already available. Is this the case with MicroZoom?
In a nutshell, yes. To see for yourself, search online for “smartphone lens” or “tablet lens set,” and you’ll find that you have thousands of products to choose between. If you want to get your hands on one before you buy, you can also visit just about any electronics store for at least a few options.
In fact, you can purchase whole lens sets (e.g. fish eye, wide angle, telephoto, etc.) for $8-$10 from some stores.
The biggest differences? First, MicroZoom is massive. Seriously, it’s probably 5-6X as thick as many of the other lenses you’ll come across. So, if you’re looking for a clutter-free experience, MicroZoom might not be your first pick.
Second, most of the other lenses you’ll find are intended for general photography. MicroZoom, on the other hand (and as the name implies), is all about magnification; 30X, to be exact. However, there aren’t nearly as many magnification lenses for cell phones, so your options are limited.
Let’s carry this thought over to the next section.
What’s Everyone Saying About MicroZoom?
Although we didn’t encounter any online customer reviews for MicroZoom at the time of our research, we did come across the Neomark 30X Zoom Lens, which is basically identical to MicroZoom (remember what we discussed in the previous section?).
On Amazon, the Neomark had an average rating of 4.3 stars based on 10 customer reviews, with common compliments citing that it’s fun and easy to use, and that it’s a great way for kids to explore. One customer claimed that it doesn’t provide anything close to 30X magnification (more like 3X), and even provided pictures to back it up.
Compared to MicroZoom, the Neomark version is priced at $9.99 pretty much wherever it can be found online, with minimal S&H. Ultimately, purchasing it elsewhere might be able to save you a boatload.
Before wrapping things up, it’s important to address one last thing: optical zoom versus digital zoom.
Optical vs. Digital Zoom
Coming back to the Amazon review we just talked about, another user commented on it, saying:
“You need to know how a magnification factor is derived. The lens magnified the object 3x, while the software magnifies it again by a factor or 10x, resulting in 30X on screen at the smartphone. Thus, the total solution is as described by the manufacturer, with its intent to be used WITH the smartphone.”
Basically, what MicroZoom does is use the actual lens (optical) to provide 3X magnification, and then use your smartphone or tablet’s software (digital) to zoom in another tenfold, giving you a total zoom of 30X. With this said, there are two important considerations to keep in mind:
- First, not all of the magnification provided by MicroZoom is digital, which could be misleading based on how it’s worded on the product’s website.
- Second, have you ever zoomed all the way in to an object you were taking a picture of with on your phone or tablet? If so, you probably noticed that it was pretty grainy and distorted. So, even if MicroZoom does provide true 30X magnification, it doesn’t mean that you can actually use the whole magnification spectrum.
Let’s wrap everything up, ok?
The Bottom Line About MicroZoom
If you understand that—based on customer feedback for essentially identical products—MicroZoom might not be quite as powerful as advertised, and that it might not always provide the best image quality, then you might end up pleased with your purchase.
But, considering that you can purchase essentially the same thing as MicroZoom from other online retailers for $5 off the purchase price, plus much lower S&H fees, it might be worthwhile to explore these other options first. Just remember, by only magnifying 30X (and probably giving you a lot of grainy images at that magnification), you’ll probably get much more bang for your buck from an actual microscope.