iPhone camera as microscope

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    The iPhone camera lens is flush with the perfectly flat back of the device making it easy to hold a pocket magnifier loupe in front to convert the camera into a microscope. Here I am using a Radio Shack 15x 3-lens magnifier on a keycap of my Powerbook. An LED flashlight is adding light to the backlit keyboard symbols. Most any kind of loupe or pocket microscope should work. I'll be trying binoculars and spotting scopes too.

    I've started a group called iPhone as microscope for anyone who wants to post interesting results.

    [Original photo sent from my iPhone]

    Now Wired has has this technique in their HOWTO wiki.

    sci_phex, londonbluefish, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. mikepop 93 months ago | reply

      hmm, where have I seen this technique before? :)

    2. sugarfreak 93 months ago | reply

      Ha, I saw this on boingboing.

    3. kalanda [deleted] 93 months ago | reply

      you can do it better with a CD lenses.

    4. curiouslee 93 months ago | reply

      Kalanda, thanks...that is an excellent tip! I have an old CD player I will be tearing apart.

    5. curiouslee 93 months ago | reply

      mikepop, yup, this wasn't even a new idea when I started to do it with my Sidekick back in Jan 2005. The little Radio Shack magnifier is still one of the cheapest and easiest to find given that there are over 6,000 Radio Shack stores across the US as well has an online store.


    6. Aaron Landry 93 months ago | reply

      I still just use a cheap foldable plastic loupe. Same way I did with my hiptop too. ;-)

    7. Nick Humphries 93 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photos taken with an Apple iPhone, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    8. chipnip 87 months ago | reply

      Very cool!

      iPhone Freaks
      You are invited to add this image to iPhone Freaks

    9. David Reber's Hammer Photography 79 months ago | reply

      Great idea. I'm heading to Radio Shack!

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