I'm looking to purchase a digital microscope. I have no single use for it although I would occasionally use it to solder smd parts, I've also just bought knife sharpening stones and would like to get a better look than the 30x hand hold Tasco magnifier I fought with last night. I would use it for general fun, with the wants above. I'd really like the x1000 but I don't think that's compatible with a soldering microscope and more than I need anyway. The built in monitor seems like a nice addition, it's right there in your viewing angle, nothing to hookup, just set it on the bench and go. But, others may think that 50r 7 times more magnification from a large monitor is useful.
This is one I'm looking at. I see one downside, you can't directly connect it to a monitor, you need software and I see some have had a problem with the software. Seems stupid to not have a direct video out. Also, one reviewer was disappointed he could not see a whole penny in the monitor. That does seem like a small area, another viewer said you can remove the camera/monitor from the support arm and get farther and still focus. I wonder.
This is the high side of what I want to spend. Looks like all 5 star reviews except for two that had no picture from the start. Anyone have recommendations?