Updated February 19, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 6 Best Phase Contrast Microscopes

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. If your work in the laboratory or the classroom uses specimens that don't show up very well with traditional bright-field microscopy, one of the excellent phase contrast microscopes on our list might be the solution. These devices render sharp, high-contrast edges around the materials in a slide, and we've ranked them here by their optical quality, magnification, and added features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best phase contrast microscope on Amazon.

6. Omax 40x-2500x Compound

5. AmScope IN400TA

4. Omax Digital Compound

3. AmScope 40x-1600x T600A

2. AmScope Lab Clinic Trinocular

1. Omax Trinocular LED

Editor's Notes

February 18, 2019:

At the moment, there are really only two reliable brand names producing scopes that fit into this category: Omax and AmScope. Neither company is a slouch, and they are tied with one another for their number of entries, if that's any indication of their respective qualities. In the end, however, it seems that our favorite Omax model comes with the best imaging sensor of the bunch, boasting a whopping 9 megapixels. Not much by camera standards, but in this market, it's a lot.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 19, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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