A review of Toupcam S3CMOS, a USB 3 microscope camera
Good microscope companies will not only target the research market, but will also have a line of microscoppes for amateurs and for educational use.
The “best” microscope is the one that gives you the most enjoyment and the one that you use most frequently.
The particular model of a microscope is of much less importance than the components that are used.
Some components are not manufactured anymore and that the demand for some rare second hand components has greatly increased.
Electron microscopes are not commonly used by amateur microscopists.
Amateur astronomy websites occaionally advise beginners not to buy toy telescopes from toy shops or supermarkets. The same can be said about microscopes.
Light microscopes can be bought from special microscope dealers (search the web), school supply companies and directly from the manufacturers.
Do not buy second hand microscopes unless you also buy them from a shop, which is able to give warranty and service. Unless you know what you are looking for, there is the danger that you buy microscopes that are not fully suitable for your needs.
The most important criterion is that you like to use the microscope and that the hobby increases your quality of life.