These hybrid micrometers are somewhat of a cross between standard vernier micrometers and those with electronic readouts, and offer quick measurements at a relatively low price. Although the “digital” claim is quite literally true, in today’s age, “digital” implies an electronic readout. While we’re not comfortable still seeing these described as “digital” micrometers, such a description is still common practice by even the most reputable manufacturers.
These micrometers feature a vernier scale accurate to 0.0001″, and an easier-to-read counter that is accurate to 0.001″. These mic’s have a list price of $50; one would be hard pressed to find higher quality mic’s for less.
Some people say that if you can’t cook, get out of the kitchen. Similarly, if you cannot do the “complicated conversions” required to read a vernier scale (this describes how we all were at one point), either practice until you get it, or pay the additional premium for an electronic micrometer.
*The content and tone of this post has been edited a bit in light of MAD’s comment conveying that major manufacturers still describe these mic’s as “digital.” Prior to the edit, we expressed that using “digital” to describe a mechanical counter “screamed ‘marketing ploy'” – an implication that we now agree is inappropriate.