I had no idea Mitutoyo changed the look on that model caliper. I guess they needed to due to all the China clones now.
I have 3 older digital Mitus, they read just like yours with the full size digit but they're not that old. I guess I'm used to it, it never bothered me, not even on my DROs or digital mics. IIRC the only digital calipers I personally have owned that had the small digit was a pair from Harbor Freight.
Just an FYI in case it matters to you. But the Starrett 799 series are made in China. Probably no big deal as they should be manufactured to Starrett's standards. I don't mind China tools to some extent & sometimes have no choice but for me personally I think they're overpriced for being made in China, buying new anyway. I paid less for my Mitus.
BTW, Shars recently came out with a new line of their own calipers called the Aventor line. Claimed to be better made blah blah blah but I have no idea. I have seen Abom use them in a few of his videos. Their large display models have the small tenths digit.
Do what everyone in a machine shop does, ignore the last digit with calipers.
Or just use dials unless you are less confident with a dial, equally as accurate, cost less and are immune to coolant ingress, the one you have pictured is not IP 6X and will stop working when coolant gets on the beam. This is not a permanent condition as they will work fine once they dry out.
I use both but with an enclosed lathe there is almost always coolant dripping from the top of the enclosure so I use dials there.
And for immunity from chips get yourself a vernier caliper ;-)
You can get Starrett master vernier calipers on eBay for quite reasonable prices and the jaws are much, much stiffer than any of the electronic or dial calipers. You will also never worry skipping a tooth on the rack again.
B&S/Tesa/Etalon dial calipers are better because they have a shield over the rack
I have a similar Mitu, and as said above, it never really bothers me. Just disregard it when doing the math. I don't do metric, but may have to start as it is so prevalent. Probably be good for what's left of my softening brain. Mike
Good one! Or put a piece of polarizing film over that digit. Then get some safety glasses with polarized lenses (you do wear safety squints right?) & when you do need to see the digit in that location tilt the calipers 90° or tilt your head.
I agree completely with this frustration. But I've actually had worse. I saw a set on sale at Harbor Freight one day for like $7. "Composite" calipers. Plastic is fine for what I had in mind: throw it in the tool bag for checking drill bits when they do it get put away properly, and other rough construction tasks ("what size is that pipe"; "hugging... looks like 2.5", but it's hard to tell with my tape measure"). But I didn't realize that it only had two digit precision! It's funny enough when a common fraction like 3/16" gets abbreviated as 0.188", but to take that to 0.19" makes things much more confusing for the main purpose for which I bought them.
Incidentally I was playing around on the Banggood app the other day (Banggood, for those who don't know, is a Chinese site that is trying to take on Amazon, and doing a pretty good job of it), and they had at least a dozen different digital caliper models in the 4-6" size range, all of which made Harbor Freight seem expensive. I ordered some for making simple readouts for my drill press, lathe tailstock, etc. There are video reviews of them on YouTube. Might be worth checking out??