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Microscopy Cameras

Choosing the right Digital Camera for your Microscope.

There are many different types of cameras on the market, not all are suitable for microscopy.

Dedicated microscope digital cameras typically cost more for less resolution than typical consumer cameras, but they have the advantage of being directly controlled by a computer. They typically provide a better preview image, often with focusing aids, and the ability to acquire the image directly into various imaging software packages. They also have better control over exposure settings.

Even within the range of digital microscopy cameras, there are options to consider depending the type of microscopy you are doing.

There are two main types of sensors for the cameras. CMOS and CCD. CMOS cameras are typically lower in cost than CCD cameras with similarly sized sensors. However, CCD sensors perform much better in lower light situations ( eg. fluorescence ).

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There is also the size of the sensor to consider. The main ones are 1/3", 1/2", 2/3" and 1". The larger sized sensors generally cost more, but will give you better quality images since more light will fall onto the sensor. The other advantage of larger sensors, is that it will give you a bigger field of view. The sensor under 1", will typically need additional optics in the microscope coupler, in order to get a similar field of view. The additional optics are never perfect, and sometimes cause vignetting/shading around the edges.

Scitech offer the following cameras for digital microscopy:

Jenoptik ProgRes Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Jenoptik ProgRes Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Jenoptik - ProgRes Microscopy Cameras

The digital microscope cameras of the ProgRes ® family are based on more than two decades experience in development and production of high-end solutions for digital imaging. ProgRes ® cameras are suitable for all contrast methods in light microscopy and can be easily integrated into each laboratory via C-Mount and USB 2.0/ FireWire interfaces.

ProgRes ® cameras are aimed to provide rapid frame rates while keeping the power consumption at low levels – all this in the sense of a Green Microscopy Approach and for the sake of our environment.

The exact reproduction of colors and display of finest details due to high resolutions of the ProgRes ® cameras grant their outstanding applicability for demanding analysis and reliable documentation. High frame rates provide fast live images, thus offering easy workflow and convenient use.
Especially the high sensitive ProgRes ® research grade cameras meet the high requirements of low-light applications.

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Jenoptik Microscope Cameras

Lumenera Corporation Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Lumenera Corporation Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Lumenera Microscopy Cameras

Lumenera's INFINITY USB digital cameras include CMOS, CCD, Full HD, Research-Grade, Cooled, Large Format and Pixel Shifting technologies for life science, clinical and industrial applications.

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Diagnostic Instruments Spot Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Diagnostic Instruments Spot Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Diagnostic Instruments Microscopy Cameras

Diagnostic Instruments offers high quality cameras for the microscope industry.

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Pixelink Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Pixelink Microscopy Cameras CCD CMOS

Pixelink Microscopy Cameras

Pixelink offers a range of CCD and CMOS camera for microscopy.

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Exolabs Focus Camera for ipad


Exolabs Focus Microscopy Camera for iPad

Seamlessly connect your microscope and iPad. Then our app opens up the image to exploration.
Take pictures and videos. Make annotations. Do point-to-point measurements with your fingertips. Project images.

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After taking images and videos with the Exo Labs Focus Camera, and making measurements and adding annotations/labels as need, you can easily share your content with others. This video will show you how!

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Kappa Microscopy Cameras

Kappa digital cameras offer a complete spectrum of performance for applications in the areas of fluorescence microscopy, stereomicroscopy, metallography, electrophoresis and gel documentation.

Back in 1992, Kappa was one of the first camera manufacturers to offer cooled cameras and today it maintains this tradition with its latest generation of Peltier-cooled sensors. The major difference between back then and today is that nowadays thermo-electrical systems have replaced coolants as a means of generating the desired differences in temperature.  
The cooling element allows for sensor temperatures of -10 °C at ambient temperatures of up to +30°C, thus enabling exposure times of several minutes while maintaining good dynamic performance. In fluorescent microscopy applications this helps to visualize structures which would be almost invisible even to the well-adapted eye.  
In addition to thermal noise, readout noise and electronic noise also have a negative impact on signal quality. To help reduce readout noise Kappa cameras can be read out with a reduced clock rate. Electronic noise is kept at bay by using high-quality components and employing sophisticated circuitry. However, as a general rule, in order to reduce the negative influence of noise it is advisable to keep electronic enhancement at a minimum.  
Cameras available with Firewire or Cameralink interface in monochrome and color
Camera DX 4C -285
Camera PS 4C -285
Camera DX/40C – 285
Camera PS/40C – 285


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Kappa Microscope Cameras

For High-End Scientific cameras ( EMCCD, sCMOS, Interline CCD, Intensified CCD & InGaAS ):  Click here

Other Camera manufacturers represented:

Andor Techonology

PCO Imaging


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