Digital Microscope Cameras from Pixera®

Select from one of these high performance scientific grade microscope cameras, but at a cost you won't believe!



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What is a digital microscope camera and why a scientific grade digital camera?
A digital camera uses silicon chip technology to capture the image in electronic form instead of using a photographic emulsion that has to be "developed" and then "printed". It is fast, it is instantaneous, and perhaps of greatest importance, especially in these days of shrinking research budgets, the capturing of images this way is much lower in cost. The classic example of course, is the laboratory that saves literally thousands of dollars each year by no longer having to purchase photographic film, either conventional or Polaroid® film products.

A digital microscope camera is simply a very high resolution high sensitivity digital camera that is interfaced to a light microscope.

The Digital technology also makes it almost an instantaneous undertaking not only to acquire an image, but one can just as quickly modify, crop, rotate, and visually enhance the image which can then be copied, often times on plain paper printers." to "archived, annotated, e-mailed, and/or printed on plain paper or archived, annotated, e-mailed.

We are often times asked how a scientific grade digital microscope camera made specifically as a microscope camera for interfacing to a light microscope would compare with cameras made for consumers as a consumer product, and of course, for much lower prices. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding on this point especially when it comes to pixel counts for digital cameras produced for consumers for much lower prices.

Because of the way consumer cameras are used, that is, targets are usually in motion, foreground and background light levels and focal planes are constantly changing, and the fact that the targets will not be measured (morphometrically, densitometrically and/or colorimetrically), they can be specified to a much less demanding, and less expensive QC requirements. They usually must be more robust but not as precise.

Consumer cameras also don't need the super-mega-pixel count to resolve edges and corners to a point or two, they don't need to render maroons into 24 shades, and they don't need to interface to optics that image and magnify creatures near the resolution of light.

In addition, so-called consumer cameras do not need or have the sensitivity that is found in scientific-grade digital cameras. So while the pixel count might be there, the sensitivity is not. That is why consumer cameras have a "flash" for low light conditions, but unfortunately, one can not use a "flash" type consumer camera for viewing an image through a light microscope.

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding on this point especially when it comes to pixel count (that is, how many megapixels are present in the output image). While it is always better to have more rather than fewer pixels, everything else being equal, sensitivity, the ability to capture photons, is also very important, because if you don't have the ambient sensitivity to "see" the image, then all the pixels in the world won't change that reality. You will still end up seeing nothing.

With respect to scientific-grade microscope cameras, low light, and longer exposure times, there is also the subject of thermionic noise, which involves signal to noise considerations, and again, a high pixel count with high noise, would yield an inferior end result.

We hope that with this as in introduction, the person looking to purchase a scientific grade digital microscope camera will have an easier time selecting the camera that is most appropriate for not only their budget, but also their application(s).

Important Applications:
There are actually numerous applications that exist but we want to emphasize the two most important ones:
Microscopy Laboratory
Bright field (and stereo)
Dark field (low light level)
Fluorescence (low light level)
Phase contrast
Inspection and Quality control

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