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4 Free Tools to Help You Choose the Right Microscope Camera

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Looking for a new digital microscope camera? Are you confused about all the options? We’ve put together some support material to help you find a camera that meets all your needs. Please note that some cameras are not available in all regions.

What to Consider When You Purchase a Digital Microscope Camera

When choosing your microscope camera, you need to reconcile two important elements:

  1. Your application—Purpose of observation, samples, and observation method
  2. Camera technology that meets your needs—Pixel size, resolution, frame rate, etc.

Based on these criteria, we’ve prepared an infographic, two interactive online tools, and a detailed white paper, each presenting the essential information in different ways. The right tool for you depends on where you are in your decision-making process, how much time you want to invest, and how you prefer to consume information. We present the options in order of increasing scope, from a high-level summary to an in-depth analysis.

1. Demystify Microscope Cameras with Our Downloadable Infographic

If you’re more of a visual person or you’re a bit pressed for time, then our handy infographic may be perfect for you. It summarizes aspects related to both application and camera technology in easy-to-interpret graphic illustrations.

It’s easy to download to use as a quick reference tool.

Microscope camera selection infographic
Download the Infographic

2. Choose Your Application on Our Camera Selector

If you’re ready to begin browsing our product line to see what we have to offer, but you don’t know where to begin, your application is a good starting point.

What you intend to use the camera for is important. So, we prepared this interactive Camera Selection webpage that is divided according to field of study (for example, pathology, biology, hematology) and practical uses (such as, cell culture, conferences, and discussions).

Olympus microscope camera selection tool

Just select the appropriate application, and you’re directed to a page that gives you a rundown of the important considerations and the best cameras for the job.

Go to the Camera Selector

3. Compare Digital Cameras According to Specifications

For those of you who already know what features you need in a microscope camera, our Camera Finder webpage is what you need. Using predefined filters, you can sort our high-quality digital cameras according to your preferences:

  • Observation method (including brightfield, fluorescence, or infrared)
  • Purpose (conference or documentation)
  • Control device
  • Color or monochrome
  • Resolution
  • Number of pixels
Olympus microscope camera finder tool

Try the Camera Finder

4. Deep Dive into Camera Capabilities and Advantages

Do you want to expand your knowledge about digital camera technology and learn how camera specs can impact performance for your application? Then our white paper What to Consider When Choosing a Microscope Camera is a good resource for you. In it, one of our experts goes into detail about the key elements affecting image quality, such as sCMOS (scientific complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) versus charge-coupled device (CCD) sensors.

Important camera capabilities and parameters such as resolution, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), frame rate, color reproduction, dynamic range, and field of view (FOV) are explained in terms that are easy to understand.

Snippet from choosing a microscope white paper

Read the White Paper

Need Personalized Assistance? Talk with an Expert

If you would prefer talking to someone with knowledge on microscope cameras, don’t hesitate to contact us directly. One of our helpful representatives will be glad to assist you in finding the best camera for your needs.

Contact a Local Rep


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Manager, Marketing Communications

Kerry Israel is the Manager of Marketing and Communications for Life Science in the Scientific Solutions Group at the Olympus Corporation of the Americas. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, and over 15 years of experience in all aspects of marketing, from advertising and social media strategy to grassroots outreach.

Dec 30 2020
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