Digital microscopy has opened up a world of shared discovery, instantaneous documenting of images captured in high resolution, as well as a means of eliminating eye fatigue or strain.
- Do you need to share microscopic discoveries with colleagues or students in real-time?
- Do you frequently experience eye fatigue after extended use of your current microscope?
- Do you need to save images and videos quickly and easily for research or documentation purposes?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then digital microscopy is the right technology for you!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. What is Digital Microscopy?
- It refers to the use of an optical microscope in combination with a digital camera, to provide digital images that can be viewed using an electronic monitor display. Digital microscopy therefore eliminates the need for eyepieces, reducing eye fatigue or strain, by viewing samples live on an LCD screen in beautiful high definition.
2. What are the benefits of Digital Microscopy?
- It allows the user to live-share images of samples they are currently viewing. This can be done using LCD screens or by using HD projectors connected to the camera.
- The camera software allows teachers and lecturers to use labels, annotations and markers to illustrate key aspects of samples.
- Images and videos can be captured for research or documentation purposes and saved directly to an SD card or to a connected PC.
- Improved ergonomics allow users to sit comfortably in an upright position when viewing samples on the LCD monitors, which is especially beneficial in high-throughput labs.
- Obtaining an image is easier and faster than with traditional optical microscopy, where you would need to use eyepieces to focus on an image.
- Digital microscopy is suitable for all users, from those with little or no experience to seasoned experts.
3. Are there limitations to Digital Microscopy?
- Using a digital microscope means that a power source will always be required to power the camera and display screen or PC.
- The field of view of the sample may not be as large as when viewing through eyepieces.
- The eyepieces of a traditional optical microscope allow for depth perception however this is not possible when using a camera.
4. What are the applications for Digital Microscopy?
- Digital microscopes are widely used for medical diagnosis, laboratory research, as well as industrial production and inspection.
- Cameras with attached LCD screens or HD Projectors allow for teaching applications, and can be found in schools or tertiary education, as well as medical teaching labs.
- It can be used in any field requiring image or video capture and analysis.
Discover, Document, and Share. Turn your traditional microscope into a digital microscope and view your images and videos in high definition, the way they are meant to be seen.
See the beauty of Digital Microscopy for yourself and connect with our BestScope team at the Lasec® stand at analytica Lab Africa 2019.
- Mineshan Moodeliar, Product Manager - Instruments