Digital and video microscopes are instruments that use digital technology to magnify images of objects. They include built-in cameras and a series of high-powered lenses that provide superior image quality and resolution. Some digital and video microscopes require users to view objects through a standard eyepiece. Others provide a computer interface that displays images on a monitor. Image analysis processing software allows adjustments to both linear dimensions and resolution. Total...
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Q & A on Digital and Video Microscopes

We asked our users for their input on Digital and Video Microscopes. Here are the results of 141 users familiar with Digital and Video Microscopes.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing digital and video microscope design?
24 answers
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Live Image control, Quick transfer of images, High resolution details, Excellent picture quality, Compact design, Ease of use.
~Kesh M, Purchaser, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Dual camera acquisition and therefore high speed acquisition, high resolution for vesicle transport and colocalization.
~Marylou Z, Faculty/Staff, Marburg, Germany
LED lighting Auto Focusing local storage capacity internet use remote storage of video
~Roy W, Faculty/Staff, Glendale, AZ
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative digital and video microscopes?
17 answers
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Nikon in combination with different CCD cameras.
~Patrick VO, Faculty/Staff, Gent, Belgium
Vision engineering, Bestscope, Keyence
~Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, India
Nikon, Zeiss, Olympus
~Hank M, Owner - Fully Focused LLC microscope service, Chandler, AZ
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used digital and video microscopes for?
29 answers
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Wafer inspection using Bright field/ Dark field & DIC. Material science biomedical education, research and clinical studies I am in the business of servicing and repairing microscopes
~Hank M, Owner - Fully Focused LLC microscope service, Chandler, AZ
For studying marine micro organisms like phytoplankton, zooplankton and studying bacterial types in aerobic and anaerobic effluent treatment systems.
~Rajiv Aundhe A, Have own Company in Environmental Engineering, Mumbai, India
Authenticating ancient artifacts vs modern reproductions and the internal structure of drill cuttings from oil and gas drilling.
~Engineer, Tulsa, OK
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that digital and video microscopes have been used for.
16 answers
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Other than cell biology applications, they have also been used in metal studies and areas of surgical techniques etc etc
~Marylou Z, Faculty/Staff, Marburg, Germany
Live cell imaging, high speed imaging: a bullet hitting, perforating a target.
~Patrick VO, Faculty/Staff, Gent, Belgium
Examining the internal structure of rocks without destroying the specimen.
~Engineer, Tulsa, OK
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of digital and video microscopes?
6 answers
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Retinal damage or radiation burns can occur if not properly shielded.
~Engineer, Tulsa, OK
Yes when you give them to students.
~Charles Indekeu, Senior lecturer wood conservation, Antwerp, Belgium
Not so disastrous, but many purchasers of microscopes do not have a full knowledge of microscopy.
~Hank M, Owner - Fully Focused LLC microscope service, Chandler, AZ

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
19 answers
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I would like something that goes from a microscope to a "camera" - Large gross images and back again instantly.
~Roy W, Faculty/Staff, Glendale, AZ
Robotic level with automation of routine operations of microscopy including pattern recognition.
~Vladimir M, Research & Development, Moscow, Russia
Mobility: I would like the digital microscope to be mobile between different laboratories.
~Karen T, Engineer, Austin, TX
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of digital and video microscopes?
14 answers
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Don't rely on the salesman for basic info. Know your basics before starting to make contact with the companies. Make a list of cameras being used by other labs and for what purposes - look at publications.
~Marylou Z, Faculty/Staff, Marburg, Germany
Check the zoom, magnification and distance from the object required. Make sure the device will do what you need it to and how flexible it is in its application. This generally applies to ease of use.
~Roy W, Faculty/Staff, Glendale, AZ
Don't buy video microscope with non-integrated software.
~Vladimir M, Research & Development, Moscow, Russia
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using digital and video microscopes?
16 answers
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Software and hardware pace of change is not in sync with computer OS changes; nor are they in sync with granting and budget allocation cycles..... making it extremely difficult for some lesser funded fields -such as archaeological science- to be competitive.....
~Irene G, Associate of the Peabody Museum, Cambridge, MA
Identify the major usage, before checking the marketing promotional new features listed. Consider features which support the required task.
~Rohan P, Geologycal investigations, Kandy, Sri Lanka
When considering one, don't look at its immediate use, but what the capabilities are i.e. FRAP, FRET high speed acquisition.
~Marylou Z, Faculty/Staff, Marburg, Germany
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