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Pick the right digital camera for your microscopic devices

Published on November 12, 2019

Microscopic applications require high quality imaging with colour reproduction or fidelity, high resolution and easy integration into systems. It’s why picking the right digital camera for your microscopic devices can be a challenging task.

The digital microscope of today comes with two major advantages when compared to yesteryears. It has better digital imaging and advanced qualitative sample analysis. It needs the type of digital camera that can keep pace with its evolving functions.  Some of the major factors while assessing the quality of your microscopic camera are: 

High resolution and low-noise

Resolution refers to the amount of detail that can be captured by the camera. It is based on the size of the pixel and the sensor. Low-noise is a crucial feature too, especially if you are working in low light conditions, where minimal noise is a must to avoid any loss of the tiniest details.

More sensitivity

High sensitivity cameras are designed for low-light imaging requirements. You can produce high quality images with just a few light photons (low-light conditions). These cameras require improved quantum efficiency to efficiently convert light photons into electrons.

Better NIR responsivity

Simply put, the camera needs to have a good NIR sensitivity to capture Infra-red response of a microscopic sample. Hence, microscopic cameras with high Near-Infrared (NIR) responsivity can capture images in regions that are out of the visible range. They go beyond just detecting the visible wavelengths, as they can detect near-infrared wavelengths too. Encompassing visible and NIR regions, the camera leverages the light sources to consistently deliver more clarity.

Image analytics

The best digital microscopic cameras can work with different software modules to capture advanced image analytics. Whether for counting, sizing or any other measurement of dimension, you should be able to auto-detect object and specific areas (ROIs) in images. It can help in identifying spots, nodules, stains, and more. It is important to note that sharp and true colour images with low noise are mandatory to execute image processing techniques like segmentation, inferencing and anomaly detection.

Portability

With UVC compatibility, your digital cameras can be easily integrated into custom microscopic applications. If the camera comes with an USB interface, you can integrate it to a wide range of platforms based on computational requirements. You can also leverage prebuilt libraries/applications for better imaging across different platforms.

Why See3CAM_CU55M?

See3CAM_CU55M is the latest entrant in e-con Systems’ See3CAM family of USB3.0 UVC cameras that are equipped to manage all your digital microscopic needs. Based on the AR0521, our 5 MP Monochrome camera delivers stunning low-light image quality.

See3CAM_CU55M is equipped with a better dynamic range – with Near Infrared (NIR) responsivity – for high quality imaging. Its high level of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) guarantees low noise in all conditions.

We also offer See3CAM_CU55, which has a color variant of the sensor. Read about it here.

e-con Systems’ latest built-to-last 5MP Monochrome USB3 camera can transform the way you develop attention to detail through your microscopic devices. As veteran specialists in image processing, we are in an ideal position to unlock your ability to optimize or enhance the outputs.

What’s more is that our fine-tuning expertise makes us a standout embedded vision partner of choice. We are fully powered to customize your camera parameters in order to deliver the best possible image quality under custom light conditions – specific to your application.

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