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5 Things You Should Know About Digital Microscopes


1. A digital microscope can be achieved by integrating a camera into the microscope or by adding a digital microscope camera to a regular microscope. A digital microscope can be achieved by integrating a camera into the microscope or by adding a digital microscope camera to a regular microscope. Yes, it’s that easy! Simply screw a digital microscope camera onto a regular compound microscope or stereo microscope to begin your digital microscopy. 

Microscope.com carries a digital microscope for everyone - from electronic manufacturers to eleven-year-olds studying plant cells at school. Simply connect the digital microscope to a screen or projector via USB and get started.


2.  An external digital microscope camera lends greater flexibility - you can use different cameras on the same microscope and vice versa. Switch to a higher resolution or lower resolution, depending on your needs each day. And having the flexibility to remove the microscope camera altogether also means that you don’t have to look at your images on a computer screen if you need to look down an eyepiece instead for a given task. 

You can even have the best of both worlds at the same time. Simply attach a digital microscope camera to a microscope with a trinocular head. The digital camera allows you to sit back and capture images while still allowing you to look through the scope.


3. Most digital microscopes and microscope cameras include basic image capture and documentation software.  This software allows you to annotate and edit an image and share it with peers or colleagues quickly. Similar to a digital camera’s, most digital microscope camera software will enable you to adjust:

  • White balance

  • Exposure

  • Saturation

  • Brightness

  • Contrast

  • Sharpness

... putting you in complete control of your images. 

While most softwares are primarily compatible with Windows (and some with macOS), some microscope manufacturers offer apps that work on tablets and smartphones too. So, you can pair your digital microscope with a small handheld device that allows you to share your imaging in real-time easily.



4.  Check to ensure the retailer can support the software - sometimes, post sale support is useful. Suppose you have a specific project in mind and need to know how to adjust your digital microscope’s settings (resolution, magnification power, auto focus, etc.) to suit the task at hand. In that case, our expert team at Microscope.com can give you a professional opinion. 


5.   If you are not planning to do much high quality printing, you may not need higher resolution than 2.0 megapixel since most computer monitors are limited to 2 MP resolution. That’s why we offer a wide range of MPs in the digital microscope cameras we carry - so you only pay for the MPs you actually need. 

Here’s a general overview of megapixel ranges:

  • Cameras with low (around 1.3) megapixels are suitable for hobbyists, students learning in classrooms, and other applications where budget and durability are the name of the game.

  • Cameras with medium (around 3.1) megapixels are suitable for biology research or industrial applications that require high-quality optics at affordable prices.

  • Mid (around 5.0) megapixels are suitable for life science researchers or quality control inspectors in industrial applications where sharp imaging and easy functionality are necessary.

  • High (around 10) megapixels are ideal for professionals in the healthcare industry who work with large-format applications and need high-resolution images.

  • Advanced (around 14) megapixels are suitable for the most complex microbiological applications where image quality and superior performance are critical.

Now that you have a good idea of which megapixels would work best for your application, you can begin exploring the world of digital microscopy. 


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