Going Digital

Digital Microscopy…sounds cool, but what is it?

In simple terms, a digital microscope uses a digital camera to output the image to a monitor. It is a powerful instrument for all applications, changing the way we work and communicate. 

  • CLINICAL -  it allows physicians to capture images for use in patient discussions or to be shared professionally for a second opinion
  • INDUSTRIAL - It makes pass/fail inspections and reporting more efficient and effective
  • EDUCATIONAL - It is an invaluable teaching tool for engaging students and enhancing the learning experience in the classroom

There are generally two types of digital microscopes.

  1. Integrated Camera - this is where the camera is actually built into the microscope.  Although it is more compact and can be cost efficient in the short run, we do not recommend this type as it ultimately limits the lifespan of the microscope. As technology changes, it can quickly make the microscope obsolete. Additionally, it can be difficult to service. You cannot simply remove the camera to fix or replace it. If the camera fails you will need to send the entire microscope away for service or repair.
  2. Add a Camera - Essentially any microscope can become a digital microscope simply by attaching a camera. And just about any microscope camera can be used (regardless of brand). This allows you the flexibility to easily replace the camera as technology changes and makes service much simpler.

Microscope Central offers a wide selection of microscopes as well as HDMI, USB, and WiFi cameras. We can place a camera on almost all of the microscopes we offer to create a complete digital package.  Contact us today, and we will recommend a suitable package.