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An overview of the LM microscope adapters
We offer LM digital adapter solutions for the following microscopes
Online configurator: LM microscope adapter for all digital cameras and microscopes
LM adapter solution for c-mount microscope ports with reduction optics (0.5x / 0.6x / 0.7x or f=55mm / f=75mm / f=100mm)
LM Macroscope 24x (15x and 11x) for Focus Stacking: Highest resolution without compromise
LM Macroscope 9x (5x and 3x) for Focus Stacking: Highest resolution without compromise
LM photo microscopes: the flexible photography solution for large sensor cameras!
Macro Close-Up Lens: LM Macro lens 40/80 with plan achromatic optics
Special mounting medium for microscopy, non toxic,water solved,light hardening,fast solidifying and drying,neutraldoes not make air bubbles,high optical solution,color protecting,solvent free,high refractive index
Micro Tech Lab advisory service: microscopy, digital cameras, high quality photo
Service: improving image quality by giving your microscope a professional check-up
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The Zeiss Stemi 508 stereo microscope: microscope adapters for digital cameras (DLSR and system cameras)
The Olympus IX2 series: enhanced versatility for use in a wide range of application
Our LM digital adapters open the Zeiss SV8 stereo microscope to a new, digital world
Nikon’s SMZ 645 and 660 stereo microscopes in microphotography
With the help of LM Digital adapter the inverse Nikon Eclipse MA100 and MA200 microscope become fit for photomicrography
Capture exceptional images with the Leica DM4 B/DM6 B and our LM digital adapters
LM photo microscope with Nikon C-mount camera DS-Fi2 and control panel DS-L3 for measurement tasks, long-term studies and lengthy observations
Install modern camera systems (DSLR, system- or c-mount cameras) with our LM digital adapter on the Olympus SZX9 – a stereo microscope for industrial applications
Capture One Pro software: Tethering in microscopy with Live View for a large variety of cameras
Preview: The Nikon D850 – the new number 1 in our camera ranking!
Sony Alpha 9 – a camera that has everything you need!
Sony Alpha 7S II – a video specialist with ultra-high light sensitivity
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 – an interesting solution for long-term video recording at the microscope
Professional camera with full-frame sensor Leica M10 on the microscope
The new Canon DSLR EOS 1300D – a “microscope camera” with an unbeatable price/performance ratio

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Which camera types are of interest for use in microscopy?

Since there are many different kinds of camera systems on the market, everyday users find it particularly easy to lose sight of the big picture. In fact, many people have trouble determining which cameras are suitable for use with microscopes and/or macroscopes. Although the following overview is not all-encompassing, we hope it will help you make sense of all the information available.

1) Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras


dslr camera fitted for microphotography with LM digital adapters dslr camera fitted for microphotography with LM digital adapters and LM macroscopes

Modern DSLR cameras have large, high-quality sensors. These days, DSLRs are available in APS-C, full-frame or four-thirds sensor format. The feature all of these cameras have in common is an interchangeable lens mount system fitted with a bayonet coupling. If you are using a camera on a microscope, all you need is the camera body. The camera is attached to a microscope adapter and fitted as a unit to the microscope port.

microscope photo tube LM digital adapter dslr

The camera can be attached to either the photo tube or the eyepiece tube of the microscope.

 eyepiece tube microscope LM digital adapter camera

The adapter solution forms the connection between the camera and the microscope. A high-quality, plan achromatic optical system that produces excellent images without peripheral darkening is integrated into the adapter and allows optical adjustment according to the size of the camera’s sensor. Of course, not all DSLR cameras are equally suited for use in photomicrography. For more information, please refer to our camera recommendations and rankings.

2) Mirrorless system cameras

mirrorless system camera suited for microscopy adapter mirrorless system camera suited for microscopy adapter

System cameras are typically smaller than DSLR cameras, as the complex mirror structure is omitted, but the built-in sensor is larger. The come with an interchangeable lens mount system that facilitates adapter-based microscope connections similar to DSLR cameras.


Since these cameras have no integrated optical viewfinder, the image is controlled via the display or, if available, remote control software 

3) C-mount & USB cameras

C-Mount camera

These special-purpose cameras also feature interchangeable lens mount technology which permits lenses to be removed. The connecting threads have a standard dimension of 1", which corresponds to a diameter of 25.4 mm. These unique types of cameras, which are used primarily in industry applications, usually have very small sensors (1/2" or 2/3"). Since they have no display, they can be controlled only by computer to which they are connected either via USB or FireWire port. As a rule, these cameras are significantly more expensive than DSLR or system cameras. In terms of image quality, DSLR and system cameras are demonstrably superior, but USB cameras often provide the benefit of comprehensive software integration.

microscope photo port LM digital adapter c-mount camera

An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of DSLR and special-purpose microscope cameras is available on our website. 

4) Compact cameras


Compact cameras are by far the most popular type of digital camera, and the advantages they offer are obvious: they usually come in handy sizes, are easily operated and can cover a broad range of shooting situations (portraits, landscapes, people, snapshots, etc.). In most cases, they are also offered at very attractive price points.

Yet while cameras of this type may have distinct advantages, they are unsuited – with a very few exceptions – for use in the highly specialised field of photomicrography. Since most compact cameras are not equipped with interchangeable lens mount systems or filter threads, it is very difficult to attach them to a microscope mechanically and ensure a firm connection. More details on this product group can be found in our article “Compact cameras and camcorders on the microscope”.

5) Smartphones​

Similar to compact cameras, smartphone-based camera systems do not have interchangeable lens mount systems or filter threads that enable the smartphone to be attached firmly to a microscope. Accordingly, we do not recommend their use in professional microscopy applications.



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Canon EOS 1200D - simple camera with a very good price performance ratio for microphotography
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 with 4k video recording
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High-end intermediate optics for connecting microscopes to:
  • digital SLR cameras
  • digital mirrorless system cameras with an interchangeable lens mount
  • c-mount-, USB- and firewire cameras
  • digital compact cameras and camcorders
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