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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
Camera ranking for microscopy use
Camera recommendation for microscopy application
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?
Image sensor: dynamic range and it's influence on image quality
Microsocope recommendation
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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The mirrorless Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 system camera tested on the microscope

Panasonic already has some successful system camera models on the market, which means that the company already had a chance to adapt and optimise the Lumix GF3 according to its customers’ requirements. We are particularly interested in finding out whether any modifications to the camera make a difference to its suitability for photomicrography.

In terms of external appearance, the camera has an attractive, compact shape. It has become so small that there is hardly room for the lens mount. The rear has a very clear layout. Almost all of the space is taken up by the display (Ø 7.6 cm) with only a minimum of operating controls. With this tactic, Panasonic has succeeded in making the camera even smaller than its predecessor model.

  

The camera uses the micro four thirds system, and therefore the sensor is somewhat smaller than that in DSLR cameras or system cameras made by other manufacturers, for example the Sony NEX series. The sensor only has a meagre 12 megapixels and the light sensitivity can only be set between ISO 160 and ISO 6,400.

The Panasonic Lumix GF3 is intended for amateur and ambitious hobby photographers. Due to its low weight (265 g) and small size, the camera is ideal for outdoor use. It does not take up much space in the backpack and can therefore be taken along on any leisure activity.

Unfortunately, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 is not well enough suited for efficient use on the microscope. During our test we were somewhat irritated to find that the magnification function could only be operated via the touchscreen.

In general, the camera is awkward to use on the microscope since there is also no software to enable it to be controlled via the PC. In practice, this means that the camera display has to be used as the control monitor. Once the camera is attached to the microscope, it is located quite high up, which in our case meant that anyone under 6 feet tall had to resort to a footstool.    

It was not even possible to display the Live View image via the HDMI output. This is an important function – on the one hand for focussing the image, and on the other hand for presentations. With the Panasonic Lumix GF3, only images that have already been captured can be displayed via the HDMI output.

All in all, the lack of control software combined with the reduction in important operating elements significantly complicates working with the Panasonic Lumix GF3 on the microscope.

Conclusion:

In a nutshell, the Panasonic Lumix GF3 cannot be recommended for photomicrography. It is clearly designed for outdoor use. However, its small, lightweight design is not relevant for use with microscopes. The performance level of the camera corresponds to that of the year 2006. Older Olympus DSLR models (E330/E420/E620) featuring the micro four thirds system have a similar sensor quality, but are considerably more convenient to use.

06.11.2014



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 / Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 / Panasonic DMC-FT3 / Panasonic HDC-SD800 / Panasonic HDC-SD909 / Panasonic HDC-TM900 / Panasonic HDC-HS900 / Panasonic DMC-FS18 / Panasonic DMC-FS35 / Panasonic DMC-FS37 / Panasonic DMC-TZ22 / Panasonic DMC-FS16 / Panasonic DMC-TZ18 / Panasonic DMC-FX77 / Panasonic DMC-FT3 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 / Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 / Panasonic HDC-SD99 /

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