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Online configurator: LM microscope adapter for all digital cameras and microscopes
An overview of the LM microscope adapters
We offer LM digital adapter solutions for the following microscopes
Microscope Adapter: LM wide-field adapter for eyepiece tubes with 30 mm inner diameter
LM digital SLR universal wide-field adapter: now with larger image field and focus settings
All in one: LM Digital SLR Universal Adapter for phototube and the eyepiece tube (C-Mount, 23.2mm, 30mm 37mm, 38mm, 42mm)
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 wide-field camcorder adapter for the new generation of ultra HD camcorders
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
Camera recommendation for microscopy application
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use
DSLR camera or special-purpose microscope cameras?

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Camera recommendation: Which camera is best suited for use with a microscope?

Digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) and digital single-lens mirrorless cameras (DSLMs or system cameras) with interchangeable lens mounts deliver excellent image quality at an economical price.

Canon DSLM for microscopy microscope camera

The MICRO TECH LAB team spends a lot of time testing digital cameras to assess their suitability for use in microscopy. To give our customers and readers the benefit of our experience, we publish test reports outlining the results of our tests on our website free of charge. In our camera ranking, we evaluate the cameras we have reviewed. For custom advice on which camera would be best for your needs, please contact us.

We offer adapter solutions for connecting all commercially available DSLRs, system cameras (DSLMs) and C-mount cameras to microscopes.

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For challenging imaging tasks (fluorescence microscopy, low-light imaging, slow motion or time lapse shooting, etc.) and excellent image quality, we recommend current DSLR or system cameras with a full-frame sensor. These powerful cameras are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

In the price range up to EUR 1,000, Canon currently has the most to offer. Canon cameras are excellently suited for microscopy, and the software for remote control from a PC, Mac or smartphone is included when the camera is purchased.

For basic tasks, entry-level cameras with a large APS-C sensor (such as the Canon EOS 1300D / 4000D) produce great results for under EUR 300 and have a better sensor quality than most C-mount cameras.

Mid-level cameras such as the Canon EOS 800D / 200D / M50 with a high-quality APS-C sensor and articulated screen are priced at around EUR 600.

We do not recommend any compact cameras at this time, because they generally cannot be used satisfactorily for microscopy.

The following aspects are particularly important for use on a microscope:


Breakdown of camera models and price categories:

1) Budget-priced older DSLRs below EUR 300 on the used-camera market

Older DSLR cameras, which can be bought at bargain prices on the used-camera market, are often quite well suited for use with a microscope. You just need to make sure that the camera has a good sensor, Live View mode with magnifying function and can be controlled remotely from the computer.

Canon: EOS 40D , EOS 50D, EOS 60D, 500D, 550D, 600D650D700D1000D, 1100D

Nikon: D7000, D7100

2) Affordable cameras with a price of up to EUR 400

Canon:  EOS 1200D / 1300D / 4000D  (These cameras don’t have an articulated screen).

3) Mid-range price segment up to EUR 1,000

Canon: EOS M50 , EOS 70D,  EOS 80D 760D / 750D800D  (These cameras have an articulated screen)

Nikon: D7200

Sony: A6500

4) Upper-range price segment between EUR 1,000 and 2,000

Canon: EOS RP

Nikon D610 

5) Top-shelf cameras with a full-frame sensor; these are aimed at professional users and come with a price tag of EUR 2,000 and up.

Nikon: Z-Serie , D4, D5, D800,  D810 , D850

Canon:  EOS R , EOS 1D X Mark II,  EOS-1D X,  EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark IVEOS 5DS R, EOS 5DS

Sony: Alpha 9Alpha 7S IIAlpha 7R III,  7R/ 7R II

01.01.2015 Update:01.04.2019

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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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