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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 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!
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
Microscope Digital Cameras: Camera ranking for microscopy use

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Choosing a digital camera for microscopy

There are so many different digital cameras available that it is not easy to choose the right one. We, the MICRO TECH LAB TEAM, spend a lot of time testing digital cameras. We provide our customers and readers with the results of our test reports for free.  We offer adapter solutions for connecting microscopes with all digital SLR and system cameras  At the moment we do not recommend compact cameras.

1) Allround camera:

At the moment, the best price-performance ratio is shown by the Canon EOS (Rebel T6i) 750D/ 760D, Canon EOS 800D, Canon EOS 100D, Canon EOS 200D (EOS Rebel SL2), Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5/EOS Kiss X70), Canon EOS 1300D (EOS Rebel T6). They are very well suited for microscopy application. They provide the following features:

- controlable from PC
- z
oom function in Live View Mode 
- high number of megapixels
- rotateable display (not Canon EOS 100D)
- high ISO sensibility
- HD video

Saving Tip:

Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5/EOS Kiss X70) and Canon EOS 1300D (EOS Rebel T6) are favourable cameras. Both are very well suited for photomicrography. They provide alle basis features and are even controlable from PC.

Basis features:
- APS-C sensor (>18 MP)
- Full-HD video
- HDMI output
- exposure time min. 1/4000 sec.
- controlable from PC
- automatic exposure time

For microscopy use only the camera body is necessary.

2) very affordable, older DSLRs / second hand market

Also older DSLR cameras, which can be bought at the second hand market, are well suited for microscopy applicatopn. It is of importance that they have a zoom function in Live View Mode and possess a good sensor. i.e.

Canon EOS 1000D/1100D (Rebel T3)Canon EOS (Rebel T5i) 700D  Canon EOS (Rebel T4i) 650DCanon EOS (Rebel T3i) 600D

Canon  EOS 40D / 50D / 450D / 500D / 550D 

Olympus E330 / E410 / E420 / E510/ E520 / E620

or the mirrorless system cameras : Sony NEX-3, NEX-5, Sony NEX-6, Sony NEX-7

controlable from PC (only Canon cameras!)
- zoom function in Live View Mode 


3) Sophisticated demands (high resolution with strong magnification; > 400x)

We recommend, Canon EOS 70D, Canon EOS 77D, Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Canon EOS 7D Mark II or Nikon D7000, Nikon D7100. They provide the following features:

controlable from PC 
- zoom function in Live View Mode
- higher number of megapixel
- higher ISO sensibility
rotateable display (only Canon)
- HD video
- silent shooting or low vibrations

4) Top cameras

The absolute top cameras are:

Nikon D850, Nikon D4, Nikon D4s,  Nikon D800, Nikon D810, Nikon D750, Nikon D600, Nikon D610, Nikon Df (attention: no videos available!) 

Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 5D Mark IVCanon EOS 5DS R, Canon EOS 5DS.

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

They provide the following features:

controlable from PC 
- zoom function in Live View Mode
- Longterm Live View without limitation (better suitable for long time operation)
higher number of megapixel
higher ISO sensibility
- short exposure time
- high quality design
- numerous setting options
- Silent Shooting or low vibrations
- sequential shooting
- HD-Video

5) 4k-cameras, special cameras for high resolution videos and Life-presentations

Special cameras with focus on video. The videoresolution 4k has ca. 4 -times more pixels than full HD. But in photo mode normal DSLR cameras show better results. At the moment we have tested Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Red Scarlet camera and Sony 7R / 7R II for microscopy application. For long-term videos (more than 30 minutes) we recommend the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5. 

6) Cameras for low-light conditions (i.e. fluorescence microscopy)

Microscopic methods like fluorescence require high demands on the camera's sensor. High iso-sensibility (around 100.000) and a very good signal-/noise ration are very important for the image quality. We recommend DSLR- and systemcameras with high quality technology for this application, as i.e. Sony Alpha 7S II (ISO up to 409.000), Sony Alpha 7R II and Nikon D5, Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EOS 1DC, Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.


update 12.06.2017

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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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