Microscopes from Brunel UK Ltd

Brunel Microscopes Ltd

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A higher quality range of digital streaming cameras.

Brunel Digicam Series

The Brunel Digicam Cameras are stand alone streaming cameras that provide a continuous live image to a laptop or PC. The Digicam units work with Windows (from XP to 10). Unlike the Eyecam, these cameras need a cctv adapter to link the camera to standard microscope eyetubes and the cctv adapter can be inserted into the monocular eyetube (23.2mm), or one of the binocular or into the trinocular tube of almost all microscopes. The cctv adapters are matched specifically with the Digicams and the microscope to be used to improve the optical quality of the images produced. As a consequence the Digicams provide a sharper, flatter image with more of the specimen field of view seen in the saved image than with the Eyecam.


The camera kit contains the camera itself, the USB lead and software that allows still image capture, videos (including time lapse),full image manipulation and measurement.


Digicams are available in several formats.


The UCMOS series are excellent general purpose digital cameras and are available as 1.3, 2, 5 and 10M resolution units.


The LCMOS series are superior units with improved noise ratios together with a design that facilitates cooling of the units. These are for more exacting applications. Available as 14, 5 and 3M units. The LCMOS units will work with Apple MAC but without the measuring facility.


The WiFi units have their own IP address and can send images to any other WiFi enabled unit such as a mobile phone, laptop, PC or iPad etc. These can be used where distance prevents corded connection of the camera to a computer. The WiFi signal  reduces the potential resolution and these are availble at 1M.


HiF Units are monochrome (black and white) and have an improved imaging processor which maintains a high frame rate although these are only available at a relatively low resolution. These are preferred when live movement is needed for teaching purposes.


The choice will depend on the application. As resolution increases the number of frames per second (frame rate) that a video clip will contain decreases. This is an unavoidable fact. Effectively this means that the low resolution units produce much smoother live images and therefore smoother video clips than the high resolution units. However for still images the size and resolution of the image improves as the resolution of the camera increases, but the live image will be very slow to respond to the microscope focusing because of the low frame rate. The Digicam units can overcome this by opening the live image at a much lower resolution (opened resolution), whilst any still image taken will be stored at the full resolution of the camera. The exact frame rate for each unit can vary considerably depending on the specification of the laptop or PC being used, but example frame rates for each unit are shown in the table below.



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Brunel Digicam with USB lead

Digicam fitted to a trinocular tube

Digicam fitted into one eyetube of a binocular microscope

Digicam fitted in the trinocular tube of a stereomicroscope

Digicam images

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Digicam Maximum Resolution

Opened Resolution

Best Frame rate

UCMOS 1.3M

1.3M

15

UCMOS 1.3M

0.3M

26

UCMOS 2M

2M

12

UCMOS 2M

0.5M

50

UCMOS 5M

5M

5

UCMOS 5M

1.3M

18

UCMOS 5M

0.3M

60

UCMOS 10M

10M

1

UCMOS 10M

2.5M

8

UCMOS 10M

0.6M

27

LCMOS 3M

3M

12

LCMOS 5M

5M

6.8

LCMOS 14M

14M

2.7

WiFiCMOS

1M

10

HiFCMOS 1.3M

1.3M

30

The ‘rule of thumb’ is that live images and videos need a high frame rate (11 frames per second is the rate that gives a smooth video/live image). Still images on the other hand are better the higher the resolution (although for focusing, the opened resolution that provides the live view image should be selected at a much lower resolution). Most laptops will not cope with streaming live view images greater than 3M therefore Digicam units above 3M will have to be opened in the software at lower resolutions, irrespective of the actual resolution that still images will be saved at.


Key to the quality of results obtained is of course the software that is supplied with the camera. Brunel Microscopes has worked with our camera manufacturers for many years to develop stable and powerful software suites that are versatile and easy to use. In addition to the expected image manipulation controls covering gain, exposure, white balance, flip, brightness/contrast etc, the software also allows measurement, image stitching, stacking and image enhancement. This software and the USB lead, are included in the box with the camera. However a CCTV adapter (to connect the camera to the microscope) is needed but shown as an accessory for those who may have alternative CCTV adapters already for an existing microscope.




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Digicam CCTV adapter

   

   Tech Spec:

   UCMOS Series USB2.0 Camera

Digicam UCMOS 1.3M: Price £88.33 + vat

Digicam UCMOS 2M: Price £110 + vat

Digicam UCMOS 5M: Price £137.50 + vat

Digicam UCMOS 10M: Price £252.50 + vat


Digicam LCMOS 3M: Price £148.33 + vat

Digicam LCMOS 5M: Price £154.17 + vat

Dgicam LCMOS 14M: Price £313.33 + vat


Digicam HiF1.3M: Price £214.17 + vat

Digicam WiFiCMOS: Price £252 + vat


Digicam CCTV adapter - suitable for

all Digicam cameras and all Brunel Microscope models: Price £59.17


   

   Tech Spec:

   LCMOS Series USB2.0 Camera

   

   Tech Spec:

   HiFCMOS Series USB2.0 Camera

   

   Tech Spec:

   WiFiCMOS Series USB2.0 Camera

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