What makes a digital microscope a digital microscope?
A digital microscope is a microscope without eyepieces. Instead of eyepieces, it has a digital camera that acquires live images which are visible on a monitor.
What are digital microscopes suitable for?
Digital microscopes are suitable for a wide range of technical applications. They are ideal instruments for fast and easy documentation of parts and samples during manufacturing, as well as assembly, quality control, and failure analysis of manufactured parts.
What makes digital microscopes ideal instruments for these tasks?
Digital microscopes are designed for rapid acquisition of high quality images in quality control, failure analysis, and documentation. These images must be calibrated, which means that measurement data taken from the image, such as dimensions, are correctly quantified and accurate. Suitable software makes sure that images can be analyzed easily. For example measurements can be made with the image, it can then be annotated and stored in a standard format for later use in reports, presentations, publications, or discussion with colleagues or customers.
What makes image data of digital microscopes from Leica Microsystems correct and reliable?
The precise calibration data, such as dimensions in the x, y, and z directions, and crucial parameters, such as magnification and the corresponding scale bar, are recorded directly with each image. These features ensure that image analysis leads to accurate measurement and quantification data.
Can I move the sample and observe the image without distortion when using the Leica DVM6?
Yes. The Leica DVM6 offers a live image rate of 30 frames per second (fps) or even faster and a minimal image delay of 0.2 seconds. You can move the sample and observe the image just as you are used to from a traditional microscope with eyepieces.
What about the optical quality of the Leica DVM6? I am worried I will see less than with a traditional microscope.
No need to worry - the Leica DVM6 uses PlanApo-corrected objective lenses with high resolving power (related to the numerical aperture, NA, of the lens). This makes the Leica DVM6 perfectly suited to the tasks for which it is designed.
Do I have to be an expert in microscopy to work with the Leica DVM6?
No. This is one of the biggest advantages of digital microscopes: You can immediately see the image on the monitor and quickly decide if it is good enough. The Leica DVM6 helps you even further by automatically defining the best settings and showing you 6 different options on the monitor. With one click you can choose the option that best suits your needs. For image analysis and measurements the Leica DVM6 has many software functions that make work easy for you. One example is that you can export the image with measurement data into a report template.
Is a digital microscope easier to use than a microscope with eyepieces?
Using a digital microscope is easier than working with a traditional microscope. Inexperienced users in particular can obtain images of a sample easier and faster. The main reason is that it takes time to get used to setting up and adjusting the microscope, and viewing the sample via the eyepieces.
Are there any differences between the image of a sample seen with the Leica DVM6 and that seen by microscopy with eyepieces?
In principle, the image is the same. There may be a difference in the field of view depending on the type of digital camera and eyepieces in question – so it depends on which traditional microscope you are comparing.
However, there is one important difference: Sample observation via the binocular eyepieces of a stereo microscope gives you depth perception you cannot achieve directly with a 2D image of a digital microscope. To make up for this, the Leica