The Microscope Cameras K3C & K3M

Your benefits

The K3C color CMOS camera provides a well-balanced feature set with high frame rates, very good dynamic range, and excellent color reproduction. It delivers 12-bit/channel RGB quantifiable images. With the K3C & K3M microscope camera you can get an imaging system that is customized for your specific needs. You can scan and stitch images of large format samples in half the time compared to previous generation cameras. The K3C & K3M cameras are excellent, easy-to-use and set-up, low-noise devices. Either color camera K3C or monochrome camera K3M can act as a workhorse for your laboratory or site.

  • One camera series - multiple applications and workflows: Flexibility to image a large range of samples for life science, industrial, and clinical applications
  • Fast and reliable analysis: Acquiring quantifiable data from challenging samples for improved throughput
  • Excellent true-color reproduction

One camera - multiple applications and workflows

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Flexibility to image a large range of samples for the life sciences, industry, and pathology

The K3C color and K3M monochrome cameras deliver good all-round performance for a vast range of sample types. For example, pathology and clinical applications, hematoxylin- and eosin-stained (H&E-stained) tissue sections have regions with subtle color variations which contain a large amount of information. To perform accurate documentation, these stained tissues demand a high-performance camera like the K3C & K3M microscope cameras. The K3C color and K3M monochrome cameras are also an excellent documentation solution thanks to its very good dynamic range.

Composite of a whole mouse embryo

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Composite of a whole mouse embryo constructed from 380 individual images of H&E-stained serial sections. Sections were imaged with a 20x objective lens and all images were captured in 80 sec using the LAS X Navigator software.
Composite of a whole mouse embryo constructed from 380 individual images of H&E-stained serial sections. Sections were imaged with a 20x objective lens and all images were captured in 80 sec using the LAS X Navigator software.

COS7 cells stained with DAPI

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A THUNDER image of COS7 cells stained with DAPI (nuclei), anti-Tubulin antibody and Mitotracker* (mitochondria), and E-cadherin. Sample courtesy of Prof. Ralf Jacob, University of Marburg
A THUNDER image of COS7 cells stained with DAPI (nuclei), anti-Tubulin antibody and Mitotracker* (mitochondria), and E-cadherin. Sample courtesy of Prof. Ralf Jacob, University of Marburg

Diatoms

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Diatoms imaged with brightfield illumination and a 40X objective lens.
Diatoms imaged with brightfield illumination and a 40X objective lens.

Spinal cord section

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Color image of a histopathological sample, spinal cord section, taken with a 40X objective lens.
Color image of a histopathological sample, spinal cord section, taken with a 40X objective lens.

Swiss coin

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Composite of 30 individual, autofocused images of a Swiss coin captured in 85 sec using the LAS X software.
Composite of 30 individual, autofocused images of a Swiss coin captured in 85 sec using the LAS X software.

Fast and reliable analysis

Acquiring quantifiable data from challenging samples

The K3C color and K3M monochrome cameras offer very good dynamic range enabling you to capture quantifiable images for downstream analysis for many challenging samples. Whether you image material samples which are highly reflective or light-absorbing surfaces or fluorescent samples with regions of very bright and weak signals, the K3C color and K3M monochrome cameras are up to the challenge.

A zoomed in mid-section of a fixed sample of mouse embryo
A zoomed in mid-section of a fixed sample of mouse embryo

Excellent true color reproduction

The 12-bit excellent color reproduction ability of the color K3C camera enables you to capture large color depth and extract more detail from your samples.

Samples and specimens often contain subtle color variations which allow you to distinguish between different features and regions of interest and work out what is really going on in transitions zones between various parts of the specimen. 

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Improve your throughput

Samples of interest can be large and need to be imaged in high resolution, requiring a system capable of area scanning and image stitching.

The large sensor and high frame rates make the K3C color and K3M monochrome cameras ideal for area scanning applications when combined with the LAS X Navigator and Steel/Cleanliness Expert software modules.

Area of mouse tissue section being imaged with the K3C color camera installed on a Leica widefield microscope. The video demonstrates that a CMOS camera outperforms a legacy color CCD camera when scanning sample areas. The clear speed advantages of modern CMOS cameras help you improve the throughput of your imaging system.

K3C - Compatible with TWAIN

TWAIN is a protocol that enables communication between software and selected Leica Microsystems microscope cameras. It allows you to process images with your preferred software later on. 

Take advantage of your camera’s TWAIN capability to control the camera, acquire images, and transfer image data to various repositories for analysis and archiving. For example, easily store images to your Laboratory/Hospital Information Management System (LIS/HIS/LIMS).

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