Professional imaging with the new compact digital camera 0P12 from Olympus

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 1 April 2002




(2002), "Professional imaging with the new compact digital camera 0P12 from Olympus", Microelectronics International, Vol. 19 No. 1.



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Professional imaging with the new compact digital camera 0P12 from Olympus

Keywords: Cameras, Olympus

The DP12 is a compact new digital camera from Olympus providing for professional digital imaging in microscopy. The 3.34 million pixel CCD resolution guarantees superb digital images allowing observation of even very fine structures within the specimen. (Plate 2)

The tilting 3.5" LCD monitor, integrated into the control pad, allows adjustable observation at the ideal angle. Users can now view images in the same unit as the camera controls, making work quicker and more comfortable. Real-time display of large, easy-to-see images allows faster, more accurate focusing and framing.

Date, time, shutter speed and file name are displayed and stored together with the image and up to 16 acquired images can be displayed at one time for on-screen image selection. A calibrated scale bar can be superimposed, then saved and printed with the image.

Pin-sharp focusing even at low magnifications is made possible with an electronic focus indicator and a 2x digital zoom function.

The camera is operated entirely from a small and rugged keypad and screen, with all controls near the operator's hand. This eliminates the need to touch the camera head or the microscope for exposure, reducing the risk of camera shake.

One touch, automatic and manual white balance modes are available for optimal colour representation, and users can choose 1% spot and 30% average exposure metering and automatic or manual exposure modes.

Removable SmartMedia cards store up to 128MB of images which can be easily transferred to any PC. Optional software allows images to be downloaded directly from the camera to the PC.

The camera head is equipped with a universal C-mount thread allowing attachment to almost any microscope.

Plate 2

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