Aven Cooled CCD Color Camera Delivers High Quality in Any LightThu, 12 Apr 2012
A new 5.0 megapixel CCD camera from Aven, Inc. upgrades microscopes with
high-resolution imaging in any lighting environment. Sharply detailed
color images can be captured in low illumination, thanks to long
exposure times and Peltier cooling.
Avenís first cooled CCD camera is suited to clinical, life science and
material science applications involving dark-field imaging, fluorescence
and other challenges. Cooling the Sony 2/3" color sensor lets users
capture high-quality, noise-free color images at even the lowest
transmitted light intensity.
"This scientific-grade accessory is designed for biotechnology, R&D
engineering, pathology, other medical specialties, forensics and
professional education," says Mike Shahpurwala, president of Aven.
"Image processing and measurement software is part of the ready-to-use
Cooling the sensor 30 degrees Centigrade below ambient temperature
creates a high signal/noise ratio in any illumination. "Thatís why we
replaced earlier models to offer this as Avenís only CCD microscopy
camera," says Shahpurwala. "Scientific-grade imaging in bright or low
light is a significant benefit."
A C-mount is provided to let the camera couple with standard microscopes
and a high-speed USB 2.0 transfers images to a desktop or laptop
computer. The TSView program supports image analysis, calibration,
annotation and other processing.
Acquired images display immediately on the screen, where they can be
sharpened with contrast, brightness, white balance, graying and color
adjustments. Frames also can be rotated, expanded or reduced.
The 5.0 megapixel Sony camera shoots 10 to 30 frames per second,
depending on resolution. Automatic or manual exposure settings run from a
milisecond to an hour. White balance also can be automatic or adjusted
In addition to PC-compatible software, Avenís Cooled CCD Camera set
includes an aluminum case and eight-foot USB cable, which transmits data
at 480 MBs.
For more information, call Aven at (734) 973-0099. A digital catalog is at www.aventools.com/sales-info.html
Visit Aven at Booth E-5272 of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago from Sept. 10-15, 2012.
manufactures and distributes high-performance optical
instruments and precision tools for microscopy, inspection and assembly.
More than 800 products include video inspection systems, integrated
portable microscopes, video borescopes, task lights, stainless steel
tools for lab use and precision hand tools such as tweezers, pliers,
cutters, screwdrivers, crimpers, knives and alignment tools. Brands
include Mighty Scope, iLoupe, Technik and Accu-Tek.
An electronics innovator since 1983, Aven is located in a high-tech
corridor of Southeast Michigan and is the parent company of SharpVue,
which designs and manufactures integrated digital microscope technology.
Courtesy: Microscopy News