Friday, October 5, 2012

Digital Defined!

Are you having trouble understanding the lingo that goes with your new Swift digital product? If you are, it's your lucky day: we bring you digital defined! Here are six terms that cause confusion or frequently raise questions about digital scopes and their functionality.

  • Exposure: Refers to how long the shutter of the camera is open, not to brightness.
  • Field of View: The image that is seen through the microscope eyepiece may differ from the image that is seen on the computer screen. The quality of the microscope affects the quality of the image.
  • Frame Rate: The measurement of the frequency or rate at which a digital camera produces images called frames. 
  • Megapixel (MP): Refers to the number of pixels in an image and to express the number of sensor elements of a digital camera or the number of display elements of a digital display. For example, a camera with an array of 2048x1536 pixels is commonly referred to as a 5 MP camera.
  • Resolution: Live image resolution is most important in digital microscopy. This may be different than what is used in digital photography. When using a microscope as a teaching tool, it is important to see what is happening under the microscope. Live image resolution is the part that allows one to see a smooth, curved cell wall with pixilation. It is important to choose the right image chip that will give the right live image resolution. The more pixels, the better the resolution becomes.
  • White Balance: An adjustment that allows for better color correction.
So whether you have a digital microscope or a digital camera, get to know it - a better understanding always leads to better microscopy!