HD VIDEO MICROSCOPY
View sample HD video clips...
||Our latest High Definition Microscopy
Package features the new Canon Vixia HF M52 1080p
Camcorder and Martin MM99-43
Adapter. A great feature of the M52 is on-screen annotations.
We offer optional Sony HDTV monitors as well.
classroom or visitor display, these are incredible - over 1000 TV Lines
High Definition Microscopy Package
for $1,249.00 includes:
- Canon Vixia HF M52 High Definition
- Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable, 10'
Includes the MCV52 package above plus a Sony 40" 1080p LCD HDTV display.
Other Sony monitors are also available - we can
provide any HDTV listed at SonyStyle.
Recently, we've seen several new HD video cameras for
microscopy on the market imported by various manufacturers.
However, we have not found any that offer the quality and versatility of
these HD camcorder systems, although some are available at competitive
prices. With our exclusive system, high quality HDV is readily
available and affordable for microscopy. Output full 30
frames per second HD Video to HDTV
monitors and projectors, or record video and stills and download them to
your computer. Our
HD microscopy systems have been used by the National Geographic Channel, the National Park Service,
and numerous university classrooms and
Take a look: View sample HD video clips here...
More on using the Canon Vixia HF M52
camcorder on a
microscope: This is our third Canon camcorder that we have
recommended and sold. We used Sony HD camcorders for many years,
but the newer Sony HD camcorders that we've evaluated have a
"flaw" that makes is less suitable for microscopy
applications: the LCD screen doubles as the on/off switch, and the
HDMI output jack is located behind that screen. So, it is
impossible to leave the HDMI cable plugged in with the camera off!
Because of that, we switched to the Canon product line and have been
very pleased with the results. This new M52 camera has some
advantages and some disadvantages over the previous S30 model. We
like the lower price, and especially like the on-screen annotation
feature (see the arrow and circle in the image above). We
don't especially like the lower resolution still imaging capability, nor
the fact that Canon has now put the HDMI output behind the LCD screen,
too. It's better than the Sony, though, because the on/off button
is not controlled by the LCD screen. It just means that the LCD
has to be open in order to plug in the HDMI output cable.
Otherwise, the 10x optical zoom lens in the
Canon Vixia HF M52 is ideal for use with the MM99-43 adapter. The optical zoom is used to
fill the screen and to completely eliminate vignetting. The camera
remembers the last zoom position when turned off and back on, so the
camera zoom does not have to be adjusted each time. Autofocus
works fairly well for most microscopy imaging, but we prefer to set the
focus manually in order to parfocalize the camera with the
microscope eyepieces. Auto exposure and white balance also works
well for most applications, but, again, it is quite easy to manually
adjust these settings utilizing the touch-screen menu. This
is great for darkfield or polarized light.
More on our MM microscope adapters...