Dedicated microscope digital cameras typically cost more for less resolution, but they do have advantages for certain applications. They typically allow for more precise software control over exposure, gain, gamma, color, etc. Some are also specialized for low-light applications, particularly fluorescence imaging. Those normally have a cooled CCD sensor for long exposure times with less noise than a non-cooled or CMOS sensor. They also may include some software features specifically for microscopy, like background shading correction and / or simple calibration and measuring features. They usually integrate better with image analysis software.
Rapidly advancing technology has placed digital imaging within reach of every microscopist.
There are now so many digital cameras available for microscopy, it’s often difficult to choose the right one. At Martin Microscope Company, we spend lots of time testing new digital cameras in order to be able to recommend the right camera for each customer and application. We sell several carefully selected lines of dedicated microscope cameras, but we are also pioneers in adapting consumer digital cameras and camcorders for microscopy using our own MM and MDSLR series adapters.