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VHX-1000 Digital Microscope

Photonics.com
May 2010
KEYENCE Corp. of AmericaRequest Info
 
WANAQUE, N.J., May 12, 2010 — The new VHX-1000 digital microscope from Keyence Corp. of America represents the fusion of high-performance digital microscopy with precision measurement.

The microscope features real-time, 16-bit imaging resolution that makes subtle color differences visible and optimizes areas that are too dark or too bright to see. The brightness range has been increased from the previous 256 levels to 65,536 levels, and the three-CCD color clarity has increased from 16 million to more than 2.8 trillion colors.

Advanced sensor technology and microscopy/optical design and application expertise have resulted in a technology known as the “Double'R” automatic lens/zoom recognition system. The VHX recognizes, in real time, which lens is mounted to the camera, as well as the current magnification. Calibration adjustment is automatic with magnification changes.

The large depth-of-field is at least 20 times greater than that of conventional microscopes, according to the company. Combined with an accurate depth-from-defocus function, the microscope generates fully focused images of virtually any sample. The compact three-CCD camera includes a pixel-shift actuator that produces sharp, ultrahigh-resolution images of up to 54 million pixels. A flicker-free progressive-scan method and a new graphics engine allow texture expression and color reproduction similar to observation with the naked eye. A wide selection of high-resolution zoom lenses, with up to 5000× magnification, provides high image quality with good chromatic aberration correction.

Targets can be freely observed with the camera/lens unit used either handheld or mounted in a multi-angle viewing stand that enables angular observation without changing the target position. Through simple mouse operations, the VHX-1000 performs real-time, on-screen measurement of the distance, radius, angle and area of the target. For larger targets that have to be observed or measured, the unit offers real-time stitching of 2- and 3-D images up to 10,000 × 10,000 pixels, increasing the viewing area up to 50 times.


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