HAMBURG, Germany, Dec. 11, 2012 — Olympus Europa Holding GmbH has released a stand-alone controller for the 5-megapixel DP26 camera. Users can view samples and capture images directly on a monitor screen with no need for a dedicated computer, so images can be captured in seconds. Small and lightweight, the unit can be transferred between laboratories, and it takes up little bench space and provides intuitive control of the camera’s functions. Images can be saved to a USB memory stick via the USB port or to a networked drive via Ethernet connection, and can be viewed using the on-screen menu. This makes the DP26 suitable for intensive or rapid sample browsing, collaborative work flows and prolonged use. The controller can be positioned for user comfort and allows ultrafast imaging in applications such as cell culture and pathology; it is also compatible with microscopes shared by large groups. Using the controller, the camera can be linked directly to a monitor screen, while providing simple and intuitive control of digital zoom, image capture and color balance. The controller permits storage of videos and images, with exposure settings, magnifications and other parameters stored for future reference. The optional connection of a USB mouse and keyboard allows rapid menu navigation, precise measurements and direct comment writing on images. Sample evaluation and documentation are enhanced by the instant hands-on control. Using progressive-scan readout, the DP26 produces fluid imaging at up to 16 fps, while eliminating artifacts. The expanded screen display improves precision and diminishes risk of error in sample evaluation and micromanipulation, while the natural-color rendition of the camera allows accurate collaborative analysis, teaching and data presentation. Any monitor or projector can be connected to the DVI-I port.