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MC120 HD and MC170 HD Cameras
Feb 2013
Leica Microsystems AG, Industry Div.
HEERBRUGG, Switzerland, Feb. 27, 2013 — Leica Microsystems has released the Leica MC120 HD and MC170 HD microscope cameras.

They provide high-speed, precise images in real time at a rate of up to 30 fps. They are directly connectable to a high-definition (HD) monitor as a stand-alone solution or to a computer via a USB interface. The 2.5-megapixel MC120 HD is suitable for almost all microscope applications, and the MC170 HD with a resolution of 5 megapixels is well-suited for acquiring fine details at low magnifications. For fast documentation or hands-on training, the user can record brilliant full high-definition movie clips as MP4. Images and movies are easily stored onto a portable SD card.

The infrared remote control allows direct and convenient control of all camera parameters such as brightness, gain, contrast, white balance operation, changing to other camera modes, and image capture. Being able to switch the view between binocular tube and high-definition monitor makes working with the microscope ergonomic and comfortable.

With the C-mount interface, the compact cameras attach to every commercially available microscope, macroscope and micro-imaging instrument. Both cameras are fully compatible with LAS (Leica Application Suite) software for additional image analysis, comments or measurements.

A standard lens interface initially made for 16mm movie cameras and now used primarily on closed-circuit television cameras. It is a 1-in.-diameter, 32-thread-per-inch interface with a flange-to-image plane distance of 0.69 in.
The apparent difference in brightness between light and dark areas of an image. For a light target against a dark background, contrast is computed as follows: where Lt is the luminance of the target and Lb is the luminance of the background.
Also known as amplification. 1. The increase in a signal that is transmitted from one point to another through an amplifier. A material that exhibits gain rather than absorption, at certain frequencies for a signal passing through it, is known as an active medium. 2. With reference to optical properties, the term may be defined in two ways: a. the relative brightness of a rear projection screen as compared with a perfect lambertian reflective diffuser; b. the ratio of brightness in footlamberts...
An instrument consisting essentially of a tube 160 mm long, with an objective lens at the distant end and an eyepiece at the near end. The objective forms a real aerial image of the object in the focal plane of the eyepiece where it is observed by the eye. The overall magnifying power is equal to the linear magnification of the objective multiplied by the magnifying power of the eyepiece. The eyepiece can be replaced by a film to photograph the primary image, or a positive or negative relay...
white balance
A feature of some imaging devices, such as digital cameras, that allows them to compensate for different lighting conditions by adjusting the color balance based on the difference between a white object in the image and a reference white.
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