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Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

First Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera to Feature Live View

Can Be Adapted Easily for Use With Any Microscope

The new Olympus E-330 micro-imaging system for microscopy offers full-scale, high-quality imaging for all biological procedures. The system consists of the world's first digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to feature Live View, which makes it possible to frame images on the large, color high-resolution liquid crystal display (LCD). The camera can be adapted easily for use with any microscope via a 1.2x adapter, and the microscope can also be effortlessly operated while viewing live images on a TV or PC monitor. The E-330 camera features the latest generation MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) sensor that produces full-scale 7.5 Megapixel quality imaging during continuous viewing of live microscope images. Ideal for long-term imaging applications "no touch" image capture can also be achieved by using the multi-function remote control unit, which completely eliminates camera shake and vibration.

The newly developed 7.5 Megapixel Live MOS image sensor provides high-sensitivity, high-speed processing while maintaining superior image quality through its high-resolution, full-frame transfer (FFT) charged coupled device (CCD). The advanced sensor also captures microscope images with accurate edge-to-edge detail, displayed in vivid color on any screen with exceptional clarity. The 100 percent field of view allows accurate framing and a designated area of the image can be enlarged up to 10x whilst viewing images under macro observation.

The E-330 camera presents continuous Live View subject framing via a 2.5 inch 215,000-pixel high-resolution HyperCrystal LCD, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD's and simplifies framing and focusing. This rear-mounted display is designed with advanced swivel capability, providing super clear images over a 160 viewing angle. The larger LCD also means the icons and text on the camera's menu display are large enough for easy viewing.

To ensure that images are acquired spot-free, Olympus' Dust Reduction System shakes at 35,000 vibrations per second to remove dust and debris from the camera sensor every time it is switched on. This is ideal when the camera is moved from one microscope to another.

Transferring images to the computer is easy with the Auto-Connect USB, and live images may also be viewed on a TV-monitor using the video cable. Multiple slots support CompactFlash Type I and II, MicroDrives or xD-Picture media cards providing users with convenient multiple storage solutions. The E-330 can also be controlled by the optional Olympus cell family imaging software, which enables full camera control in live mode and image acquisition. OLYMPUS LIFE AND MATERIAL SCIENCE EUROPA GMBH Hamburg, Germany.

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