Characterization of low‐light‐level cameras for digitized video microscopy

Tsong‐Tseh ‐T Tsay, Richard Inman, Barnaby Wray, Brian Herman, Ken Jacobson

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The use of low‐light‐level video cameras and solid‐state image detectors in conjunction with image digitizers for optical microscopy is increasing dramatically as more people learn about such systems, and as they become more powerful, less expensive, and easier to use. However, there is currently little information available allowing comparison between cameras, or for determining camera suitability for a given experiment. In this paper, we describe a series of tests designed to characterize the performance of low‐light‐level cameras. The results of these tests should assist in the selection of appropriate cameras for given video microscopy applications. 1990 Blackwell Science Ltd

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-159
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1990


  • Low‐light‐level cameras
  • digitized video microscopy
  • fluorescence microscopy
  • microchannel plates
  • resolution
  • sensitivity
  • solid‐state cameras
  • video cameras

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