Olympus SC50

Microscope Digital Cameras
Excellent Performance For A Broad Range Of Imaging Applications
The SC50 Is The Ideal Choice For A Broad Range Of Materials Science And Industrial Imaging Applicati

Powerful 5-megapixel image sensor to keep up with the best optical resolution
The SC50 sensor is equally at ease in producing detailed 5-megapixel images and comfortable full HD videos. The pixel size of 2.2 µm × 2.2 µm offers a resolution that is able to keep up with the optical resolution of the best lenses in the Olympus range of objectives.

Active noise reduction with Olympus Smart Image Averaging
The SC50 features Olympus Smart Image Averaging (OSIA), an active noise reduction technology that guarantees clean and noise-free images. In combination with the 12-bit depth, this provides an extraordinary dynamic range.

Increased sensitivity with ‘On-Sensor light guide’ technology
On-Sensor light guide technology reduces the scattering of light inside the sensor, precisely focusing it on the individual pixels. This directly translates into a noticeable improvement in overall sensitivity, providing bright and vivid images. This technology ensures lower exposure times, which leads to a faster live image even under low light conditions and allows the light level to be kept low when switching from camera to oculars, avoiding flash blinding.

CCD Chip

Precise Colors, Always

Automatic White Balance
Already active in the live image, automatic white balance (AWB) automatically removes unwanted color casts without any user intervention under a broad variance of common illumination conditions. Using AWB, the user can freely change illumination conditions to their needs, while the images keep the neutral color balance. Being automatically applied to snapshots, the AWB avoids the need for post image capture white balance correction.

True color accuracy
The Olympus color profiling technology ensures true color fidelity and reproduction without user intervention. This fully integrated ICC color reproduction technology enables the capturing of lifelike images, preserving even the smallest details and subtle color variances. At every single stage, from oculars up to the monitor, the ‘real’ image will be acquired and displayed. An integrated raw data shading correction and high quality sharpness filter offer additional benefits to get every detail out of the images.

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Advanced Performance Combines With Simple Operation

Fast live frame rates
For quick and effortless locating of suitable specimen segments directly on-screen, adjusting the microscope parameters, panning, and focusing the SC50 provides a high frame rate of more than 15 frames per second (fps) at full resolution, and a high rate of 32 fps in full HD mode. Binning modes are furthermore available to keep a fast frame rate in low-light situations or to obtain even faster frame rates for fast-moving samples.

Data transfer
The SC50 includes a user-friendly Automatic White Balance (AWB) in live mode that constantly adapts to the current lighting situation and removes any present color cast. Fully integrated ICC color profile technology with its sophisticated algorithms ensures true color fidelity and reproduction allowing distinguishing even subtle nuances.

High sensitivity
The sensor light guide technology used in the SC50 reduces the scattering of light inside the sensor and instead focuses it on the individual pixels. This directly translates into a noticeable improvement in overall sensitivity and reduced pixel noise guaranteeing bright and vivid images. Base sensitivity of the SC50 can be further significantly increased using 2x and 4x pixel binning. Exposure time at full resolution ranges from 31 µs up to 2.74 s.

High Frame Rates in Live view
The SC50 is able to capture images with high frame rate at full resolution with more than 15 frames per second (fps) at 2,560 x 1,920 pixels and full HD videos with about 32 fps at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Convenient observation and precise focusing is guaranteed. Frame rate can even be further increased up to 36 fps in 2x binning mode, and up to 47 fps in 4x binning mode, respectively.

Data Transfer
The SC50 supports state-of-the-art data transfer via USB 3.0 for best possible performance and compatibility.

Intuitive Camera Control

Simple operation
The SC50 is completely integrated into OLYMPUS Stream, which guarantees intuitive operation - from image acquisition to image processing, report generation, data export, and global networking of images and reports.
* Stream are not for clinical diagnostic use.

Camera Single chip color CMOS camera
Imaging sensor Size 1/2.5 inch color CMOS
Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Scanning method Rolling shutter
Mount C-Mount
Image Size 2560 x 1920 (4:3)
1280 x 960 (4:3)
640 x 480 (4:3)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD 16:9)
Pixel Size 2.2 × 2.2 µm
Binning 2x, 4x
A/D Converter (Bit Depth) 12 bit
Exposure control Auto / Manual
Exposure time 31 µs – 2.74 s
Live Image Display <USB 3.0 cable connection>
15 frames per second (resolution 2560 x 1920, 4:3)
36 frames per second (resolution 1280 x 960, 4:3)
47 frames per second (resolution 640 x 480, 4:3)
32 frames per second (resolution 1920 x 1080, Full HD 16:9)
71 frames per second (resolution 960 x 540, Full HD 16:9)
77 frames per second (resolution 480 x 270, Full HD 16:9)
Cooling System n/a
External Trigger n/a
Partial Readout in software
Remarks Olympus Smart Image Averaging (OSIA) High sensitivity (On-Sensor Light Guide Technology) Automatic White Balance (AWB) High frame rate at full resolution
Interface camera head: USB 3.0 (Micro-B)
Dimensions/weight Camera head: 58 mm (Ø) x 33 mm (H), approx. 182 g

System Requirements for Olympus Stream
CPU Intel i3, i5, i7 or the corresponding XEON processors; compatible AMD processors
Memory 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM recommended)
HDD At least 30 GB free storage space
USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Monitor At least 1280x1024 pixels, 32 bit graphics card, at least 128 MB RAM
OS Microsoft Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 (32 bit or 64 bit)
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