Speeding up Imaging and Documentation of Microscopic Samples

Smart Microscopy from ZEISS simplifies biomedical routine lab work


It takes time to acquire detail-rich, true-color images of biomedical specimens. Users have to repeat the same steps again and again and adjust the settings of the microscope and software. The constant switch between microscope and PC is labor-intensive and time-consuming.

Fewer steps, more focus on the sample

Smart Microscopy from ZEISS is a new concept for the routine digital documentation of microscopic samples. The microscopes ZEISS Axiolab 5 and ZEISS Axioscope 5, as well as the microscope cameras ZEISS Axiocam 202 mono and ZEISS Axiocam 208 color, can be combined to form a Smart Microscopy system that takes away a large share of the workload from the users. It automatically adjusts many of the required settings, thus digital documentation of microscopic specimens becomes easier and more efficient.

ZEISS Smart Microscopy
ZEISS Smart Microscopy is enabled by two new microscopes, ZEISS Axiolab 5 and ZEISS Axioscope 5, in combination with two new microscope cameras: ZEISS Axiocam 202 mono and ZEISS Axiocam 208 color.

Acquiring detail-rich images in true color at the touch of a button

With PC, tablet or as a stand-alone solution, the ZEISS Smart Microscopy system automatically adjusts brightness and white balance to keep digital documentation simple. Users place the sample, find their region of interest, then press the ergonomic Snap button on the stand to acquire the image. All elements are within reach and can be operated with one hand, including the stage drive, focus buttons, light intensity control, and the Snap button. Users focus on the sample through the eyepieces and don’t even need to take their hands away from the microscope stand. The system documents the sample reproducibly and precisely as users see it through the eyepieces – detail-rich and in true color. The correct scaling is always included automatically.

Clever ergonomics for comfortable lab work
Clever ergonomics for comfortable lab work: Users access all main controls with just one hand, including the Snap button, stage drive, focus adjustments, and brightness control.

In addition to the documentation of stained samples in transmitted light, the system also facilitates work on specimens with multi-colored fluorescence markers. Users combine ZEISS Axioscope 5 with the high performance LED light source Colibri 3 and the sensitive, standalone microscope camera ZEISS Axiocam 202 mono to have the perfect setup. The ZEISS Smart Microscopy system then takes over and automatically adjusts the excitation intensity and exposure time, acquires the image, switches the channel and starts again. Users get their overlaid multichannel fluorescence image including scale bar.

A new routine imaging workflow
Gaining efficiency with ZEISS Smart Microscopy: A new routine imaging workflow

Operating ZEISS Smart Microscopy with the ZEISS Labscope imaging app is ideal for connected microscopy and standard multichannel fluorescence imaging. Using ZEISS ZEN imaging software enables users to perform advanced imaging tasks.

Watch the product trailers for ZEISS Axiolab 5 und ZEISS Axioscope 5:

More information on ZEISS Axiolab 5

More information on ZEISS Axioscope 5

Increase the efficiency of your routine imaging with ZEISS Smart Microscopy:

  • Press a single button to save images or videos directly from your stand to your storage medium
  • Acquired images look exactly as you see them through your eyepieces, detail-rich and in true color
  • Easily save overlayed multichannel fluorescence images: select your channel and press ‘Snap’. The system takes over and automatically adjusts exposure time, acquires the image, switches the channel, and starts again
  • Your images are automatically stored with all metadata of the microscope and camera, as well as scaling information
  • Stand-alone microscope solution, no PC or additional software needed

Tags: Digital Microscopy, Light Microscopy

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