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          Digital Microscopes

          Experience the best picture quality on the market

          High-resolution 4K digital microscope with magnification ranging from 0.1x to 6000x

          Digital Microscopes Product Lineup

          Discontinued Series:
          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-7000 series

            VHX-7000 series - Digital Microscope

            The VHX-7000 Series is a fully-automated system that enables even novice users to capture high-resolution images that rival an SEM. The Optical Shadow Effect Mode features a combination of specially designed high-resolution lenses, a 4K CMOS, and high-performance lighting that enables minute surface details to be observed and analyzed. The seamless transition in magnification from 20x to 6000x using a motorized turret offers a stress-free observation environment. The VHX-7000 Series 4K digital microscope offers the highest level of automation and best picture quality in the VHX Series.

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-F series

            VHX-F series - Digital Microscope

            The VHX-F Series is an all-in-one system for observing, capturing images, and measuring. This entry model offers several features that makes observation and analysis faster and more accurate than conventional optical microscopes. The 20x larger depth of field and free-angle observation allow samples to be observed and imaged from any angle. Despite being an entry-level model, the VHX-F Series is also equipped with multi-lighting, depth composition, and 3D imaging that produces fully-focused images, even on objects with uneven surfaces.

          • Digital Microscope LensesVH lens series

            VH lens series - Digital Microscope Lenses

            The VH lens series features high-performance lenses that bring the best observation and imaging out of microscopes. Our lenses have an exceptionally high numerical aperture, up to 0.9, and in combination with the 4K CMOS can identify features as small as 210 nm. To meet all observation needs, KEYENCE's lens lineup includes a high-resolution head & lens combo equipped with a 20x to 6000x zoom function, an ultra-small, high-performance zoom lens that supports handheld observation, and a universal lens that achieves brightfield, darkfield, polarized, and differential interference contrast observation with just one unit.

          Discontinued Series

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-2000 seriesDiscontinued

            VHX-2000 series - Digital Microscope

            With a depth-of-field and resolution that are unmatched by conventional optical microscopes, users can take imaging to a whole new level.

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-700F seriesDiscontinued

            VHX-700F series - Digital Microscope

            The VHX-700F allows users to leverage the main functions of the VHX-2000, such as Depth Composition and 3D Display, while offering the same image quality and primary measurement capabilities.

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-6000 seriesDiscontinued

            VHX-6000 series - Digital Microscope

            The VHX-6000 was developed with a concentration on improving microscopic observation through the use of adaptive lighting and focusing. It enables observation methods and three-dimensional analysis that was previously impossible. The RZ-LENS, renowned for its high-resolution optics, is used to provide high performance and user-friendliness across a wide range of mangifications. The multi-lighting function enables accurate observation of previously unseen surface details, such as minute cracks or defects. Real-time depth composition ensures the sample is always in focus, and the navigation window ensures the user knows exactly what portion of the sample they are observing, even at high magnifications.

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-1000 seriesDiscontinued

            VHX-1000 series - Digital Microscope

            The VHX-1000 integrates advanced functionality into a streamlined, all-in-one unit, launching microscopy into the next generation.

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-500F seriesDiscontinued

            VHX-500F series - Digital Microscope

            All the functions you need have been loaded into the compact VHX-500F. You can perform observation, recording, and measurement with this single instrument.

          • Digital MicroscopeVHX-900 seriesDiscontinued

            VHX-900 series - Digital Microscope

            Overcome limitations of conventional optical microscopes with the VHX-900.

          What is a Digital Microscope?

          Digital microscopes use a camera and magnified optics to output a live image to a monitor. From the monitor, the image can be observed, captured, saved, measured, and analyzed. Unlike traditional optical microscopes, digital microscopes do not have eyepieces, and multiple people can observe the image at the same time.

          Benefits of Digital Microscopes

          Depth of field

          Compared to optical micrsocopes, digital microscopes have a much larger depth of field.
          Depth of field is the z-range that is in focus at one time.

          A deep depth of field makes observation easier because the entire sample can be viewed without adjusting the lens or stage. A deep depth of field is especially advantageous when viewing samples with uneven surfaces or large changes in height across the surface.

          Working distance

          Digital microscopes offer a larger working distance (WD) than optical microscopes. The working distance is the distance from the end of the lens to the target when the target is in focus.

          The longer the working distance, the farther into the target the user can observe. Even when the lens is tilted for observation purposes, the lens does not come into contact with the sample. This is especially useful when working with samples that have large changes in height, or have features on different Z planes.

          Zoom lenses

          Most optical microscopes use a revolver for switching between the objective lenses to change magnification.
          On the other hand, digital microscopes commonly use a zoom lens that the user merely needs to turn the zoom ring in order to change the lens magnification.

          With the revolver, if the working distance differs among the lenses, the user must adjust the stage and focus every time the magnification is changed. With zoom lenses, the working distance remains constant, so users can change magnification while still keeping the sample in focus.

          Digital Microscopes Case Studies

          Automotive and Aerospace Industries

          View application examples in the automotive and aerospace industries, including cleanliness inspection, tool wear, and grain size analysis.

          Electronic Device Industry

          Plating defects, PCB failure analysis, connector inspection and other electronics applications are explored.

          Medical Device and Cosmetics Industries

          Catheter inspection, needle observation, stent analysis and additional applications are shown in detail.

          Chemical and Materials Industries

          Introducing weld penetration, multi-layer film observation, and printing applications.

          Frequently Asked Questions About Digital Microscopes

          Digital microscopes are used to observe, inspect, and anayze samples of nearly any size. Digital microscopes are often used as a solution when needs cannot be met by optical microscopes or SEMs. A wide range of industries including electronics, medical devices, materials research, and automotive all use digital microscopes. More information on applications for each industry can be seen on our Application Examples Page.

          Digital microscopes from KEYENCE continue to be the best solution on the market. KEYENCE created the first digital microscope over 20 years ago, and continuously implements direct feedback from customers into subsequent generations of digital microscopes. This enables KEYENCE to always be on the bleeding edge, providing products that solve real problems that users face.

          Digital microscopes, compound microscopes, stereoscopes, metallurgical microscopes, and polarizing microscopes are all commonly used. While the latter four types of microscopes each have a special designated purpose, a digital microscope combines all of these functions into one device, enabling faster throughput and a more efficient workflow.

          Knowledge About Digital Microscopes

          The basic principles and main types of microscopes are explained, including typical performance, illumination method, and observation method.

          Characteristics of KEYENCE microscopes

          Industry-leading functionality

          Since starting on the journey to find solutions to the limitations of microscopes over 20 years ago, KEYENCE has made possible numerous "impossibles", while keeping at heart the same basic concept of continuous improvement. The resulting improvements have earned us a strong reputation, with over 20,000 companies using our microscopes.

          Enhanced observation

          The large depth of field and free-angle observation achieve incomparable inspection and analysis.

          Automatic measurement

          A single click initiates automatic measurement of features and areas. Our software features assist tools to automatically extract edges, ensuring repeatable results.

          Advanced imaging functions

          The VHX Series features a surface rendering ability comparable to that of SEMs, visualizing what is impossible with normal microscopes.

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