Quick and easy focus adjustment
High-speed auto focus function
Clicking the auto focus button switches the screen to the high-sensitivity partial scan mode, which scans in the Z direction at high speed to instantly focus on an area. This high-speed function shortens that amount of time needed to find focus, limiting the amount of photobleaching that can occur, and even let's first time users capture great images.
Partial scan mode
By combining the CCD's partial reading and binning processing, this mode enables the display of images with even higher sensitivity. Weak fluorescence images ordinarily require a long exposure time, but this mode makes it possible to read them at high-speed, which enables high-speed focusing. In addition, the BZ-X uses a dedicated focus control motor and a high-sensitivity CCD, so it can detect even weak light. With the BZ-X, it is possible to bring images into focus accurately at high-speed with a single click.
Innovative low-photobleach mode
When searching for an area of interest, fluorescent signals are becoming weaker due to the damage caused by the excitation light. A particular area that is viewed several times may also become photobleached, making it difficult to observe or quantify fluorescece intensity accurately. Using the Low Photobleach mode of the BZ-X, excitation light is pulsed so that only the minimal amount necessary is used to display an image. No excitation light is emitted when users are simply looking at the image on screen. As a result, the BZ-X reduces the amount of light to which a specimen is exposed to less than 1/10 in typical cases, and greatly prevents valuable samples from being photobleached.
Capture multi-channel fluorescence images
With a conventional fluorescence microscope, the images from each fluorescent channel must be captured before they can be overlaid. If any position, focus, or exposure adjustments need to be made, then the images must be recaptured. With the BZ-X, up to four separate channels can be overlaid in a preview mode, each with their own adjustable settings, so users can modify and readjust a particular channel before overlaying and capturing the images.