Comparison Chart

Low magnification Range Yes Yes No No No Yes
Mid magnification Range Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
High magnification Range Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
XYZ Measurement Yes N/A Yes No Yes Yes
XY-Resolution Above μm Level N/A Above μm Level Below μm Level Above μm Level Above μm Level
Z-Resolution Above μm Level N/A Above μm Level N/A Below μm Level Below μm Level
Ease of Operation Easy Easy Moderate Difficult Difficult Difficult
Time Consumption Low Low Medium High High High
Sample Preparation No No No Yes No No
High Res Color Image Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Live Image Depth of Field High High Low High Low Low
Annual Maintenance No No No Yes Yes Yes
Price Range $25K-$70K $1.5K-$10K $25K-$50K $90K-$2,000K $120K-$200K $150K-$200K


A ACS An acronym for Auto Calibration Select. This function automatically detects the zoom lens and calibration values.
AFM Short for atomic force microscopy. This technique uses a mechanical probe to magnify images and produced 3D renderings down to the atom level.
Anti-Halation A feature which eliminates strong glare from highly reflective objects.
B BGA Ball Grid Array - a type of surface-mount packaging which can be observed using a Hirox BGA Lens.
Binarization Conversion of a color picture to various percentages of only black and white.
Borescope An optical inspection lens consisting of a rigid or fiber shaft commonly used for observation of inaccessible objects.
Bright Field Lighting along the optical axis, also referred to as pin-point lighting.
C Camera Resolution The number of megapixels captured in an image.
CCD Camera A Charged-coupled Device camera relies on integrated circuit relays to store data resulting in an image portrayed on a monitor.
CGA Column Grid Array - a type of surface-mount packaging typically observed by a Hirox BGA-style lens.
Compound Microscope These microscopes use multiple lenses and lights for magnifying a sample.
Condenser A lens that concentrates light.
CSV A file format represented as comma-separated values commonly opened/saved-as in Microsoft Excel.
CX A C-mount lens mount which allows integration with a third party camera.
D Dark Field Lighting from various angles, also referred to as ring lighting.
Depth of Field The area of the image that is in focus, along the optical axis.
DIC (Nomarski) An acronym for Differential Interference Contrast (also called Nomarski microscopy).
This is an illumination technique for increasing contrast on transparent samples.
Diffuser A device that spreads out light in a specified way.
DM An acronym for Digital Microscope.
E EDP A feature (Enhanced Digital Processing) to improve/alter images to the desired condition.
F Field of View The area that you see on the systems screen.
Focal Length The distance from the lens's optical center to the CCD camera sensor when the lens is at infinity focus
(focused very far away).
Frame Rate The number of images displayed on the screen per second.
H HDR An acronym for High Dynamic Range where multiple photos are taken at different brightness levels and blended to
help eliminate over/under exposed sections.
I Interferometer A device that uses light interference patterns to measure distances and thicknesses.
L Laser Confocal A microscope using a pinhole technique combining laser and white light sources.
LCD Monitor A digital display using liquid crystal cells.
LED Light Source An acronym for light-emitting diode. This light source provides a long-lasting, high intensity illumination.
M Magnification A number relevant to how many times larger the appearance of a sample is on a 15" screen.
Micron (_m) A unit of length, often called micrometer, that is equal to one millionth of a meter.
Microscope Resolution The ability of a lens to distinguish two separate objects.
MX(G) MX(G) is the lens mount designed for Hirox cameras.
N N.A. An acronym for Numerical Aperture. This is defined by a number indicating the optical resolving power of the lens.
As this number increases, the resolution increases.
O Objective Lens The lens closest to the sample.
P Par Focal A lens design allowing a sample to remain in focus throughout the magnification range of each zoom lens.
Polarized Light Using a lens filter, light can be restricted to a single direction of vibration. This filter can enhance an image by
reducing light intensity and glare.
R RGB A color model where red, green, and blue values are used to reproduce any color in the visible spectrum on the display.
S SEM Short for scanning electron microscopy. This technique scans each sample with a focused beam of electrons.
Stereo Microscope A microscope using a set of optics for each eye with independent light paths.
T TDR Format Hirox's 3D image file format which stands for three-dimensional rendering.
TEM Short for transmission electron microscopy. This technique uses a beam of electrons transmitted through each sample.
Tiling A feature that stitches multiple images together to increase the field of view.
Toolmakers Microscope High precision microscopes well suited for angle and dimensional measurement.
Transmit Lighting An illumination method that transmits light from below the stage through a condenser to aid in imaging transparent samples.
W White Balance A setting that adjusts the lighting in order to account for color variation in the image.
Working Distance The distance between the zoom lens and the top of the sample.
Z Zoom Lens A lens assembly allowing the focal length of a camera to be altered continuously.