A unique microscopy camera for both color documentation and fluorescent detection, the Olympus DP80 combines a color and monochrome chip within the same housing, providing high resolution brightfield imaging alongside sensitive photon detection.
With versatile functionality, the control software permits rapid and automatic exchange between the chips without switching camera or optical path. Furthermore, the DP80 has the capacity to overlay images from the two sensors with precise pixel-perfect correspondence, for joint color and fluorescent imaging. This feature provides assurance in both research and clinical environments, for example when combining histological staining with fluorescent dyes on the same sample. The multi-purpose DP80 delivers Olympus' best quality imaging for color and fluorescent microscopy applications alike. With a maximum resolution of 12.5 mega pixels, the color sensor produces images rich in detail and clarity: sophisticated technologies like “Fine Detail Processing” and the real-time Olympus color profiles are inspired by the Olympus’ flagship color camera, the DP73. The 1.4 mega pixel monochrome sensor is optimized for highly sensitive photon detection, catching emission from a wide range of dyes, from DAPI to Cy-7. Exposure times of up to 60 seconds allow the imaging of very faint signals typical of delicate and live samples. Both sensor chips benefit from an in-built Peltier cooling system, producing images with impressive signal-to-noise ratio, ideal for the complex and detailed imaging requirements in life science. With a top speed of 57 frames per second the DP80 can follow rapid cellular events when required, while ensuring smooth focus and panning on the sample in everyday operations. Designed to meet the variable demands of a shared work-place, the DP80 seamlessly shifts between imaging chips in only 3 seconds. This is managed either automatically or at the click of an icon on the Olympus cellSens imaging software, which integrates all the camera functions making them easily available via a customizable user interface. The switching mechanism guarantees correct alignment between the two sensors without the need to re-calibrate. Images taken with the two chips can then be directly superimposed with single pixel precision to open up a wide array of new applications. By combining two imaging chips within the same housing, the DP80 holds significant advantages, eliminating the economic burden and mechanical inaccuracies of separate cameras using an optical path switch.