Digital Microscope Cameras

Microscope Camera Overview

PAXcam is a feature-rich, high-resolution digital microscope camera.  Blend its easy-to-use software, stunning hi-res image acquisition, unrivaled image database software with an attractive price and you will agree that PAXcam is a must-have for microscopic imaging applications.

Microscope Camera on Mount

  • PAXcam is a fully integrated solution with a digital microscope camera and PAX-it, the top bundled microscope imaging software for managing your imaging workflow.
  • PAXcam utilizes standard USB 2.0 and USB3 interfaces. This results in high frame rate, smooth, live color preview display.
  • PAXcam is excellent for microscopy, be it brightfield, polarized light, reflected or transmitted light, Nomarski DIC or macro imaging applications. To see examples of PAXcam image quality, CLICK HERE for the PAXcam Image Library
  • Standard C-Mount means that connecting to any metallograph, microscope, or stereozoom microscope is simple. Macro lens setups are also supported!
  • Superior color rendition with simple automatic and manual white balance controls.
  • PAXcam leads the industry with the unique capability to create unique customizable image overlays and video text overlays, for measurement, reference, alignment, GO/No-GO decisions, or comparison to a live preview image.
  • Automatic exposure & Auto White Balance functions, along with storage of user presets for improved workflow.
  • PAXcam captures high resolution images or AVI full-motion video files, which can all be collected and databased PAX-it’s easy-to-use software.
  • Multiple models available. 

PaxCAM Microscope Camera Features:

  • Unique easy-to-use interface.
  • True plug-and-play camera allows installation in minutes!
  • Micron/Scale bar on live and captured images.
  • Computers that come with USB 2.0 require no additional hardware. No pulling the computer apart to install tricky CameraLink or firewire cards.
  • PAXcam supports Time-lapse image capture and AVI video clip capture.
  • Single cable provides the connection for power, control and data transfer.
  • Use multiple USB 2.0 ports or hubs for multiple cameras into one computer- all easily controlled and switchable from within the PAXcam software.
  • PAXcam connects to almost every microscope with a standard microscope coupler.
  • Adjustable region of interest means smaller file sizes when capturing digital images!

Which Microscope Camera is Right for You?PaxCAM Microscope Camera


The main differentiation between the PAXcam models is the resulting resolution of the captured image, and in the light levels available for imaging.

Microscope Camera ModelMega-pixelsSensorImage ResolutionImage File Size(color, uncompressed)Max Exposure TimeFrame Rates in Live Preview
PAXcam ARC+

(USB 2)

Up to 32MP (selectable)1/1.8” CCD6464 x 4864Up to 90MB2500ms21 fps @ 808×608

14 fps @ 1280×1024

12 fps @ 1616×1216

PAXcam5+

(USB 2)

5.0 MP

2/3” CCD

2448 x 204815.0MB20 sec8 fps @ 2448×2048
PAXcam5

(USB 2)

5.0 MP½” CMOS2592 x 194415.1MB1150ms60 fps @ 640×480

7 fps @ 2592×1944

PAXcam4u3

(USB 3)

4.2 MP1″ CMOSIS2048 x 204812.5MB4000ms90 fps @

2048 x 2048

PAXcam3

(USB 2)

3.1 MP½” CMOS2048 x 15369.4MB1300ms20 fps @ 1200×768

10 fps @ 2048×1536

PAXcam2+

(USB 2)

2.0 MP1/1.8” CCD1616 x 12165.9MB20 sec30 fps @ 808×608

12 fps @ 1616×1216

PAXcam2u3

(USB 3)

2.2 MP2/3″ CMOSIS2048 x 10886.6MB4000ms170 fps @   2048 x 1088
PAXcam2

(USB 2)

1.9 MP½” CMOS1600 x 12005.8MB800ms40 fps @ 800×600

10 fps @ 1600×1200

PAXcam1+

(USB 2)

1.4MP

½” CCD

1392 x 10404.3MB

20 sec, low noise

15 fps @ 1392×1040

Things to Consider with your Microscope Camera

Most captured images are used for documentation, archiving, slide show presentations, written reports, or shared via email. When considering a camera’s resolution, keep the final purpose in mind. Large image files are difficult to email and network administrators do not want large image files taking up precious server space. (For example, a 5 MP image can produce a 12 MB image file; a 20 MP image can be 60+ MB in size!) If image analysis functions are being performed, the process can be noticeably slower as images get to be larger in size. These factors mean the balance between resolution and functionality must be assessed. More resolution is not always better!

Are you wondering which Microscope Camera is right for you? Still undecided? Consult our image library for some examples of PAXcam images taken in different applications, and view the image quality available in each camera. Or contact a PAXcam representative to discuss your particular needs. Whatever your need, the PAXcam family has the right solution for you!

PAXcam Package Part Numbers

Microscope Camera Model
 PAX-itPAX-it with Basic MeasurementPAX-it with Image AnalysisPAX-it with Basic Measurement & Live MeasurementPAX-it with Image Analysis & Live Measurement

PAXcam ARC+

PSP-24

PSP-24M1

PSP-24M3

PSP-24L1

PSP-24L3

PAXcam5+

P5P-24

P5P-24M1

P5P-24M3

P5P-24L1

P5P-24L3

PAXcam5

P5-24

P5-24M1

P5-24M3

P5-24L1

P5-24L3

PAXcam4u3

P4u3-24

P4u3-24M1

P4u3-24M3

P4u3-24L1

P4u3-L3

PAXcam3

P3-24

P3-24M1

P3-24M3

P3-24L1

P3-24L3

PAXcam2+

P2P-24

P2P -24M1

P2P-24M3

P2P-24L1

P2P-24L3

PAXcam2u3

P2u3-24

P2u3-24M1

P2u3-24M3

P2u3-24L1

P2u3-24L3

PAXcam2

PL-24

PL-24M1

PL-24M3

PL-24L1

PL-24L3

PAXcam1+

P1P-24

P1P -24M1

P1P-24M3

P1P-24L1

P1P-24L3

PAXcamEDU

P1-24

P1-24M1

P1-24M3

P1-24L1

P1-24L3

  • Multiple-camera systems are also available at great prices. You can install several PAXcam Digital Microscope Cameras onto one computer. Please call for details.
  • Each c-mount camera requires a c-mount coupler to attach to the microscope (not included in the PAXcam system, but can be added if you don’t already have one).
  • Cameras can be incorporated with other hardware such as macro stands, optical microscopes, macro zoom lenses, and more. Click here for more information on optional hardware.

PAX-it Image Management System (included)

Microscope Camera Image SoftwareEach full-bundle of PAXcam includes the world’s #1 imaging software, PAX-it. Since 1993 thousands of organizations have used PAX-it to capture, database, measure, analyze, annotate and share their images.   Contact us for a live demo and see for yourself why PAX-it has been leading the imaging industry for over 25 years!

 


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