Microscopes & Document Cameras


Binocular Microscope: Binocular microscope describes microscopes with two eyepieces for dual-eye viewing.

Binocular Microscope
Binocular Microscope

Built-In Microphone: Built-in microphone typically indicates the camera can record audio as well as images and video.

CMOS Camera: CMOS refers to the use of an image sensor in the camera system. More commonly referred to as an active pixel sensor, CMOS is found in cell phone cameras, web cams, and digital cameras of various sizes and styles. With the CMOS camera design, pictures come out clearer and with fewer light and motion distortions.

Document Camera: Document cameras are designed for fast capture of documents and other images or visuals for use in classroom, lab, and other educational settings. Many document cameras feature flexible gooseneck designs for more precise image capture.

Dual-View Microscope: The dual-view microscope has two eyepieces, but for viewing from two sides by two users.

HD 1080P CMOS Camera: HD 1080P refers to the image quality being high-definition, for clear, high-quality images, with a resolution of 1080 horizontal lines. The P is for “progressive scan” which refers to the storage and presentation of images.

Monocular Microscope: Monocular microscope refers to a microscope with one eyepiece for viewing with one eye at a time.

USB Document Camera: USB document cameras connect to computer or other devices with USB cable.

Document Camera
Document Camera

Wireless Document Camera: Wireless document cameras provide image transmission up to 40-feet for convenient classroom and lab use, with wireless operation for up to three hours.

¾-Size Microscope: A ¾-size microscope is a microscope designed 25% smaller than the standard size for easier use by students and space-saving storage options, while retaining full functionality of a standard-size microscope.


Abbe Condenser: An Abbe condenser is built into microscopes beneath the stage to focus and control the light for optimal viewing of specimens and slides.

Adjustable Light Dimmer: Microscopes with adjustable light dimmer allow better, more comfortable viewing of select specimens under various classroom and lab lighting conditions for greater comfort and image clarity.

Built-In Storage: Built-in storage is digital image storage space in a document camera.

Gooseneck Camera: Gooseneck cameras have flexible support elements that resemble the neck of a goose or swan. The design enables better positioning for capturing documents, images, and other visuals with the camera head.

Dual-View Microscope
Dual-View Microscope

LED Lamp: Document cameras with LED lamp have a light fixture that uses an LED or light-emitting diode bulb. The design lasts longer than traditional light bulbs.

NiMH Battery: NiMH battery refers to rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries that offer repeated recharging and reuse.

RCA Jack: RCA jack indicates the camera includes connecting jacks for use with component cables for video and audio support.

Rechargeable Battery: Rechargeable battery is a power option that includes an electrical cord for recharging to full capacity.

SD Memory Card Storage: SD memory card storage indicates the camera accepts SD memory cards for expanding or setting the storage capacity.

USB Document Camera
USB Document Camera

USB Port: USB port indicates the camera has a USB port for connecting to a computer or monitor via USB cable.

VGA Jack: VGA jack indicates the camera includes a VGA port for connecting to a monitor via VGA cable.

3.5mm Mini Stereo Jack: Cameras with 3.5mm Mini Stereo Jack support use of speakers or headphones with 3.5mm connecting cable.

4x Objective Lens: The 4x Objective Lens is the shortest of the objective lenses. It is a scanning lens used to provide an overview of the specimen or slide.

10x Objective Lens: The 10x Objective Lens is a low-power lens, the second shortest of the objective lenses, used to view a variety of specimens and slides.

40x Objective Lens: The 40x Objective Lens is a high power lens, typically referred to as “dry”, used to view finer details in specimens.

100x Oil Immersion Objective Lens: The 100x Oil-immersion Objective Lens is the longest of the objective lenses and it requires the use of special oil that forms a connection between the slides and the lens for optimal viewing.


Annotation Tools: Annotation tools allow adjusting and enhancing of images and other presentation or visual aids, typically to benefit instruction or lectures. Annotation tools are included with most document cameras for maximizing their use and benefits.

Anti-Theft Base: Anti-theft base indicates the microscope or camera can be secured by a lock or cable to prevent theft of expensive equipment.

Audio Recording: Audio recording refers to a capacity to capture audio when recording with the camera.

Autofocus: Autofocus is a camera feature that automatically detects the intended subject of the image and focuses on that subject to eliminate the need for manual adjustments.

Built-In Cord Storage: Built-in cord storage is a storage compartment or cord-wrap device on microscopes that allow neat storage of the power cord or recharging cord when not in use.

B-Works2 Software Included: The B-Works2 Software is included with select Dukane document cameras for use with computer (PC or Mac) to adjust, annotate, or present images for educational or professional use. The software is included free with each camera with additional support provided through Dukane.

Coarse/Fine Focus: Coarse/fine focus refers to the adjustable features of a microscope that permit adjusting focus on slides or specimens with lower power settings (coarse) or higher power settings (fine).

Compatible with Interactive Whiteboards: Compatible with interactive whiteboards indicates the camera can be connected to an interactive whiteboard for larger visual display and interactive use.

Cordless Microscope Design: Cordless microscope design indicates a microscope recharges for use and can be operated on reserved battery power without the need to plug into a wall outlet.

HDMI High-Definition Output: HDMI or High Definition Multimedia Interface refers to the use of an HDMI cable to transfer images and/or video from one device to another, usually to a computer or monitor, while retaining high-definition image quality.

High-Resolution Output: High-resolution output indicates the images produced or displayed by the camera contain greater detail, usually with higher numbers of pixels to reduce grainy appearances seen in lower-resolution images. High-resolution images are generally good for printing, if desired.

Humidity/Climate Coating on Optics: Optics with humidity/climate coating have a special coating applied to reduce fogging, steam, or condensation in humid climates.

ISO: The International Organization for Standardization ensures products are designed and produced in consistent high-quality, meeting specifications for safety, environmental friendliness, energy management, or other standards.

Ken-A-Vision Cool Lighting: Ken-A-Vision cool lighting refers to the Ken-A-Vision microscopes designed with upper LED lighting that reflects the light off specimens being viewed, allowing the specimen slides and dishes to remain cool.

Optional Wired Use: Wireless document cameras generally include a USB cable for optional use in a wired configuration.

Remote Control Included: Remote control included indicates the camera comes with a remote control for operating at a distance during classroom and lab instruction or presentation.

Single-Charge Use Capacity: Single-charge use capacity is the amount of time a fully charged microscope can be used on a single charge.

Software Included: Software included indicates the necessary software for full use of the camera or microscope is included with the purchase.

Storage Capacity: Storage capacity is the amount of digital storage a document camera can hold in its built-in or expandable storage.

Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7: Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 indicates the software for the camera is compatible with Windows Operating Systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

UL Listed: UL listed refers to products, usually with an electrical component, that have been verified as meeting standards set by Underwriters Laboratories for quality and safety.

USB Cable Included: USB cable included indicates the microscope or camera comes with the USB cable for connecting to a computer, monitor, or other USB-capable device connections.

VGA Cable Included: VGA cable included indicates the camera or microscope comes with a VGA cable for connecting to a computer monitor or other visual display.

5.0MP: Digital cameras listed as 5.0MP take images containing over 5-million pixels for a clear, high-quality image.

10x Digital Zoom: The digital zoom indicates the camera can focus on a subject further away with greater clarity, but the zoom feature is done with a digital focus similar to cropping the photo at the time it is taken, as opposed to traditional style optical zoom lenses. The resulting images are high quality, capable of viewing on screen, monitor, or other display, as well as printing.

360° Rotating Prism Head: The prism head of many microscopes offers 360° rotation for more comfortable viewing and sharing in classroom and science lab settings.