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Microscope Camera Control Unit

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Compact and easy-to-operate tablet camera control unit for microscopes.

The DS-L4 tablet-style control unit eliminates the need and space requirements of a desktop PC to control the DS-Fi3 camera. The DS-L4 has a large number of built-in functions for measurement and annotations, and has built-in security for network connectivity.

Key Features

Tablet-style Camera Control unit


The large, 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display allows easy confirmation of live images and captured images. With its touch panel display, smooth setting and control of the DS-Fi3 is possible. Bluetooth accessories such as a keyboard and mouse can also be connected.

Intuitive GUI

Live menu/Replay menu

The camera control menu uses recognizable and intuitive icons. Frequently used icons are laid out in two rows to provide a wider display area for live images and captured images.

Scene Mode

Optimal imaging parameters for the microscope’s light source (LED or halogen), optimal imaging parameters for each sample type, and optimal imaging parameters for each observation method, can easily be set through the icons. Choices of three modes for biological, and four modes for industrial imaging, are available. Up to seven custom modes with freely configurable shooting parameters can also be set.


Biological Scene Mode


Industrial Scene Mode

Wide Variety of Tools/Annotation Functions

The DS-L4 stores information about objectives and zoom ratios, enabling easy measurement of an image. It also enables input/saving of lines and comments to an image, and the output of measurement data.


Measurement (point-to-point distance)

Microscope Integration

By mounting a microscope camera to a biological, industrial or stereo microscope equipped with a motorized unit, or intelligent units for status sensors, the DS-L4 enables control and status readouts of the microscope. Storing the information about mounted objectives is convenient for easy measurement on an image.


Monitor display (with ECLIPSE Ni-E)

Tightened Security

McAfee White List method embedded control is preinstalled for virus management. A program that is not registered on the White List cannot be launched, preventing viruses from being activated. By implementing user registration, usage is restricted to registered users only. This tightened security protects important images.

DS-L4 Viewer Application*

Live Display and Capture

  • Display a live image from a remote DS-L4 to the local device
  • Capture images from a remote DS-L4 to the local device

Image Browsing

  • Remotely browse images saved to the internal or removable memory of the DS-L4
  • Browse locally saved images


  • Download and locally save images stored on the internal or removable memory of the DS-L4
  • Delete images saved locally or mark favorites

* The DS-L4 is necessary in order to utilize this application (please refer to DS-L4 instruction manuals).

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