Measurement features turn a microscope camera into a powerful device. It relies on both the microscope’s hardware and software capabilities.

Here are some Dino-Lite features to consider when measuring:

Magnification and Measurement

To measure manually, you need to input the microscope’s magnification into the software.
 
It’s important to double check the magnification on your microscope and software.
If the software does not have the proper magnification, inaccurate results may occur.
 
If you have an AMR model, you can skip that step and start measuring.


Calibrating Measurement

As long as the digital microscope is stable and in focus, measurements can be calibrated.
 
The Dino-Lite microscope is ready to measure right out of the box.
For that extra assurance, it’s necessary to calibrate your measurements for important tasks!
 
By telling the software a known distance, it uses the data for future measurements.
The calibration provides the known distance, but other parts are also usable.
 
To manually calibrate the Dino-Lite, you will need:
  • A stand (or something to keep your Dino-Lite stable)
  • Calibration target ( or other parts with known distance)
  • Dino-Lite with measurement features.

Sample Caliration Set-Up

For instructions on how to calibrate the Dino-Lite manually, you can read more here
There are also calibration targets that scan a QR code and calibrate automatically.

 


 

Types of Manual Measurements

The most common type of measurements is line measurements.
You can also measure angles, circles, and polygons.

Measurement on a USB Digital Microscope


 

Crosshairs and Grids

Sometimes you do not need to measure a distance, but need a visual guide to help with sizing and counting.
In these cases, adding a crosshair or gridline to your microscope would help the most.
 
The user puts in the size of the squares (pitch) needed for the grid. As long as the Dino-Lite is in focus, the grid of crosshair will remain accurate. If the magnification is changed, the grid will change accordingly.

Examples of crosshairs and reticles on USB Digital Microscope


 

Advanced Features with Third-Party Software

Some applications need automatic measurement or automatic particle counting. While DinoCapture 2.0 cannot complete these features currently, there are third-party software that are able to help, such as Image Pro Premier, ImageJ, and OpenCV.


 

Personalize Measurements

The digital microscope software also lets you personalize your measurements further.
 
Units of measurement change to: millimeters, microns, inches, mil (thousandths of an inch).
 
Each individual measurement can be re-named.
Similarly, the measurement color can also be changed. This helps if you need the measurement to stand out against your sample.
Sample Measurements taken with a Dino-Lite USB Digital Microscope
 
The microscope software measurement features can provide a lot of help! Here is a video tutorial for a how-to on measurement. As always, you can always contact us with questions.