HD1500MET Color HD 6MP CMOS 60FPS/ HDMI/ USB 2.0 Camera/Annotation & Metric Measurement Software

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The HD1500MET is our full featured 6 MP camera with a 1/3” CMOS chip.  A 0.3X C” mount adapter (MA151/35/03) is needed to attach it to any standard Meiji Techno America Trinocular Microscope.  The HD1500MET features a full HD (1080x1920) resolution, which provides high fidelity images with a refresh rate of 60fps- frames per second when connected via HDMI, so there is absolutely no lag in the live video feed when moving your specimen or part.  Included with the 11.8” High Definition display is a mounting kit that allows the display to be mounted directly in front of the HD1500MET.


The HD1500MET can be mounted directly to any HDMI monitor or PC and can be used with the provided USB 2.0 mouse, with this the user can access menus that provide all the features of the camera such as exposure, white balance, color control (red or blue), gamma, brightness, sharpness, saturation, denoise, color temperature plus allows the user to save images and videos directly on the full SD card due to the onboard operating system. You can flip the image horizontally, vertically, do a split screen where-in one side of the monitor is a live image and the other half is the captured image. You can also digitally increase/decrease the zoom if needed if your stereo system has reached it’s magnification potential, this will give you the added digital magnification needed. You can also superimpose a cross-line reticle directly on your live image, first click gives you a red line second click gives you a green line, and the third click omits the crossline. The live video and still shots can be saved directly on the removable full SD card for subsequent image capture. All this is achieved without the need for a PC. Connectivity direct to any monitor or TV with a HDMI port for a wider view if necessary. All USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card, power supply is all supplied. You can also attach a wireless mouse if you choose to go wireless with a third party mouse.


The HD1500MET is equipped with a complete Metrics Measurement software that can be utilized when connecting directly to a PC or through the camera connected to a monitor via HDMI. The HD1500MET provides extremely powerful measurement functionality including: freehand lines, rectangles, polygons, circles, bi-circles, angles, point-line distance and much more. In addition to the ability to measure point-line distance, angles, the length of curves and lines, the camera can measure the perimeter & area of enclosed features such as: rectangles, polygons, and circles. The unique calibration and magnification functions coupled with the ability to export the results to Excel or text files, make measurements more convenient and simple.


Micron Level Measurement Accuracy
The HD1500MET is capable of delivering measurements with a resolution of 10 nanometers which provides an incredible metrology capability in the most demanding situations.

1080P Video Recording
Just click the button to start recording 1080P videos at 30fps. The recorded video files will be saved to the high speed SD card. It is also possible to play back the videos from the SD card directly.

Superb Smart Camera
It automatically analyzes the acquired images, optimizes the white balance, exposure time and saturation to present perfect images. Whether for brightfield or darkfield applications, ideal images can be captured, with little parameter adjustments.

30fps-60fps High Speed Live Image
With either HDMI or USB 2.0 data transfer at an uncompressed resolution of 1920 x 1080, sets a precedent. It is one of the fastest USB 2.0 camera’s available in the market today that is cost effective.

Convenient Measurement Data Management
Two measurement results exporting modes (Excel and Text) make the measurement data management user friendly and convenient, maximizing your productivity.

NOTE:
• 6MP Still resolution 3264x1836
• 2MP Live video 1920x1080 60 fps (frames per second) via HDMI
• 2MP Live video 1920x1080 30 fps (frames per second) via USB2.0


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Includes:
   • HD1500MET Camera
   • 11.8in HDMI Monitor
   • HDMI Cable
   • USB Cable
   • 12V AC/DC Power adapter
   • SD Card
   • Mouse
   • Application Metrics Software ISCapture
   • Packing Box

MULTIFORM MEASUREMENT TOOLS 
The HD1500MET provides extremely powerful measurement functionality including: freehand lines, rectangles, polygons, circles, bicircles, angles, point-line distance and much more. In addition to the ability to measure point-line distance, angles, the length of curves and lines, the camera can measure the perimeter & area of enclosed features such as: rectangles, polygons, and circles. The unique calibration and magnification functions coupled with the ability to export the results to Excel or text files, make the measurements more convenient and simple.

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MICRON LEVEL MEASUREMENT ACCURACY 
The HD1500MET is capable of delivering measurements with a resolution of 10 nanometers which provides an incredible metrology capability in the most demanding situations.

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MEASUREMENT FOR VARIOUS APPLICATIONS
In addition µm, the HD1500MET also provides calibrations in mm and cm, which will meet various measurement requirements in different applications. And these results provide objective and reliable data to support quantitative analysis.

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CONVENIENT MEASUREMENT DATA MANAGEMENT
Two measurement results exporting modes (Excel and text) make the measurement data management more convenient.

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30FPS HIGH SPEED LIVE IMAGE
With 30fps data transfer at an uncompressed resolution of 1920X1080, sets a precedent. It is one of the fastest USB2.0 cameras in the world.

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EXCELLENT CAPABILITY FOR FLUORESCENCE
Taking advantage of the ultra high signal to noise ratio sensor, the HD1500MET provides for up to 10 seconds exposure time and gets finest detailed images, even for low light fluorescence.

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3D NOISE REDUCTION
Longer exposure times increase the image noise. But the integrated 3D noise reduction function keeps the image always clean and sharp.

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1080P VIDEO RECORDING
Just click the button to start recording 1080P videos at 30fps. The recorded video files will be saved to the high speed SD card. It is also possible to play back the videos from the SD card directly.

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SUPERB SMART CAMERA
It automatically analyzes the acquired images, optimizes the white balance, exposure time and saturation to present perfect images. Whatever, for bright field or dark field applications, ideal images can be captured, barely needing any parameter adjustments.

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SIMPLE OPERATIONS
The embedded user interface is so simple that not even one mouse click is required to bring up the two simple menus. There are only two icons on the splash, one for capture, the for settings.

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Model
Type
Version
Mega Pixels
Resolution
Frame Rate (FPS)
Sensor
C" Mount

HD1500T

HDMI/USB 2.0 Color 2-6MP 3264 x 1840 Static
1920 x 1080 Dynamic
60fps by HDMI
30fps by USB 2.0
1/2.8" CMOS 0.3X

HD1500TM
with 11.8" HDMI montior

HDMI/USB 2.0 Color 2-6MP

3264 x 1840 Static
1920 x 1080 Dynamic

60fps by HDMI
30fps by USB 2.0
1/2.8" CMOS 0.3X

HD1500MET

HDMI/USB 2.0 Color 2-6MP 3264 x 1840 Static
1920 x 1080 Dynamic
60fps by HDMI
30fps by USB 2.0
1/2.8" CMOS 0.3X

HD1500MET-M
with 11.8" HDMI montior

HDMI/USB 2.0 Color 2-6MP

3264 x 1840 Static
1920 x 1080 Dynamic

60fps by HDMI
30fps by USB 2.0
1/2.8" CMOS 0.3X

HD1000-LITE

HDMI/USB 2.0 Color 5MP

2592 x 1944

15fps by HDMI
15fps by USB 2.0

1/2.5" CMOS

0.3X

HD1000-LITE-M
with 11.8" HDMI montior

HDMI/USB 2.0 Color 5MP

2592 x 1944

15fps by HDMI
15fps by USB 2.0

1/2.5" CMOS

0.3X

HD1600T

USB 3.0 Color 16MP 4608 x 3456

25fps by USB 3.0

1/2.33" CMOS

0.3X

SS500-MC

Wifi Color 5MP 2912 x 1640 60fps by Wifi 1/2.3" CMOS 0.3X

WF300
Eyepiece Camera

Wifi Color 8MP 3200 x 2400 60fps by USB 2.0
30fps by Wifi
1/2.8" CMOS 20-43mm
Eyepiece Mount

WF200

Wifi Color 5MP 2592 x 1944 40fps by USB 2.0
15fps by Wifi
1/2.8" CMOS 0.3X

WF100
Document Scanner

Wifi Color 5MP 2592 x 1944 30fps by Wifi - -

X-1000U

USB 2.0 Color 5MP 2592 x 1911 10fps by USB 2.0 1/2.8" CMOS 0.3X

MIS-PL-DV24

USB 2.0 Color 2MP 1600 x 1200 30fps by USB 2.0 1/2" CMOS 0.5X

DK-LITE-B

USB 2.0 Color 1.5MP 1440 x 1080 10fps by USB 2.0 1/2.5" CMOS 0.5X

DK1000CB

USB 2.0 Color 2MP 1600 x 1200 15fps by USB 2.0 1/2" CMOS 0.5X

DK1000M

USB 2.0 Monochrome 1.3MP 1280 x 1024 30fps by USB 2.0 1/2" CMOS 0.5X

DK3000C

USB 2.0 Color 3.1MP 2048 x 1536 12fps by USB 2.0 1/2" CMOS 0.5X

DK5000C

USB 2.0 Color 5MP 2592 x 1944 5fps by USB 2.0 1/2.5" CMOS 0.7X

HD2000C

USB 2.0 Color 2MP 1920 x 1080 60fps by USB 2.0 1/3" CMOS 0.3X

ST1000C

USB 3.0 Color 5MP 2592 x 1944 60fps by USB 3.0 1/2.5" CMOS 0.5X

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Start the software and get the camera recognized, but the preview is all black.
A: Check whether the anti-dust cap on the C-mount is removed. If already removed and attach the camera to the microscop, check whether the lighting path toggle switch to the camera. Then try to extend the exposure time and gain to get brighter images.

Q: The imaging scene from the eyepiece is in focus but the live images from the camera are still out of focus.
A: This is because the camera and the eyepiece are in different focal planes. Can consider to use adjustable adapter to connect camera to the microscope trinocular, and the adjust the adapter to make the live image in focus.

Q: There are some shadows on the image and the shadows always stay in the same position even when the sample is moved.
A: Possible reasons:
1. The anti-dust film on the camera C-mount is not removed. Remove the anti-dust film
2. Check to see if there is any dirt on the objective. Clean the objective.
3. Some dust on the surface of the camera IR filter. Clean the camera optical port.

Q: Camera frame rate is extremely slow.
A: Possible reasons:
1. Preview resolution is too high. Try lowering the resolution and check the change of the frame rate.
2. Exposure time is too long. If need exposure time longer than 200ms, try to use higher gain to get brighter images.
3. Computer issue. Computer is very old or the motherboard chipset is Intel 8 Series/C220 series.

Q: Start the software and get the error message: can not recognize the camera or No camera.
A: Possible reasons:
1. The camera USB cable is not well connected. Reconnect the camera again.
2. Check whether the camera is connect to the USB port on the front of the mainframe. If so, then connect it to the USB port on the back of the mainframe. The USB ports on the front of the mainframe are the extended ports from the motherboard which can not provide stable voltage and current for cameras.
3. The camera itself needs extra power supply but does not switch on the power. TrueChrome is required to switch on power, attach to the PC and then restart the software. TCC-6.1ICE is required to plug in power to be recognized by PC.
4. The camera driver is not installed or failed to install. Go to the "Device Manager" > "Imaging Devices" and check whether the camera is listed WITH YELLOW FLAG. Then re-install the driver again. If still fail to install to driver, please contact camera technical support for help.

Q: Image Field of View (FOV) is much smaller than the scene can be seen from the eyepieces.
A: Possible reasons:
The camera sensor size is not 1 inch. It needs reduce lens to get bigger FOV.
Low resolution is used to preview. Set full resolutionion.
The reduce lens does not match the camera sensor size.

Q: When push “Capture” button, sometimes the saved images are quite blurry.
A: It could be because some slight vibration happens on the camera during capturing the images.

Q: Security shield on ISCapture shortcut.
A: Some anti-virus or firewall softwaree installed in the PCs will identify the DLL files from ISCapture as virus and automatically isolate or delete the ISCapture software files. If have the warning message to delete or isolate the DLL files during the ISCapture installation, please ignore the warning message or set the ISCapture as trusted software. Otherwise, the ISCapture can not be used normally.

Q: Newer version software con not recognize the old cameras.
A: Currently, all the newer version software ISCapture is compatible with the previous version cameras EXCEPT TCA Series.

Q: After doing the measurement on the live images, the captured image is without any measurement data.
A: To save the live measurement on captured images, check the “Combined Measurements” checkbox in the File Save tab and then capture images. While doing the still image measurements, only click the Save or Save As on the right hand side shortcut to save the data on the images.

Q: The live images and the captures images color is quite different from the one we can see from the eyepieces.
A: Because of the different lighting source, White Balance is needed to correct the image color.

Q: How to do quick White Balance?
A: White Balance while attached to camera to stereo microscope: Use a white paper to replace the sample. Click on “White Balance” to correct the image color > Remove the white paper and put back the sample.
White Balance while attach the camera to the biological microscope: Move the sample slide to the blank area. Click on “White Balance” and move back the sample.

Q: After install ISCapture and firstly start the software, but get the error “The program can’t start because MSVCP100.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”


A; This is because the operating system lack of some Visual C++ 32bit library files which the ISCapture needs to call them. Without these files, the software can not be started normally. Install the patch VCredist_x86.exe (can be found in the CD that comes with the camera or go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5555

Q: Start the ISCapture but get the error “Unable to execute file C:\Program Files\ISCapture\ISCapture.exe CreateProcess failed; code 740.

 


A: Completely remove the ISC Capture, reboot the PC and then right click on ISCapture installer (ISCapture Setup.exe) and select “Run as Administrator” to install the ISCapture. When you first start the software right click on the ISC icon and select “Run as Administrator” to start it.

Q:When start ISCapture, get error message “Cannot find the USB Key!”

A: The software is encrypted. Specific USB key is needed to attach to the computer port first.

Q:After capturing several images, it takes more and more time to save a frame image. Sometimes it is even up to more than 30 seconds, and then finally the software hang or crash.
A: If the image save directory is the network driver, during uploading the files to network driver, it will significantly increase the COP usage. When the CUP usage is up to 100%, the software will hang or crash. Recommend to change the file save directory to the computer hard disk.

Q: Whether can share the calibration files on different PCs?
A: If using the ISCapture earlier version than V4.0: Go to the folder “Application Data/ISCapture” in system disk, find the file “calibrationTable.ini” and copy it to another PC under the same directory. (The “Application Data” folder is a hidden folder, you might need to make the system invisible visible first.)
If it is ISCapture V4.0 or later, go to the Parameter tab and click “Backup” to backup the parameter settings and copy them to another PC to restore them.

Q:After install the ISCapture and every time I run the software i get the error:

A: This is because some program in the user’s PC is using the library file ‘libiomp5md.dll’which will conflict with the ISCapture. So far as we know, the software GoPro Studio will conflict with ISCapture. To solve this issue, please try to remove the libiomp5md.dll from the C:\Windows\System32 folder while using the ISCapture.

Q: Shortcut keys for ISCapture to capture still images and videos:
A: With ISCapture V3.6.6 or later, running the ISCapture first, Press F9 key on the keyboard to capture images. Press F10 to start the video recording. If in manual recording mode, press F11 to stop the recording.

Q: On preview images, lots of horizontal lines appear.


A: This is because of the lighting frequency. Extend exposure time or turn off the filament lamp or fluorescent lamp in the environment to solve this issue.

Q:Recording issue when connected to the HD1500T/HD1000 Series to the monitor and recorded video directly to the SD card? If so, do you know what the capacity of the SD card the user used during recording the videos?
A:When recording videos to the SD card, the camera only supports the SD card with format SDHC. It can not work with the SD card format SDXC. And max. capacity of the SDHC format SD card is 32GB which means the SD card with capacity >= 64GB, is format SDXC.
If already use SDHC format SD card, please help to confirm the information below:
1). Whether the customer used the SD card came with the HD1500T/HD1000 camera?
2). If not, what exactly the model of the SD card the customer used? Maybe some picture of the SD card.

If got the issue while connect the camera to the computer, I need to confirm below information:
1). The software always stop recording AUTOMATICALLY after 5-10 minutes?
2). Whether the software or the computer freeze if MANUALLY stop the recording?

Details

The HD1500MET features include:

  • HDMI C-mount camera
  • 6MP Still resolution 3264x1836
  • 2MP Live video 1920x1080 60 fps (frames per second) via HDMI
  • 2MP Live video 1920x1080 30 fps (frames per second) via USB2.0
  • Video record: 1080p 30fps (frames per second) on SD card or PC
  • Output: HDMI, USB 2.0, SD Card
  • 1/3" CMOS chip (use .3x C-mount adapter)
  • Button (1) controls: Exposure, White balance, Gamma, Gain, Sharpness, Saturation, Contrast
  • Button (2) controls: Cross line, Image Compare, Image Freeze
  • OS support: Windows XP and later
  • Software: ISCapture full parameter control

 

CCD vs CMOS

Meiji Techno America allows Digital / Analog CCD and CMOS cameras to be mounted directly to a microscopes trinocular port using the proper C” mount adapter that match’s the chip size of the camera. Any digital or video camera with a “C” mount ( 1” diameter thread) can be mounted on any Meiji Techno Trinocular microscope ( 25.2 tube ) by using these “ C”- mount attachments. They are available with projection lenses of different powers allowing some control over the magnification and the field view. “CS” mount cameras with require part number V-5MM to be threaded on prior to installing the adapter. Meiji Techno America’s adapters depend on the quality of our Japanese lenses. Our microscope adapters are designed and developed individually for each camera’s lens system and therefore it effectively eliminates vignetting and minimizes optical errors often associated with photomicrography by a consumer digital /analog camera. The image quality, peripheral resolution and color rendering is optimum as you would expect for a high quality Japanese C” mount adapter from Meiji Techno.

Generally low end adapters in the market have one or more of the following problems often associated with photomicrography:

    • Vignetting: Magnification, optical design error, or fundamental structural defect causes vignetting
    • Linearity: Image may look distrorted (barrel distortion) especially at the peripheral area in focus
    • Light and Shade Gap: Brightness between center and peripheral area looks different even if lighting is even
    • Geometry Distortion: Compare to the center area, image is distorted and lower resolution in the peripheral area
    • Luminous Point: White/Black spot may appear on the image because of the internal-reflection in the lens and lens tube

Introduction to Image Sensors
Since every Digital camera has a sensor, it is usually either a CCD or a CMOS type chip sensor. All sensors are analog devices, converting photons into electrical signals. The process by which the analog information is changed to digital is called Analog to Digital conversion. When an image is being captured by a network camera, light passes through the lens and falls on the image sensor. The image sensor consists of picture elements, also called pixels, that register the amount of light that falls on them. They convert the received amount of light into a corresponding number of electrons. The stronger the light, the more electrons are generated. The electrons are converted into voltage and then transformed into numbers by means of an A/D-converter. The signal constituted by the numbers is processed by electronic circuits inside the camera. Presently, there are two main technologies that can be used for the image sensor in a camera, i.e. CCD(Charge-coupled Device) and CMOS (Complementary Metal-oxide Semiconductor). Their design and different strengths and weaknesses will be explained in the following sections.

Color Filtering
Image sensors register the amount of light from bright to dark with no color information. Since CMOS and CCD image sensors are ‘color blind’, a filter in front of the sensor allows the sensor to assign color tones to each pixel. Two common color registration methods are RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) and CMYG (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Green). Red, green, and blue are the primary colors that, mixed in different combinations, can produce most of the colors visible to the human eye.

CCD Technology
In a CCD sensor, the light (charge) that falls on the pixels of the sensor is transferred from the chip through one output node, or only a few output nodes. The charges are converted to voltage levels, buffered, and sent out as an analog signal. This signal is then amplified and converted to numbers using an A/D-converter outside the sensor. The CCD technology was developed specifically to be used in cameras, and CCD sensors have been used for more than 30 years. Traditionally, CCD sensors have had some advantages compared to CMOS sensors, such as better light sensitivity and less noise. In recent years, however, these differences have disappeared. The disadvantages of CCD sensors are that they are analog components that require more electronic circuitry outside the sensor, they are more expensive to produce, and can consume up to 100 times more power than CMOS sensors. The increased power consumption can lead to heat issues in the camera, which not only impacts image quality negatively, but also increases the cost and environmental impact of the product. CCD sensors also require a higher data rate, since everything has to go through just one output amplifier, or a few output amplifiers.

CMOS Technology
Early on, ordinary CMOS chips were used for imaging purposes, but the image quality was poor due to their inferior light sensitivity. Modern CMOS sensors use a more specialized technology and the quality and light sensitivity of the sensors have rapidly increased in recent years. CMOS chips have several advantages. Unlike the CCD sensor, the CMOS chip incorporates amplifiers and A/D-converters, which lowers the cost for cameras since it contains all the logics needed to produce an image. Every CMOS pixel contains conversion electronics. Compared to CCD sensors, CMOS sensors have better integration possibilities and more functions. However, this addition of circuitry inside the chip can lead to a risk of more structured noise, such as stripes and other patterns. CMOS sensors also have a faster readout, lower power consumption, higher noise immunity, and a smaller system size. It is possible to read individual pixels from a CMOS sensor, which allows ‘windowing’, which implies that parts of the sensor area can be read out, instead of the entire sensor area at once. This way a higherframe rate can be delivered from a limited part of the sensor, and digital PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) functions can be used. It is also possible to achieve multi-view streaming, which allows several cropped view areas to be streamed simultaneously from the sensor, simulating several ‘virtual cameras’.

Main Differences
A CMOS sensor incorporates amplifiers, A/D-converters and often circuitry for additional processing, whereas in a camera with a CCD sensor, many signal processing functions are performed outside the sensor. CMOS sensors have a lower power consumption than CCD image sensors, which means that the temperature inside the camera can be kept lower. Heat issues with CCD sensors can increase interference, but on the other hand, CMOS sensors can suffer more from structured noise. A CMOS sensor allows ‘windowing’ and multi-view streaming, which cannot be performed with a CCD sensor. A CCD sensor generally has one charge-to-voltage converter per sensor, whereas a CMOS sensor has one per pixel. The faster readout from a CMOS sensor makes it easier to use for multi-megapixel cameras. Recent technology advancements have eradicated the difference in light sensitivity between a CCD and CMOS sensor at a given price point.

Conclusion
CCD and CMOS sensors have different advantages, but the technology is evolving rapidly and the situation changes constantly. Using the proper C” mount adapter from Meiji Techno America will maximize your image quality that you are seeing through your microscope lens.

Note: Reduction lenses (i.e. magnification factors less than 1.0x) are commonly used to compensate for the increased magnification factor inherent with cameras used on microscopes.

SD CARD COMPATIBILITY :  When recording videos to the SD card, the HD1000-LITE, HD1000-LITE_M, HD1500T, HD1500TM, HD1500MET, HD1500MET-M camera only supports the SDHC- SD  card with format SDHC and max. capacity of the SDHC format SD card is 32GB.

It can not work with the SD card format SDXC. SDXC card with capacity >= 64GB, is format SDXC.

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