HD1500MET-AF – Autofocus HD 6MP CMOS 60FPS/ HDMI/ USB 2.0 Camera/Annotation & Metric Measurement Software

The HD1500MET-AF is our full featured 6 MP camera with a 1/2.8” 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-AF features a full HD (1080×1920) resolution, which provides high fidelity images with a refresh rate of 60fps (frams per second) when connected via HDMI or 30fps when connected via USB2.0, so there is absolutely no lag in the live video feed when moving your specimen or part.

The HD1500MET-AF can be connected to a 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-AF 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-AF 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-AF 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 3264×1836
• 2MP Live video 1920×1080 60 fps (frames per second) via HDMI 
• 2MP Live video 1920×1080 30 fps (frames per second) via USB2.0

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Description

The HD1500MET-AF features include:

  • HDMI C-mount camera
  • 6MP Still resolution 3264×1836
  • 2MP Live video 1920×1080 60 fps (frames per second) via HDMI
  • 2MP Live video 1920×1080 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
  • 1/2.8″ CMOS chip (use .3x C-mount adapter)
  • OS support: Windows 7/8/10
  • Software: Mosaic V2.0

 

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-AF, HD1500MET-AF-M, 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.

Additional information

Weight 1.0000 kg
Components & Accessories

Eyepieces
Stands
Focus Blocks Holder
Auxiliary Lenses
Illuminators

Micrometer Lens
Stages
Polarizing Accessories
Protective Glass Covers
Microscopy Cameras

 

C" Mounts/CameraAdapters
Filters
Accessories

Details

SAMPLE IMAGES:

Downloads

**SOFTWARE** Download MosaicV2.0 (ZIP)Download Capture2.1.3.1 (EXE) – 8/12/2020
Download MAC Software CaptureV2.1.3 – 3/16/2020
 

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Specifications

HD1500MET-AF Info:

Sensor
CMOS

Sensor Size

1/2.8"

Dynamic Resolution
2MP, 1920×1080

Static Resolution
6MP, 3264 x 1836

Frame Rate

60fps @ HDMI
30fps @ USB 2.0

 Video Recording

30fps @ SD card
30fps @ USB2.0

Exposure Mode
Auto/Manual

Exposure Time
 0.001s-10s

 Output Interface
USB2.0, SD Card, HDMI 

 Setting
 Gamma, Gain, WDR, Noise Reductions

 White Balance
 Auto/Manual

 Optical Port
 Standard C-mount 

 Built-in Software
Cloud 1.0 Ver 

 PC Software
 Mosaic V2.0 

 Size
90.7mm x 78mm x 70.8mm 

Weight
452(g) or ~1.0lbs

Compatible OS
Windows 7/8/10 (Real-time image stitching needs to run on a 64-bit system)

Includes:    • HD1500MET-AF Camera    • HDMI Cable    • USB Cable    • 12V AC/DC Power adapter    • SD Card    • Mouse    • Application Metrics Software     • Packing Box
Built-in mouse control for autofocus and image measurement operations
High-Speed Focusing ExperienceThe HD1500MET-AF offers both continuous and single shot autofocus models. It also support mouse wheel control for fine-tuning. Data transfer up to 60fps enable users to get clear images with ease. 

Professional digital image measurement systemHD1500MET-AF provides extremely powerful measurement functionalities including, freehand line, rectangle, polygon, circle, bicircle, angle, point-line distance and much more. Three different length units of millimeter, centimeter, and micrometer are provided to meet various measurement requirements in different applications.
Revolutionary PC computing imaging software Mosaic v2.0
Fast, efficient and worry-free is the core design concept of Mosaic V2.0 software. It adopts a new image "shooting-processing-measurement-reporting" function, modular design, and integrates various intelligent image processing algorithms from Tucsen. It is dedicated to providing users with more simple operation modes and improve work efficiency in all circumstances
Custom function module1. Autofocus and fine-tuning operations2. Intelligent image capture and processing3. Efficient measurement and attribute editing4. Reports are automatically created and modifiedReal-time image stitchingIt can generate large-sized mosaic images in a few seconds while moving the stage, which is light, smooth and worry-free!Real-time depth-of-field fusionTurning the focus ring to capture different depth of field points while generating clear depth of field images, fast, accurate and efficient.
Perfect color reproductionMeiji Techno America’s color processing is capable of a new level of precision, matches the monitor image to the eyepiece view, produces extremely-high color definition.Fastest USB2.0 camera with 30fpsWith 30fps data transfer at an uncompressed resolution of 1920X1080, HD1500MET-AF sets a precedent. Make it one of the fastest USB2.0 camera in the world.Tailored 1080P HD screenIn order to let users better feel the excellent quality of the Meiji Techno America's cameras, we specially customized a 1080P high definition display screen – Retina Screen, which perfectly matches the performance of HD1500MET-AF camera.
 

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 HDMI30fps 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 HDMI30fps 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 HDMI30fps 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 HDMI30fps by USB 2.0
1/2.8" CMOS
0.3X

HD1500MET-AF(Autofocus/Continuous 1-shot)

HDMI/USB2.0
Color
2-6MP

3264 x 1840 Static 1920 x 1080 Dynamic

60fps by HDMI30fps by USB 2.0
1/2.8" CMOS
0.3X

HD1500MET-M-AF(Autofocus/Continuous 1-shot/with 11.8" monitor)

HDMI/USB2.0
Color
2-6MP

3264 x 1840 Static1920 x 1080 Dynamic

60fps by HDMI30fps 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
20-43mmEyepiece 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