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DS-L4 - Compact and easy-to-operate, tablet-type camera control unit for microscopes

nikon metrology industrial microscopes cameras controller DS L4The DS-L4 tablet-style control unit eliminates the need and space requirements of a desktop PC to control the DS-Fi3 camera. DS-L4 has a large number of built-in functions for measurement and annotations, and has built-in security for network connectivity.

Benefits & features

Tablet-type camera control unit

nikon metrology industrial microscopes cameras live menu replay menu DS L4Live menu/ Replay menu

The large, 10.1 inch, 1920 × 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.

User Interface for natural, simple operation

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.

nikon metrology industrial microscopes cameras scene mode DS L4Scene mode

Optimal imaging parameters for the microscope’s light source (LED or halogen), each sample type, and each observation method, can easily be set through icons. 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.

Integration with a microscope

nikon metrology industrial microscopes cameras scene mode DS L4

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

Wide variety of tools/annotation functions

nikon metrology industrial microscopes cameras measurement DS L4Measurement (point-to-point distance)

The DS-L4 allows easy measurement of an image, when information about objectives and the zoom ratio is stored in the DS-L4. It also enables input/saving of lines and comments to an image, and the output of measurement data.

Tightened security

McAfee White List method embedded control is preinstalled for virus management. A program that is not registered in 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.


Connectable cameras*1


Live image

FULL (resolution emphasized), FAST (display frame rate emphasized) Format: RGB 24bits

Exposure control

Program AE/Focus AE/Manual AE, with AE lock function

Brightness adjustment

Exposure mode AE: Exposure compensation adjustment, Exposure mode manual AE: Exposure time or gain adjustment

Exposure metering

Average metering, Peak hold metering

Exposure metering area

Position/size variable

White balance

One-push operation

Image correction

Tone, sharpness, black level, hue, chroma, R/B adjustment, shading correction*2, special effect

Scene mode

LED/halogen, biological/industrial/asbestos/standard Custom: Up to 7 types can be registered

Recording format

Color space: sRGB
Still image: TIFF/JPEG/DICOM
Movie: AVI

Saving destination

Internal drive (flash memory 64GB, approx. 28GB available) /microSD/USB memory/SMB file server


Measurement target: Point-to-point distance, perpendicular line length, angle, circle, distance between center points of two circles, area
Measurement unit calibration registration: Auto registration calibration by objective information setting (seven types registerable) 
Manual registration calibration: Manual calibration/optical calibration by entering objective   magnification (14 types registerable)  Drawing: Text, line, arrow, pen, marker, scale bar
Scale: Cross, glid line, X scale (cross scale), XY scale

Microscope control*3

Biological microscope: Ni-E/Ni-U/Ci-E  
Industrial microscope: LV150NA/LV100DA-U/LV100NDA  
Stereo microscope: SMZ25/SMZ18/SMZ1270i

Supported language

English, Japanese


Anti-virus: McAfee Embedded Control is preinstalled. Programs that can run are restricted by the whitelist method
 User login method: With DS-L4 user registration, login is possible by entering user ID and password

LCD display

10.1-type wide WUXGA (1920×1200)


USB3.0 host port x1, USB2.0 port x4, Display Port, micro HDMI  
LAN (IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000 Base-TX, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth, micro SD card slot

Power supply

AC100-240V 50Hz/60Hz

Power consumption



Main body: 265 x 188 x 10mm, Including extended cradle: 265 x 201 x 107 mm


Main body: 630g (approx.), Including extended cradle: 1060g (approx.)

Operating environment

5-35℃, 20-80% RH max. (without condensation)


*1 DS-Ri2 will be able to connect to DS-L4 in January 2017.
*2 Shading correction will be available by updating a software version in January 2017.
*3 Please be contact to Nikon about connectable Microscopes.

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