nikon metrology industrial microscopes cameras DS Qi2DS-Qi2 camera - Digital Sight microscopy camera

DS-Qi2 microscopy digital camera equipped with a Nikon digital SLR camera FX-format CMOS sensor optimized for microscopy.

Benefits and Features

High sensitivity and low noise

The newly developed 16.25-megapixel monochrome CMOS sensor for the monochrome digital camera for microscopes offers 36.0 x 23.9 mm image size. The S/N ratio is five times better than that of conventional models, with quantum efficiency*1 up to 77% and 2.2-electron readout noise. In addition, Peltier cooling (electronic cooling) reduces dark-current noise*2 and produces clear images with reduced noise even with dark fluorescent specimens.

*1Conversion efficiency from light to electrical signals.
*2Noise caused by heat from the sensor during lengthy exposures.

Superior quantitative performance

Low ± 1% linearity error of output power to input light intensity enables correct measurement of changes in brightness of specimens.

High-speed live-image display

Thanks to the USB3.0 computer connection and CMOS sensor, which provides high-speed data readout, the frame rate has been significantly improved to 45 fps (1636 x 1088 pixels), from 19 fps (1280 x 1024 pixels) with conventional models. This enables fast live-image display and easy observation point selection and focusing.



Image sensor

Nikon FX-format, Monochrome CMOS senser / Size: 36.0×23.9mm

Effective 16.25 megapixels

Recordable pixels

4908×3264 pixel (full-pixel), 1636×1088 pixel (3×3 pixel averaging)

Cooling method

Electronic cooling

ISO sensitivity

(recommended exposure index)

Standard: equivalent to ISO 800 (Selectable from ISO800 to 51200 equivalent

Live display mode

Full-pixel 4908×3264 pixel (max 6fps) / 3×3 pixel averaging 1636×1088 (max 45fps)

Lens mount

F mount

Exposure time

100 μsec to 60 sec

Image format

BMP, TIFF, JPEG, etc., selectable in NIS-Elements


USB3.0 (computer control connection) ×1, External sync input/output ×1

Power supply

AC100-240V 50/60Hz

Power consumption



105 (W) × 134 (D) × 153 (H) mm



Operating environment

0-30°C, 80% RH max, 30-40°C, 60% RH max. (without condensation)



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