No single camera or camera configuration covers every restriction imposed by the TEM or by the user. Life and Material Sciences applications can require similar camera imaging configurations, but must be located in differing positions on the TEM . Therefore, AMT has created numerous options to fit user applications, TEM configurations, and price considerations.
AMT provides the highest performance optics with specially designed finite-conjugate lenses for all our products. We are proud to have pioneered the use of high resolution RESTM phosphors, which minimize electron scattering effects and provide superior sensitivity. AMT offers a complete line of digital imaging capabilities from 4 megapixel to 29 megapixel format. All systems provide sharp images with high dynamic range and low noise.
AMT Cameras and their Positions in the TEM
Optimum microscope/camera configurations are defined not only by application, but by the best suited position on the microscope for a specific application.
|Side-Mount Cameras||Mid-Mount Cameras||Low-Mount Cameras|
|Position||Typically 35mm film Camera position||Directly beneath TEM
|Below the TEM film/plate
|Feature||Widest viewing area and highest apparent sensitivity||Extremely sharp image with no TEM related image distortion||Highest magnification
factors at maximum
resolution. 10x or more
magnification than the
|Application||Biology, Medical, Diffraction||Biology and Materials||Materials|
Details about camera positioning >> Camera placement
As seen above, cameras can be grouped into specific areas of the microscope based on user preference and application. AMT cameras can also be selected by the physical nature of chip size/pixel density. Assessment of specific cameras by model provides the user with the ability to select the best camera over a wide range of budgetary and application requirements. In addition, AMT has a selection of lenses engineered to optimize camera sensor performance, regardless of camera location or application. Whether working in broad application Biology, Pathology, or Material sciences or in fields of Advanced Nanotechnology, AMT offers cameras with the speed, sensitivity, and dynamic range to meet your needs. These include:
43 Mpixel format
NanoSprint43 series: NanoSprint43M-B, NanoSprint43L-B,
NanoSprint43-MarkII series: NanoSprint43M-MarikII-B, NanoSprint43L-MarkII-B
The NanoSprint43 is AMT's latest product featuring an entirely new sensor that achieves the high sensitivity required for TEM clinical applications and life-sciences. Its fine-pixel, low-noise CMOS sensor offers an ultra large 43 megapixel sampling region with a high speed readout. AMT coupled the sensor's generous field-of-view and ultra-fine sampling with AMT's high performance optics to create a system that is ideal for a wide range of applications. Users can enjoy both its excellent contrast plus the ability to zoom for images that contain both context and detail.
29 Mpixel format
BioSprint29 series: BioSprint29M-ActiveVu, BioSprint29L-ActiveVu,
- This new BioSprint29 cameras offer 29 megapixel CCD based systems. Each of these systems has 40Mhz, high speed readout with water cooling for maximum performance. With frame rates of up to 18 fps these systems are perfect for scanning and imaging in the life sciences.
16 Mpixel format
BioSprint16 series: BioSprint16M-ActiveVu, BioSprint16L-ActiveVu
The BioSprint cameras offer 16 megapixel CCD based systems. Each of these systems has 80Mhz, high speed readout with water cooling for maximum performance. With frame rates of up to 25 fps these systems are perfect for scanning and imaging in the life sciences.
12 Mpixel format
BioSprint12 series: BioSprint12M-B, BioSprint12L-B, BioSprint12S-B
The BioSprint12 cameras offer 12 megapixel CCD based systems. Each of these systems has 80Mhz, high speed readout with water cooling for maximum performance. With frame rates of up to 25 fps these systems are perfect for scanning and imaging in the life sciences.
NanoSprint12 series:The NanoSprint12 is a 12 Megapixel camera system that is available in the wide-angle side mount, low mount, and mid mount TEM positions. Given its combination of speed and sensitivity it's key applications are both biological and materials science, where it is used for both research imaging and diffraction via SAD and CBED. The high speed and sensitivity of this camera make it great both for traditional sample sections and cryo related studies.
NanoSprint12S-B, NanoSprint12M-B, NanoSprint12L-B
8 Mpixel formatXR80 series is a large, 8 megapixel, scientific CCD sensor, high speed 80 MHz, with low noise readout using Camera Link Interface, and high performance, custom design lens. The XR81 incorporates waterless Peltier cooling for high performance.
XR80 series: XR80S-B
XR81 series: XR81M-B, XR81L-B
5 Mpixel format
NanoSprint5S-A, NanoSprint5M-A, NanoSprint5L-A
NanoSprint5 series is a new wide angle, large 5 megapixel format sCMOS sensor, with custom designed, high performance A lens. This system is an economical option for both Materials & Biological research" with 40 frames per second readout and 2.3 e- read noise. Given its combination of speed and sensitivity, its key applications are materials science,
where it is used for both research imaging and diffraction via SAD and CBED.
4 Mpixel format
XR401 series: XR401S-B, XR401M-B, XR401L-B
- XR401 series is a 4 megapixel, diffraction and imaging sCMOS camera, with readout speeds of 30 frames per second, but unlike the XR280, the XR401 has an extremely low readout noise per pixel of 1.3 electrons, with 70% efficiency, non-blooming sensor using high performance CameraLike Interface
AMT provides sophisticated software capability, yet maintains operational simplicity by using a modular architecture that intelligently segments acquisition from analysis.
Based on user/menu selected TEM conditions and annotations, AMT's CCD camera systems provide a comprehensive operating software package for seamless digital image acquisition, processing, and storage of images.
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Whether one is using Live Image Survey or viewing the image post-acquisition, the desktop environment (RIGHT) features the prominent display of the user's specimen image. In addition, the modular arrangement creates three work areas: 1) Camera Control on the right; 2) Access on the left to user specific analysis and imaging software, diffraction ring and spot pattern measurements, live measurements, text annotations, zoom image, and saving images; and 3) pull down menu tabs across the top for less frequently used applications and features.
For detailed explanation of these features and more, please download AMT Camera Manual.