Digital microscope vs Optical microscope
The use (or lack) of a monitor, however, also affects the magnification levels and field of view of each microscope.
In this blogpost we’ll discuss how and why that is – and why you need to know the difference.
Digital microscope vs Optical microscope: Field of view
Field of view, sometimes abbreviated to FOV, refers to how much you are able to see when using an inspection microscope. With a digital microscope, Field of view will be bigger than on a optical microscope even if both microscopes are at the same magnification level. This means that you’ll be able to see more of a sample om a digital microscope than on an optical microscope.
The main reason for this being the 16:9 widescreen camera aspect ratio of the monitor that’s being used with a digital microscope.
See the difference yourself
In two simple steps, you can see the difference in Field of view quite easily:
- Start by adjusting the two microscopes so they’re at the same magnification level
- Place a metric ruler underneath each microscope
It will quickly become apparent that despite using the same magnification level on both microscopes, you have a higher Field of view on the digital equipment, allowing you to see more your sample.