Nikon DS-Fi2 High-Definition Color Camera Head w/ DS-U3 Controller

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DS-Fi2 Specifications:

  • CCD: 2/3 in. high-density CCD; 5.24 megapixels (effective 5.07 megapixels)
    Recordable Pixels: 2560 x 1920, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
    ISO Sensitivity: Equivalent to ISO 64 (Can be varied between ISO 32-1250 equivalent)
    Live Display Mode (DS-L3): 2560 x 1920 (max. 10 fps), 1280 x 960 (max. 21 fps), ROI mode (max. 37 fps) *Display reduced or enlarged to SXGA/XGA
    Live Display Mode (DS-L3 w/NIS-Elements): 2560 x 1920 (max. 2.0 fps), 1280 x 960 (max. 7.8 fps), 640 x 480 (max. 21 fps), ROI mode (max. 37 fps)
    Live Display Mode (DS-U3): 2560 x 1920 (max. 4.4 fps), 1280 x 960 (max. 18 fps), 640 x 480 (max. 21 fps), ROI mode (max. 37 fps)
    Exposure Time: 130 μsec to 60 sec
    Lens Mount: C-mount
    Dimensions: 82.0 (W) x 77.5 (D) x 48.0 (H) mm
    Weight: Approx. 270 g
    System Composition: Camera Cable (3m)

DS-US Specifications:

  • Exposure control: Auto / Manual
  • Exposure correction: 13 steps
  • Digital zoom: 10 to 1200%
  • Exposure metering: Average metering, Peak hold metering
  • Exposure metering range: Position/size adjustable
  • White balance: Set method, Color balance adjustable
  • Image adjustments: Gamma correction, shading adjustment, black level adjustment, chroma, hue adjustment, color saturation adjustment
  • Recordable image file format: RGB 8 bit / 16 bit (DS-Qi1: monochrome 8 bit / 12 bit)
  • Storage format: BMP, TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000 and others
  • Interface: IEEE1394b (bilingual) x 1 (computer control connection), External sync input/output, Camera I/F x 2
  • Power supply: AC100-240V 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: 36VA
  • Dimensions: 193 (W) x 196 (D) x 35 (H) mm
  • Weight: approx 1400g
  • Operating environment: 0-30° C, 80% RH max, 30-40° C, 60% RH max. (without condensation)

A microscope camera offering fast, high resolution image capture, with unsurpassed color representation.
Nikon’s high-definition 5-megapixel CCD captures images at an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. Other advanced features include an enhanced frame rate of up to 21 fps and accurate color reproduction.
The DS-Fi2 high-definition color camera head also has an expanded range of settings for exposure time, making it suitable for wide variety of applications and techniques, including brightfield, DIC, and phase contrast.

Key Features:

  • 5.0-megapixel Color CCD: Small pixel size and a field-of-view of 2,560 x 1,920 pixels allows you to acquire color images at very high resolution.
  • True Color Rendition of Samples: Nikon’s industry-leading imaging technology achieves the best true color image possible, duplicating exactly what is seen by the microscope.
  • Smooth Live Image Display: With a frame rate of 21 frames per second, live images are displayed and updated smoothly, so focusing from a monitor is a simple task, greatly increasing the speed of inspection, measurement tasks, and acquisition.
  • High Red Sensitivity: A high performance IR cut filter eliminates unwanted infrared contributions from halogen light sources, while maintaining excellent red color rendition for outstanding color reproduction.


  • The DS-Fi2 is a high-quality, cost-effective camera for a wide variety of applications including brightfield, phase contrast, and differential interference contrast (DIC).

DS-U3 PC Based Control Unit

PC-based microscope camera control unit offers power, speed, and seamless integration with Nikon’s NIS-Elements imaging software suite.
Nikon’s Digital Sight DS-U3 microscope camera controller is the successor to the DS-U2. The DS-U3 is specifically designed to interface any of the cameras in the Nikon DS camera line to a PC computer through a FireWire 800 interface. The DS-U3 transmits information at high speed, and eliminates complicated and supports a variety of microscope “C” mountable cameras including the DS-Fi2 , DS-Fi1c , DS-Vi1 , DS-Ri1 and DS-Qi1 Series models.

Key Features:

  • Compact Design: The U3 Controller is contained in a sophisticated, thin, and compact design. Measuring 193 x 196 x 35mm (W x D x H), the U3’s small footprint will integrate into any computer setup.
  • High-speed PC Connection: Features a FireWire 800 device port that can be easily connected with a PC. The USB FireWire 800 device port enables the transfer of image files to a PC over 60% faster than the previous model.


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