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Nikon's DN100 Digital Network Camera Delivers Revolutionary Capabilities for Industrial and Life Science Applications

Jun 14, 2001

For industrial inspectors, pathologists and researchers who have longed for a simple to use digital camera with networking capabilities, the wait is over. Nikon's new DN100 digital network camera captures, transfers and monitors micro/macro images simultaneously. This revolutionary networking capability enables viewing of high-resolution images by many people in different locations, whether in multi-user facilities or across continents, in real time and at megapixel resolution.

The DN100 is not platform dependent, attaching directly to a local area network (LAN) or the Internet. It is accessed through standard browser communications programs like Internet Explorer(R) or Netscape(R). This system is stand-alone, using any standard monitor up to 1280x1024 resolution without the need for a PC or special software to capture and transfer images.

This makes it a perfect tool for a wide variety of industrial, bioscience and educational applications. Because sharing information in real time is possible, product inspection results or microscopic images may be shared between labs and factories, hospitals or classrooms. Camera viewing conditions can be adjusted by receiving parties, and users may also perform network transfer of images to create databases.

The DN100 delivers color 1.3 megapixel resolution at a rate of 15 frames per second and alleviates the need to first record images before sharing them. Captured images can be transferred to networked parties simultaneously at 1 frame per 2 seconds through 1 frame every 10 minutes, making it ideal for time lapse applications. Users also have the option of directly storing images on the PCMCIA type II card slot with a compact flash cord or memory stick using the appropriate adapter. Downloading data to an FTP server for distribution, printing and archiving is another option.

The camera features intuitive operation, ease-of-use and unprecedented versatility for a variety of applications. For example, when configured with an industrial microscope, accept/reject judgment from outside a clean room is possible, as well as immediate feedback of acceptance tests to suppliers. Configured with a stereoscopic microscope, examining products between a company's office and its inspection facility in a remote area is made possible by showing the sample and the product on the 2-image split screen mode. With a biological microscope, pathologists and clinicians may ask doctors their opinions by showing images of specimens over a network, or conduct online education on cytology and pathology examinations. A video lens may also be used for macro or general imaging needs.

For more information on the DN100 Digital Network Camera, please contact Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Road, Melville, NY 11747; phone 800-52-Nikon, ext. P1032.

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