DP73 Digital Camera

Olympus offers the latest pixel-shifting technology with the DP73, a 17.28 megapixel cooled digital color camera. The full resolution live display runs at a rapid 15 frames per second for seamless viewing in brightfield and widefield fluorescence imaging. The DP73’s 3CCD Mode offers increased resolving power and expanded color space to capture the most subtle colors. For high dynamic range imaging requirement, the DP73 features the optional wider function preserving color gradations in low-light color fluorescence environments.
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  • 17.28 Megapixel resolution for greater image detail
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use cellSens®* software, with customizable toolbar, for image acquisition, analysis and management
  • 15 frames per second live display at full frame resolution (1600 x 1200)
  • Peltier cooled to 10º C below ambient
  • 14-bit color depth for superb color fidelity
  • 4 selectable image resolutions: 4800 x 3600, 2400 x 4800, 1600 x 1200 and 800 x 600
  • 3-CCD Mode for increased resolving power
  • WiDER feature for wide dynamic range imaging (optional)
  • 2 x 2 for increased sensitivity and preview frame rate
  • Levels adjustment: live and post processing
  • Time-lapse acquisition option, save as an AVI or MPEG-1 movie
  • 3 Autofocus aids for easy focusing
  • Scale bar, annotation, and time/date labeling
  • Shading correction
  • Photo-bleaching correction
  • TWAIN interface: works with Microsoft applications, Photoshop, many Laboratory Information Software companies (LIS), and other third party software


This camera is an excellent choice for a wide range of imaging applications including excellent fluorescence performance. The DP73 incorporates excellent sensitivity, Peltier cooling, and a unique SFL (super fluorescence) auto-exposure mode. When sensitivity is critical, switch to our custom monochrome mode and drastically reduce exposure times and increase contrast. Experiments may be recorded as a series of images, an AVI, or streamed as an MPEG-1. The DP73 delivers superb image quality for a broad range of applications.

This camera also makes a great tool for teaching or group consultations. Set the camera for full screen display, interface it to an LCD projector, and a room full of observers are able to view the specimen simultaneously.

Color fidelity

The DP73 is a 14-bit camera that produces 42-bit RGB color depth for recording subtle color intensities and gradations. With 4 resolution options, a microscopist can utilize the full range of a microscope’s optics. Simply match the microscope’s resolution to the camera’s resolution. The final result is images that are created with outstanding color, clarity, and detail in seconds!

The DP73 uses a 2.1 million pixel CCD with a Bayer color filter. To increase the spatial resolution, the CCD is coupled to pixel-shifting technology; resulting in images with an ultra-high resolution of 4800 x 3600 pixels. It can be adapted to best suit imaging requirements with 4 different resolution options.

In addition to sRGB, the DP73 supports AdobeRGB, which provides a larger color gamut, in addition to conventional sRGB, higher-fidelity recording of slight differences in color in dye speciments. In particular, green regions can be more clearly reproduced.

DP73 Image Acquisition Interface:

Developed by Olympus, cellSens® image acquisition software is packed with features that maximize productivity by streamlining workflow. Camera controls easily optimize real-time acquisition conditions. Acquisition parameters are adjusted using a simple spot metering concept to fine-tune exposure settings. Also included is an interface to control Olympus IX81® and BX® series microscopes.

An Auto Super FL mode (SFL) utilizes a special algorithm (different from the autoexpose algorithm used for brightfield observation) that automatically sets the correct exposure time. The combination of a Peltier cooled CCD and the one-touch black background correction function enables acquisition of superb low-noise fluorescence images. A 2 x 2 binning selection increases sensitivity and previews screen frame rates for rapid framing and focusing. An ultra-fast full resolution (1600 x 1200) frame rate of up to 15 frames per second makes framing and focusing fast and easy.

Acquired images are sent automatically to the image management interface. Stored images, displayed as thumbnails, are easily dragged and dropped for viewing and comparison. In addition, there is a 7 channel image merging function where fluorescence and DIC combinations can be merged into one multi-colored image. A time-lapse function allows a series of images to be acquired in a sequence or in an AVI format and played back immediately. Or stream images at 15 frames per second to create an AVI movie. Single snapshot images are saved as TIFFs, multi-TIFFs, JPEG, BMP, and PICT.

*DP73 and cellSens software are not for Clinical Diagnostic Use.

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