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Evolutional stereo microscope
Nikon has developed an all-new stereo microscope that features a large zoom ratio of 25:1, high resolution and exceptional fluorescence transmission capability to respond to increasing demand for imaging systems that span spatial scales from single cells to whole organisms.
- World's largest zoom range and highest resolution in the SMZ series
- Bright and high contrast fluorescent images
- Automation and digital imaging
- Easy to use
Motorized zoom model with the highest zoom ratio and resolution in the SMZ series
Manual zoom model providing advanced optical performance and incredibly bright fluorescence at an economical cost
|Type||Motorized zoom||Manual zoom|
|Zooming observation||BF/DF/FL/Simple polarizing||BF/DF/FL/Simple polarizing|
|Magnification range||0.63x - 15.75x||0.75x - 13.5x|
|Maximum NA of objective||0.312*3||0.3*3|
- *1Using SHR Plan Apo 2x/C-W 10xB
- *2Using SHR Plan Apo 0.5x/C-W 10xB
- *3Using SHR Plan Apo 2x
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World's largest zoom range and highest resolution in the SMZ series
Dynamic zoom ratio of 25:1
An innovative optical system known as Perfect Zoom System provides the world's first zoom ratio of 25:1 (zoom range: 0.63x - 15.75x). Even with a 1x objective lens, the SMZ25 captures the entire 35mm dish and simultaneously delivers microscopic details.
(Using SHR Plan Apo 1x with SMZ25)
Image courtesy of Japan Insect Association
Offers the highest zoom ratio thanks to Nikon's Perfect Zoom System
A breakthrough in stereoscope design, Perfect Zoom System dynamically change the distance between the two optical axes as the zoom factor is changed. This change in optical axis distance enables maximization of light entry into the optical system at every magnification. The result is an uncompromised, large zoom range, high resolution in both eye paths, and minimal aberrations over the entire zoom-range. Furthermore, this breakthrough in optical design enables all of these desirable features be housed in a compact zoom body, resulting in an ergonomic instrument design.
Superior resolution never before seen on a stereomicroscope
SHR Plan Apo series
Nikon's newly developed objective lens series, the SHR Plan Apo series, offers a high resolution of 1100LP/mm (Observed value, using SHR Plan Apo 2x at maximum zoom). The new SHR Plan Apo series of lenses deliver brilliant images with true-to-life colors.
Comparison of resolution and color aberration by resolution chart
Auto Link Zoom (ALZ) supports seamless viewing at different scales
ALZ automatically adjusts the zoom factor to maintain the same field of view when switching objective lenses. This function enables seamless switching between whole organism imaging at low magnifications and detailed imaging at high magnifications.
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Bright and high contrast fluorescent images
Enhanced brightness and uniform illumination in low magnification range
The SMZ25 series is the first stereo microscope in the world to use a fly-eye lens on an epi-fluorescence attachment. This innovative design ensures bright and uniform illumination even at low magnifications, resulting in uncompromised uniformity in brightness across a large field of view.
Improved S/N ratio and crystal clear fluorescent images thanks to an improved optical system
Nikon's newly developed optical system offers a drastic improvement in S/N ratio even at high magnifications. This improved S/N ratio makes it possible to capture cell division, which is difficult using conventional stereo microscopes, and samples with low excitation light.
Zoom body with significant improvements in optical performance
Nikon has succeeded in improving the signal and reducing noise in fluorescent images by using a short wavelength, high transmission lens. Combined with an innovative epi-fluorescence attachment, the SMZ18/25 is better able to detect excitation light than conventional fluorescent stereo microscopes.
Single fluorescent neurons can be visualized in live C. elegans
Fluorescence and OCC images of a live C. elegans expressing GFP- and RFP-neurons
(using SHR Plan Apo 2x at zoom magnification of 3x with SMZ25)
Image courtesy of Julie C. Canman, Ph.D., Columbia University
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Automation and digital imaging
A wide range of digital imaging capabilities with the Digital Sight series and NIS-Elements imaging software
Easily obtain the information you need, such as Z drive position, zoom factor, objective lens, filter cube, and LED DIA brightness by using the Digital Sight series and NIS-Elements or Digital Sight series DS-L3 together with the microscope.
Imaging Software NIS-Elements
One software for all systems: NIS-Elements which is Nikon's flagship, cross-platform imaging software can now be used with Nikon's latest stereomicroscope systems SMZ25 and SMZ18. NIS-Elements enables a wide range of advanced digital imaging capabilities, easily from a PC.
Multiple fluorescent channels can be captured in conjunction with other imaging methods such as OCC or brightfield.
Individual cells resolved in a live drosophila embryo expressing GFP and mCherry
(Using SHR Plan Apo 2x at zoom magnification of 8x with SMZ25)
Image courtesy of Max V. Staller, Ph.D., Clarissa Scholes, and Angela DePace, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Easily setup a time-lapse imaging experiment with NIS-Elements.
(Using SHR Plan Apo 2x at zoom magnification of 9x with SMZ25 and camera head DS-Qi1)
Image courtesy of Joe Fetcho, Ph.D., Cornell University