There are CCD modules (often come with lenses, which can be taken off) sold on 
Amazon, eBay or aliexpress (or even better, Taobao) costing USD 20-40. These 
modules should be capable of taking full HD movies (MPEG or YUV2 compressed) at 
30fps these days. Some may allow 120fps@640x480 or promise higher sensitivities.

A better alternative is old DSLR bodies, which have larger, better sensors. 
There should be plenty of them, cheaply, on 2nd-hand market. The aforementioned 
CCD modules all use the smallest, lowest-end (but OK for what we do) sensors, 
in constrast.


Then with a 3D printer and some black PLA filament it is fairly easy to make a 
custom mounting tube that directly puts the CCD or the camera sensor on the 
image plane of the microscope. Metal adaptors are also available for DSLR 
bodies.

To control the CCD modules through USB, one can use amcap or VLC player. For 
DSLR bodies, digiCamControl. If one has a Raspberrypi, on-line streaming can 
also be setup using mjpg-streamer (or simply use the streaming function of 
octoprint).

Zhijie

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Subject: [ccp4bb] microscope camera

Forgive the off topic subject:

Has anyone got any experience with moticam microscope cameras?
We are looking into cheap cameras for record keeping etc and this supplier 
looks good but…

Cheers in advance

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