C-Mount Microscope Cameras

The most popular standard microscopy camera used throughout the industry and supplied by all manufacturers of microscopes.  All manufacturers of microscopes design their microscopes to accept standard c-mount microscope cameras.  These are, by far, the most convenient class of live image camera to use for microscopy and are usually supplied with excellent software.  If you buy the right camera (ie pay enough) they can give very good image quality but are unlikely to surpass that of a good quality DSLR camera with a good quality DSLR camera adapter.  This class of camera is specially designed for microscopy with microscopy appropriate live camera controls and software.  Technically speaking a c-mount  has a screw thread with a diameter of 1 inch (25.4mm) and 32 TPI (threads per inch). The “flange focal distance” is 17.52mm (0.69 inches). The C-Mount standard also defines the thread length as being 3.8mm.