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  1. How to update DinoCapture to the latest version
    Updating to the latest version is easy, here's a quick guide Learn More
  2. How to reset DinoCapture to default / factory settings (Rename Digital Microscope folder)
    This guide helps you reset your DinoCapture to factory default settings. Learn More
  3. How to use eFLC (Enhanced FLC)
    eFLC (enhanced FLC) is a feature available with specific models that provide flexible illumination control over the target. With eFLC, LED quadrants can be assigned between two sets, and their light intensity levels adjusted independently. This feature allows lighting setups to mimic a key light and sidelight to reveal more details and create more vivid pictures. Learn More
  4. Advanced Settings in DinoCapture 2.0 (DC20.ini)
    Users can make changes to the most common DinoCapture 2.0 settings from within the software, however, some advanced settings can only be enabled/disabled by editing a configuration file Learn More
  5. How to choose a Dino-Lite microscope
    Resources to help select the right product Learn More
  6. Product demonstrations
    If your question is not answered by any of the options on this FAQ page Learn More
  7. Control LED lights without DinoCapture software
    The LED lights on the Dino-Lite USB can be toggled on/off through software (except the AM2011) in one of several ways. Learn More
  8. About the Dino-Lite SDK
    An available free SDK (software development kit) provides C++, C#, and Visual Basic component files for custom applications once a software license agreement is signed. Learn More
  9. Do UV and IR models contain visible light filters?
    Some models, including the AM413FIT (IR) and AM4113FVT (UV) contain visible light filters Learn More
  10. Does the strobe feature affect LED lifetime?
    While in a strobe pattern, the LED lights alternate being in an “on” and “off” state. Learn More
  11. How fast can the LEDs be cycled ON/OFF
    The LEDs can be toggled on/off programmatically using the Dino-Lite SDK. The maximum switching rate is approximately 20Hz. Learn More
  12. Built-in LED light lifetime
    The Dino-Lite uses long-lasting LED lights rated at 20,000 operational hours. Learn More
  13. Infrared light sensitivity
    Dino-Lite scope lens are glass with IR coating. The filter is an IR pass filter. Learn More
  14. About refresh speed / frame rate (FPS)
    In general, standard models have maximum frame rate of 30 fps at low resolution (640 x 480) and can expect between about 10 - 15 fps at 1280 x 1024 resolution. High frame rate models (3713) series have a maximum frame rate of 60 fps at 640 x 480. Learn More
  15. LED wavelength information
    Information about LED wavelength and filters.. Learn More
  16. DinoCapture crashes or does not open
    When trying to open DinoCapture, the software opens slowly, crashes with an error message or does not open at all. Learn More
  17. About Dino-Eye eyepiece cameras
    The Dino-Eye camera devices are designed to add digital microscope functionality to an existing stereo or compound microscope. The camera connects to the microscope either by replacing a binocular eyepiece, a trinocular tube, or a c-mount connection. Learn More
  18. Third party software compatibility
    Yes, please click here to see more. Learn More
  19. About video codecs
    The 5MP (2592 x 1944) resolution Dino-Lite models make use of one of two codecs (coder-decoder) to transmit the live image from the device to a computer, MJPEG or YUY2. The MJPEG codec uses more compression, resulting in a higher frame rate and a lower quality image. The YUY2 uses less compression, resulting in a higher quality image and a lower frame rate. Thus it is recommended to use the MJPEG codec when the specimen or the microscope will be moving, and the YUY2 codec when both the specimen and the microscope are stationary and/or the highest image quality is required.. Learn More
  20. Measuring with Dino-Eye eyepiece camera
    To measure with the Dino-Eye, use the magnification of the objective lens as the "input magnification" and then use the calibration feature. When calibrating, the "input magnification" box should also contain the value of the objective lens magnification. After calibrating, the objective lens can be changed as long as the "input magnification" box is also updated to reflect the change. Learn More
  21. About color correction
    Color correction matrix varies based on specific model and exposure settings. For specific inquiries or recommendations for applications requiring color accuracy, please contact us. Learn More
  22. About numeric aperture
    Numeric aperture varies between different models. In general it is above 0.065. For specific inquiries or product recommendations please contact us. Learn More
  23. Traditional vs digital microscope magnification
    Traditional microscopes and Dino-Lite digital microscopes both use a lens (optical magnification) to provide an enlarged view of a specimen. A particular magnification value may appear more powerful using a traditional microscope compared to a digital microscope because magnification is defined differently between the two types of devices... Learn More
  24. Magnification specification vs numbers on device
    Explanation of the difference between the magnification specification and the magnification range on the device Learn More
  25. Equivalent of DinoCapture "HS Mode" in the SDK
    The HS mode can be emulated in the SDK by using the following statements.. Learn More
  26. Guides & Information
    Here are the available information and guides for users getting started with Dino-Lite Learn More
  27. Current & Previous Model Numbers
    List of our previous models and their updated replacements Learn More
  28. How to acquire depth information (DPQ) with compatible Edge Models
    DinoCapture 2.0 and selected Dino-Lite models offer an improved and more accurate functionality for the acquisition of depth information. Now, users can acquire depth information from the focus shift between two focal planes during live imaging Learn More
  29. Software License Information - EULA
    The DinoCapture software may be installed on as many computers as needed without additional cost. Please see the complete user license agreement presented during installation for details.

    View the User License Agreement EULA (PDF) Learn More
  30. Dino-Lite System Requirements
    Dino-Lite requires USB 2.0 or better. Most modern PCs will have no problem running the DinoCapture software. Not all models are compatible with Mac OS. Learn More
  31. Why choose Dino-Lite microscopes?
    Award winning product and design. #1 Selling Handheld Microscope in the World. Unique design with a single lens with variable magnification. Learn More
  32. How to find the model or serial number
    How to find the model number or serial number of the Dino-Lite microscope Learn More
  33. Model number meanings
    What the Dino-Lite model numbers mean Learn More
  34. Color adjustment for Dino-Eye eyepiece camera
    White Balance is a color correction function to adjust white color accurately on the image. When the white balance is corrected properly, colors on the image would look natural on human eyes, even under variety of light source with different color temperature. Learn More
  35. Using Dino-Lite on Google Chromebook
    Instructions for setting up a compatible Dino-Lite on Google Chromebook Learn More
  36. How to use the Customize Shortcuts feature
    Customize shortcuts allows users to assign key and key combinations to DinoCapture functions to help improve the efficiency of the users work flow. Learn More
  37. WF-10 Wifi Streamer Compatibility Info
    Click to see the compatibility chart Learn More
  38. Android USB Compatibility Info
    Click to see the compatibility chart Learn More
  39. About USB 3.0 and Dino-Lite
    USB 3.0 adds a new transfer mode called "SuperSpeed" (SS) capable of transferring data up to 5Gbits/s (625MB/s). With this improved speed comes improved quality which also requires more resources. Learn More
  40. How to use Auto Calibration (CS-40 / CS-41)
    Automatic calibration is available for Dino-Lite Edge Series models with the CS-40 / CS-41 slides with DinoCapture 2.0 Learn More
  41. DinoXcope is installed but does not open
    Sometimes DinoXcope fails to start when the program has crashed or was closed improperly, to resolve this please follow these directions Learn More
  42. DinoCapture does not show Dino-Lite (Black screen or not recognized)
    The Windows 10 April 2018 update (Build 1803) introduced a Microphone and Webcam privacy settings option that blocks unauthorized applications from turning on your devices without your permission. Learn More
  43. How to request Remote Assistance
    Dino-Lite microscopes come with free technical support. In many cases, performing a remote assistance is the most convenient way to troubleshoot an issue Learn More
  44. About the Proposition 65 warning
    You may have seen the following warning label on Dino-Lite products, which appears on many other products from other manufacturers, including other electronics manufacturers: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm. What is this about? Learn More
  45. WF-20 Wifi Streamer Compatibility Info
    Click to see the compatibility chart Learn More
  46. About measurement, accuracy, and calibration
    The Dino-Lite Pro microscope has higher measurement accuracy at higher magnifications such as 50x or 200x. Learn More
  47. About polarization
    The polarizer is an adjustable feature on Dino-Lite microscopes that allows you to help reduce glare on reflective surfaces Learn More
  48. How to use EDOF (Extended depth of field)

    EDOF (Extended depth of field) is an image processing tool exclusive to the Dino-Lite Edge AM4815 and AM7915 series on DinoCapture 2.0 version 1.4.7 and higher. It increases the depth of field by combining a series of images with different focuses into one image by only a few clicks. For more information on how to use this feature, please see the following:

    How to use EDOF in DinoCapture 2.0
    EDOF Demonstration Video

    Learn More
  49. View the Wi-Fi streamer on a Windows computer
    The Dino-Lite can be viewed wirelessly using the WF-20 / WF-10 WiFi streamer through one of the mobile apps or through a web browser on your PC. Learn More
  50. How to find the model or serial number
    The model number can be found on the tag near the USB connector.. Learn More
  51. How do I clean a Dino-Lite?
    Please read the full article for important information and proper cleaning instructions Learn More
  52. How to use edge detection
    Please refer to our quick Auto Distance Measurement Guide Learn More
  53. Continuous measurement (keep tool active)
    By default continuous measurement is not enabled. After placing one measurement, the measurement tool used is de-selected and the arrow returns to the default selector. If you want the previously selected measurement tool to remain active after placing a measurement, you can enable continuous measurement by following these steps... Learn More
  54. Digital zoom on mobile devices
    How to do a digital zoom on a mobile device Learn More
  55. How to record a time-lapse video
    Time Lapse Video lets your Dino-Lite record video frames at set time intervals, creating a time lapse movie without the need for you to stitch all of the photos together. Once recording is stopped the camera will automatically compile the frames into a cohesive video clip that you can playback. Learn More
  56. About the MicroTouch feature
    MicroTouch is a touch sensor that provides convenient snapshot without disturbing the image by moving a physical button. Learn More
  57. Multiple Dino-Lite devices on one computer
    The number of simultaneous Dino-Lite devices supported depends on the operating system and hardware resources, ranging from 2 to 4 devices in most cases. Learn More
  58. Using Dino-Lite on Windows RT
    Instructions for setting up a compatible Dino-Lite on Windows RT Learn More
  59. Transfer DinoCapture files to another computer
    Transferring of DinoCapture files and folders to another computer must be done in a specific way to work properly Learn More
  60. DinoCapture User Guides
    How to access the user guides for Dino-Lite software Learn More
  61. DinoXcope User Guide
    How to access the user guides for Dino-Lite software Learn More
  62. Mac OS Compatibility
    Many Dino-Lite USB models are compatible and include software for Mac OS. A few exceptions include models with special features such as strobe lighting, FLC, EDOF/EDR, and AMR, and a several older (now discontinued) models... Learn More
  63. Drawing File Request
    Need a drawing or design schematic file of a Dino-Lite microscope or accessory? Learn More
  64. Does the Dino-Lite store user data (data volatility)
    No, the Dino-Lite microscopes do not store any customer data Learn More
  65. Dino-Lite power consumption
    For the Dino-Lite USB models in the 300/3000, and 400/4000 series, the Dino-Lite consumes 1980mW (1340mW microscope + 640mW for all 8 LEDs). Learn More
  66. Environmental temperature and pressure
    For Temperature Rating: Internal electronic components: Temperature rating (14° F ~ 131°F) / (-10° C ~ 55° C) Learn More
  67. Microscope not recognized or missing
    DinoCapture software opens without error, but device is not recognized or live video does not start Learn More
  68. Glass or plastic lens
    The Dino-Lite uses a glass lens. Learn More
  69. Save camera settings profile
    Creating and saving a camera setting profile allows the user to customize the camera color setting for better color accuracy. Creating a camera setting profile can be a time saving tool if properly used. If lighting conditions are standardized and the object is similar in color then creating a profile can be a beneficial feature. Please see the following screenshot:

    Camera settings Learn More
  70. Default email application used by DinoCapture

    DinoCapture uses your default email application to send email. This is set in the Windows Control Panel rather than in DinoCapture. To set your default email client in Windows use the following steps:


    Windows 7/8

    1. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs
    2. Click "Set your default programs", then select your desired email application from the list on the left side
    3. Click "Choose defaults for this program"
    4. Under the "MAPI" section, click the checkbox next to "Send mail" (be sure that you are checking "Send mail", not "MAILTO")
    5. Click "Save"


    Windows XP

    1. Click Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
    2. Click "Set Program Access and Defaults" then select "Custom"
    3. Find the section titled "Choose a default e-mail program"
    4. Click the box next to your desired email application
    5. Click "OK"

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  71. Nozzle (endcap) material information
    All "AD" series caps are made out of polycarbonate material. "AM" series caps are made out of acrylic or polycarbonate material. Please contact us to inquire about a specific model. Learn More
  72. DinoXcope error: "unidentified developer" / "can't be opened because Apple.."

    Mac OS displays the following error:

    DinoXcope can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer

    This error message has to do with increased security in more recent versions of Mac OS. By default, Mac OS is now only allowing software that comes from the Apple store. This can be resolved by creating an exception to that policy for the Dino-Lite software, or by changing that setting univerally to allow software from other sources.

    Learn More
  73. Which format/resolution/DPI should be used
    Information about image formats, resolutions, and DPI settings.. Learn More
  74. Captured image and video file sizes
    The size of captured images and recorded video files can vary based on a number of factors, in particular the resolution and variance in light and color has a large effect on final size. As an approximate:

    Based on testing regardless of DPI the file sizes are: JPG Images
    640 x 480 = 50kB - 80kB
    1280 x 1024 = 200kB - 400kB
    2592 x 1944 = 400kB - 1MB

    1 minute at 640 x 480 = 11MB
    1 minute at 1280 x 1024 = 33MB
    40 minutes at 1280 x 1024 = 1.7GB
    2 hours at 1280 x 1024 = 5GB
    Learn More
  75. About recording audio
    The Dino-Lite USB microscopes can capture snapshots and record video. The microscopes do not include a microphone for recording audio. Audio can be recorded by connecting a microphone or using a microphone built-in to the computer (such as in most notebooks) and using the AMCap software which is capable of recording video from the Dino-Lite and combining that video with audio from a separate microphone. Learn More
  76. Saving GPS location information
    The DinoCapture software supports some external GPS Devices. To enable recording of location data, connect a compatible external GPS device, then select: Settings > External GPS Select your device, and click Connect, then Save. Also make sure that the default image format is set to JPG, not BMP. The format must be JPG as the JPG file type supports the EXIF meta data standard which is where the location data will be saved. Learn More
  77. Using older models with Windows 8 and 10
    Unable to install an older Dino-Lite model (211, 311(S)(H), 313) on a computer with Windows 8, 10, or above. Learn More
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