PAXcam Digital Microscope Cameras

Which PAXcam Microscope Camera is Right for You?

(CLICK HERE for PAXcam overview)

All of the full-version cameras in the PAXcam™ USB2 digital microscope camera lineup have the same general feature set. This includes the powerful PAX-it! image database software, live preview images at great frame rates, overlays on the preview image, the ability to add modules for making measurements on the live preview, measurements on captured images, image analysis and much more. Your PAXcam offers options as your needs grow and change!


The main differentiation between the PAXcam models is the resulting resolution of the captured image, and in the light levels available for imaging.

Microscope Camera Model

Mega-pixelsSensorImage ResolutionImage File Size(color, uncompressed)Max Exposure Time

Frame Rates in Live Preview

PAXcam ARC+

(USB 2)

Up to 32MP (selectable)1/1.8” CCD6464 x 4864Up to 90MB2500ms

21 fps @ 808×608

14 fps @ 1280×1024

12 fps @ 1616×1216

PAXcam5+

(USB 2)

5.0 MP

2/3” CCD

2448 x 204815.0MB20 sec8 fps @ 2448×2048
PAXcam5

(USB 2)

5.0 MP½” CMOS2592 x 194415.1MB1150ms

60 fps @ 640×480

7 fps @ 2592×1944

PAXcam4u3

(USB 3)

4.2 MP1″ CMOSIS2048 x 204812.5MB4000ms

90 fps @

2048 x 2048

PAXcam3

(USB 2)

3.1 MP½” CMOS2048 x 15369.4MB1300ms

20 fps @ 1200×768

10 fps @ 2048×1536

PAXcam2+

(USB 2)

2.0 MP1/1.8” CCD1616 x 12165.9MB20 sec

30 fps @ 808×608

12 fps @ 1616×1216

PAXcam2u3

(USB 3)

2.2 MP2/3″ CMOSIS2048 x 10886.6MB4000ms

170 fps @   2048 x 1088

PAXcam2

(USB 2)

1.9 MP

½” CMOS1600 x 12005.8MB800ms

40 fps @ 800×600

10 fps @ 1600×1200

PAXcam1+

(USB 2)

1.4MP

½” CCD

1392 x 10404.3MB

20 sec, low noise

15 fps @ 1392×1040

Most captured images are used for documentation, archiving, slide show presentations, written reports, or shared via email. When considering a camera’s resolution, keep the final purpose in mind. Large image files are difficult to email and network administrators do not want large image files taking up precious server space. (For example, a 5 MP image can produce a 12 MB image file; a 20 MP image can be 60+ MB in size!) If image analysis functions are being performed, the process can be noticeably slower as images get to be larger in size. These factors mean the balance between resolution and functionality must be assessed. More resolution is not always better!

Which PAXcam is right for you? Still undecided? Consult our image library for some examples of PAXcam images taken in different applications, and view the image quality available in each camera. Or contact a PAXcam representative to discuss your particular needs. Whatever your need, the PAXcam family of cameras has the right solution for you!

PAXcam Digital Microscope Camera Package Part Numbers

Microscope Camera Model

 PAX-itPAX-it with Basic MeasurementPAX-it with Image AnalysisPAX-it with Basic Measurement & Live Measurement

PAX-it with Image Analysis & Live Measurement

PAXcam ARC+

PSP-24

PSP-24M1

PSP-24M3

PSP-24L1

PSP-24L3

PAXcam5+

P5P-24

P5P-24M1

P5P-24M3

P5P-24L1

P5P-24L3

PAXcam5

P5-24

P5-24M1

P5-24M3

P5-24L1

P5-24L3

PAXcam4u3

P4u3-24

P4u3-24M1

P4u3-24M3

P4u3-24L1

P4u3-L3

PAXcam3

P3-24

P3-24M1

P3-24M3

P3-24L1

P3-24L3

PAXcam2+

P2P-24

P2P -24M1

P2P-24M3

P2P-24L1

P2P-24L3

PAXcam2u3

P2u3-24

P2u3-24M1

P2u3-24M3

P2u3-24L1

P2u3-24L3

PAXcam2

PL-24

PL-24M1

PL-24M3

PL-24L1

PL-24L3

PAXcam1+

P1P-24

P1P -24M1

P1P-24M3

P1P-24L1

P1P-24L3

PAXcamEDU

P1-24

P1-24M1

P1-24M3

P1-24L1

P1-24L3

  • Multiple-camera systems are also available at great prices. You can install several PAXcams into one computer. Please call for details.
  • Each c-mount camera requires a c-mount coupler to attach to the microscope (not included in the PAXcam system, but can be added if you don’t already have one).
  • Cameras can be incorporated with other hardware such as macro stands, microscopes, macro zoom lenses, and more. Click here for more information on optional hardware.