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Color vs. Black and White: How to Choose a FlowCam Camera

While most imaging particle analyzers are equipped with black and white (monochrome) cameras for image acquisition, FlowCam 8100 instruments offer a choice of either black and white or color cameras.

Each configuration performs differently in common particle analysis tasks like particle sizing and morphology analysis. It is important to select the appropriate set-up for your specific application and particle analysis goal.

Color v B&W camera table

This technical note will describe the strengths and weaknesses of each camera choice and discuss which is better suited for specific applications. 

Color v. B&W thumbnailA color FlowCam 8100 configuration would be preferred when monitoring for harmful algal blooms (HABs). In this application, researchers are interested in identifying toxin-producing species. Particle type identification is the focus of the analysis where particles of interest exhibit intrinsic coloration. A black and white camera configuration is preferred when particle sizing accuracy is the priority. An example here would be in a biotherapeutic application where it's essential to accurately size particles in different ranges for quality control measures. 

Selecting the appropriate camera type for your FlowCam will help ensure that you obtain the desired particle information for your specific application. If you like to learn more, please download our technical note.

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Topics: FlowCam Technology