Digital Microscopes Market, by Modality (Desktop Digital Microscope, and Portable Digital Microscope), By Connectivity (Wired Digital Microscope and Wireless Digital Microscope), By Application (Research and Development, Medical Diagnostics, and Forensic Testing), By End User (Biopharmaceutical Companies, Academic Research Institute, and Forensic and Pathology Laboratory), and by Region - Global Trends, and Forecast till 2025

Digital Microscopes Market - Insights

Digital microscopes integrate high quality image sensors, digital cameras, rechargeable batteries, and also has storage options for saving the images. There are various types of digital microscopes such as desktop digital microscope and portable digital microscope. Furthermore, few microscopes have display systems attached and are wireless. Digital microscopes require at least one power source to function. Integration of technologies such as 3D illumination, image sharing functions, and others eliminate the need for purchasing additional instruments. Digital microscopes come under Class 1 medical device listing of the U.S. Food & Drugs Administration (FDA). As these devices do not interfere with the human body functioning in any way, the regulations applicable to the devices is not as stringent as compared to class 2 and class 3 medical devices. European Commission also classifies digital microscopes under the combined nomenclature published in the Official Journal of European Union. Commercially available digital microscopes include DSX Series digital microscopes, ShuttlePix, and Smartzoom 5.

Advantages offered by digital microscope over conventional microscope and cost effectiveness is expected to boost growth of the digital microscopes market

Digital microscopes are cost effective as compared to conventional optical microscope. The prices depend on the connection type, software used, and quality of the technology. The main advantage is that depending on the nature of the work and image quality required, the user can opt for the necessary microscope, which saves costs, as opposed to using a conventional microscope for all tasks. Furthermore, factors such as ease of use without specific skill set, low set up time, and safe handling of sample without spillage makes digital microscopes an instrument of choice for users. Handheld digital microscopes come with USB connectivity, which makes field studies possible, although, with access to a power source, and avoiding delays in sample processing and analysis. This also helps in overall cost reduction. Various software such as LAS X by Leica Microsystems and SPOT software by Spot Imaging can be integrated with digital microscopes to allow for storage of the images for future reference. Moreover, multiple user profiles can be created in the system, which is not possible with conventional optical microscopy. Different users can switch to their specific profile and with smaller adjustments on the same working system.

Optical microscopes can be converted into digital microscopes by removing the eyepiece and adding an eyepiece camera. The camera used can be a microscope digital camera, Wi-Fi microscope camera, or a tablet camera. This conversion of optical microscope into digital microscope may significantly reduce the number of new buyers for digital microscope, and hence may limit the market growth.

The global digital microscopes market was valued at US$ 216.6 million in 2016 and is expected to witness a robust CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period (2017–2025).

Figure 1. Global Digital Microscopes Market Value Share ($), by Modality, 2017 and 2025

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Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2017)

Continuous product launches from leading players such as Hirox Corporation and Olympus Corporation is expected to drive growth of the digital microscopes market

Leading players such as Keyence Corporation, Olympus Corporation, Nikon Corporation, and Hirox Corporation offer innovative digital microscopes in all categories such as desktop digital microscope, wired, and wireless digital microscope. In 2015, Hirox Corporation expanded its digital microscope portfolio with the launch of its new RH-2000 digital microscope. Also, in 2016, Hirox Corporation launched its new innovative RH-8800 digital microscope. In 2015, Olympus Corporation launched three new models of digital microscope namely: DSX510, DSX510i, and DSX110.

Manufacturers in Europe such as Optika Italy are offering desktop digital and innovative microscopes as well as portable microscopes, which are wired and wireless. The company has two wireless digital microscopes B-190TB, and B-290TB, whose patents are pending. PreciPoint — a Germany-based manufacturer — also provides custom manufacturing and tailored microscopy systems according to the need of the customer. Europe also has presence of leading players such as Carl Zeiss and Leica Microsystems. North America is expected to exhibit high growth potential in the digital microscopes market, due to presence of major pharmaceutical organizations such as Pfizer and Novartis, which are engaged in research and development of innovative therapies.

Some major players operating in the digital microscopes market include Olympus Corporation, Nikon Corporation, Carl Zeiss AG, Celestron, LLC, Hirox Corporation, Danaher Corporation, Keyence Corporation, and Tagarno A/S.

Digital microscopy is increasingly being used in the education sector, as it allows for projection of images for large audiences. Moreover, image sharing as well as multiple profile storage options benefit scientific researchers as well as other users. Advancements in technology such as on-screen inspection systems, image sharing, and measurement has aided in growth of the market. Advanced digital microscopes have built-in LED illumination, zoom/focus controls, and video/snapshot recording function. Image sharing functions are possible with software systems. Portable microscopes allows USB connectivity and television connectivity via adapter systems. These technological advances have positively impacted growth of the digital microscopes market.

Market Dynamics

Advantages offered by digital microscopes over conventional optical microscopes such as functional design and overall ergonomics provides it an edge over conventional microscopes. Furthermore, inexperienced users can easily process a sample in digital microscope and obtain the images whereas, conventional microscopes require specific skill set to operate. This is expected to boost growth of the digital microscopes market over the forecast period. Digital microscopes have features such as advanced software for image processing, sharing, and storage for e.g. LAS X by Leica Microsystems, and SPOT software by Spot Imaging. These features offered by digital microscopes are beneficial in research and development as well as other applications and is expected to affect growth of the digital microscopes market over the forecast period.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of digital microscopes market and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2017–2025), considering 2016 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, and competitive strategy adopted by the leading players
  • It profiles leading players in the global digital microscopes market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Olympus Corporation, Nikon Corporation, Carl Zeiss AG, Celestron, LLC., Hirox Corporation, Danaher Corporation, Keyence Corporation, and Tagarno A/S
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decision regarding their future product launches, by technology up-gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global digital microscopes market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, product manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through the various strategy matrices used in analyzing the digital microscopes market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Modality:
    • Desktop Digital Microscope
    • Portable Digital Microscope
  • Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Connectivity:
    • Wired Digital Microscope
    • Wireless Digital Microscope
  • Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Application:
    • Research & Development
    • Medical Diagnostics
    • Forensic Testing
  • Global Digital Microscopes Market, By End User:
    • Biopharmaceutical Companies
    • Academic Research Institute
    • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
  • Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Geography:
    • North America
      • By Modality:
        • Desktop Digital Microscope
        • Portable Digital Microscope
      • By Connectivity:
        • Wired Digital Microscope
        • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • By Application:
        • Research & Development
        • Medical Diagnostics
        • Forensic Testing     
      • By End User:
        • Biopharmaceutical Companies
        • Academic Research Institute
        • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • By Country:
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Europe
      • By Modality:
        • Desktop Digital Microscope
        • Portable Digital Microscope
      • By Connectivity:
        • Wired Digital Microscope
        • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • By Application:
        • Research & Development
        • Medical Diagnostics
        • Forensic Testing     
      • By End User:
        • Biopharmaceutical Companies
        • Academic Research Institute
        • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • By Country:
        • U.K.
        • Germany
        • Italy
        • France
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • By Modality:
        • Desktop Digital Microscope
        • Portable Digital Microscope
      • By Connectivity:
        • Wired Digital Microscope
        • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • By Application:
        • Research & Development
        • Medical Diagnostics
        • Forensic Testing     
      • By End User:
        • Biopharmaceutical Companies
        • Academic Research Institute
        • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • By Country:
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • ASEAN
        • Australia
        • South Korea
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • By Modality:
        • Desktop Digital Microscope
        • Portable Digital Microscope
      • By Connectivity:
        • Wired Digital Microscope
        • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • By Application:
        • Research & Development
        • Medical Diagnostics
        • Forensic Testing     
      • By End User:
        • Biopharmaceutical Companies
        • Academic Research Institute
        • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • By Country:
        • Brazil
        • Mexico
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle East
      • By Modality:
        • Desktop Digital Microscope
        • Portable Digital Microscope
      • By Connectivity:
        • Wired Digital Microscope
        • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • By Application:
        • Research & Development
        • Medical Diagnostics
        • Forensic Testing     
      • By End User:
        • Biopharmaceutical Companies
        • Academic Research Institute
        • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • By Country:
        • GCC
        • Israel
        • Rest of Middle East
    • Africa
      • By Modality:
        • Desktop Digital Microscope
        • Portable Digital Microscope
      • By Connectivity:
        • Wired Digital Microscope
        • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • By Application:
        • Research & Development
        • Medical Diagnostics
        • Forensic Testing     
      • By End User:
        • Biopharmaceutical Companies
        • Academic Research Institute
        • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • By Country:
        • Central Africa
        • South Africa
        • North Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • Olympus Corporation*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
    • Nikon Corporation
    • Carl Zeiss AG
    • Celestron, LLC.
    • Hirox Corporation
    • Danaher Corporation
    • Keyence Corporation
    • Tagarno A/S

 “*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.

Table of Contents

  1. Research Objective and assumption
    • Research Objectives
    • Assumptions
    • Abbreviations
  2. Market Purview
    • Report Description
      • Market Definition and Scope
    • Executive Summary
      • Market Snippet, By Modality
      • Market Snippet, By Connectivity
      • Market Snippet, By Application
      • Market Snippet, By End User
      • Market Snippet, By Region
    • Coherent Opportunity Map (COM)
  3. Market Dynamics, Regulations, and Trends Analysis
    • Market Dynamics
      • Drivers
      • Restraints
      • Market Opportunities
      • Impact Analysis
    • Technological Evolution
    • PEST Analysis
    • Microscope Comparison
  4. Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Modality, 2017–2025 (US$ Mn)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, 2016–2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Desktop Digital Microscope
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
    • Portable Digital Microscope
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
  5. Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Connectivity, 2017–2025 (US$ Mn)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, 2016–2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Wired Digital Microscope
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
    • Wireless Digital Microscope
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
  6. Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Application, 2017–2025 (US$ Mn)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, 2016–2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Research & Development
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
    • Medical Diagnostics
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
    • Forensic Testing
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
  7. Global Digital Microscopes Market, By End User, 2017–2025 (US$ Mn)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, 2016–2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Biopharmaceutical Companies
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
    • Academic Research Institute
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
    • Forensic and Pathology Laboratory
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2015–2025, (US$ Mn)
  8. Global Digital Microscopes Market, By Regions, 2017–2025 (US$ Mn)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, By Region, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, For Regions, 2017–2025
    • North America
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Modality, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Connectivity, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Application, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Country, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Europe
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Modality, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Connectivity, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Application, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Country, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
        • U.K.
        • Germany
        • Italy
        • France
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Modality, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Connectivity, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Application, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Country, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • ASEAN
        • Australia
        • South Korea
        • Rest of APAC
    • Latin America
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Modality, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Connectivity, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Application, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Country, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
        • Brazil
        • Mexico
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Africa
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Modality, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Connectivity, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Application, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Country, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
        • Central Africa
        • South Africa
        • North Africa
    • Middle East
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Modality, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Connectivity, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Application, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By End User, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
      • Market Size and Forecast, By Country, 2015–2025 (US$ Mn)
        • GCC
        • Israel
        • Rest of Middle East
  9. Competitive Landscape
    • Company Profiles
      • Olympus Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Nikon Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Carl Zeiss AG
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Celestron, LLC.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Hirox Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Danaher Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Keyence Corporation
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
      • Tagarno A/S
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Key Developments
        • Financial Performance
        • Strategies
  10. Section
    • References
    • Research Methodology
    • About us and Sales Contact

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