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Microscopy Imaging from Jenoptik Brings the Full Power of Your Microscope to Light

Jenoptik’s sensitive, high-resolution USB cameras upgrade every microscope to a cutting-edge digital microscope workstation.

The JENOPTIK GRYPHAX® series is specifically designed for microscopy imaging and easy to use with any microscope — whatever the brand, thanks to the C-mount interface. JENOPTIK GRYPHAX® cameras provide brilliant, low-noise images with reproducible and true color. Short exposure times and high image refresh rates make the system time-efficient and convenient to use. This means you can position and focus your camera quickly and easily, even on moving objects. The USB cameras can even deliver live images at video speed in brilliant quality thanks to the state-of-the-art CMOS-sensor technology used in the camera series. The user-friendly and intuitive microscopy imaging software is part of every camera package contents (including future updates), runs on WIN / MAC / LINUX. In addition, there are many other 3rd-party software options for microscopy imaging as well as a free SDK.

JENOPTIK ProgRes® camera series is the predecessor of the current JENOPTIK GRYPHAX® series. Turn the ProgRes® camera you have into a GRYPHAX® camera you want using our trade-in offer.

Find out more about our cameras for microscopy imaging:

Technical Information

We equip our cameras with the latest CMOS sensor technology and USB3 interface.

JENOPTIK is focused on searching for sensors which perfectly fit to the challenges of the most microscopy applications. All users are looking for a large field of view, high frames per second, high dynamic range and reliable image results during live and after capture. We equip our cameras with the latest CMOS sensor technology and USB3 interface. On top, you work with a cross-platform compatible software for WIN; Mac and Linux.

PROKYON – real measured colors - a groundwork for all GRYPHAX cameras image quality:

JENOPTIK GRYPHAX PROKYON microscope camera is your flagship. It guarantees perfection in color images by using micro scanning in combination with color co- site sampling. Red, green and blue information is measured at the same image location. This enables acquiring real measured color information. As a result, the JENOPTIK GRYPHAX PROKYON microscope camera is used as bench mark in terms of color reproduction.

Unmatched in the scope of its applications, the high-resolution, high-sensitivity, high-dynamic, great quantum efficiency, high-live image speed and real measured color microscope camera PROKYON meets the challenges of virtually all applications: from biology and medicine to materials analysis or quality control; from low resolutions right up to resolutions up to the physical limits of microscope optics. Leading- edge applications in Fluorescence, Life & Medical Science and Material & Manufacturing used for research and development as well as in routine laboratories have an extraordinary demand on microscope optics and microscope camera technology.

High lens magnification requires high microscope camera sensitivity and small camera resolution to get a fast-live image for easy focusing. Low lens magnification requires high resolution camera and standard camera sensitivity to get a high-resolution image.

Until now microscopists are challenged to choose among a large variety of microscope camera options, but one important issue still remained: Finding a single microscope camera that fulfills all of the documentation requirements of high-performance microscopy – in a single system.

Consequently, and based on 30 years’ experience, JENOPTIK has re-launched a microscope camera that fulfills all of the needs of high-performance microscopy, deliver real measured color and more flexibly than ever before.

PROKYON microscope camera is not only easy and flexible to use but also delivers brilliant images with ultimate color reproduction, adaptable resolution and answers all microscopists demands.
Depict what the microscope can see: With microscope camera PROKYON, you can exploit the full power of your existing or new microscope system. PROKYON microscope camera always provides real microscope resolution, without pixel interpolation using micro scanning and color co- site sampling.

Color-Co-Site Sampling

Microscope camera shot mode

Graphic of the 4-shot mode:

4-shot mode

Real measured colors are the result of our scanning mode & color co-site sampling. Red, green and blue information is measured at the same image location. The scanning mode meanders the pixels by moving the sensor. In other words the pixel is moving around its own location, to measure the real color information at its location and the surrounding area.
Freely selectable image resolutions from 1920 x 1200, right up to single of ultra-high 21 mega pixels – loss-free and in real color – is provided.

Microscope camera shot mode

Grafic of the 16-shot mode:

16-shot mode

Native real measured color shot as general explanation

Our recommendation for microscope objective magnifications from 40 – 100x is to use the PROKYON microscopecamera with 60 fps at 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution for live & video observation. For capturing we recommend the 16-shot mode. Rreal measured-color at 3840 x 2400 pixel (9 MPix).

Microscope camera shot mode

Grafic of the 36-shot mode:

36-shot mode

Our recommendation for microscope objective magnifications from 1 - 32x is to use PROKYON with 60 fps at 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution for live & video observation. For capturing we recommend the 36-shot-mode: Real measured-color capture resolution at 5760 x 3600 pixel (21 MPix).

Don't worry about the file size, GRYPHAX software provide jpg format with high quality - lossless compression and jpg low compression so that the file size of a 21 MPix image has just 1MB.

The collected true color know-how of our flagship is applied to all GRYPHAX microscope camera products. From now on your customer’s different workstations, equipped with different GRYPHAX microscope camera models, deliver the same color results. Your customers work is much more reliable and efficient.

All Jenoptik microscope camera are proven by spectral measurement based on guidelines of EMVA 1288 at our Jenoptik digital image laboratory.

GRYPHAX Software – unique selling propositions

Our intuitive GRYPHAX capture software allows your customers to work as efficiently as possible. Design and usability of the graphical user interface is structured to make working easy and intuitive, even in dark laboratory environments. As a result of our 30 years of experience in imaging for microscopy and our collaboration with our network of microscopy partners we know your tasks and daily challenges you are faced with. Our vision is to refine your microscope workstation.

Comprehensive information about the software are presented at the FAQs section on our webpage (LINK).

Microscope camera software

GRYPHAX Software

GRYPHAX Software value propositions at a glance

Jenoptiks high image quality is provided for all recording modes, single recorded images, time laps, panorama, as well as EDF / Z-stacking images. Even video recordings deliver outstanding image quality.


The GRYPHAX software’s automatic panorama feature facilitates real-time panoramic imaging on every microscope. Screen your entire specimen along x- and y-axis in real time. This feature gives you ultra-high-resolution results.

EDF / Z-stacking

Our automatic EDF/ Z-stacking feature simplifies real-time EDF imaging on every microscope. Press the “REC” button and start shifting your stage along the z-axis. At the live image you can observe how the final EDF-image is being created. It will be saved in the gallery automatically to complete this session.

Video recording

Recording videos is absolutely easy, just activate the video mode and then start and stop recording.


The measurement feature of the GRYPHAX software facilitates real-time measuring.
All measurements will be set in the resulting image and are editable after recording. Results are trustable recorded to ensure stability.

Recommended and minimum system requirements

To ensure the camera is working well we strongly recommend to take note of our recommendation below.

  • Note 1:
    For software and driver installation temporary administrator permission is necessary.
    Please contact your local IT department in advance!
  • Note 2:
    For software operation it is required permission of „full control” for system folders & subfolder of OS:
    Windows OS "C:\ProgramData\Jenoptik\..."
    Mac OS "MacHD\Library\Application Support\Jenoptik\..."
    Linux OS "/var/lib/Jenoptik/..."


  • Personal Computer:
    Intel i7 Quad-Core (min. 3.0 GHz) processor | 8 GB RAM (dual-channel*)
  • Operating System:
    Win 7 SP1 / Win 8.1 / Win 10 version 1903 or newer – 64 bit
    MacOS High Sierra / Mojave – 64 bit
    Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – 64 bit
  • Data Interface:
    USB 3.0 integrated over PCI Express V2.0 (Renesas chip set)
  • Graphic Interface / Monitor Resolutions:
    Dedicated Graphic card equipped with on-board video memory
    1920 x 1200 pixels for AVIOR & SUBRA & KAPELLA & RIGEL & WEGA & POLARIS & PROKYON
    3840 x 2160 pixels for BETRIA & ALTAIR & ARKTUR & NAOS

* dual-channel memory architecture mandatory to reach full camera performance


  • Personal Computer:
    Intel i5 (Dual-Core) processor or comparable | 4 GB RAM (dual-channel*)
  • Operating System:
    Win 7 SP1 / Win 8.1 / Win 10 version 1903 or newer – 64 bit
    MacOS High Sierra / Mojave – 64 bit
    Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – 64 bit
  • Data Interface:
    USB 3.0 over PCI Express V1.1 (Renesas chip set)
  • Graphic Interface / Monitor Resolutions:
    1280 x 720 pixels or higher

To re-use existing system environments with or without USB 3.0 interface, we recommend to install the included USB 3.0 PCI-Express interface card for DESKTOP operation, which is part of each JENOPTIK GRYPHAX camera delivery beginning from 2018.

Alternatively, you will find our recommended USB 3.0 interface cards, which are tested by Jenoptik, listed on the JENOPTIK GRYPHAX® price list:
- USB 3.0 PCI-Express card for LAPTOP operation
- USB 3.0 PCI-Express card for DESKTOP operation, including two brackets (standard bracket and low profile bracket for mini-PC).

- JENOPTIK GRYPHAX® cameras on USB 2.0 interface! Connection issues & bad images can occur!
- JENOPTIK GRYPHAX® cameras under Windows XP or older and 32 bit operating systems!

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Service & Support Manager



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