The Polaroid camera has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a party novelty. Its simple, one-step function made Polaroid photography an instant success. Although the quality of the image suffered and neither duplication nor enlargement was practical, the immediate satisfaction of having the "evidence" in hand moments later was a gimmick that expanded the boundaries of human social interaction. However, for the serious business of scientific photography, the standard 35 mm format was still the best medium for reproducing quality images.

By combining CCDs and a new generation of computer software, Polaroid has once again leaped ahead of the competition in image technology by introducing its new Digital Microscope Camera. The DMC-ES takes advantage of one-million-pixel resolution to create some of the most vibrant colors and razor-sharp images currently possible. Not only does this camera produce images of startling clarity, but it produces them in an endless...

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