Biomedical Imaging Research Unit

Olympus SLIDEVIEW VS200 slide scanner


The Olympus SLIDEVIEW VS200 is an automated slide-scanner with a range of transmitted light techniques available as well as fluorescence imaging. It has a slide-loader capable of loading up to 180 slides, automatic sample detection (including deep learning) and an integrated barcode reader.

Both transmitted light and fluorescence light sources are LED. For fluorescence, the model is the XYLIS XT720S.

In addition to slide trays for standard slides, there are 2 trays for 2”x3” for 3x slides, 1 tray for 3”x4” for 1x slides, 1 tray for 4”x5” for 1x slides to accommodate the less commonly used sizes.

Objective lenses

  • 2x - for brightfield macro overview
  • 4x - for fluorescence macro overview
  • 10x/0.3 NA UPFLN (also phase contrast)
  • 20x/0.8 NA UPLXAPO
  • 20x/0.5 NA UPLFLN (also phase contrast)
  • 40x/0.95 NA UPLXAPO


  • Olympus colour camera - integrated 2/3 inch CMOS, 3.45 x 3.45 micron pixel size, 8bit, high sensitivity, high resolution
  • Hamamatsu ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 Digital CMOS camera USB version, 6.5 micron pixel size

Transmitted light techniques

  • Brightfield
  • Darkfield
  • Polarised light
  • Phase contrast

Fluorescence filter sets

Filter name Fluorophores Excitation Filter Emission Filter
DAPI DAPI, Hoechst, Alexa Fluor 350 365/20 450/40
CFP CFP, BV480, Cerulean, Alexa Fluor 430 436/20 473/24
FITC FITC, Alexa Fluor 488 490/20 525/36
YFP YFP 500/20 540/24
Cy3 Cy3, Alexa Fluor 546, Alexa Fluor 555 555/25 590/20
mCherry mCherry, Alexa Fluor 594, Texas Red 575/25BP 645/75
Cy5 Cy5, Alexa Fluor 647/633, STAR RED/635P 645/30 700/50
Cy7 Cy7, Alexa Fluor 750 725/40 BP 800/40BP

Equipment charges - users from The University of Auckland

Subscription rate: $50.00 per hour (10 hours minimum) – pay in advance

Casual rate: $59.36 per hour – pay as you go

Contact person

Ratish Kurian

IT Systems Specialist - BIRU
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6195