The SteREO Discovery.V12 is a 12x zoom materials stereo imaging system with integrated microscope control, image recording, processing, analysis, administration and archiving. It incorporates an optical design that provides 20% more image information, providing increased resolution, depth of field, color reproduction and high-contrast 3-D images. Microscope function is integrated into SyCoP, an entirely new System Control Panel incorporated into a mouse-like controller that provides data on object field, resolution and depth of field. A vertical eyepiece range accommodates large objects as well as small specimens. LED illumination and contrasting systems can be specified for high-contrast studies of samples in materials research, routine quality control and production inspection.