CMOS Camera Selection
CMOS cameras are ideal for applications that need cost effective, high-sensitivity, low-noise cameras with fast data transfer speeds. These cameras use the latest CMOS sensors and provide high resolution images for a broad range of applications.
These small form factor cameras are c-mount compatible, and can be used in both microscopy applications as well as with c-mount camera lenses and zoom lenses in inspection and general purpose imaging applications. Most CMOS camera lines include both monochrome and RGB color versions. In some camera models there are monochrome imagers with responsivity in the NIR region.
TE cooled 20MPix Monochrome and RGB Color CMOS cameras are recommended for applications in which the exposure is expected to be longer than a few seconds. This is particularly useful in low-light applications such as fluorescence microscopy, chemiluminescence and gel documentation.
Understanding the key camera parameters(s) that have the most impact on an application ensures the targeted allocation of a user’s budget towards features that are most relevant to image quality and workflow. To this end, it can be a very useful exercise to review the prioritized list that our experts have put together for this purpose.
To match a camera to the specific needs of an application, use either the clickable color-coded selection grid shown below or the selection table that appears just below it.
|<3 MP||3 MP||4~5 MP||7~9 MP||12.3 MP||20 MP||24.5 MP|
2.2MP @ 170fps
|IMX421: 3MP @ 143fps||
IMX250: 5MP @ 80fps
IMX264: 5MP @ 36fps
|IMX174: 2.3MP @ 167fps|
4.2MP @ 90fps
IMX255: 9MP @ 45fps
IMX267: 9MP @ 32fps
IMX183: 20MP @ 20fps
20MP @ 16fps Mono (Cooled)
20MP @ 14fps RGB (Cooled)
IMX420: 7MP @ 112fps
IMX420: 7MP @ 57fps
IMX428: 7MP @ 27fps
IMX253: 12.3MP @ 65fps
IMX253: 12.3MP @ 33fps
IMX304: 12.3MP @ 23fps
|IMX531: 20MP @ 52fps|
|IMX530: 24.5MP @ 43fps|
In the above table, the value in parenthesis is the diagonal size of the sensor.
Select from the above 11 categories of CMOS imagers based on the number of Megapixels and the imager size that best suits your application -OR- by imager part number, if known. The color codes represent different CMOS imager technologies: the differences in their pixel size, QE, Read Noise and Dark Current are shown in the imager family key below (the squares are scaled to show the relative size of pixels).
Click on a rectangle in the above table to view the cameras in a selected category from which to choose a configuration.
The selection table shown below offers an alternate method in which to match a camera to the specific needs of an application.
- Each cell on the table represents several cameras that use the same type of Image sensor: they have the same number of Megapixels and are based on the same Image Sensor Technology (the “photonics” of which are detailed via the color key above).
- To initiate the selection process, click on a cell for which the desired number of Megapixels (column) and/or the Optical Format (row) match the requirements, while also reviewing the “photonics” characteristics of the Image Sensor Technology from the color key. A camera-specific page will open in a separate tab, keeping this page open for reference.
- Monochrome, RGB Color and in some cases NIR versions are offered for each type of Image Sensor. These spectral options as well as different frame rate options are chosen in the next step.
Hardware trigger functionality is offered to permit the synchronization of cameras with light sources, motion control and other devices within an experimental setup.
The cameras are offered in a variety of sensor size, frame rate, resolution, and pitch to match the photonics and optics requirements of different applications.
|wdt_ID||Camera Series||Imager family||TE Cooled||Spectral Options||#MegaPixels||Max. Frame Rate (fps)||Peak QE (%)||Read Noise (e-)||Pixel Size (µm)||Diagonal (mm)||Optical Format||Interface||Sensor Mfr.||Sensor P/N||Bit Depth||Shutter Type||#pixels (H)||#pixels (V)||H (mm)||V (mm)||Optical Mount(s)||Full Well Capacity (Ke-)||Dark Current (e-/p/s)|
|1||PL-X9524||Sony_Pregius Gen4||No||Color/Mono||24.5||47||74||2.10||2.74||19.27||1.2"||10GigE||Sony||IMX530||8 or 12||Global||5320||4600||14.58||12.60||C||9.30||0.850|
|2||PL-X9520||Sony_Pregius Gen4||No||Color/Mono||20.3||60||74||2.10||2.74||17.48||1.1"||10GigE||Sony||IMX531||8 or 12||Global||4510||4510||12.36||12.36||C||9.30||0.850|
|3||PL-X9512||Sony_Pregius Gen2||No||Color/Mono||12.3||65||68||2.20||3.45||17.52||1.1"||10GigE||Sony||IMX253||8 or 12||Global||4096||3000||14.13||10.35||C,CS||10.60||3.200|
|4||PL-D7512||Sony_Pregius Gen2||No||Color/Mono||12.3||35||68||2.20||3.45||17.52||1.1"||USB3.0||Sony||IMX253||8 or 12||Global||4096||3000||14.13||10.35||C,CS||10.60||3.200|
|5||PL-D7912||Sony_Pregius Gen2||No||Color/Mono||12.3||23||68||2.20||3.45||17.52||1.1"||USB3.0||Sony||IMX304||8 or 12||Global||4096||3000||14.13||10.35||C,CS||10.60||3.200|
|6||PL-X957||Sony_Pregius Gen3||No||Color/Mono||7.1||112||77||5.50||4.50||17.50||1.1"||10GigE||Sony||IMX420||8 or 12||Global||3208||2200||14.44||9.90||C,CS||24.80||2.800|
|7||PL-D757 (HDR)||Sony_Pregius Gen3||No||Color/Mono||7.1||60||77||5.50||4.50||17.50||1.1"||USB3.0||Sony||IMX420||8 or 12||Global||3208||2200||14.44||9.90||C,CS||24.80||2.800|
|8||PL-D797||Sony_Pregius Gen3||No||Color/Mono||7.1||51||77||5.50||4.50||17.50||1.1"||USB3.0||Sony||IMX428||8 or 12||Global||3208||2200||14.44||9.90||C,CS||24.80||2.800|
|9||FL-20BW||Sony_Starvis BSI||Yes||Mono||20.0||16||86||3.10||2.40||15.78||1"||USB3.0||Sony||IMX183||8 or 16||Rolling||5472||3648||13.13||8.76||C,CS||15.00||0.001|
|10||FL-20||Sony_Starvis BSI||Yes||Color||20.0||14||86||3.10||2.40||15.78||1"||USB3.0||Sony||IMX183||8 or 16||Rolling||5472||3648||13.13||8.76||C,CS||15.00||0.001|