This series of cameras is based on the IMX183, from Sony’s Starvis BSI line of CMOS Sensors. The Back Side Illuminated pixels in these image sensors give them a high QE. These cameras therefore combine high sensitivity, a low read noise and a low dark current at room temperature. They are therefore a great choice for imaging under a wide range of conditions, including low-light imaging applications such as fluorescence microscopy. The small pixel-size and large FOV makes this camera series work well, being Nyquist-matched even with low-magnification microscope microscope objectives.
Since this is a large FOV imager, the RGB Color version is a good match for imaging fixed, stained specimens in histology & pathology. It can also be used for multi-probe fluorescence microscopy, in which it is important to image the emission of multiple fluorophores simultaneously.
The TE-cooled versions of this camera are well suited to ultra-low-light imaging applications such as gel documentation, bioluminescence and chemiluminescence in which exposures can range from tens of seconds to several minutes long.
These image sensors operate in Rolling Shutter mode, which means that while they are an excellent choice for imaging large, static Fields of View, they are not ideally suited for imaging fast moving objects.
Host Interface: USB3.0
Color Space Options:
- RGB Color
- TE-cooled: in this configuration, the image sensor is thermo-electrically cooled and enclosed in a sealed chamber to prevent moisture infiltration.
- Non-cooled, Enclosed: this is the standard configuration, in which the camera electronics are enclosed in an enclosure.
- Non-cooled, Board Level: in this configuration, a c-mount adapter is installed, but the camera enclosure is omitted. The user accepts all responsibilities related to using exposed, unshielded electronic circuits.
Note: the Sony IM183 color imager that is used in this camera series is similar to the Sony IMX283 color imager which is offered in an Embedded Kit for nVIDIA.