High-sensitivity digital camera achieves high frame rates

Paul Boughton
Hamamatsu is introducing the Orca-Flash2.8, the company's first high-sensitivity digital camera based on a next-generation scientific CMOS image sensor. Designed for low-light imaging at high frame rates, this camera combines high resolution, high sensitivity, high speed and low noise, with a price/performance level that is claimed to be unmatched.
As part of its long-term development program, Hamamatsu is building its ORCA Flash2.8 cameras with a 2.8M pixel Scientific CMOS sensor. A combination of high speed, low noise and ease of interfacing with external peripheral equipment makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications such as life science microscopy, industrial imaging and sensitive analytical measurements.
Even at full resolution the camera is capable of outputting 45 frames per second, which makes it suitable for fast, low-intensity imaging. The ORCA Flash2.8 can achieve a maximum speed of 1273 frames per second in sub-array mode. The cooled FL-280 sensor's design keeps readout noise minimal at three electrons, even with very fast readout speeds. The camera's 12-bit output interfaces with a PC via a standard Cameralink base frame grabber.
By combining the benefits of next-generation scientific CMOS sensors with the qualities of the Orca range, Hamamatsu is now able to offer customers the ability to capture images with a price/performance level that it says is unmatched.
For more information, visit www.hamamatsu.co.uk