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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Scientific CMOS high-sensitivity camera


Hamamatsu introduces the new ORCA-Flash2.8, our first high-sensitivity digital camera based on a next-generation Scientific CMOS image sensor. Designed for low-light imaging at high frame rates, this new camera combines high resolution, high sensitivity, high speed and low noise, with a price/performance level that is unmatched.

As part of their long-term development program, Hamamatsu's ORCA Flash2.8 cameras are now being delivered to customers incorporating a unique 2.8M pixel Scientific CMOS sensor.

A combination of high speed, low noise and ease of interface with external peripheral equipment makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications such as life-science microscopy, industrial imaging and sensitive analytical measurement.

45 frames/second are output in full resolution, making it ideal for fast, low-intensity imaging. The ORCA Flash2.8 can achieve a maximum speed of 1273 frames/second in sub-array mode. The cooled FL-280 sensor's design keeps readout noise minimal at 3 electrons, even with very fast readout speeds. The camera's 12-bit output interfaces with a PC via a standard CameraLink base framegrabber.

By combining the benefits of next-generation Scientific CMOS sensors with the qualities of the industry-leading ORCA range, Hamamatsu are now able to offer customers the ability to capture images with a price/performance level that is unmatched.