Sensitive Cameras


This high performance digital 12 bit CCD camera system is perfectly suited for life science and machine vision applications, where an excellent image quality and high offset stability is required. The pco.1300 has an remarkable quantum efficiency of up to 65%. At the heart of the camera is an FPGA processor allowing for sophisticated control and accurate timing of the CCD and associated electronics. In addition a proprietary offset control algorithm has been developed which provides very high offset stability, regardless of ambient temperature or signal changes ensuring accurate and repeatable quantitative data over long periods of time. Binning, cooling, as well as other features of the camera can be selected and optimized to accomodate the users application. The camera features excellent resolution (1392 x 1040 pixel), 12 bit dynamic range, exposure times from 5 s - 1 hour, internal frame buffer for continuous image capture (64 MB min.), excellent low noise of 6 e- rms @ 10 MHz, cooling of -25 C versus ambient temperature, standard interface IEEE1394a ("FireWire"), optimal offset stability and control (< 1 count/h). This low light camera system is perfectly suited for many sensitive and low noise imaging applications, such as biochip reading, fluorescence imaging, confocal & light microscopy etc..

  unit setpoint pco.1300
(hor x ver)
pixel   1392 x 1040
pixel size
(hor x ver)
µm2   6.45 x 6.45
peak quantum efficiency % @ 500 nm typical 62
dynamic range A/D bit   12
readout noise e- rms @10 MHz / @20 MHz 6 / 14
imaging frequency, frame rate fps @full frame @10/20 MHz 5.9 / 10.5
exposure time s   5µs..1h
binning horizontal     1x1, 1x2, 2x2, 2x1
optical input     C-mount, Nikon f-mount
data interface     IEEE1394
cooled CCD temperature °C  delta vs. ambient -25

areas of application
• biochip reading
• laser induced fluorescence
• fluorescence microscopy
• electron microscopy
• red & NIR fluorescence applications
• bioluminescence / chemoluminescence
• spectroscopy
• gel imaging
• ion imaging
• low light level imaging
• semiconductor quality control
• imaging of bio markers (e.g. GFP)

pco.1300 data sheet (.pdf)



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