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This high dynamic 14bit cooled CCD camera system comprises advanced CCD and electronics technology. With the new approach to integrate the image memory (camRAM) into the camera itself, it enables unmatched fast image recording with 160 MB/s. The system features thermoelectrical cooling (delta vs. ambient -50 °C), a superior high resolution (1600 x 1200 pixel) and low noise (down to 10 e- rms). It consists of a compact camera with an external intelligent power supply. The image data are transferred via customer selectable standard data interfaces to a computer (IEEE 1394 (“firewire“), camera link, GigE Vision, USB 2.0). The available exposure times range from 5 µs to 49 days (500 ns opt.). This digital CCD camera system is perfectly suited for low light camera applications like fluorescence imaging and microscopy. Color and monochrome image sensor versions are available.


Key Features

  • resolution (1600 x 1200pixel)
  • cooled 14bit dynamic range
  • image rate of 30 fps @ full resolution
  • image memory in camera (camRAM up to 4GB)
  • low noise of 10 e- rms @ 10MHz
  • thermoelectrical cooling of delta -50°C vs. ambient
  • standard interfaces (IEEE1394, camera link, GigE Vision, USB 2.0)

Technical Data

  Unit Setpoint pco.1600
resolution (hor x ver) pixel 1600 x 1200
pixel size (hor x ver) µm2 7,4 x 7,4
peak quantum efficiency % @ 500 nm typical 55
dynamic range A/D bit 14
readout noise e-rms @ 10 MHz 10
imaging frequency, frame rate fps @ full frame 30
exposure time s 0,5 µs .. 49 days
binning horizontal 1, 2
binning vertical 1, 2, 4, 8
optical input C-mount, Nikon f-mount
data interface IEEE1394, camera link, GigE Vision
cooled CCD temperature °C delta vs. ambient -50

QE Curves

Quantum efficiency curves of the pco.1600 monochrome CCD image sensor (measured and supplied by Kodak). 

Quantum efficiency curves of the pco.1600 color CCD image sensor (measured and supplied by Kodak).

Areas of Application

  • laser induced fluorescence
  • high resolution microscopy
  • luminescence microscopy
  • electron microscopy
  • fluorescence spectroscopy (up to NIR)
  • bioluminescence / chemoluminescence
  • low light level imaging
  • imaging of bio markers (e.g. GFP)
  • time-resolved spectroscopy
  • spray imaging
  • fuel injection
  • hydrodynamics
  • fluoresc. lifetime imaging & imaging microsc. (FLIM)
  • absorption & luminescence spectroscopy
  • gel imaging
  • electrophoresis
  • astronomy
  • ion imaging
  • particle imaging velocimetry (PIV)
  • combustion imaging
  • scientific imaging
  • fluorescence imaging
  • semiconductor quality control
  • flow visualization
  • traffic control

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