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  • PCO is a world leading manufacturer of high speed and high performance digital cameras. Our product portfolio offers digital camera solutions for the most demanding scientific research and industrial applications featuring highest dynamics, best light sensitivity, lowest noise levels and fast frame rates.
    PCO is the definition of Excellence in Development, Production, Sales and Support.
    PCO cameras combine the best characteristics of high quality cameras and scientific measuring instruments. For more than 25 years our highly trained specialized team members have developed and handcraft PCO cameras. Excellent performance and reliability are guaranteed by using sophisticated technologies in design, high production standards and strict quality controls.
    PCO owned subsidiaries in America, Europe and Asia provide a strong support network for our customers worldwide. Our factory owned distribution channels ensures that PCO cameras are developed and supported in a manner that meets our customer applications with customer input having a direct path back to our product development and support teams.
    PCO is the Pioneer of sCMOS sensor technology.
    Our new family pco.edge sCMOS camera models are a breakthrough in scientific imaging. Their introduction has revolutionized the scientific and industrial camera market with their distinctive ability to simultaneously deliver the lowest noise levels, fast frame rates, wide dynamic range, high quantum efficiency and large field of view, all in one image.

Product Portfolio
  • Cameras Overview

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      • Overview pco.panda series

      • Ultra compact sCMOS cameras

        The pco.panda series represents the compact cameras within PCO‘s scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera product portfolio. The camera housing comprises an optimized passive thermal management enabling the high performance of sCMOS image sensors in smallest form factor.
        The camera is the ideal and cost-effective choice for various scientific and industrial applications. pco.panda cameras are available with versatile optional features like low light mode, lightsheet scanning mode, or double shutter technology which even increase the cameras' performance for dedicated applications.

      • Overview pco.edge series

      • Active cooled sCMOS cameras

        The pco.edge series represents the high-end cameras within PCO‘s scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera product portfolio. They provide significant benefits in a broad field of applications due to unprecedented imaging capabilities. The pco.edge cameras are based on temperature-stabilized, high-performance sCMOS image sensors enabling an extremely low readout noise, wide dynamic range, high frame rates and resolution over a large field of view. pco.edge cameras are available with versatile optional features like low light mode or lightsheet scanning mode which even increase the cameras’ performance for dedicated applications.

      • Overview pco.dicam series

      • Intensified sCMOS cameras

        After more than 30 years of experience with image intensified cameras, we are proud to introduce our advanced pco.dicam portfolio to you.
        The pco.dicam UHS and LT products are our new members of the intensified camera series that exploits the full performance inherent to scientific CMOS sensor technology. One of the key benefits of using an sCMOS based camera module inside our pco.dicam products – besides high sensitivity, dynamic, and resolution – is the high frame rate at full pixel resolution.

    • Scientific Cameras

    • The most versatile scientific camera portfolio on the market
        • Compact sCMOS Cameras

            • pco.panda 26 DS

            • ultra compact global shutter sCMOS camera

              With the pco.panda 26 DS sCMOS camera you get a high resolution, ultra-compact sCMOS camera for particle image velocimetry (PIV) applications.

              The outstanding global shutter capabilities of the pco.panda 26 sCMOS sensor make it a perfect candidate for effective double imaging – a prerequisite to perform all types of Particle Image Velocimetry measurements in flow analysis. In PIV, light scattering particles are added to the flow under test. A laser beam is formed into a light sheet, illuminating the scattering particles twice with a short pulse at a time interval Δt. The lower limit for this time interval is defined by the double shutter interframing time of the camera. The scattered light is recorded onto two consecutive frames of a high resolution digital camera.

              The shorter the double shutter interframing time, the higher the flow speeds which can be analyzed. There are many details that make the pco.panda 26 DS sCMOS camera outstanding. Its small 2.5 x 2.5 µm² pixels are an excellent fit to use the resolution capacity in optical systems. Thanks to the pco.panda 26's DS true charge domain global shutter, you can achieve a remarkably low readout noise and dark current. In addition, the pixel architecture allows to acquire double shutter images, with an interframing time of only 1 µs.

              • double shutter images with 1 µs interframing time
              • true charge domain global shutter
              • 5120 x 5120 pixel resolution
              • dust-protected housing
              • ultra-compact design
              • up to 65 % quantum efficiency
              • low jitter
              • pixel size 2.5 µm x 2.5 µm
            • pco.panda 26

            • ultra compact global shutter sCMOS camera

              With the pco.panda 26 sCMOS camera you get both, the high resolution and mono/color sensor option needed for a multitude of microscopy applications. These include, inter alia, high-content screening, digital pathology and more.

              There are many details that make the pco.panda 26 sCMOS camera outstanding. Its small 2.5 x 2.5 µm² pixels are an excellent fit to use the resolution capacity in optical systems such as microscopes even with low magnification.

              Thanks to the pco.panda 26's true charge domain global shutter, you can achieve a remarkably low readout noise and dark current.

              The housing design and interface provide easy integration. All pco.panda cameras have ultra-compact dimensions. The lack of needing an external power supply allows power and fast data transfer through one single USB 3.1 cable.

              • available in mono and color
              • true charge domain global shutter
              • 5120 x 5120 pixel resolution
              • dust-protected housing
              • ultra-compact design
              • up to 65 % quantum efficiency
            • pco.panda 4.2 bi UV

            • compact back illuminated sCMOS camera in the ultraviolet range

              Do you work inside the ultraviolet wavelength range and want to benefit from latest sCMOS sensor technology at once? pco.panda 4.2 bi UV will help you to do so.

              The specialized input window inside the camera achieves high QE in the ultraviolet wavelength range. The system itself is based on our compact pco.panda series with modern back illuminated sensor technology. This makes the camera perfect for demanding lighting conditions, even without active cooling.

              The high resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees you greater detail diversity and highly qualitative images. The USB 3.1 interface provides direct power delivery via the USB cable. Our latest developments in sCMOS technology and compact dimensions make the pco.panda 4.2 bi UV ideal for countless applications in microscopy and life science.

              • 190 nm - 1100 nm spectral range
              • back illuminated sensor
              • ultra-compact design
              • 2048 x 2048 pixel
              • USB 3.1 Gen1
            • pco.panda 4.2 bi

            • High resolution back illuminated sCMOS camera

              When every single photon counts, pco.panda 4.2 bi brings you a decisive advantage. Our new back illuminated (bi) sensor can provide you with a quantum efficiency of up to 95 %. This makes the camera perfect for demanding lighting conditions, even without active cooling.

              The high resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees you greater detail diversity and highly qualitative images. The USB 3.1 interface provides direct power delivery via the USB cable. Our latest developments in sCMOS technology and compact dimensions make the pco.panda 4.2 bi ideal for countless applications in microscopy and life science.

              • ultra-compact size: 65 x 65 x 65 mm³
              • back illuminated 16 bit sCMOS sensor technology
              • high resolution 2048 x 2048 pixel
              • pixel size: 6.5 x 6.5 µm²
              • quantum efficiency up to 95 %
              • maximum frame rate 40 fps @ full resolution
              • rolling shutter
              • USB 3.1 Gen1 interface
              • power over USB
            • pco.panda 4.2

            • Compact design, strong sCMOS performance

              The pco.panda 4.2 heralds the start of a new sCMOS camera generation.  What exactly does that mean for you? Universal application options thanks to an ultra-compact camera housing! Power and fast data transfer occur via a single USB 3.1 cable. External power supplies are redundant.

              You benefit from excellent image quality provided by the 16-bit sCMOS sensor with its high resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel sizeHigh quantum efficiency and low readout noise are guaranteed.

              Advantages of pco.panda 4.2 include flexible design with the latest sCMOS technology enabling you to use it in a wide range of applications.

              • monochrome or color sensor
              • ultra-compact size: 65 x 65 x 65 mm³
              • latest 16 bit sCMOS sensor technology
              • high resolution 2048 x 2048 pixel
              • pixel size: 6.5 x 6.5 µm²
              • low readout noise 2.1 e- med
              • dynamic range of 21 500 : 1
              • quantum efficiency up to 80 %
              • exposure times from 10 µs to 5 s
              • maximum frame rate 40 fps @ full resolution
              • rolling shutter
              • USB 3.1 Gen1 interface
              • power over USB
          • Cooled sCMOS Cameras

          • pco.edge family - the most versatile sCMOS camera portfolio on the market

            The pco.edge family of sCMOS cameras features an excellent combination of high resolution, high quantum efficiency, high frame rates and high dynamic range. All of the cameras are available with different cooling grades and different interfaces.

              • pco.edge 26 CLHS

              • true global shutter sCMOS camera

                High-speed and high-resolution streaming at the same time – the pco.edge 26 CLHS offers the best of both worlds and much more.

                The newest member of our highly successful pco.edge series combines the image quality of a 26 MPixel image sensor with unrivaled data transfer options. Its 4 CLHS FOL channels – all aligned in one compact plug – can be selected from 1 to 4 at a time and are capable of transmitting up to 4.9 GByte/s. These advantages do not result in a loss of image quality as the camera operates at minimum read noise and dark current. All these features make the pco.edge 26 CLHS a powerful solution for numerous applications in life science and physical science.

                • high resolution: 5120 x 5120 pixel
                • high speed: 150 fps
                • parasitic light sensitivity: 1/10,000
                • temperature-stabilized image sensor
                • fiber optic data interface
              • pco.edge 26

              • 26 Megapixel resolution, True Global Shutter

                Maximizing the amount of information per image is crucial for microscopy, quality control, high throughput screening and other mesoscopic applications. This is where the new pco.edge 26 fits superb.  

                The pco.edge 26 offers you a 5120 x 5120 pixel resolution with 2.5 x 2.5 µm² pixel size. It is excellent for achieving the maximum level of spatial resolution. This even applies for microscopy imaging with low magnification.

                The true charge domain global shutter allows for an exceptionally low readout noise and dark current. Combined with its adjustable cooling the pco.edge 26 enables you also to extend your exposure times up to 60 seconds.

                • true charge domain global shutter
                • ultra high resolution: 5120 x 5120 pixel
                • exposure time: 5 µs ... 60 s
                • pixel size (h x v): 2.5 µm x 2.5 µm
                • dynamic range 66 dB
                • compact design
                • frame rate 7 fps @ 26 MPix
                • adjustable: from - 20 °C to + 20 °C peltier with forced air (fan) and water cooling
                • up to 72 % quantum efficiency
                • USB 3.1 Gen1 data interface
              • pco.edge 10 bi CLHS

              • the next level sCMOS

                The pco.edge 10 bi CLHS is PCO's next level sCMOS camera with unprecedented imaging performance. Thanks to its back illuminated image sensor it comes with a quantum efficiency of up to 85 % with broad spectrum out to NIR. The sensor incorporates microlenses and a full pixel height deep trench isolation for crosstalk suppression resulting in an excellent MTF. Further, the camera provides a large image circle by using a high-resolution 10.5 MPixel image sensor with a square pixel size of 4.6 um

                An extremely low dark current and a readout noise of 0.8 electrons is achieved by thermal stabilization and active cooling of the sensor. Moreover, the sensor technology enables reduction of the noise peak and tail in addition, which makes it comparable to to the noise behavior of CCD sensors. Together with a high full well capacity, this leads to a dynamic range of 25,000:1. The camera offers high frame rates of up to 120 fps and transmission via a fiber optical link.

                All these features make the pco.edge 10 bi the first choice for applications in microscopy, life science, and physical science.

                • back illuminated with high MTF
                • high resolution: 4432 x 2368 pixel
                • low readout noise: 0.8 e-
                • 25,000:1 dynamic range
                • temperature-stabilized image sensor
                • fiber optic data interface
              • pco.edge 5.5

              • groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                The pco.edge 5.5 is equipped with an innovative scientific CMOS sensor providing crisp images and precise measurements. It can be optionally upgraded with a water cooling system.

                The pco.edge 5.5 camera system is designed for users who require high resolutionhigh frame rates, best 16 bit dynamic rangeselectable shutter variants and optionally a color sensor.

                Camera Link HS guarantees uncompressed and secure data transfer. The latest standard of high-performance data interfaces enables the bridging of long distances via fiber optic cable.

                • 1.0 e- med readout noise
                • 2560 x 2160 pixel resolution
                • 30 000 : 1 dynamic range
                • 100 fps maximum frame rate
                • rolling & global shutter functionality
                • Camera Link HS or USB 3.0
              • pco.edge 4.2 bi

              • at the cutting edge with cooled back-illuminated sCMOS

                Innovations aren’t always about having that one big new idea. Unique technology also comes from evolution, combining existing and new technology. When our tried and trusted pco.edge series pools forces with modern back illuminated (bi) sensor technology, the result is our pco.edge 4.2 bi.

                The adjustable cooling system allows the use of air or water to cool the sensor down to -25 °C. At this temperature, the dark current is reduced to 0.2 e-/pixel/s.

                According to your application you can choose an input window specialized either for the UV or VIS range. High resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees high-quality images with quantum efficiency up to 95 %.  The pco.edge 4.2 bi incorporates a powerful USB 3.1 interfacecomplementing its performance.

                • back illuminated 16 bit sCMOS sensor technology
                • adjustable down to -25 °C air & water cooling
                • high resolution 2048 x 2048 pixel
                • pixel size: 6.5 x 6.5 µm²
                • quantum efficiency up to 95 %
                • maximum frame rate 40 fps @ full resolution
                • dynamic range 26667 : 1
                • lowest dark current (typ.) 0.2 e-/pixel/s
                • rolling shutter
                • exposure times from 10 μs to 20 s
                • USB 3.1 Gen1 interface
              • pco.edge 4.2

              • Groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                The pco.edge 4.2 is is equipped with an innovative scientific CMOS sensor providing crisp images and precise measurements. It can be optionally upgraded with a water cooling system.

                The pco.edge 4.2 camera system is designed for users who require highest quantum efficiency, best 16 bit dynamic rangehigh frame rateslong exposure times and extremely low readout noise.

                Camera Link HS guarantees uncompressed and secure data transfer. The latest standard of high-performance data interfaces enables the bridging of long distances via fiber optic cable.

                • thermal stabilization at 0°C / +5 °C / +7 °C
                • extreme low readout noise of 0.8 e- med
                • high resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixel
                • dynamic range of 37 500 : 1 (USB / Camera Link HS) / 33 000 : 1 (CL)
                • quantum efficiency up to 82%
                • exposure times from 100 µs to 20 s
                • maximum frame rate 100 fps
                • rolling shutter or global reset (USB) mode
                • lightsheet mode
                • Camera Link HS,  Camera Link full or USB 3.0 interface
                • small form factor: 102 x 79 x 70 mm (USB / CL)
                • optional: water cooling system
              • pco.edge 4.2 LT

              • Groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                The pco.edge 4.2 LT is is equipped with an innovative scientific CMOS sensor providing crisp images and precise measurements.

                This camera system is designed for users who require highest  quantum efficiency, best 16 bit dynamic rangelong exposure times and extremely low readout noise.

                • sensor cooling performance: fixed +10 °C
                • extreme low readout noise of 0.8 e- med
                • high resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixel
                • dynamic range of 37 500 : 1
                • quantum efficiency up to 82 %
                • rolling shutter: 100 µs to 10 s
                • global reset: 30 µs to 2 s
                • maximum frame rate 40 fps
                • USB 3.0 interface
                • small form factor: 102 x 79 x 70 mm
              • pco.edge 4.2 bi UV

              • strong in the ultraviolet range with cooled back-illuminated sCMOS

                Providing you UV sensitive cameras has been our matter of course for many years. With the pco.edge 4.2 bi UV we're taking it to a new level: The specialized input window inside the camera helps you to achieve high QE in the ultraviolet wavelength range. The system itself is based on our tried and trusted pco.edge series with modern back illuminated sensor technology.

                The adjustable cooling system allows you the use of air or water to cool the sensor down to -25 °C. At this temperature, the dark current is reduced to 0.2 e-/pixel/s.

                High resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees you high-quality images. The pco.edge 4.2 bi UV incorporates a powerful USB 3.1 interface complementing its performance.

                • 190 nm - 1100 nm spectral range
                • back illuminated 16 bit sCMOS sensor technology
                • adjustable down to -25 °C air & water cooling
                • high resolution 2048 x 2048 pixel
                • pixel size: 6.5 x 6.5 µm²
                • quantum efficiency up to 95 %
                • maximum frame rate 40 fps @ full resolution
                • dynamic range 26667 : 1
                • lowest dark current (typ.) 0.2 e-/pixel/s
                • rolling shutter
                • exposure times from 10 μs to 20 s
                • USB 3.1 Gen1 interface
              • pco.edge 3.1

              • Groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                The pco.edge 3.1 is equipped with an innovative scientific CMOS sensor providing crisp images and precise measurements.

                It is designed for users who require high resolutionhigh frame rates, best 16 bit dynamic rangeselectable shutter variants and optionally a color sensor.

                • sensor cooling performance: +5 °C
                • extreme low readout noise of 1.1 e- med
                • high resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixel
                • dynamic range of 27 000 : 1
                • quantum efficiency up to 60%
                • rolling shutter: 500 µs to 2 s
                • global shutter: 20 µs to 100 ms
                • global reset: 30 µs to 2 s
                • monochrome or color sensor
                • maximum frame rate 50 fps @ full resolution
                • USB 3.0 interface
                • small form factor: 102 x 79 x 70 mm
            • UV sensitive Cameras

                • pco.edge 4.2 bi UV

                • strong in the ultraviolet range with cooled back-illuminated sCMOS

                  Providing you UV sensitive cameras has been our matter of course for many years. With the pco.edge 4.2 bi UV we're taking it to a new level: The specialized input window inside the camera helps you to achieve high QE in the ultraviolet wavelength range. The system itself is based on our tried and trusted pco.edge series with modern back illuminated sensor technology.

                  The adjustable cooling system allows you the use of air or water to cool the sensor down to -25 °C. At this temperature, the dark current is reduced to 0.2 e-/pixel/s.

                  High resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees you high-quality images. The pco.edge 4.2 bi UV incorporates a powerful USB 3.1 interface complementing its performance.

                  • 190 nm - 1100 nm spectral range
                  • back illuminated 16 bit sCMOS sensor technology
                  • adjustable down to -25 °C air & water cooling
                  • high resolution 2048 x 2048 pixel
                  • pixel size: 6.5 x 6.5 µm²
                  • quantum efficiency up to 95 %
                  • maximum frame rate 40 fps @ full resolution
                  • dynamic range 26667 : 1
                  • lowest dark current (typ.) 0.2 e-/pixel/s
                  • rolling shutter
                  • exposure times from 10 μs to 20 s
                  • USB 3.1 Gen1 interface
                • pco.panda 4.2 bi UV

                • compact back illuminated sCMOS camera in the ultraviolet range

                  Do you work inside the ultraviolet wavelength range and want to benefit from latest sCMOS sensor technology at once? pco.panda 4.2 bi UV will help you to do so.

                  The specialized input window inside the camera achieves high QE in the ultraviolet wavelength range. The system itself is based on our compact pco.panda series with modern back illuminated sensor technology. This makes the camera perfect for demanding lighting conditions, even without active cooling.

                  The high resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees you greater detail diversity and highly qualitative images. The USB 3.1 interface provides direct power delivery via the USB cable. Our latest developments in sCMOS technology and compact dimensions make the pco.panda 4.2 bi UV ideal for countless applications in microscopy and life science.

                  • 190 nm - 1100 nm spectral range
                  • back illuminated sensor
                  • ultra-compact design
                  • 2048 x 2048 pixel
                  • USB 3.1 Gen1
                • pixelfly usb

                • Ultra-compact 14 bit CCD camera

                  This high performance digital 14bit CCD camera system features state of the art in CCD and electronics technology. The pco.pixelfly usb has extraordinary high quantum efficiency, high dynamic range and very low readout noise. Available exposure times range from microseconds to a minute.

                  • ultra compact design
                  • dimensions: 72 x 39 x 47 mm
                  • readout noise typ. 6 e- rms
                  • 14 bit dynamic range
                  • high resolution 1392 x 1040 pixel
                  • superior quantum efficiency up to 62%
                  • exposure times from 1 µs - 60 s
                  • temperature compensated
                  • USB 2.0
              • Compact CCD

                  • pco.ultraviolet

                  • maximal UV sensitivity, minimal frame size

                    Based on special CCD technology the pco.ultraviolet provides highest sensitivity in the UV range of the spectrum and a dynamic range of 14 Bit. Exposure times can be adjusted from micro seconds up to one minute by software. This ultra-compact camera system is perfectly suited for all kinds of scientific and industrial imaging applications to which UV detection is an essential requirement. These include, inter alia, semiconductor mask inspection, discharge processes in high-voltage technology and combustion analysis.

                    • quantum efficiency up to 40 % @ 193 nm
                    • ultra compact design
                    • dimensions: 80 x 50 x 50 mm
                    • readout noise typ. 8 e- rms
                    • 14 bit dynamic range
                    • high resolution 1392 x 1040 pixel
                    • exposure times from 1 µs - 60 s
                    • temperature compensated
                    • USB 2.0  
                  • pixelfly usb

                  • Ultra-compact 14 bit CCD camera

                    This high performance digital 14bit CCD camera system features state of the art in CCD and electronics technology. The pco.pixelfly usb has extraordinary high quantum efficiency, high dynamic range and very low readout noise. Available exposure times range from microseconds to a minute.

                    • ultra compact design
                    • dimensions: 72 x 39 x 47 mm
                    • readout noise typ. 6 e- rms
                    • 14 bit dynamic range
                    • high resolution 1392 x 1040 pixel
                    • superior quantum efficiency up to 62%
                    • exposure times from 1 µs - 60 s
                    • temperature compensated
                    • USB 2.0
                • streaming

                    • pco.edge 26 CLHS

                    • groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                      The pco.edge 4.2 operates with streaming via a 10G FOL (Camera Link HS). It allows you direct processing of large data transfers on your computer. This high-performance data interface makes it easy to securely bridge distances of more than 10 km.

                      It is equipped with a 16 bit scientific CMOS sensor for crisp images and precise measurements. In addition, you can upgrade the camera with a water cooling system.

                      If you require high quantum efficiencyhigh frame rateslong exposure times and low readout noise, the pco.edge 4.2 is just your solution.

                      • high resolution: 5120 x 5120 pixel
                      • high speed: 150 fps
                      • parasitic light sensitivity: 1/10,000
                      • temperature-stabilized image sensor
                      • fiber optic data interface
                    • pco.edge 10 bi CLHS

                    • the next level sCMOS

                      The pco.edge 10 bi CLHS is PCO's next level sCMOS camera with unprecedented imaging performance. Thanks to its back illuminated image sensor it comes with a quantum efficiency of up to 85 % with broad spectrum out to NIR. The sensor incorporates microlenses and a full pixel height deep trench isolation for crosstalk suppression resulting in an excellent MTF. Further, the camera provides a large image circle by using a high-resolution 10.5 MPixel image sensor with a square pixel size of 4.6 um


                      An extremely low dark current and a readout noise of 0.8 electrons is achieved by thermal stabilization and active cooling of the sensor. Moreover, the sensor technology enables reduction of the noise peak and tail in addition, which makes it comparable to to the noise behavior of CCD sensors. Together with a high full well capacity, this leads to a dynamic range of 25,000:1. The camera offers high frame rates of up to 120 fps and transmission via a fiber optical link.


                      All these features make the pco.edge 10 bi the first choice for applications in microscopy, life science, and physical science.

                      • back illuminated with high MTF
                      • high resolution: 4432 x 2368 pixel
                      • low readout noise: 0.8 e-
                      • 25,000:1 dynamic range
                      • temperature-stabilized image sensor
                      • fiber optic data interface
                    • pco.edge 4.2 (10G FOL)

                    • groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                      The pco.edge 4.2 operates with streaming via a 10G FOL (Camera Link HS). It allows you direct processing of large data transfers on your computer. This high-performance data interface makes it easy to securely bridge distances of more than 10 km.

                      It is equipped with a 16 bit scientific CMOS sensor for crisp images and precise measurements. In addition, you can upgrade the camera with a water cooling system.

                      If you require high quantum efficiencyhigh frame rateslong exposure times and low readout noise, the pco.edge 4.2 is just your solution.

                    • pco.edge 5.5 (10G FOL)

                    • groundbreaking sCMOS technology for outstanding image quality

                      The pco.edge 5.5 operates with streaming via a 10G FOL (Camera Link HS). It allows you direct processing of large data transfers on your computer. This high-performance data interface makes it easy to securely bridge distances of more than 10 km.

                      It is equipped with a 16 bit scientific CMOS sensor for crisp images and precise measurements. In addition, you can upgrade the camera with a water cooling system.

                      If you require high resolutionhigh frame ratesselectable shutter variants and optionally a color sensor, the pco.edge 5.5 is just your solution.

                  • High Speed Cameras

                  • for challenging applications

                    PCO's high-speed cameras offer best light sensitivity and furthermore real 10 to 12 bit dynamic range with leading image and color quality for your applications. All models come with a variety of trigger options and cameras can be synchronized between each other in a very simple way. Additionally there is no need for doing a black- or session-referencing before the recordings.

                      • pco.dimax cs

                          • pco.dimax cs1

                          • peerless flexibility in high-speed imaging

                            The pco.dimax cs camera series has been specifically designed for harsh and demanding applications, inter alia, vehicle crash tests or microscopy experiments. Therefore, the cameras are compact, lightweight and ruggedized, allowing for being mounted in a multitude of positions (onboardoff-board).

                            The pco.dimax cs1 achieves frame rates of up to 3086 fps at a resolution of 1296 x 1024 pixels. Its excellent light sensitivity and outstanding image quality classify the slow motion videos for precise analysis and measurements. Multiple lens mounts (incl. electronic lens control), HD-SDI video output and the automatic image calibration feature make the cameras a versatile and powerful tool.

                            • 3086 fps @ 1296 x 1024 resolution
                            • 85 x 85 x 102.5 mm compact measurement
                            • 12 bit dynamic range
                            • 9 GB internal camera memory
                            • high-G ruggedized body (150G for 11 ms)
                            • secure trigger & sync modes
                            • excellent light sensitivity
                            • quick-change lens adapter
                            • automatic image calibration
                            • HD-SDI output
                            • electronic Canon lens control (optional)
                          • pco.dimax cs3

                          • peerless flexibility in high-speed imaging

                            The pco.dimax cs camera series has been specifically designed for harsh and demanding applications, inter alia vehicle crash tests or microscopy experiments. Therefore, the cameras are compact, lightweight and ruggedized, allowing for being mounted in a multitude of positions (onboardoff-board).

                            The pco.dimax cs3 achieves frame rates of up to 1603 fps at a resolution of 1920 x 1440 pixels. Its excellent light sensitivity and outstanding image quality classify the slow motion videos for precise analysis and measurements. Multiple lens mounts (incl. electronic lens control), HD-SDI video output and the automatic image calibration feature make the cameras a versatile and powerful tool.

                            • 1603 fps @ 1920 x 1440 resolution
                            • 3086 fps @ 1296 x 1024 resolution
                            • 85 x 85 x 102.5 mm compact measurement
                            • 12 bit dynamic range
                            • 9 GB internal camera memory
                            • high-G ruggedized body (150G for 11 ms)
                            • secure trigger & sync modes
                            • excellent light sensitivity
                            • quick-change lens adapter
                            • automatic image calibration
                            • HD-SDI output
                            • electronic Canon lens control (optional)
                          • pco.dimax cs4

                          • peerless flexibility in high-speed imaging

                            The pco.dimax cs camera series has been specifically designed for harsh and demanding applications, inter alia vehicle crash tests or microscopy experiments. Therefore, the cameras are compact, lightweight and ruggedized, allowing for being mounted in a multitude of positions (onboardoff-board).

                            The pco.dimax cs4 achieves frame rates of up to 1102 fps at a resolution of 2016 x 2016 pixels. Its excellent light sensitivity and outstanding image quality classify the slow motion videos for precise analysis and measurements. Multiple lens mounts (incl. electronic lens control), HD-SDI video output and the automatic image calibration feature make the cameras a versatile and powerful tool.

                            • 1102 fps @ 2016 x 2016 resolution
                            • 85 x 85 x 102.5 mm compact measurement
                            • 12 bit dynamic range
                            • 9 GB internal camera memory
                            • high-G ruggedized body (150G for 11 ms)
                            • secure trigger & sync modes
                            • excellent light sensitivity
                            • quick-change lens adapter
                            • automatic image calibration
                            • HD-SDI output
                            • electronic Canon lens control (optional)
                        • Flim Camera

                        • first luminescence decay time microscopy camera

                          The pco.flim camera system is the first luminescence decay time microscopy camera using a two tap CMOS image sensor.

                              • pco.flim

                              • Luminescence lifetime imaging camera

                                The pco.flim is the first Frequency Domain FLIM camera using a two tap CMOS sensor. Synchronized modulation of pixels and stimulated light enables you the analysis of luminescence decay times in the range of 100 ps – 100 µs.

                                With its 1008 x 1008 pixels resolution the pco.flim reads out 45 double frames/s at a max. You can use it for a modulation frequency range of 5 kHz – 40 MHz.
                                Using C-mount as standard the system is easy to connect to any microscope or lens. Further, the USB 3.0 interface lets you connect the camera to all kinds of computers. This saves you significant efforts and costs for operation and research.

                                The pco.flim laser is a homogeneously illuminating light source designed for use with the pco.flim. It features a digital modulation frequency range of 0 – 250 MHz. You can either order the pco.flim laser for widefield epifluorescence microscope illumination, or for Total-Internal-Reflection-Fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) and confocal spinning disk microscopy.

                                Choose between a wide range of different wavelengths and light output powers. The laser is ideally suited if your relevant luminescence lifetimes are in the range of a few nanoseconds. In case you are using a Nikon microscope, the Nikon double-safety-shutter option is also available.

                                • pco.flim laser as light source for epifluorescence measurements 
                                • selectable laser wavelengths and light output powers
                                • 100 ps – 100 µs lifetimes measurable
                                • 5 kHz – 40 MHz modulation frequencies
                                • 500 kHz – 40 MHz external modulation signals
                                • modulation signal shape sinusoidal / rectangular
                                • 1008 x 1008 pixel resolution
                                • frequency domain FLIM
                                • USB 3.0 interface
                                • 39 % quantum efficiency
                                • 1000:1 dynamic range
                                • 45 double frames/s (2 tap readout)
                                • 1 ms to 2 s selectable exposure times
                                • vibration-free water cooling
                                • special software for measurement and analysis
                          • Intensified Cameras

                          • MCP Image Intensifier Based Camera Systems for Short Exposure Applications

                            The family of MCP image intensifier camera systems offers extremely short exposure/shutter times down to 3 ns. The appropriate spectral behaviour can be selected by the photocathode material of the MCP tube.

                              • single-channel pco.dicam C1 UHS

                              • Intensified 16 bit sCMOS camera

                                The pco.dicam C1 UHS is based on the proven technology of our established pco.dicam C1 platform. By using 18 mm instead of 25 mm intensifiers, you can achieve exposure times as short as 2.5 ns.

                                The pco.dicam C1 UHS is the first camera system with 18 mm image intensifier technology that harnesses the full power of the sCMOS sensor. Unique is the optical coupling of the ultra-fast 18 mm image intensifier to the 16 bit sCMOS sensor via an efficient tandem lens. Single photons are detected using the shortest exposure times with up to 143 fps at full 2.3 MPixel resolution.

                                The 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS) guarantees you uncompressed and secure data transfer. With the latest standard of high-performance data interfaces, you can bridge long distances via fiber optic cable.

                                • exposure times: 2.5 ns - 1 s
                                • 18 mm intensifier
                                • “ultra speed tandem lens” between image intensifier & sCMOS sensor
                                • intensified sCMOS technology
                                • 1504 x 1504 pixels
                                • 143 fps @ full resolution
                                • double shutter with 300 ns interframing time
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
                                • F-mount, C-mount, or EF mount with Lens Control
                                • photocathode material: S20, GaAs, GaAsP (others on request)
                                • phosphor screen material: P43, P46
                              • LT

                              • Intensified 16 bit sCMOS camera

                                In case your application does not challenge the absolute technical limits in intensified imaging we have developed the pco.dicam C1 LT. This intensified sCMOS camera system grants you full access to true optical gated imaging.

                                The pco.dicam C1 LT is a budget friendly alternative to the standard and UHS models. At the same time, it is still based on the proven technology of the pco.dicam C1 platform.  Adapted from the high-end models is the optical coupling of the 18 mm image intensifier with S20 photo cathode to the 16 bit sCMOS sensor via an efficient tandem lens. Single photons are detected using exposure times down to 51 ns with up to 120 fps at full 2.3 MPixel resolution.

                                The 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS) guarantees you uncompressed and secure data transfer. With the latest standard of high-performance data interfaces, you can bridge long distances via fiber optic cable.

                                • exposure times: 51 ns up to 1 s
                                • 18 mm intensifier
                                • “ultra speed tandem lens” between image intensifier & sCMOS sensor
                                • intensified sCMOS technology
                                • 1504 x 1504 pixels
                                • 120 fps @ full resolution
                                • double shutter with 300 ns interframing time
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
                                • F-mount, C-mount
                                • photocathode material: S20
                                • phosphor screen material: P43, P46
                                • not subject to export licensing
                              • single-channel pco.dicam C1

                              • Intensified 16 bit sCMOS camera

                                After more than 30 years of experience with image intensified cameras, we are proud to introduce the new pco.dicam C1.

                                The pco.dicam C1 is the first camera system with image intensifier technology that harnesses the full power of the sCMOS sensor. Unique is the optical connection of the high-resolution 25 mm image intensifier to the 16 bit sCMOS sensor via an efficient tandem lens. Individual photons are detected using the shortest exposure times.

                                Camera Link HS guarantees uncompressed and secure data transfer. The latest standard of high-performance data interfaces enables the bridging of long distances via fiber optic cable.

                                • exposure times: 4 ns - 1 s
                                • 25 mm intensifier
                                • “ultra speed tandem lens” between image intensifier & sCMOS sensor
                                • intensified sCMOS technology
                                • 2048 x 2048 pixels
                                • 104 fps @ full resolution
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • Camera Link HS data interface
                                • F-mount, C-mount or EF mount with Lens Control
                                • photocathode material: S20, GaAs, GaAsP (others on request)
                                • phosphor screen material: P43, P46
                              • multi-channel pco.dicam C8 UHS

                              • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera

                                The pco.dicam C8 UHS combines 8 ultra-fast 18 mm high-quality image intensifiers in a fully integrated 8-channel sCMOS camera system. The light of a single optical input is equally distributed to 8 image intensifiers with 2.5 ns shortest gating.

                                Each channel can detect single photons at full 2.3 MPixel resolution. With zero ns interframing time, this corresponds to a burst rate of 400,000,000 fps. All optical elements deployed for the beam splitting and guidance are adopted from the very successful pco.dicam C4 design.  

                                With full 2.3 MPixel resolution, you have a maximum of 1144 fps available. This equals 5.3 GByte/s of sustained image data rate. To transmit this huge data rate in real time, you can use the pco.dicam C8’s eight optical CLHS ports (80G fiber).

                                Let our decades of research and development in intensified and sCMOS camera technology benefit your application!

                                • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera
                                • exposure times down to 2.5 ns
                                • 8 images in 20 ns
                                • 16 images in 620 ns
                                • 1504 x 1504 pixel
                                • 16 bit dynamic range
                                • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lenses
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 18 mm image intensifier
                                • 50 ns trigger to exposure start delay
                                • up to 5.3 GByte/s with 8 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
                              • multi-channel pco.dicam C8 LT

                              • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera

                                In case your application does not challenge the absolute technical limits in intensified imaging we have developed the pco.dicam C8 LT. This intensified sCMOS camera system grants you full access to true optical gated imaging.

                                This budget friendly alternative to the standard and UHS models is based on the proven technology of the pco.dicam C4 platform. It combines eight 18 mm high-quality image intensifiers in a fully integrated 8-channel sCMOS camera. The light of a single optical input is equally distributed to 8 image intensifiers with 51 ns shortest gating. Each channel can detect single photons at full 2.3 MPixel resolution. With zero ns interframing time, this corresponds to a burst rate of 19,600,000 fps. All optical elements deployed for the beam splitting and guidance are adopted from the very successful pco.dicam C4 design. 

                                The 8 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS) guarantees you uncompressed and secure data transfer, while its Forward Error Correction algorithms assure a maximum of data integrity. With the latest standard of high-performance data interfaces, you can bridge long distances via fiber optic cable.

                                Let our decades of research and development in intensified and sCMOS camera technology benefit your application!

                                • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera
                                • exposure times down to 51 ns
                                • 8 images in 408 ns
                                • 16 images in 960 ns
                                • 1504 x 1504 pixel
                                • 16 bit dynamic range
                                • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lenses
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 18 mm image intensifier
                                • 50 ns trigger to exposure start delay
                                • 8 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
                                • not subject to export licensing
                              • multi-channel pco.dicam C4 UHS

                              • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera

                                Four ultra-fast 18 mm high-quality image intensifiers in a fully integrated 4-channel sCMOS camera: The pco.dicam C4 UHS equally distributes the incident light from a single optical input to the 4 individual channels. Each of them can detect single photons with 2.5 ns shortest exposure time and up to 143 fps at full 2.3 MPixel resolution. 

                                With the pco.dicam C4 UHS ultra-speed camera system you make full use of the unique intensified 16 bit sCMOS capabilities. Its high-end tandem lens systems ensure you an efficient and lossless capture of the output from the 18 mm image intensifiers, completely free of artifacts.

                                The 4 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS) guarantees you uncompressed and robust data transfer up to 2.6 GByte/s. With the latest standard of high-performance data interfaces, you can bridge long distances via fiber optic cable. Forward Error Correction algorithms assure a maximum of data integrity.

                                • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera
                                • exposure times down to 2.5 ns
                                • 4 images in 10 ns, 8 images in 580 ns
                                • 16 bit dynamic range
                                • 1504 x 1504 pixels
                                • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lenses
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 18 mm image intensifier
                                • 45 ns trigger to exposure start delay
                                • up to 2.6 GByte/s with 4 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
                              • multi-channel pco.dicam C4 LT

                              • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera

                                In case your application does not challenge the absolute technical limits in intensified imaging we have developed the pco.dicam C4 LT. This intensified sCMOS camera system grants you full access to true optical gated imaging.

                                The pco.dicam C4 LT is a budget friendly alternative to the standard and UHS models. At the same time, it is still based on the proven technology of the pco.dicam C4 platform.  
                                Its high-end tandem lens system equally distributes the incident light from a single optical input to the 4 individual channels - completely free of artifacts. Each channel can detect single photons with 51 ns shortest exposure time and up to 30 fps at full 2.3 MPixel resolution. 

                                The 4 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS) guarantees you uncompressed and secure data transfer, while its Forward Error Correction algorithms assure a maximum of data integrity. With the latest standard of high-performance data interfaces, you can bridge long distances via fiber optic cable.

                                • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera
                                • exposure times down to 51 ns
                                • 4 images in 204 ns, 8 images in 690 ns
                                • 16 bit dynamic range
                                • 1504 x 1504 pixel
                                • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lenses
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 18 mm image intensifier
                                • 45 ns trigger to exposure start delay
                                • 4 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
                                • not subject to export licensing
                              • multi-channel pco.dicam C4

                              • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera

                                Four high-resolution image intensifiers in a fully integrated 4-channel sCMOS camera: The pco.dicam C4 equally distributes the incident light from a single optical input to multiple modules. Each is capable of detecting very few photons with nanosecond time resolution.

                                Let our decades of research and development in intensified and sCMOS camera technology benefit your application!

                                The pco.dicam C4 is the first ultra-speed camera system to make full use of the unique intensified 16 bit sCMOS capabilities. Its high-end tandem lens systems secure an efficient and lossless capture of the 25 mm image intensifiers output completely free of artifacts.

                                Camera Link HS guarantees you uncompressed and robust data transfer up to 3.4 GByte/s. The latest standard of high performance data interfaces enables the bridging of long distances via fiber optic cable. Forward Error Correction algorithms assure a maximum of data integrity.

                                • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera
                                • 16 bit dynamic range
                                • 2048 x 2048 pixel
                                • double shutter mode with 500 ns interframing time
                                • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lens
                                • exposure times down to 4 ns
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 25 mm image intensifier
                                • 45 ns trigger to exposure start delay
                                • up to 3.4 GByte/s with Camera Link HS interface
                              • multi-channel pco.dicam C8

                              • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera

                                We developed the pco.dicam C8 camera system as the logical next step to increase the image sequence length of the field-proven pco.dicam C4. 

                                The light of a single optical input is equally distributed to 8 image intensifiers, each with a 25 mm (optionally: 18 mm) diameter and 4 ns shortest gating. With zero ns interframing time this corresponds to a burst rate of 250,000,000 fps. All optical elements deployed for the beam splitting and guidance are adopted from the very successful pco.dicam C4 design. 

                                Each image intensifier is read out by a dedicated tandem lens coupled 4.2 MPix sCMOS sensor with 16 bit dynamic. A maximum of 848 fps @ full 4.2 MPix resolution is available. This equals 6.8 GByte/s of sustained image data rate. To transmit this huge image data rate in real time, the pco.dicam C8 uses 8 optical CLHS ports (80G fiber).

                                • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera
                                • 16 bit dynamic range
                                • 2048 x 2048 pixel
                                • 8 images in 32 ns
                                • 16 images in less than 1 µs
                                • double shutter mode with 300 ns interframing time
                                • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lens
                                • exposure times down to 4 ns
                                • enhanced extinction ratio gating
                                • 25 mm image intensifier
                                • 50 ns trigger to exposure start delay
                                • up to 6.8 GByte/s with 8 x 10G fibre optic data interface (Camera Link HS)