QImaging, a leading
developer and manufacturer of high-performance, easy-to-use digital cameras
for life science and industrial applications, has announced the release of the
EXi Aqua Bio-imaging Microscopy Camera. This product replaces QImaging's hugely
popular Retiga EXi with even better performance and many feature enhancements.
Life science professionals and busy labs will appreciate this camera's ability
to perform a broad range of imaging applications--from quantitative color and
immuno-fluorescence imaging to the capture of dim fluorescent protein data.
The newest of the EXi series, the EXi Aqua is a user-friendly, cost-effective
tool well-suited to most bio-imaging applications. This camera is a laboratory
workhorse, literally 2 cameras in one--a sensitive monochrome camera, and, when
utilized with the optional RGB filter module, a high-resolution color camera.
And the EXi Aqua is also available with a convenient Bayer mask color CCD option.
In addition, the camera's capabilities can be upgraded, should imaging requirements
change over time.
"The EXi Aqua is an excellent entry- level imaging device with the added
bonus of upgradeability to achieve lower noise and 50% higher frame-rate in
the future, should a researcher require the additional performance," says
Rachit Mohindra, Associate Product Manager. "The camera can adapt with
its user's needs."
Broad range of applications include: Immuno-fluorescence Imaging; High-resolution
color imaging (with Bayer Mask Color CCD or RGB module for high-sensitivity
Monochrome CCD); Fluorescent Protein Imaging-BFP, GFP, YFP amd RFP; Time-lapse
fluorescence imaging; precision imaging of all microscopy modes; DIC (Differential
Interference Contrast); IR-DIC (Infra-red Differential Interference Contrast);
NIR (Near Infrared); phase contrast, bright-field, dark-field; cell devision
studies; Cell motility studies; cell trafficking studies; cell signalling studies;
protien trafficking, Ca imaging; Neuroscience imaging; cancer studies; cell
morphology studies; FRET studies and more.
The 20 MHz, 14-bit EXi Aqua camera utilizes the remarkable bandwidth of an
IEEE 1394b Firewire interface with the megapixel resolution and excellent sensitivity
of a Sony ICX285 interline sensor. The IEEE 1394b protocol delivers 800 Mb/s
bandwidth capacity, allowing the EXi Aqua camera to read out up to 10.9 full-resolution
frames per second. Flexible binning enhances the camera's sensitivity and speed.
Variable exposure times range from 10 microseconds to 17.9 minutes. Cooled and
stabilized at 0 degrees C, it boasts a broad spectral response with enhanced
red sensitivity, and approximately 20% less read noise than its predecessor
the Retiga EXi. Weighing in at less than 2 pounds, the camera requires no bulky
external controller, minimizing bench clutter.
The EXi Aqua Microscopy Camera utilizes the robust QCam driver which integrates
seamlessly with a variety of popular third-party software packages, and can
be installed and operational minutes out of the box. It is backed by superior
QImaging application and product support and a two-year limited warranty - the