Hamamatsu has launched a new high-sensitivity digital camera for low-light imaging applications requiring high frame rates. The ORCA-Flash2.8 is ideal for real-time confocal microscopy, TIRF microscopy, FISH, FRET, and life science imaging applications.
The digital camera is designed based on advanced scientific CMOS image sensor and offers low noise, high speed, high sensitivity and high resolution. The camera has a FL-280 scientific CMOS image sensor that delivers high resolution with a 3.63x3.63 µm pixel size. The ORCA-Flash2.8 also has additional features, namely analog gain, real-time corrections and external trigger functions.
The FL-280 sensor has more than 60% QE of peak sensitivity at a wavelength range of 450 to 500 nm, and a wavelength sensitivity ranging from UV to visible. The image sensor has a minimal readout noise of three electrons r.m.s, while the design of the sensor maintains the readout noise as minimum at fast readout speeds. In addition, the sensor exhibits a minimal dark current. Due to this aspect, the senor needs to be cooled to +5°C.