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Photon etc. Introduces ZEPHIR an Affordable, Deep-cooled SWIR Camera

Photon etc. offers ZEPHIR, an affordable, deep-cooled SWIR camera that is operational from 0.8 to 2.6µm. Based on HgCdTe FPA, ZEPHIR delivers a remarkable 346 frame per second rate while reaching unparalleled low noise levels.

Initially designed for complex faint-flux applications such as hyperspectral imaging, the ZEPHIR camera integrates a four-stage TE cooler. It is ideal for sorting and quality control in industrial applications.

Key Features

The main features of the ZEPHIR camera are:

  • 346 frame-per-second
  • Low noise level
  • 4 stages TEC
  • 0.8 to 2.6µm
  • HgCdTe (MCT) FPA


The applications of the ZEPHIR camera are:

  • Environment and agriculture – Infrared spectroscopy aids in studying various components of the environment and helps fight different sources of pollution,

  • Safety and security – Fast and effective detection of explosive liquid precursors is critical for identifying potential threats. The S-EOS SWIR hyperspectral camera is suitable for instant acquisition of spectrally resolved images.


Cooling TEC 4 Stages, forced air, - 80°C (ΔT < 110°C)   
Focal Plan Array (FPA) HgCdTe
FPA Size 320 x 256 MCT pixels
Pixel Size 30 µm
Spectral Range 0.8 - 2.6 µm
Peak Responsivity 1.8A/W @ 2550 nm
Gain Setting 2 (low, high)
Full-Well Capacity (e-) 168 Ke- (high gain), 3.5 Me- (low gain)
Quantum Efficiency > 70%
Operability (typical) > 98%
Readout Noise (e-) 57 @ 346 FPS (high gain)
S/N Ratio 65 dB
Dynamic Range 14 bits
Cold Shield N/A
Frame Rate (FPS) Up to 346, full frame
Integration Time 1 µs to 100 ms
Computer Interface Camera Link™
Trigger IN/OUT TTL
FPA Operating Temperature 188 K
Cool Down Time 3 minutes
Power Supply Requirement 12 VDC @ 5 A
Ambient Temperature Range 0°C to 40°C
Other Features Dust Filters
Physical Dimensions 165 mm x 120 mm x 140 mm


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