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Scientific CCD Cameras: 1.4 Megapixel


1.4 Megapixel Scientific Cameras for Microscopy

  • 1.4 Megapixel CCD Cameras
  • Monochrome Scientific-Grade Cameras with <10 e- Read Noise
  • Up to 23 Frames per Second for the Full Sensor


  • 2/3" Format, 1392 x 1040 Monochrome CCD Sensor with 6.45 µm Square Pixels (Sony ICX285AL)
  • Software-Selectable 20 MHz or 40 MHz Readout
  • 60% Quantum Efficiency at 500 nm (See Specs Tab for Details)
  • 12-Bit Analog-to-Digital Converter Resolution
  • Low Noise of
  • Asynchronous, Triggered, and Gated Exposure Modes
  • ThorImageLS GUI
    • Region-of-Interest (ROI) and Binning Modes
    • 32- and 64-Bit Windows® 7 Support
  • Third-Party Software Support
    • MATLAB
    • µManager / ImageJ
  • All Necessary Computer Hardware, Software, and Cables Included
  • API / SDK Provided for Software Developers

Thorlabs' 1.4 megapixel scientific CCD cameras are specifically designed for microscopy and other demanding scientific imaging applications. These cameras offer 1.4 megapixel resolution and up to 23 frames per second at 40 MHz readout of the full sensor. These monochrome cameras are ideal for multispectral imaging, fluorescence microscopy, and other high-performance imaging techniques.


Our cameras are offered in two package styles: a compact, non-cooled standard package and a hermetically sealed package with a two-stage TEC that cools the CCD. The fan-free design of our cameras limits image blur from vibrations. Cooling the camera will reduce the dark current; the total dark current is also a function of exposure time. For high light levels requiring short exposure times (less than 1 second), a non-cooled camera is generally sufficient. A cooled camera is only recommended for applications with low light levels requiring an exposure greater than 1 second. Please see the Camera Noise tab for more details on the various sources of camera noise and how it impacts the choice between a standard and cooled camera.

Thorlabs' scientific cameras have either a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) or a Camera Link interface. GigE is ideal for situations where the camera must be far from the PC or there are multiple cameras that need to be controlled by the same PC. Each of these scientific cameras is provided with either a GigE or Camera Link frame grabber card and cables, a power supply, and software. Your computer must have an empty PCI Express slot to install the GigE or Camera Link interface.Our scientific cameras have three operating modes: streaming overlapped exposure, edge-triggered single-frame snapshot, and variable pulse width exposure driven by an externally generated voltage. Each mode may be operated at either 20 or 40 MHz and can support variable binning and region-of-interest (ROI) operation. Binning allows the camera to operate at higher frame rates than supported by the full sensor (see the Specs tab for examples). External triggering enables these cameras to be easily integrated into systems that require the camera to be triggered by external devices or that require external devices to be triggered by the camera. External triggering requires a connection to the auxiliary port of the camera; we offer the 1500-CAB1 auxiliary cable as an optional accessory. In addition to the trigger modes, all cameras are upgradable to our forthcoming patent-pending TDI capability for large-area imaging and high-throughput scanning.

The cameras feature standard C-Mount (1.000"-32) threading, and Thorlabs provides a full line of thread-to-thread adapters for compatibility with other thread standards, including the SM1 (1.035"-40) threading used on our Ø1" Lens Tubes. The front face also has 4-40 tapped holes for compatibility with our 60 mm Cage System. Four 1/4"-20 tapped holes, one on each side of the housing, are compatible with our Ø1" posts. These flexible mounting options make Thorlabs' scientific cameras the ideal choice for integrating into home-built imaging systems as well as those based on commercial microscopes.


Scientific Camera Optional Accessories

These optional accessories allow for easy use of the auxilliary port of the scientific camera. These items should be considered when it is necessary to externally trigger the camera or to monitor camera performance with an oscilloscope.


Auxiliary I/O Cable (1500-CAB1)
The 1500-CAB1 is a 10' (3 m) long cable that mates with the auxiliary connector on our 1.4 megapixel CCD cameras featured above and provides the ability to externally trigger the camera as well as monitor status output signals. Both ends of the cable feature a male 6-pin Mini Din connector. This cable is ideal for use with our TSI-IOBOB interconnect break-out board described below. For information on the pin layout, please see the Pin Diagrams tab above.

Interconnect Break-Out Board (TSI-IOBOB)
The TSI-IOBOB is designed to "break out" the 6-pin Mini Din auxilliary connector found on our scientific CCD cameras into five SMA connectors. The SMA connectors can then be connected using SMA cables to other devices to provide a trigger input to the camera or to monitor camera performance.


Item #1500M-GE1500M-GE-TE1500M-CL1500M-CL-TE
Sensor Type Sony ICX285AL Monochrome CCD (Grade 0)
(Horizontal x Vertical)
1392 x 1040
Pixel Size 6.45 µm x 6.45 µm
Optical Format 2/3" Format (11 mm Diagonal)
Peak Quantum Efficiency 60% at 500 nm
Exposure Time 0 to 1000 seconds in 1 ms Incrementsa
CCD Pixel Clock Speed 20 MHz or 40 MHz
ADCb Resolution 12 Bits
ADCb Gain 0 to 1023 Steps (0.036 dB/Step)
Optical Black Clamp 0 to 1023 Steps (0.25 ADU/Step)c
Vertical Hardware Binning Continuous Integer Values from 1 to 50
Region of Interest 1 x 1 Pixel to 1392 x 1040 Pixels, Rectangular
Read Noised  
Digital Output 12 Bit
Cooling None -20 °C at Ambient
Room Temperature
None -20 °C at Ambient
Room Temperature
Host PC Interface Gigabit Ethernet Camera Link
Lens Mount C-Mount (1.000"-32)
  • Exposure time varies with operating mode.
  • Analog-to-Digital Converter
  • ADU = Analog to Digital Unit
  • If your application is read-noise limited, we recommend using the lower CCD pixel clock speed of 20 MHz.


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