5 Megapixel Compact CMOS Scientific Cameras by Thorlabs

Manufacturer Thorlabs

Monochrome and Color CMOS Cameras

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5 Megapixel Compact CMOS Scientific Cameras

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  • Monochrome or Color CMOS 2448 x 2048 Pixel (5.0 Megapixel) Sensor
  • High Quantum Efficiency (79% at 600 nm for Monochrome Version)
  • Fan-Free, Passive Thermal Management Reduces Dark Current without Adding Vibration and Image Blur
  • <2.5 e- RMS Read Noise
  • Triggered and Bulb Exposure Modes
  • Global Shutter
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • ThorCam™ Software for Windows® 7, 8.1, and 10 Operating Systems
  • Support for LabVIEW, MATLAB®, µManager / ImageJ, and .NET
  • Fully Featured, Well Documented API for Software Developers
  • SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40) Aperture with Adapter for Standard C-Mount (1.000"-32)
  • Compatible with 30 mm Cage System


  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Brightfield Microscopy
  • VIS/NIR Imaging
  • Quantum Dots
  • Autofluorescence
  • Materials Inspection
  • Multispectral Imaging
  • Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

Thorlabs' Compact Scientific Cameras with a CMOS sensor offer extremely low read noise and high sensitivity for demanding imaging applications. The compact housing has been engineered to provide passive thermal management for the sensor, reducing dark current without the need for a cooling fan or thermoelectric cooler. The global shutter scans the entire field of view simultaneously, allowing for imaging of fast moving objects. These features make our compact scientific cameras ideal for low-light imaging applications such as fluorescence microscopy.

These cameras are available with either monochrome or color sensors. Each camera includes a USB 3.0 interface for compatibility with most computers. Included with each camera is our ThorCam software for use with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 operating systems. We offer support for LabVIEW, MATLAB, µManager / ImageJ, and .NET. Developers can leverage our fully featured API and SDK.

Each Compact Scientific Camera features a clear window or an IR blocking filter that can be removed and replaced with any Ø1" (Ø25 mm) optic up to 4 mm thick. The aperture has SM1 (1.035"-40) threading for compatibility with Ø1" Lens Tubes; an adjustable C-Mount (1.000"-32) adapter is factory installed for out-of-the-box compatibility with many microscopes, machine vision camera lenses, and C-Mount extension tubes. Four, 4-40 tapped holes provide compatibility with our 30 mm cage system. Two 1/4"-20 tapped holes on opposite sides of the housing are compatible with imperial Ø1/2" Posts. These flexible mounting options, and compact size, make these cameras the ideal choice for integrating into home-built imaging systems as well as those based on commercial microscopes.