Andor sCMOS Cameras

Zyla 5.5 sCMOS

Andor’s Zyla 5.5 sCMOS camera offers high speed, high sensitivity imaging performance in a remarkably light and compact, TE cooled design. Zyla is ideally suited to many cutting-edge applications that push the boundaries of speed, offering sustained frame rate performance of up to 100 fps, faster with ROIs.

  • Snapshot imaging capability
  • No distortion of fast moving images
  • Faster 3D / 4D microscopy – ease of synchronization
  • No dead time, no photon waste

A highly cost-effective 30 fps version is also available offering 1.2 e- rms read noise, representing an ideal low light ‘workhorse’ upgrade camera solution for both microscopy and physical science applications, in either research or OEM environments.

Rolling and Global (Snapshot) Shutter readout inherent to Zyla 5.5 ensures maximum application flexibility. Global shutter to the in particular provides an important ‘freeze frame’ exposure mechanism that emulates that of an interline CCD, overcoming the transient readout nature of Rolling shutter mode.

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Zyla 4.2 sCMOS

The newest addition to the Andor sCMOS camera portfolio, the Zyla 4.2 utilizes a high Quantum Efficiency (QE), low noise sensor variant, yielding frame rates up to 100 fps (faster from region of interest). The Zyla 4.2 is ideal for applications that benefit from optimal sensitivity and speed, such as calcium imaging, light sheet microscopy and super-resolution microscopy.

  • 72% QE
  • 4.2 Megapixel
  • 0.9 e read noise
  • 0.14 e darkcurrent
  • 100 fps

Zyla 4.2 delivers > 72% QE and down to 0.9 e- read noise, making it the most sensitive sCMOS camera available. The darkcurrent at 0°C is extremely competitive, at only 0.14 e-/pixel/sec benefiting from Andor’s Dark Noise Suppression (DNS) Technology. Under moderate to fast frame rate operation, the Zyla 4.2 excels.

The ‘4T’ (4-transistor) design of the sensor pixel permits more photons to enter, driving Quantum Efficiency up to 72 % (@ 580nm). The 4T design also means that it is fundamentally a Rolling Shutter sensor. However, a feature called ‘Global Clear’ has been implemented, which allows for a simulated Global Exposure mode, which requires TTL communication between the camera and a pulsed light source, emulating the Global shutter exposure condition, albeit with less efficiency.

Neo 5.5 sCMOS

In a -40°C vacuum cooled platform, with 1 e- read noise, very low darkcurrent, Rolling and Global Shutter, and loaded with FPGA intelligence, Andor’s Neo sCMOS camera is designed to drive optimal performance from this exciting and innovative new technology development.

  • Vacuum cooled to -40 °C
  • 1 e read noise and 0.007 e/pix/s darkcurrent
  • Minimized hot pixels
  • Rolling and Global Shutter

The Neo 5.5 model is based around a large 5.5 megapixel sensor with 6.5 µm pixels and a 22mm diameter, ideal for applications such as cell microscopy, astronomy, digital pathology and high content screening. The Neo 5.5 can deliver 30 fps sustained or up to 100 fps burst to internal 4GB memory. Extremely low darkcurrent means Neo 5.5 is suited to a range of exposure conditions. The Rolling and Global shutter flexibility further enhances application flexibility, Global shutter in particular offering an ideal means to simply and efficiently synchronize the Neo with other ‘moving’ devices such as stages or light switching sources and eliminating the possibility of spatial distortion when imaging fast moving objects.