Thursday, 12/20/2018 | Review of 2018: the sCMOS year’s events

In 2018 we didn’t only advance and push on our camera technology for future releases. As a result of our longstanding expert knowledge in sCMOS camera development we have also brought four new systems onto the market, ranging from back illuminated to intensified technology and all based on 16 bit sCMOS sensors.

First official exhibition of the pco.panda 4.2 bi

January 2018 – pco.panda 4.2 bi

We presented our new back illuminated sCMOS camera system pco.panda 4.2 bi at this year’s SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California, USA. With 95 % quantum efficiency and designed with the recent advances in sCMOS sensor technology, the pco.panda 4.2 bi camera can make the difference to see and measure. At 2048 x 2048 pixel with impressively low noise contributions with passive cooling and ultra-compact design, the pco.panda 4.2 bi allows you to detect the light through the dark.

For more info on the camera, please visit the pco.panda 4.2 bi product page.

pco.dicam C1 – intensified 16 bit sCMOS camera

August 2018 – pco.dicam C1

In August the pco.dicam C1 followed. It is the first camera system with image intensifier technology that harnesses the full power of the sCMOS sensor. Unique is the optical connection of the high-resolution 25 mm image intensifier to the 16 bit sCMOS sensor via an efficient tandem lens. Individual photons are detected using the shortest exposure times.

For more info on the camera, please visit the pco.dicam C1 product page.

pco.dicam C4 - 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera system

October 2018 – pco.dicam C4

Shortly after, in October, the pco.dicam C4 was introduced and goes one step further combining four pco.dicam C1 in one housing. Four image intensifiers, four tandem lenses, four image sensors, everything is 4-fold. The pco.dicam C4 equally distributes the incident light from a single optical input to multiple modules. Each is capable of detecting very few photons with nanosecond time resolution.

For more info on the camera, please visit the pco.dicam C4 product page.

pco.edge 4.2 bi

October 2018 – pco.edge 4.2 bi

When our tried and trusted pco.edge series pools forces with modern back illuminated (bi) sensor technology, the result is our pco.edge 4.2 bi! The flexible cooling system allows the use of air or water to cool the sensor down to -25 ° C. At this temperature, the dark current is reduced to 0.2 e-/pixel/s. High resolution and 6.5 x 6.5 μm² pixel size guarantees high-quality images with quantum efficiency up to 95 %.

For more info on the camera, please visit the pco.edge 4.2 bi product page.

sCMOS e-book

November 2018 – PCO’s sCMOS e-book

„Everything you always wanted to know about sCMOS cameras – but were afraid to ask“ is the new e-book on our sCMOS sensor technology. Whether it's pixel size, camera sensitivity, industry standards or data transfer, the e-book gives you answers on the most frequently asked questions about sCMOS technology on more than 50 pages.
Download our sCMOS e-book now!


Four new sCMOS cameras and an extensive e-book about sCMOS technology: The developments in the year 2018 imply an exciting 2019 and beyond. We continuously strive to improve and make the most of our efforts for you, our partners, customers and friends. 2018 hasn’t only brought new developments and events but also strengthened the basis for further success stories in the future. We are looking forward to experience these stories with you!