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Ninox 1280 VIS-SWIR

VIS-SWIR HD format low-noise cooled InGaAs scientific camera


Using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor, and cooling it to -15°C, the Ninox 1280 offers visible extension from 0.4µm to 1.7µm to enable high sensitivity scientific imaging. The 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch enables the highest resolution imaging. It will offer less than 40 electrons readout noise combined with one of the lowest dark current readings on the market.  The camera will offer ultra-high intrascene dynamic range of 68dB enabling simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene.

Available with a 12-bit Camera Link output, the OWL 1280 will run from 10Hz up to 60Hz. The camera will feature on-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) which will enable the best contrast imaging from low to bright light as well as an on-board intelligent 3 point Non-Uniform Correction (NUC) algorithm, providing the highest quality images. As with all Raptor cameras, the Ninox 1280 is compact and rugged.

Please note: This product is under the export control of UK government and may be subject to a Single Individual export licence before shipment.

Cooled HD VIS-SWIR technology 

  • VIS-SWIR technology – Enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4μm to 1.7μm
  • HD Format (1280 x 1024) – The best resolution available in VIS-SWIR
  • 10μm x 10μm pixel pitch – Enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image
  • <40 electrons readout noise – Enables highest VIS-SWIR detection limit
  • Air and water cooled to -15°C – Enables low dark current for longer exposures
  • Ultra high intrascene dynamic range – 68dB – Enables simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene
  • On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) – Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • On-board intelligent 3 point NUC – Enables highest quality images
FPA Specification
Sensor Type InGaAs PIN-Photodiode
Active Pixel 1280 x 1024
Pixel Pitch 10µm x 10µm
Active Area 12.80mm x 10.24mm
Spectral response 0.4µm to 1.7µm
Readout Noise (RMS) LG: <180 electrons HG: <40 electrons
Quantum Efficiency <80% @1.55µm
Full Well Capacity Low Gain: 450Ke- / High Gain: 10Ke-
Pixel Operability >99.5%
Camera Specification
Digital Output Format 12 bit Camera Link (Medium Configuration)
Exposure time Low Gain: 230µs to [Frame Period - Readout Time] / High Gain: 300µs to [Frame Period - Readout Time]
Shutter mode Global Shutter
Frame Rate 10 Hz to 60Hz
Optical Interface C mount (selection of SWIR lens available) or M42
Camera Setup / Control Camera Link
Dynamic Range 68dB (Typical)
Trigger interface Trigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power supply 12V DC ±10%
TE Cooling Active, 35°C Delta
Image Correction 3 point NUC (offset, Gain & Dark Current) + pixel correction
Functions controlled by serial communication Exposure, intelligent AGC, Non Uniformity Correction, Gamma, Pk/Av, TEC, ROI
Camera Power Consumption < 10W with TEC ON (Typical)
Operating Case Temperature -20˚C to +55˚C
Storage Temperature -30˚C to +60˚C
Dimensions & Weight 80.50mm x 79.30mm x 78.86mm / 550g

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