EMCCD Camera for Extremely Low-Light Conditions: ImagEM®X2

Source: Hamamatsu Corporation

The ImagEM®X2 takes Hamamatsu’s 512 x 512 EM-CCD sensor-based camera and offers a version with four times the imaging area (without sacrificing resolution) for imaging applications with fewer than 10 photons per pixel. Its high-speed readout of 70 FPS at full resolution and 1076 FPS at sub-array 16 pixel resolution with 4x4 binning make it well-suited for capturing single images of larger molecules like proteins.

Hamamatsu has taken the previous ImagEM EM-CCD camera and improved on its readout noise, sensitivity, EM gain, stability, and overall imaging area. As such, they’ve developed a better imaging solution for applications involving protein interactions, real-time spinning disk confocal microscopy, single molecule imaging with TIRF microscopy, fluorescence in-vivo blood cell microscopy, studying gene expression imaging through luminescence, and observing calcium waves in cell networks and intracellular ion flux. For specifics on the improvements they’ve made and how those updates can help with your next low-light imaging application, download the datasheet.