News | February 2, 2014

Hamamatsu Introduces The New ORCA-Flash4.0 LT sCMOS Camera

Source: Hamamatsu Corporation

Hamamatsu has introduced the ORCA-Flash4.0 LT, a new addition to its scientific CMOS (sCMOS) cameras lineup. This new camera brings high-end performance to a wide range of imaging applications, such as brightfield, fluorescence, live cell, 3D, and ratiometric calcium ion imaging. The ORCA-Flash4.0 LT is comparable in price to a CCD camera but with additional advantages such as higher signal-to-noise ratios, faster frame rates, and larger field of view.

The camera’s combination of high quantum efficiency (over 70% at 600 nm) and low noise produces high signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) and excellent image quality. The ORCA-Flash4.0 LT exceeds the SNR performance of Gen I sCMOS at all input photon levels and that of interline CCDs at less than 5,000 photons per pixel. This enables reduced exposure times that maintain strong SNRs across a broad range of sample intensities.

In addition to high SNRs, the ORCA-Flash4.0 LT offers a faster frame rate and larger field of view than commonly used interline CCD cameras. Capable of 30 frames per second at full resolution, the ORCA-Flash4.0 LT enables high-speed imaging acquisition at about twice the speed of CCD cameras. Another beneficial feature is the 3X larger field of view (2048 x 2048 pixels with 6.5 μm pixel pitch); this allows the use of the entire field of view of research microscopes. Other features include USB 3.0 interface, various trigger modes, large fullwell capacity, and wide dynamic range.

About Hamamatsu Corporation
Hamamatsu Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan), a leading manufacturer of devices for the generation and measurement of infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light. These devices include photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes, scientific light sources, infrared detectors, photoconductive detectors, and image sensors. The parent company is dedicated to the advancement of photonics through extensive research. This corporate philosophy results in state-of-the-art products which are used throughout the world in scientific, industrial, and commercial applications. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Hamamatsu Corporation