PCO is a world leading manufacturer of high speed and high performance digital cameras. Our product portfolio offers digital camera solutions for the most demanding scientific research and industrial applications featuring highest dynamics, best light sensitivity, lowest noise levels and fast frame rates.
PCO is the definition of Excellence in Development, Production, Sales and Support.
PCO cameras combine the best characteristics of high quality cameras and scientific measuring instruments. For more than 25 years our highly trained specialized team members have developed and handcraft PCO cameras. Excellent performance and reliability are guaranteed by using sophisticated technologies in design, high production standards and strict quality controls.
PCO owned subsidiaries in America, Europe and Asia provide a strong support network for our customers worldwide. Our factory owned distribution channels ensures that PCO cameras are developed and supported in a manner that meets our customer applications with customer input having a direct path back to our product development and support teams.
PCO is the Pioneer of sCMOS sensor technology.
Our new family pco.edge sCMOS camera models are a breakthrough in scientific imaging. Their introduction has revolutionized the scientific and industrial camera market with their distinctive ability to simultaneously deliver the lowest noise levels, fast frame rates, wide dynamic range, high quantum efficiency and large field of view, all in one image.
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PCO-TECH looks to debunk the myth that “large pixel image sensors are always more sensitive than small pixel sensors.” This article describes, in detail, the relationship between an image sensor’s pixel size and its sensitivity, and how each defines the quality of an image.
PCO has launched its new high-speed series of pco.dimax cs cameras, adding three new models to its portfolio. This new models are compact, ruggedized and targeted for on- and off-board crash test applications. The new pco.dimax cs camera series combines a smooth, fast and reliable workflow, and high resolution, speed, sensitivity, and image quality in a compact and ruggedized housing able to withstand acceleration forces up to 150g. The flexible design is customized for onboard, sled and off-board applications meeting the demanding requirements of in-car and component crash tests.
Photoluminescence is used for a variety of life science applications, including biomarkers, sensing, and fluorescent lifetime imaging. The pco.flim camera system is the first luminescence lifetime imaging camera designed to use a two tap CMOS image sensor. This white paper discusses the pco.flim camera, and how it simplifies the process of fluorescence lifetime imaging.
This application note discusses the features and issues of using the PCO USB 3.0 camera interface, as well as important considerations and configurations of its recommended hardware and software.
When scientific CMOS (sCMOS) image sensors debuted in 2009 at the Laser World of Photonics meeting, the imaging world knew the technology could be big. Three years later, sCMOS image sensors and their uses continue to grow. By Gerhard Holst, Head of the Science & Research Department, PCO AG
High-speed camera users demand cameras that work accurately under the harshest environmental conditions, making reliability and operational capability crucial considerations in scientific cameras. This video shows a combustion analysis application, using a pco.dimax high-speed camera, at the Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. PCO’s camera acquired exceptionally detailed images due to its sensor’s superior light sensitivity, despite poor lighting conditions.
The pco.dimax cs camera with its true 12-bit performance is ideal for providing crisp, brilliant color images for all car safety testing applications involving onboard, offboard, and sled testing. This high speed video presents car safety testing situations recorded with the pco.dimax cs camera.
This particular sequence was recorded with at pco.dimax HD CMOS camera at 3,000 frames-per-second and 1296 x 720 pixel resolution. Once the ladybug unfolds its wings, the display speed is reduced to 25 fps.
This video was taken out of a lab window at dawn. The sequence displays three times at 16bit and 8bit scaling to capture details. All imagery was captured by the pco.edge – a color, sCMOS (scientific CMOS) camera operating at 2560 x 2160 resolution at 100 frames/s.
The pco.dimax HD is a high-speed, 12-bit CMOS camera ideal for a variety of slow-motion capture applications. In this video example, Rainer Bergomaz from Blue Paw Artists used one of these cameras with 1920 x 1440 pixel resolution @ 1060 frames/s to capture sequences of young kingfishers trying (successfully, in some instances) to catch fish.