Raptor Photonics Limited is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and extremely rugged ultra-low light digital and analogue cameras.

Raptor specializes in complete cameras and core engine solutions using a range of CCD, EMCCD, SWIR and LWIR sensor technology. We are experts in low noise electronics, mechanical and electronic layout, firmware, cooling, packaging and optical configuration. As well as its portfolio of commercial off the shelf (COTS) products, Raptor provides custom solutions to OEM and Instrumentation companies throughout the world to meet the varied imaging needs and requirements of our customers.

The extreme low light capability of Raptor’s cameras makes them ideal for day/night surveillance, homeland security, aerospace, machine vision and scientific markets.

Our defence and aerospace customers are working in applications including gimbals / UAVs, HD long-range day/night SWIR imaging, airborne and ground payloads, handheld goggles, driving vision enhancement (DVE), airborne EVS, vision enhancement and LEO cubesats.

Our scientific and industrial customers’ applications include beam profiling, semiconductor inspection, thermography, spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, microscopy, in-vivo imaging, art inspection, X-Ray and high energy, wafer inspection, adaptive optics and astronomy, calcium signalling, fluorescence imaging, flow cytometry, genome sequencing, high content screening, high resolution fluorescence imaging, hyperspectral imaging, live cell imaging, photon counting and single molecule detection.

Raptor is a registered ISO 9001:2015 company and is headquartered in Larne, Northern Ireland. Raptor Photonics Inc was set up in 2018 to service and support our customers in the US.

Additional information is available at www.raptorphotonics.com.


Drone-Based Daylight Electroluminescence Imaging Of PV Modules Using SWIR Cameras
Electroluminescence (EL) imaging of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels provides high accuracy in detecting defects and faults, such as cracks, broken cells, interconnections, shunts, among many others; furthermore, the EL technique is used extensively due to a high level of detail and direct relationship to injected carrier density.  Continue Reading..
Chemiluminescence Imaging Of Plants Using A Deep Cooled CCD
Chemiluminescence imaging combines the sensitive detection of chemiluminescence with the ability to locate and quantify the light emission. It requires high sensitivity combined with long exposure times in order to be able to detect the few photons emitted by the chemical reaction of interest with the living organisms. In a study of the circadian rhythm in plants, a deep cooled CCD camera was used with long exposure time to ensure excellent...  Continue Reading..
Silicon Wafer Inspection With SWIR Cameras
Silicon inspection can be a challenging problem for silicon and semi-conductor manufacturers in terms of pattern alignment, pattern defect inspection and edge position bonding inspection. During the manufacturing process, foreign particles and defects may appear on the top, bottom, inside or in between the wafers. It is important to find the location of these defects. Defects do not initially affect the chips functionality, but they do end up...  Continue Reading..
Technical Note: Auto Gain Control And Non Uniformity Correction
In SWIR cameras, the InGaAs FPA sensor can be difficult to manufacture so that all pixels are fully functional. As a solution, Raptor Photonics cameras use Non-Uniformity Corrections (NUC), or gain and dark current corrections, in order to obtain the same quality as a single A/D device. In addition, Raptor’s family of SWIR cameras is also capable of continuously performing Auto Gain Control (AGC) on the onboard FPGA. This application note...  Continue Reading..
Understanding Electron Multiplying Gain
Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) cameras can be used to detect very weak signals, which would otherwise be lost within the noise floor of the camera. Using a conventional CCD to detect these very weak signals, usually requires both long exposure times and slow readout rates. However, EMCCD cameras can detect these same signals using much shorter exposure times and higher readout rates. This is done by applying EM gain to the signal before it...  Continue Reading..


Raptor Photonics Limited

Willowbank Business Park

Larne, Co. Antrim, BT40 2SF

Phone: +44 (0)2828 270 141


Raptor Photonics Incorporated


Toll Free: 1(877) 230-4836

Main Office: (470) 231-0859


  • Open Front, X-Ray CCD Camera: Eagle XO

    The Eagle XO is a high-energy, direct X-ray, open front model of one of the most sensitive CCD cameras in the world. It is ideally suited for use in thin film and nanofiber, holography and lithograph, X-ray microscopy, X-ray plasma diagnostics, and other X-ray imaging applications.

  • In Vacuum High Energy X-Ray CCD Camera: Eagle XV

    The Eagle XV is a high-energy, direct X-ray, In Vacuum CCD camera ideally designed for use in thin film and nanofiber, holography and lithograph, X-ray microscopy, X-ray plasma diagnostics, and other X-ray imaging applications.

  • Fastest Scientific Open Front X-Ray EMCCD Camera: Falcon III XO

    The Falcon III XO is the only high energy direct X-Ray camera using a 1MP Frame Transfer EMCCD sensor. The camera offers a combination of speed and sensitivity for soft X-Ray applications up to 20 KeV.

  • In-Vacuum, Digital Monochrome EMCCD X-Ray Camera: Falcon III XV

    Raptor Photonics’ Falcon III XV is the latest camera model designed for the in-vacuum X-Ray market and is perfect for imaging very weak X-Ray samples close to UV and VUV, where speed is important.

  • High Speed, Digital SWIR Camera: Owl 320 HS

    The Owl 320 HS from Raptor Photonics offers the fastest frame rates available in the Owl camera line-up (up to 349 Hz in full frame resolution), perfect for high speed VIS-SWIR applications within the 0.4 µm – 1.7 µm range. With Region of Interest (ROI) control, faster frame rates in the kHz region are achievable by setting smaller ROIs.

  • High-Resolution, Low Noise Lineup Of VIS-SWIR Cameras: Owl 640 Series

    The Owl 640 Series from Raptor Photonics comprises a number of VIS-SWIR cameras with high resolutions and low noise readouts. They are ideal for a variety of applications, including surveillance, astronomy, beam profiling, hyperspectral imaging, solar cell inspection, and other scientific applications.

  • VGA Resolution, Ultra Low Noise, Cooled, Digital InGaAs Camera: Ninox 640 II

    Raptor Photonics offers the Ninox 640 II as the next generation of the Ninox 640, a cooled, high sensitivity digital SWIR camera. With an ultra low typical readout noise (rms) of 18 electrons and a typical dark current reading of <750e- at -15°C, the Ninox 640 II improves even further on its noise performance. With dimensions of 87.30 mm x 78.86 mm x 79.30 mm and weighing 550 g, it is one of the most compact and lightweight scientific SWIR cameras available on the market.

  • High Resolution, Low Noise, Cooled, Digital VIS-SWIR InGaAs Camera: Ninox 1280

    The Ninox 1280 offers visible extension from 0.4 µm to 1.7 µm to enable high sensitivity scientific imaging using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor. With cooling to -15 °C, the camera achieves typical dark current readings of <2,000e/p/s at this temperature, allowing for longer exposure times. The 10 µm x 10 µm pixel pitch enables the highest resolution imaging. The camera will offer ultra-high intra-scene dynamic range of 69 dB enabling simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene.

  • High resolution, High Sensitivity, Digital VIS-SWIR Camera: Owl 1280

    The Owl 1280 from Raptor Photonics offers visible extension from 0.4 µm to 1.7 µm to enable high sensitivity imaging using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor from SCD. The 10 µm x 10 µm pixel pitch enables the highest resolution imaging. It will offer less than 50 electrons readout noise (rms) and with a high intra-scene dynamic range of 69 dB, this enables simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene.

  • Ultra-Sensitive Monochrome Analogue EMCCD Camera: Hawk 216-A

    Raptor Photonics’ Hawk 216-A EMCCD camera is a 768 x 576 digital monochrome camera with back-illuminated EMCCD technology to enable <50 µlux, ultimate high sensitivity imaging. It has greater than 90% QE @ 600 nm, enhanced blue response from 180 nm for underwater and UV detection, and fan-less cooling for system integration or discrete low light surveillance.

  • High Resolution, Ultra-Sensitive Digital EMCCD Camera: Hawk 252

    The Hawk 252 is a cooled HD ultra-sensitive digital EMCCD camera offering back-illuminated EMCCD technology for enabling ultimate sensitivity imaging (<50μlux). The camera features high QE of greater than 95% at 600 nm, and GEN III image intensifier performance and enhanced blue response from 180 nm for low light UV with visible detection.

  • Digital Scientific Frame Transfer EMCCD: Kestrel

    Raptor Photonics’ Kestrel is a digital monochrome scientific frame transfer EMCCD camera based on e2v’s CCD-60 back-thinned 1/3″ sensor with high sensitivity, speed and resolution, and QE up to 95%. With the EM gain on, it offers less than 0.01 electrons read noise.

  • EMCCD Camera: Falcon III

    The new Falcon III from Raptor Photonics incorporates a new EMCCD back-illuminated sensor offering 1MP resolution with 10µm square pixels. It images with a peak QE of >95% offering unsurpassed sensitivity with less than 0.1 electrons readout noise. It offers the combination of ultimate sensitivity and speed through a single output amplifier thereby maximizing uniformity.  It is three times faster than previous generation EMCCDs running at 31Hz in full resolution, with superior linearity and low gain performance. Ideal applications include adaptive optics, astronomy, calcium signaling, fluorescence imaging, spectroscopy, genome sequencing, live cell imaging, and X-ray tomography.

  • -90°C 1MP And 4MP Scientific CCDs: Eagle Series

    Raptor Photonics introduces the Eagle series of -90°C 1MP and 4MP scientific CCD cameras. With featured back-illuminated CCD sensor from e2v (CCD42-40 and CCD47-10), and Raptor’s proprietary PentaVac vacuum enclosure and cooling it to -90°C, the Eagle is the perfect camera for long exposure applications.


  • Raptor Launches An HD-SDI Version Of The Owl 1280 VIS-SWIR Camera

    Raptor Photonics has launched an OEM version of the Owl 1280 with Serial Digital Interface (SDI) connectivity for high sensitivity imaging from 600nm-1700nm. The camera produces uncompressed, mono, progressive scan, digital video output to HD-SDI SMPTE-274M 1080p30 standard. SDI connectivity reduces system complexity, maximizes interface bandwidth, and expands the usable operational range.

  • Raptor Launches The World’s First SWaP Optimised ½” / VGA Sensor With VIS-SWIR Response

    Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance digital cameras has launched the World’s first SWaP Optimised ½” / VGA sensor with VIS-SWIR Response. With a 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch, the Owl 640 T has less than 50 electrons readout noise, with a high intra-scene dynamic range of 69dB that enables simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene.

  • Raptor Photonics Appoints New General Manager

    Raptor Photonics Ltd, a manufacturer of high-performance SWIR, CCD and EMCCD cameras, has announced that Liam Mulholland joined the company as General Manager. As a key part of Raptor’s growth strategy to expand and pursue new markets, Mulholland will be responsible for directing and managing all day to day business activities and implementing effective business strategies. Mulholland has previously held leadership positions in medical device manufacturer Stryker Inc, and industrial giant Caterpillar Inc.

  • Raptor Launches The HAWK 252 HD EMCCD Camera

    Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance digital cameras has launched an additional member to its family of EMCCD cameras with the Hawk 252, offering HD resolution for surveillance applications.

  • Raptor Launches The Ninox 1280, A High Resolution, High Sensitivity Cooled VIS-SWIR InGaAs Camera

    Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras has launched an additional member to its family of Visible SWIR cameras with the Ninox 1280, offering HD resolution for high end scientific and astronomy applications. Using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor from SCD, cooled to -15°C, the Ninox 1280 offers visible extension from 0.4µm to 1.7µm to enable high sensitivity 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 69dB enabling simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene.