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.


How does studying jet lag in mice improve our health? A recent study led by Huiyan Li, from the National Center of Biomedical Analysis in Beijing, China is looking to understand how Chronobiology affects our wellbeing.

The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer will analyze fringe patterns obtained from multiple pairs of combined beams to reconstruct an image of the target under observation.

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute are using Raptor InGaAs cameras to investigate the vast and complex network necessary for an organism to sense and react to the world.

There are lots of scientific techniques for establishing the authenticity of art. One growing application is the use of X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), the analysis of a small region of an object to measure mineralogy and chemistry.

Raptor Photonics, a leader in digital camera solutions, offers hard X-ray, XUV, soft X-ray, and EUV imaging options. Applications include microscopy, spectroscopy, plasma imaging and diagnostics, tomography, and more.

Raptor's camera platforms provide customers with flexible/modular solutions that meet their exact requirements. Offering high quality, reliability, competitive price performance metric, and fast delivery, Raptor makes for a very attractive solution for OEMs.

Raptor develops, manufactures, and markets a range of high-quality CCD, EMCCD, and InGaAs cameras targeting the global scientific and surveillance imaging markets, specifically for OEMs and instrumentation manufacturers. We design and build a range of custom solutions for OEMs and national laboratories around the world. 

Raptor is working with many major OEMs and instrumentation companies across the world in scientific, surveillance and industrial applications, who need custom designs to meet their exact imaging and detection requirements. We work collaboratively to understand their camera needs and develop robust solutions through a detailed project management system.

McPherson Instruments designs precision analytical tools that help scientists and researchers to investigate molecular and atomic spectra from the infrared into the soft x-ray and short ultraviolet wavelength regions. 

Non-invasive fluorescence imaging of small animals has been a technique widely used for years as a method in preclinical research. Techniques have developed considerably in recent years but still face a number of limitations.


  • Raptor Receives A Brace Of Prestigous Regional Business Awards

    Raptor Photonics, a leader in innovative digital camera solutions, has won in two categories at the recent Made in Northern Ireland 2023 Awards lunch, held on Friday 12th May at The Titanic Hotel in Belfast.

  • Raptor Launches UV Optimized CMOS Camera

    Raptor Photonics has launched the Hawk Indigo, using a next generation 2/3” CMOS sensor, enabling ultimate UV sensitivity and high QE of 36% at 250nm.

  • Raptor Launches New 1mp C-Mount CCD Camera Air Cooling To -80°C

    Raptor has enhanced it’s range of cooled CCD cameras with the launch of the Eagle 1MP. Using a back-illuminated CCD, the camera is air-cooled to -80°C to minimize dark current for longer exposures.

  • Raptor Builds Sales Team With Two New Appointments

    Raptor Photonics Ltd, a global manufacturer of digital cameras, welcomes two new members of staff to the sales team.

  • Raptor Celebrates 15 Years In Photonics

    Raptor Photonics was set up in September 2006 to design and manufacture high performance cameras for a range of markets including scientific, surveillance, aerospace and industrial. The company has grown year on year and now sells cameras in over 50 countries around the world to a range of instrumentation companies, government bodies, research labs and universities.


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


  • The Hawk Blue is a cooled HD Camera offering back-illuminated EMCCD technology, enabling ultimate sensitivity imaging (<50μlux) and  high QE of 65% at 254nm.

  • Raptor offers both camera cores as well as fully integrated camera systems for surveillance, observation, recognition and reconnaissance applications through a suite of handheld monoculars and rail-mounted integrated systems.

  • Raptor has some unique Space Heritage, with cameras flying as optical payloads on several live LEO Cubesat missions for Earth Observation as well as ground based stations.

  • The Hawk Indigo camera uses a next-generation 2/3” CMOS sensor, enabling ultimate UV sensitivity and high QE of 36% at 250nm.

  • Raptor offers a full suite of cameras and detectors suitable for Raman and HSI applications, including a choice of CCD and InGaAs sensors in various resolutions and pixel pitches, optimized for specific wavelengths, with cooling options.

  • Raptor offers a range of CCD-based cooled detectors to meet OEM requirements across a range of spectroscopy applications.

  • Using a back-illuminated CCD (1056 × 1027 pixels with 13μm × 13μm pixel pitch), the Eagle 47-10 Deep Cooled Vacuum CCD is air-cooled to -80°C to minimize dark current for longer exposures. Using low noise electronics, it offers 2.3e- readout noise.

  • The Kestrel 1000 camera from Raptor Photonics is a Digital Monochrome Scientific Frame Transfer EMCCD featuring 1,800 fps, 128 x 128, 24 µm x 24 µm pixels, and cooled to -20C.

  • The Ninox 640 SU from Raptor Photonics continues to push the boundaries in scientific SWIR imaging. This camera is vacuum cooled to -80°C InGaAs, offering ultra-low dark current for longer exposure times up to 5 minutes. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Owl 1280 from Raptor Photonics offers visible extension from 0.6µm to 1.7µm to enable high sensitivity imaging using a 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor. The 10µm x 10µm 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.

  • 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.

  • The Hawk 252 is a cooled HD ultra-sensitive digital EMCCD camera offering back-illuminated EMCCD technology for enabling ultimate sensitivity imaging (< 50μlux).

  • Raptor Photonics’ Kestrel is a digital monochrome scientific frame transfer EMCCD camera with high sensitivity, speed and resolution, and QE up to 95%. With the EM gain on, it offers less than 1 electrons read noise.

  • 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 1 electron 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.

  • 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.