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Hamamatsu ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 Digital CMOS camera

The Precision Instrument for Imaging

Building on their extensive experience with high performance scientific cameras and advanced imaging applications, Hamamatsu Photonics introduces the new ORCA-Flash4.0 V3.

This one camera expertly handles applications ranging from the acquisition of beautiful scientific images to experiments that demand detection, quantification and speed. With on-board FPGA processing enabling intelligent data reduction, highly refined in-camera, pixel-level calibrations, increased USB 3.0 frame rates, purposeful and innovative triggering capabilities, patented lightsheet read out modes and individual camera noise characterization the ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 is the precision instrument for imaging.

Calibrated for Quantitative Accuracy

The ORCA-Flash4.0 cameras have always provided the advantage of low camera noise. In quantitative applications, like single molecule imaging and super resolution microscopy imaging, fully understanding camera noise is also important. Every ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 is carefully calibrated… as a precision instrument must be. Our attention to this detail delivers outstanding linearity, especially at low light, and offers improved photo response non-uniformity (PRNU) and dark signal non-uniformity (DSNU) to minimize pixel differences and reduce fixed pattern noise. Each camera ships with a certificate providing the read noise and photoelectron conversion factor specific for that camera.

Patented Tools for Advanced Imaging

The ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 includes Hamamatsu’s patented, Lightsheet Readout Mode which takes advantage of sCMOS rolling shutter readout to enhance the quality of lightsheet images. When paired with our W-VIEW GEMINI image splitting optics, a single ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 camera becomes a powerful dual wavelength imaging device. In “W-VIEW Mode,” each half of the sensor can be exposed independently, facilitating balanced dual colour imaging with a single camera. And this feature can be combined with the new and patented “Dual Lightsheet Mode” making simultaneous dual wavelength lightsheet microscopy a reality. And finally, the ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 is the perfect complement to our new W-VIEW GEMINI-2C dual camera, super resolution-quality, image splitting optics.

Flexibility for Customized Data Control

Like its predecessors, each ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 is capable of both USB 3.0 or Camera Link output. In addition, the ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 offers data reduction through user-controllable look up tables (LUT) for 12 or 8-bit output. These two choices combined with region of interest selection enable you to fine tune acquisition speed and image data requirement.

Focus on the Relevant Data

Hamamatsu’s new “Enhanced Visualization Mode” was designed to help answer the question “Can I see it?” Many low light experiments, especially those that were previously imaged using EM-CCDs are now routinely accomplished—with better signal to noise, faster speeds and at far less expense—by sCMOS cameras. However, we sometimes miss the visual punchiness of EM-CCD images. Enhanced Visualization Mode pops the contrast of the displayed image, while saving the sCMOS raw image data to disk. And sometimes our innate tendency to seek contrast can be a distraction. Even a few hot pixels in a time lapse or tracking experiment can divert our attention or our analysis from the real data. Enter our multi-level, user-selectable, hot pixel reduction. By applying a series of increasingly aggressive algorithms to detect noisy pixels, you can choose to eliminate these small but distracting elements. And since nobody appreciates having their data unexpectedly modified, the default setting for this hot pixel correction is off when you power up the camera.

Powerful Triggering for Synchronization

Joining a full complement of sophisticated triggering routines, our new Master Pulse timing generator allows the ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 to truly run the experiment. Performing functions that previously would have required an external pulse generator the ORCA-Flash4.0 V3’s Master Pulse has flexible timing delays built in. Powerful synchronization of multiple cameras and devices just became a lot simpler.

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Hamamatsu ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 Digital CMOS camera

Key Features & Benefits:

  • Calibrated for quantitative accuracy to provide the advantage of low camera noise
  • Flexibility for customized data control with USB 3.0 or camera link.
  • Patented Tools for Advanced Imaging: Lightsheet Readout Mode which takes advantage of sCMOS rolling shutter readout to enhance the quality of lightsheet images.
  • Focus on the Relevant Data using Hamamatsu’s “Enhanced Visualization Mode” which pops the contrast of the displayed image while saving the sCMOS raw image data to disk.
  • Powerful triggering for synchronization with the new Master Pulse timing generator which allows the ORCA-Flash4.0 V3 to truly run the experiment.

This one camera expertly handles applications ranging from the acquisition of beautiful scientific images to experiments that demand detection, quantification and speed.