Cameras and imaging
Everything you need to know about SCMOS Cameras
February 28, 2019
In the years since their first appearance in 2010, scientific cameras based on scientific CMOS image sensors have had a large impact on numerous new technologies and methods in science due to their ideal combination of low readout noise, high quantum efficiency and high frame rates.
Improvements in wafer fabrication as well as new sensor design methodologies have enabled significant improvements in sCMOS image sensors in the last couple of years. The wafer scale backside thinning process is now a standard manufacturing process due to the huge investments from the cell phone industry. The newest sCMOS are now available in backside thinned versions. Scientific camera design methodologies have evolved too. Even the first passively cooled sCMOS cameras are available today.
This is an exciting technological race and you, as the user, will benefit further even more in the years to come. However, there are some common and some peculiar characteristics about the sCMOS sensor and its behavior, which will not change and can raise some questions.
Most prominently, the difference between global shutter vs rolling shutter. We will uncover this topic on page 39. Why is binning different in sCMOS image sensors compared to CCD image sensors? Start reading on page 8. Learn about the benefits of test standards for cameras on page 31. The question about the sensitivity of cooled vs. uncooled cameras may surprise you starting on page 26.
This book might not cover every detail you always wanted to know about sCMOS cameras, but it might provide something you were afraid to ask. This is your chance. I trust you will find this information helpful and fun to read! Dr. Emil Ott, CEO, PCO AG