Canada-based QImaging has announced the introduction of its optiMOS scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera that is suitable for a broad range of fluorescence microscopy applications.
optiMOS is an alternative to traditional charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras and provides faster frame rates with lower noise.
The sCMOS camera captures fast cellular dynamic events across a larger field of view with great sensitivity.
QImaging’s optiMOS camera offers 2.1 megapixels at 100 frames per second and achieves 45% larger field of view when compared to a 1.4 megapixel fluorescence CCD camera.
It is ideal for cell biologists using live cell, multicolor fluorescence; biophysicists studying membrane dynamics and protein and lipid trafficking; as well as neuroscientists looking at ion transport such as electrophysiology, calcium imaging and ratiometric imaging.
QImaging product manager Chris Ryan noted capturing fast cellular dynamic events such as vesicle trafficking requires high speeds, a large field of view and low read noise – a combination of features that CCD cameras simply cannot deliver.
"optiMOS is the first product that delivers on sCMOS performance, yet is accessible within the constraints of typical fluorescence microscopy budgets," Ryan added.
The camera is available at a price of $9,950.