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C-BLUE One

C-BLUE One is an ultra-high performance scientific CMOS camera specifically designed for demanding imaging applications in the visible range (400 nm – 1000 nm).

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  • 0.5, 1.7 or 7.1 MegaPixel variants

  • Very low noise: 1.38 e- read noise

  • 4.5 or 9 μm pixel pitch

  • Global Shutter

  • Up to 1594 fps (8 bits) | 941 fps (12 bits)

  • High Dynamic Range (14 bits)


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C-BLUE One is a ultra-high performance scientific CMOS camera specifically designed for demanding imaging applications in the visible range (400 nm – 1000 nm).

C-BLUE one was born from the need of scientists to have a flexible highspeed, low noise, global shutter “snapshot” camera for high-end low light visible applications. Integrating the new generation of Sony CMOS Pregius™ sensors, the camera achieves high framerate and high sensitivity without any compromise

The architecture of the camera has been designed to integrate one of three different new generation of Sony CMOS Pregius™ sensors: thanks to this flexible design, C-BLUE One is able to cover the largest scope of applications. The camera can be tailored to be the best pixel size, resolution, and frame rate compromise for your use case:

  • C-BLUE One 0.5 MP: 812×612 px, 9 μm, 1594 fps
  • C-BLUE One 1.7 MP: 1608×1104 px, 9 μm, 662 fps
  • C-BLUE One 7.1 MP: 3208×2200 px, 4.5 μm, 207 fps

In addition, all C-BLUE One cameras offer a very low readout noise enabling imaging in ultra-low light conditions, simultaneously with a global shutter architecture. The camera uses CXP 2.0 or GigE interface to transfer the large amount of data generated each second and to ensure the lowest latency and highest real time capability. C-BLUE One is GigE Vision compliant.

Monochrome global shutter CMOS - Silicon-based CMOS monochrome sensors with global shutter architecture

Data interface - C-BLUE One has two high-throughput interfaces compatible with long reach cables: 10 GigE and CoaXPress. 10 GigE enables data transfer using the GigE Vision protocol and Ethernet cables. CoaXPress is optimized for real time operation. Two synchronization connectors enable peripheral device control.

Temperature management - C-BLUE One is the only camera offering high-end thermalization of the Sony Pregius™ sensors. This guarantees optimal noise performances and a stable position of the sensor. The integrated fan provides an air-cooled stabilization down to 0°C which can be completed by a cooling plate to further increase the temperature differential.

Camera body - The dimensions of the camera (154.3 mm x 76.2 mm x 64.1 mm for 1.1 kg) enable an easy integration into imaging and detection systems.

Lens mount - The camera has a CS-mount native interface and is provided with a C-mount adaptor.

ADC readout options - To optimize either bit depth or speed, both 8 bits and 12 bits modes are available.

Gain tuning - Capacitor gain can be switched between High gain and Low gain modes. In addition, 24 dB analog gain can be added, and up to 48 dB using digital gain.

Multi-windowing and Region of Interest (ROI) - Windowing mode allows to achieve faster image rate. A multiple region mode, illustrated below, further enhances the possible applications.

Key Specifications C-BLUE One 0.5 MP C-BLUE One 1.7 MP C-BLUE One 7.1 MP
Sensor Type Back illuminated stacked sensor
Active Pixels 816 x 624 pixels 1608 x 1104 pixels 3216 x 2208 pixels
Sensor Size 816 x 624 1608 x 1104 3216 x 2208
Pixel Pitch 9 µm 4.5 µm
Sensor Format 1/1.7’’ Monochrome CMOS 1.1’’ Monochrome CMOS
Sensor Diagonal 9.2 mm 17.6 mm
Shutter Architecture Global Shutter
Maximum Quantum Efficiency > 70 %
Interface Options CoaXPress 2.0 (CXP-12) | High speed SFP+ 10 GigE interface with Ethernet or Fiber
Optical Interface C-Mount / CS-Mount

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