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High-Resolution USB CCD Cameras

Item #DCU223DCU224
Resolution1024 x 768 Pixels1280 x 1024 Pixels
Pixel Clock Rangea5-30 MHz
BinningVerticalb
AOIHorizontal, Verticalb
Frame Rate at 320 x 240 Pixel (Cif)78 fps38 fps
  • The max possible pixel clock depends on the computer used.
  • Function increases the frame rate.

Features

  • 1024 x 768 or 1280 x 1024 Pixel Color and B&W Versions Available
  • 1/3" or 1/2" Image Sensor with Square Pixels
  • Choose from 30 fps or 15 fps (Full Frame Mode)
  • C-Mount Lens Mount for use with our Standard C-Mount Camera Lenses and High-Magnification Zoom Lenses
  • Global Shutter
  • Universal Trigger Input
  • Software Support:
    • ThorCam GUI with 32- and 64-Bit Windows® 7 Support
    • Included SDK Supports C++, C#, VB, and LabVIEW

Sensors and Functionality
These ultra compact, lightweight CCD cameras feature USB connections, making them extremely versatile for a wide range of applications including industrial automation, quality control, medical imaging, microscopy, and security technology. The DCU223 models are equipped with a high-quality SONY 1/3" CCD sensor with XGA resolution (1024 x 768) and provide a full frame repetition rate of 30 fps. The DCU224 models have a 1/2" CCD sensor with SXGA resolution (1280 x 1024) and provide a full frame repetition rate of 15 fps.

SM1 Thread Compatibility

DCU Camera Adapter ApplicationsCompatibility of the CCD Camera with Thorlabs' SM1 Internal or External Threadings via the Included SM1 (1.035"-40) Adapters

For all models, higher frame rates can be achieved by using the Area of Interest (AOI) or Binning functions; the former increases the frame rate by only reading a selected area of the sensor, whereas the latter increases the frame rate by combining pixel readings before transferring them to the PC, but in this case, image resolution is sacrificed. The computer can communicate digitally with the camera through the USB 2.0 interface, thus enabling the user to transmit images and control camera settings seamlessly.

Software
Each CCD camera comes with ThorCam, our Windows-compatible software package on CD. In addition, the camera is supported by an extensive software development kit. Standard drivers like Direct Show (WDM), Active X, and TWAIN are provided. In addition, over 20 demo programs (including source code) are supplied. A USB cable for connecting the camera to a PC is also included. These cameras can be used with the latest release of µManager to obtain monochrome images (this includes the color USB CCD cameras).

Lenses
The DCU223 CCD cameras are fully compatible with our standard C-Mount Camera Lenses and High-Magnification Zoom Lenses, which are sold separately. Our standard lenses include fixed focal lengths of 3.5 mm - 75 mm with maximum apertures of up to f/0.95, as well as an 18 - 108 mm f/2.5 zoom lens. Our high-magnification zoom lenses are a modular system that features magnification from 0.07 - 28.

Included Mounting Adapters
The C-Mount threading of the CCD camera can be easily connected to components with Thorlabs' standard SM1 (1.035"-40) threadings via one of the two included SM1 adapters, as shown in the photo to the right. Additional adapters may be purchased below. A mounting adapter plate is also provided with the CCD camera; by using the included M4 x 10 mm or 8-32 x 3/4" cap screw, the camera can be threaded onto Thorlabs' TR series Ø1/2" posts. Every unit also ships with four M3 x 6 mm screws for mounting the adapter plate to the camera.

Trigger Option
The optional CAB-DCU-T1 and CAB-DCU-T2 series USB and trigger cables allow to using the additional trigger input and output ports (T1 and T2) of these cameras together with the USB2.0 connection. Via input trigger the exposure and readout/transfer events of the camera can be initiated. Via output trigger external events like strobe lights can be triggered by the camera. The trigger configuration, i.e. the source of the input trigger and the timing for the output trigger can be set via the provided software or the LabVIEW drivers. Please click here for more details about the cables and the ordering information.

Item #DCU223MDCU223CDCU224MDCU224C
Sensor
Sensor TypeCCD
Exposure ModeElectronic Global Shutter
Read Out ModeProgressive Scan
Resolution1024 x 768 Pixels1280 x 1024 Pixels
Optical Sensor Class1/3"1/2"
Exact Sensitive Area4.76 mm x 3.57 mm5.95 mm x 4.76 mm
Exact Optical Sensor Dimension (Diagonal)6.0 mm (0.24")7.6 mm (0.30")
Pixel Size4.65 µm x 4.65 µm
Sensor NameSony ICX204ALSony ICX204AKSony ICX205ALSony ICX205AK
Minimum Opt. Power Density Required1.4 nW/mm²1.2 nW/mm²
A/D Converter Resolution8 Bit
S/N Ratio≥38 dB
Frame Rates
Pixel Clock Rangea (Allowed/Recommended)5 - 30 MHz/10 - 20 MHz
Frame Rate, Freerun Modeb30 fps15 fps
Frame Rate, Trigger Mode,
1 ms Exposure Timeb
28.7 fps17 fps
Exposure Time in Freerun Mode30 µsb - 773 msc66 µsb - 1360 msc
Exposure Time in Trigger Mode30 µsb- 10 minc66 µsb - 10 minc
BinningVerticald
MethodV: Monochrome Binning, Additive
Factor, Maximum Resolution, Frame Rate2x, 1024 x 384 Pixel, 53 fps2x, 1280 x 512 Pixel, 23 fps
Factor, Maximum Resolution, Frame Rate4x, 1024 x 192 Pixel, 85 fps4x, 1280 x 256 Pixel, 31 fps
Subsampling-
AOIHorizontal, Vertical d
Frame Rate at 320 x 240 Pixel (Cif)78 fps38 fps
Absolute Image Width, Step Width16 - 1024 Pixel, 416 - 1280 Pixel, 4
Absolute Image Height, Step Width120 - 768 Pixels, 1120 - 768 Pixels, 2120 - 1024 Pixels, 1120 - 1024 Pixels, 2
Position Raster Horizontal1212
Position Raster Vertical1212
Gain
Monochrome Model10.47X (Master)7.59X/4X (Master/RGB)13.66X (Master)8.9X/4.0X (Master/RGB)
Offset Control, ModeAuto, Manual, Additive
Gain Boost2xn/a2xn/a
Trigger
Hardware TriggerAsynchronous
Trigger Delay With Rising Edge, Jitter39.5 µs ± 2.6 µs39.9 µs ± 2.5 µs
Trigger Delay With Falling Edge, Jitter57.9 µs ± 2.6 µs57.7 µs ± 2.5 µs
Additive Trigger Delay To the Sensor15 µs - 4 s
Sensor Delay To the Exposure Start<100 µsb
Trigger Low Levele0 V Min, 2 V Max
Trigger High Levele5 V Min, 24 V Max
Power Consumption1.0 - 1.7 W1.1 - 2.1 W
Housing
Lens ConnectorC-Mount
Protective Window, RemovableUncoated Glass
(D263)
IR Filter D263
with HQ coating
Uncoated Glass
(D263)
IR Filter D263
with HQ coating
InterfaceUSB 2.0
Power Supply1.7 W, via USB1.1 to 2.1 W
Operating Temperature32 to 122 °F (0 to 50 °C)
Security LabelsCE, FCC, Class A
Dimention (H x W x D)1.59"  x 1.26" x 1.35" (40.35 mm x 32 mm x 34.4 mm)
Weight0.21 lbs (96 g)
Objective ConnectorC-Mount
  • The max. possible pixel clock depends on the used computer.
  • Values are only achieved with maximum pixel clock.
  • Values are only achieved with minimum pixel clock.
  • Function increases the frame rate.
  • Trigger High and Low voltages are for the current USB board revision. A previously purchased camera contains the current USB board revision if it is compatible with our most recent driver (Version 3.82).

Pixel Sensitivity of the CCD Camera

Color and Monochrome Pixil Sensitivity vs Wavelength
RGB Color Grid

Pixel sensitivity versus wavelength plots are shown at the right for the monochromatic and color versions of these CCD cameras. The color model incorporates a removable IR filter that blocks the spectral region marked by the pink background. For this model, the popular Bayer color filter array is used to acquire digital color images. The filter is based on the repeating 2 x 2 pattern shown to the left; half of the total number of pixels are green (G), and the remaining pixels are equally divided between red (R) and blue (B).

Due to this arrangement, each pixel is only sensitive to one color, and as a result, the overall sensitivity of the color image is three times lower than that achievable with a monochromatic sensor. Thus, B&W CCD cameras are preferred in low-light situations. Even though only one third of the color information is obtained at each pixel, a full-color image can be achieved through the use of various demosaicing algorithms that interpolate a set of red, green, and blue B G B G values at each point.

ThorCam™

ThorCam Camera Software
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ThorCam Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Software

Version 2.2

Click the button below to visit the ThorCam software page.

Software Download

ThorCam is a powerful image acquisition software package that is designed for use with all of our cameras on 32- and 64-bit Windows® 7 systems. This easy-to-use graphical interface communicates with the camera to provide system control, image acquisition, and playback. Single-image capture and image sequences are supported.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) and a software development kit (SDK) are also included for the development of custom applications by OEMs and developers. Also included is support for third-party software packages such as C++, C#, VB, and LabVIEW.

When choosing a camera for your application, the selection process may seem daunting. Many questions arise concerning the differences between Charge Coupled Devices (CCD) and Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors. Each sensor type has advantages and disadvantages that will help you determine which is most appropriate for your application.

The advantages listed here have been generalized to the sensor type. When purchasing a camera, it is always important to check the specifications of the device to ensure that it is suitable for your application.

Sensor Advantages Comparison
FeatureCCDCMOS
Responsivity check
High Dynamic Rangecheck 
High Uniformitycheck 
Shutteringcheck 
Windowing check
Antiblooming check

Responsivity - Advantage CMOS
While both CCD and CMOS sensors have similar responsivity, CMOS sensors typically have an advantage over CCDs as each pixel has its own amplification electronics.

Dynamic Range - Advantage CCD
Dynamic Range refers to the maximum signal strength divided by the smallest signal. A high dynamic range correlates to a camera that is capable of imaging the widest range of intensities of light. CCDs can have dynamic ranges twice as great as similar CMOS sensors. Furthermore, CCDs have less noise, which is ideal for low-light imaging.

Uniformity - Advantage CCD
The construction of CCD and CMOS sensors differs substantially. Each pixel on a CCD collects light and typically transfers charge to one output node. This charge is then converted to a voltage and buffered. As each pixel uses the same charge-to-voltage converter, the camera is highly uniform. Alternatively, each pixel of a CMOS camera has its own charge-to-voltage converter and amplification electronics are built onto the sensor. The uniformity of CMOS cameras is thus constrained by the uniformity of the charge converters and amplification electronics.

Shuttering - Advantage CCD
CCDs have more uniform shuttering than CMOS sensors, making them superior for imaging objects in motion. To achieve a uniform shutter with CMOS cameras, a rolling shutter is used, which only exposes a portion of the sensor at any given time. This improves fill factor of the sensor, but is typically not suitable for imaging objects in motion as they may appear blurry.

Windowing - Advantage CMOS
Windowing refers to the ability to read only a portion of the signal from the sensor. When imaging a smaller area of the sensor, higher imaging speeds are capable. CMOS sensors are well-suited for windowing as the signal can be read from only a portion of the whole sensor, rather than sequentially as with CCDs. The increased imaging speeds of cameras based on windowing will refer to an Area of Interest (AOI) in pixels, which will be a portion of the full sensor.

Antiblooming - Advantage CMOS
When a region of the sensor is overexposed, it is highly desirable to limit the effect the overexposure has on neighboring pixels. An overexposed pixel on a CCD may cause nearby pixels to appear overexposed, too. To limit this, CCDs may have larger buffers between pixel rows, but this will reduce the fill factor of the sensor. As CMOS sensors convert charge to voltage at each pixel, they are not susceptible to blooming.

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Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2014-09-25 03:13:02.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The saturation power is going to be dependent on the settings of the camera. 35mW will definitely saturate the sensor. I will contact you directly to discuss more about this
Poster: kariukialex89
Posted Date: 2014-08-27 15:10:15.697
i was wondering what is the minimum power incident to the CCD camera that will not result in over saturation. i am using a 35mw He-Ne laser
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2014-01-20 05:53:55.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. When you install our camera software, which can be downloaded from our homepage, then the LabVIEW drivers will be installed on your PC in the following folder: C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2012\instr.lib\DCx. In addition, you can find a LabVIEW manual in this folder: C:\Program Files\Thorlabs\DCx Cameras\Manuals which can help you to start using our cameras with LabVIEW.
Poster: cyfnrc
Posted Date: 2014-01-15 15:23:17.987
Hi, I would like to make sure if this camera is compatible with LabView. Thanks!
Poster: s.dorbolo
Posted Date: 2013-12-10 16:49:34.6
Some people claims they manage to interface DCC1545M using Python/opencv... I cannot manage to interface the DCU223M. Any idea?
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-12-11 05:28:11.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we do not support Python/opencv. We don’t have any experts who know how to program in these languages and so we are not able to provide any assistance, I am very sorry about that.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-12-06 05:02:04.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The sensitivity of the sensor is given on our homepage under the tab Specs: https://www.thorlabs.de/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=2916&pn=DCU223M#2916. We don't have additional information about the sensitivity beyond 900nm, I am sorry about that. Regarding your questions: 1. The software provides the possibility to measure the distance, a detailed description can be found in the manual: https://www.thorlabs.de/thorcat/25000/DCU223M-Manual.pdf at section 3.4.2.5.5 Draw/Measure. 2. We don't have any information about the linearity of the CCD sensor but the highest linearity is achieved when using the camera without Gamma Correction. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: cmhuang
Posted Date: 2013-12-05 23:02:29.18
Dear Sir: I would like to setup the 1064-nm high power laser focal spot size about 10~50um. First I will attenuate the power from laser source I decide to use relay image method with two PCX lens for collimating firstly and then use the objective mag. 10X or 20X to further relay the image into the 8 bit B&W CCD (I think DCU223M is suitable)and use visible filter 600-800nm wavelength for getting 1064-nm signal what I need better contrast . So,some questions need to be checked before purchase 1.I knew DCU223M have A/D converter,but does this have measure tool software for me to tune the stage actually to know the real um/pixel? if no this function,maybe I need to buy NI instrument frame grabber to this CCD image digital signal. 2.Does this CCD linear for 1064-nm?if not,I think thorlabs have calibration factor for me,right? please advise me ASAP best regards~
Poster: tae78397
Posted Date: 2013-10-11 17:35:57.807
I am currently trying to work with a DCU224M camera within labview. However, the light pattern that shows up on the sensor in my labview program seems to be only half of the picture in the program that was given to me with the camera. I searched through the examples to figure out how to make it get this far. I am working with V8 monochrome and 8bits/pixel. I do not know if these are necessary parts to figuring this out.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-10-15 05:30:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. I could imagine that this is an issue with the AOI (area of interest). I will contact you directly for more detailed information.
Poster: n-lindquist
Posted Date: 2013-08-08 16:54:32.61
Is there any support for running these cameras and the software on a Mac OS X system? Or within LabVIEW on a Mac?
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-08-09 08:06:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. We only provide drivers for Windows and Linux. Unfortunately no Mac OS X divers are available. I will contact you with more detailed information.
Poster: tongye
Posted Date: 2013-06-26 13:13:50.983
Hi! I am trying to use matlab imaqtool to connect DCU224m, but cannot see it in Hardware Browser. I confirmed that it worked well with UC480 viewer. Could you help? Thanks. /Tong
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-06-28 07:46:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately our cameras are not compatible with the IMAQ tool. You have only access to the camera functions when using the camera's C/C++ driver. Those would need to be imported into Matlab.
Poster: kokotgasper
Posted Date: 2013-05-31 06:05:34.503
We have recently purchased a DCU223M camera. I placed it in the imaging path of a commercial microscope. I looked at features with known size but I cannot get the specified objective magnification (the optical misalignment has been ruled out). The discrepancy I get is between 15% and 20%. Because there are many models with different pixel sizes in your catalog, I would like to know, if the pixel size specification is correct (4.65 um). Magnification I get is smaller than expected, meaning that there might be larger pixel size than stated. Best, Gasper
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2013-06-03 08:26:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The pixel size and pitch is normally highly reproducible so that it would be surprising that this is the reason for this issue. We will contact you directly to discuss your setup and see where the error in magnification could come from.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2013-02-21 06:30:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! The glass filter is held on this cemra model by two screws such that the user can replace it himself. Please note however that the filter also acts as a protection against undesired particles, so that ideally, the exchange of the glass filter should be made under clean room conditions.
Poster: deeptick
Posted Date: 2013-01-25 02:40:26.167
can i know in what format i can get raw data from DCU223M . can i get in raw format as binary file using DCU223M?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2013-01-28 09:28:00.0
a response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! there is unfortunately no way to directly save the images in csv or ASCII. One can however save the raw images in bmp format. The bmp pictures can then readily be converted into ASCII data using for instance Matlab. There are also several freewares that can perform this operation.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2012-10-22 08:42:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! We do provide Labview drivers for those cameras. A list of the functions contained in the driver can be found in the product manual. There is a software trigger but if you need to achieve exact timing, it will probably be better to use the external trigger input of the cameras. We unfortunately do not have an exact sensitivity curve for the cameras but we measured the minimum power for those. This value varies for the exact camera model(1.4nW/mm2 for the DCU223X and 1.2nW/mm2 for the DCU224X) at 635nm. Some typical sensitivity curves for the chips can be found under the tab "Pixel Sensitivity" of the product page. The sensitivity above 900nm will indeed be very low and is not specified, even as a typical value by the chip manufacturer unfortunately.
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2012-10-16 08:26:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We do sell the adapter that you are looking for. The part number is SM1A10 (http://www.thorlabs.com/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=1524&pn=SM1A10).
Poster: imiller
Posted Date: 2012-10-15 13:19:36.583
Hi, Do you sell the C-mount/SM1 adapters separately? I would like to mount a c-mount lens onto a photodiode (PDA36A). An adapter with an external SM1 thread and internal c-mount thread, or an adapter with an internal SM1 thread and an internal c-mount thread would be perfect. Thanks, Ian
Poster: raptis
Posted Date: 2012-10-15 06:45:16.79
I am interesting in DCU22M or the related BW model. Are you providing LabView drivers? In my app I'll need to record the signal every sec or every few secs. Is it possible to set the camera to operate is such a mode i.e. to integrate the signal during that period? Could you please provide the sensitivity curves in photos/count? It appears that the sensitivity at wavelengths >900nm would be very low. Is that correct?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-10-12 03:36:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: The pixel pitch is 4.65µm and the active area on the pixels corresponds to about 30% of the whole area so the spacing from the respective active areas of neighboring pixels will be about 3.25µm. The chip is covered with microlenses so that the effective active area is increased to about 60%, depending on the angle of incidence of the light. So the effective pixel spacing would be 1.86µm at normal or close to normal incidence.
Poster: ashadas2000
Posted Date: 2012-10-03 05:21:43.0
Whats the pixel spacing between the pixels in the DCU223M camera?
Poster: tcohen
Posted Date: 2012-07-19 11:03:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for contacting us! Our current DVC page can be found at http://www.thorlabs.com/tsi.cfm. We will continue to update this information as we release our new product lines, but for immediate assistance we will contact you directly.
Poster: m.skala
Posted Date: 2012-07-19 09:50:32.0
I see that you've acquired DVC but don't offer their products yet? I'm looking for a 12-bit ccd, specifically something like this: "1380 x 1035 pixels and 12-bit dynamic range using a CCD camera thermoelectrically cooled to -20°C (DVC Company, Austin Texas; Model # 1412AM-T2-FW)" Please advise if you have something comparable.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-07-11 07:40:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry. The DCU224M is almost twice as sensitive as the DCC1545M, as can be viewed from the power densities specified corresponding to a SNR of 2. In both cases the SNR was measured using a gain of 1 and an integration time of 1 second.
Poster: jinwang
Posted Date: 2012-07-10 21:59:23.0
I was wondering if the minimum optical intensity between the camera models:DCC1545M, and the DCU224M are the same? The DCC1545M has a note "e" that the SNR is 2 for 632 nm at 2 nW / mm², is the SNR 2 for 632 nm for an optical power of 1.2 nW / mm² for the DCU224M? Also, was the maximum gain used on the DCC1545M to determine the SNR is 2 for the 2 nW / mm²? - Jin
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-06-25 13:03:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! the viewer software offer sth possibililty to record a movie in AVI, which is just a sequence of Jpeg data. This option can be selected by going into file menu-> record video sequence. We provide boht for download on our website as well as in the installation Cd of the camera software a comprehensive documentation about the SDK of the cameras (manual for programming interfaces). This SDK can be used from most programming environment.
Poster: hahasuksien
Posted Date: 2012-06-22 13:05:12.0
Hi, I have a CMOS DCC 1545M camera. I was trying to capture images and saving them continuously (ie, the camera will take snapshots of images continuously and then saving each frame continuously without me having to do anything except to initialize the process), but wasn't able to. Is there a way to do this? And by the way, is there a way to bring up the programming interface? Thank you!
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-06-05 06:27:00.0
A respoosne from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! The choice of CCD (or CMOS) will be mostly dictated by the application. As an example, a rolling shutter will allow much higher frame rates but will in turn not allow the user to measure the complete picture without time delay between the top pixel line and the bottom pixel line. the same applies to the pixel size: bigger pixel will lead to a higher light sensitivity but will reduce the resolution. I will contact you to discuss your application and see which camera would be the most suited for your application.
Poster: ashwinjikumar
Posted Date: 2012-06-05 03:14:36.0
Can you give the selection criterion for choosing a ccd .. what are the important characteristics while choosing a ccd?? waiting for your mail....
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-04-24 05:13:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry. We do provide Linux drivers for those cameras, both for 32bits and 64bits system. The links to those files can be found directly on the software download page of the cameras.
Poster: griffiba
Posted Date: 2012-04-23 21:53:57.0
What is the status of the linux drivers? I'm looking for a ccd to use as a beam profiler with open source drivers or an c/python API.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-04-13 03:32:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! The DCU camera is meant as a general purpose camera while the BC106-VIS is specifically designed for beam profiling applications. As a result, those cameras differ both in terms of hardware and software. To allow a further extension of the functionality of the software of the DCU cameras, we provide a comprehensive SDK including many examples so that each user can customize the software application according to his needs. I will contact you to further discuss your exact application in order to see what the best approach would be to get to the desired results.
Poster: vicenciorodrigo1
Posted Date: 2012-04-12 12:44:47.0
Hi. I bought this camera recently and I have used with the software included in the package. If I compare this program with the one I got when I bought the beam profiler (BC106-VIS), I should say that it is not useful. I need an advice from you about any other program I could install for using this camera. Up to know, I could not use it in the way I need.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-04-02 07:56:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your question. We do sell the adapters individually. I will contact you directly to see which one you need.
Poster: franxm
Posted Date: 2012-03-30 09:29:39.0
Are the adapter mounting plates available for purchase? Thanks.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-01-11 16:43:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! The maximum and minimum voltage for the trigger input depend on the USB boar revision your camera uses. If you can use the camera with our most recent driver, than it means it has a revision board 2.0 or higher. In this case, the min/max for the low and high levels are 0/2-v and 5/24V respectively. Those values can be found in the section D: Specifications > Electrical Specifications > DCU22xX / DCC1240X > of the user's manual.
Poster: Silverstarv
Posted Date: 2012-01-11 06:30:13.0
I have got the CAB-DCU-T1 trigger cabel and the DCU 224M CCD camera. What is the minimum and maximum voltage of my Trigger input signal that will be regonzied by my camera and wont destroy it.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-10-08 11:14:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry. The ration between the AOI and the frames per seconds is unfortunately not linear at all. the main reason is that there are is a lot of on-chip overhead processing which will limit the max sample rate. Also, the chip is read out line per line. If a line is not within the AOI it is not read out and the sample rate increases. However, for each line included in the AOI, the whole line is read out. All in all, the fastest achievable sample rate with this camera is about 115 fps. you might want to use either the DCC1545M CMOS USB cameras, which have a higher pixel clock and can thus achieve higher sample reates (~500fps) or go for a LC100 line CCD camera where samples of max 900fps can be achieved.
Poster: blackbloodmen
Posted Date: 2011-10-06 13:23:09.0
The CCD camera has 1024x768 pixels and 30fps originally. Now,if I use 1x768 pixels of resolution , can the frame Rate rise to 30x1024 fps? Tanks
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-09-23 05:38:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: We typically do not specify the linearity of those cameras as it might be influenced by some other parameters, such as the spectral width of the laser to be monitored and its wavelength. If will contact you directly per email to see what is the exact model type you are using and for which source (s) it is intended in order to see if we can send you some guidelines about what can be expected.
Poster: 335.06
Posted Date: 2011-09-22 15:07:34.0
where you can see the graph of the linearity of the camera?
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-05-13 16:55:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to seydi: Thank you very much for contacting us. We offer a few different adapters that are compatible with Nikon Eclipse Ti microscopes. An adapter like the SM1A22 or SM1A26 might work: http://www.thorlabs.com/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=2665 You would also need an additional component to adapt the C-mount thread on the camera to our SM1 thread: http://www.thorlabs.us/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=1747 I will contact you directly to determine the exact part numbers that you will need.
Poster: seydi
Posted Date: 2011-05-13 10:31:09.0
What can we use (as adapter) to make them compatible with Nikon-Ti microscopes? I have a Nikon F-mount lens and one C-mount lens with f=1.3. Are any of these cameras suitable to these adapters or cane we make it suitable somehow?
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-03-22 15:06:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to hinklem: Thank you very much for contacting us with your request. Unfortunately, we do not have the specification for the full well capacity of the CCD chip used in the DCU224M camera, as the manufacturer (SONY), does not provide this specification. I will contact you directly for further support.
Poster: hinklem
Posted Date: 2011-03-22 00:30:24.0
What is the full well capacity of the CCD chip in this camera?
Poster: julien
Posted Date: 2011-01-20 14:27:13.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Dear Andreas, we provide a ActiveX Handbook on the wbpage of the DCU cameras. In section 5.70 of this handbook, you can find the description of the function InitCamera, which I believe is the function you need. Also, the VB and VC examples have been written using ActiveX controls and should thus be good starting points. I will contact you directly for further discussion.
Poster: a.georgiou
Posted Date: 2011-01-19 12:02:00.0
Hello, I already own this product and I am trying to use it through MatLab. I am able to see that the camera is connected in MatLab using the ACTXCONTROL command and also see some of the details of the H=ACTXCONTROL(uc480.uc480Ctrl.1) and then GET(H) but I could not find in the documentation the command that initializes the camera and also gets data from it. Any help that will point me to the right direction, or a sample code, will be extremenly helpful. Best Andreas Georgiou
Poster:
Posted Date: 2010-09-20 05:17:48.0
Response from Angelika to yuj210: Thank you for your questions! Both camera responses are linear, meaning an increase in incoming light results in an increased signal with a linear dependency, as long as you are within the dynamic range of the camera (no pixels overexposed). In general the DCU camera (CCD chip) has a better noise performance, but a lower saturation level. The wavelength dependent sensitivity for both cameras can be seen as a graph on the product pages on our website in the tab "Pixel Sensitivity" (DCU) and "Tab Responsivity" (DCC). The price difference between the two cameras result mainly from the CCD chip used for the DCU camera. The manufacturing cost of this chip is much higher compared to the CMOS chip. The CMOS chip has a higher background noise and is thus not quite as sensitive as the CCD chip. Another difference is the exposure and the readout of the image lines in the sensor. The CCD sensor (DCU) exposes all image lines at the same time (global shutter) and is thus the device of choice to image quick movements. The DCC camera with the CMOS chip exposes the pixel lines consecutively (rolling shutter) and thus images of quick movements become blurry. As it seems that you do not want to image movements, the DCC camera should also be suitable. The drivers can be addressed via VB, C++, C# and Labview. We offer also programming examples with the cameras. With these you can realize the example you are describing.
Poster: yuj210
Posted Date: 2010-09-17 14:00:50.0
One more question, please tell me difference between those sensors in response curve with incoming light. Which one is more linear? I have to measure intensities with different conditions and compare those intensities as an analysis. Thanks.
Poster: yuj210
Posted Date: 2010-09-17 13:50:52.0
Hi, Im planning purchase of an image sensor. First question is what difference between CMOS and CCD camera? CMOS is much cheaper, what is disable with CMOS in comparison to CCD? Next, I have to build a custom program to control an image sensor and a step motor driven stage simultaneously. What kind of program do you support? i.e. Labview, C/C++, Matlab..., In detail, moving stage then capture an image(1 frame) next moving stage and capture 1 frame..repeating. Looking forward your prompt reply. Thanks.
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-07-30 14:03:17.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to laura.waller: Thank you for your feedback. You can use Matlab to capture images with the DCU cameras. The software package includes ActiveX drivers, which you can use to import the camera into your Matlab application.
Poster: laura.waller
Posted Date: 2010-07-30 11:03:20.0
is there a way to use matlab to capture an image??
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-07-28 10:57:30.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to shabraken: Thank you for your feedback. The DCU cameras are compatible with LabVIEW. The software package contains ActiveX drivers, which you can use to import the application into the LabVIEW platform.
Poster: shabraken
Posted Date: 2010-07-28 05:29:47.0
Could you confirm if this product and the associated s/w package is compatible with LabView ? Thanks, Serge
Poster: Javier
Posted Date: 2010-06-14 17:57:08.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to lightcruiser: we have a few sample images that we may provide to you. I would suggest, however, getting a demo of one of these cameras in order to determine whether they are suitable for your application. I will contact you with more details.
Poster: lightcruiser
Posted Date: 2010-06-13 09:07:37.0
We want to see a sample images or even better a videos, from this cameras, is it possible?
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-03-08 10:10:34.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to keli: For Apple Operating Systems, we do not have drivers. However, we do have a pre release available for Win7 and will provide that for you. You will be contacted directly to get more information about your Win7 operating system.
Poster: keli
Posted Date: 2010-03-05 17:14:16.0
Do you have drivers for DCUXXX that can be installed in Win7 or a Apple operating system ?
Poster: keli
Posted Date: 2010-03-05 17:08:50.0
when will you have the driver for DCUXXX Camera surpporting win7?
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-03-04 10:20:46.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to ayscheng: Labview examples can be found (if during install "all drivers" was choosen) in the follwing directory: C:\Programs\Thorlabs DCx Camera\Other Drivers\LabVIEW\8.x\Examples
Poster: ayscheng
Posted Date: 2010-03-04 06:23:52.0
I would like to find out an example of using LabView to control your camera both CMOS and CCD. Please contact me via email asap.
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-03-03 08:30:38.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to cloughb: We currenlty have not come accross using the camers for imaging plasmas. The cameras are quite sensitive when the exposure time is long enough, therefore the update/frame rate could be an issue. There are additional gain settings and an analog amplifier on the camera, to boost low level signals. Please note this may also increase the noise. The color model contains the mosaic pattern and a filter limiting its sensitivity. We would suggest using the monochrome version if color is not an issue. We will contact you directly to get more infomration about your application.
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-03-01 11:02:23.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to rumelo.amor: The DCU223C should come with these SM1 adapters. From your response, it sounds as if you did not recieve them. If so, I apologize as these should have come with the SM1 adapters and we will get these out to you immediately.
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-03-01 10:09:51.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to Keli: As a result of your feedback, we have added two cables to our website: CAB-DCU-T1 - angled connector; standard USB2.0 camera connection plus trigger input plus digital (strobe) output CAB-DCU-T2 - straight connector, standard USB2.0 camera connection plus trigger input
Poster: rumelo.amor
Posted Date: 2010-02-27 10:37:42.0
"The C-Mount threading of the CCD camera can be easily connected to components with Thorlabs standard SM1 threadings via one of the two included SM1 adapters." How come our DCU223C did not come with the SM1 adapters?
Poster: keli
Posted Date: 2009-11-25 17:43:12.0
We want to use an external signal to trigger the camera, but We cant find the right 9-pin, D-sub connector for your DCU224M camera. If you have it, please tell me the part number of the connector.
Poster: clougb
Posted Date: 2009-09-01 15:42:23.0
This instrument looks to be a valuable tool, however I am concerned about our low light imaging application (imaging plasma). Do you know from others if this has been used in this particular application (Low light imaging of plasma)? I am also concerned about purchasing the color model since the sensitivity is only ~30% of the B&W due to the mosaic pattern. Thanks for your help, -Ben
Poster: jhartmann
Posted Date: 2009-07-27 11:03:26.0
Response from Juergen at Thorlabs to SergeyKostrov: I am sorry to inform you that we do not have data on sensitivity in Lux or Lumen. I have emailed you the data sheet of a CCD by SONY which is used in one of the DCU cameras.
Poster: SergeyKostrov
Posted Date: 2009-07-22 15:02:19.0
>> Regarding CCD cameras << How sensitive these CCD cameras are? Could you provide me with Lux-numbers ( for every model ), please...
Poster: jens
Posted Date: 2009-06-16 15:57:25.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: even though we do not officially support Linux I can send you some driver software which should help. Besides that I am in the process of setting up a user group of people who are interested in using Thorlabs products under a Unix/Linux/Ubuntu or similar system. I can add you to that distribution list.
Poster: vrf
Posted Date: 2009-06-16 15:31:55.0
I have DCU223C camera, but we are migrating to Linux now. Where i can find driver for Linux? Is this working with TWAIN driver (XSANE) or something...
Poster: jens
Posted Date: 2009-06-11 17:25:39.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: additional mechanical details have been included in the manual page 66-70. I have requested an updated drawing from our development team to avoid that you have to search throught the whole document in order to find such drawing details.
Poster: acable
Posted Date: 2009-06-11 17:15:36.0
Please help by providing more mechanical data, opened the drawing on the Documents & Drawing tab but details on the location of the sensor within the package is not shown. Please provide details on the threads, the location of the sensor with respect to the outer surface of the threaded boss and corresponding tolerneces, as well as the centration tolerenaces of the sensor to the OD of the boss.
Poster: jens
Posted Date: 2009-05-13 10:57:14.0
A resonse from Jens at Thorlabs: The pixel depth results from the ADC resolution, each pixel is giving an anlog signal and this signal is being converted into a digital signal. The used ADC has a resolution of 8bit, i.e. pixel depth is 256. The total number of pixels is 1024 x 768, which is 786432.
Poster:
Posted Date: 2009-05-13 10:32:37.0
hi its Damien Teyssieux from FEMTO-ST institute, Besançon France. I would like to know the true dynamic in dB or number of bits of the DCU223C USB CCD Camera. Thank you for your help!
Poster: lamblin.orl
Posted Date: 2009-02-05 17:11:25.0
hello where can I find and try these cameras in france in Paris please ? thank you mr benoit LAMBLIN lamblin.orl@free.fr
Poster: Tyler
Posted Date: 2008-10-29 15:01:21.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to Chun-Li Chang: Thank you for choosing the DCU223C USB CCD Camera. I believe that the problem you are facing is because of the way that the .AVI files are compressed by the Thorlabs software. The software creates compressed .AVI files because the uncompressed files are very large. Many programs, including free software like VirtualDub, can open the compressed .AVI files and then resave them as uncompressed .AVI files that can be read by any program capable of reading .AVI files (at least any one I have ever tried). If this information doesnt help or you would like help in implementing it please contact Thorlabs.
Poster: chang64
Posted Date: 2008-10-28 17:10:17.0
Hi, This is Chun-Li Chang from Purdue University. Our Lab bought a DCU223C USB Colorful CCD from Thorlabs and is using it for capturing video from a optical microscope. The quality of the films (AVI format) we took by using this CCD is very good and can be viewed by Microsoft Media player. However weve encountered a problem when we try to analyze the video file by using other softwares (such as imageJ or CorelDraw( Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3)). We can not open the recorded AVI file with these softwares and we believe it may have something to do with encoding when we were recording the video with UC480 interface. Could you please help us to solve this problem? Thanks, Chun-Li
Poster: Tyler
Posted Date: 2008-10-22 11:29:05.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to radek.machulka: The software suite provided with the DCU series of cameras is based on ActiveX controls. Unfortunately, ActiveX is only supported in a Windows environment. I will have a member of our technical support department contact you with any additional information and inform our software engineers about your need for Linux support.
Poster: radek.machulka
Posted Date: 2008-10-21 03:53:55.0
What kernel modules access this hardware under linux?
Poster: acable
Posted Date: 2008-01-05 18:28:01.0
It would be nice to have a selection guide to allow a direct comparison of the specifications of the two familes of cameras.
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