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CMOS Cameras: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0

SM1 Thread Compatibility

DCU Camera Adapter ApplicationsCompatibility of the C-Mount CMOS Cameras with Thorlabs' SM1 internal or external threadings via the included SM1 Adapters. Our CS-Mount Cameras feature the same compatibility.

Features

  • Easy to Use in a Wide Range of Applications from Microscopy to Monitoring
  • Large, High-Quality Color and Monochrome CMOS Sensor with SXGA Resolution (1280 x 1024 Pixels)
  • Fully Compatible with our Standard C-Mount Camera Lenses and High-Magnification Zoom Lenses
  • Frame Rates from 25 fps (Full Frame Mode) up to 250 fps (Reduced Areas of Interest)
  • Available with Global Shutter and External Trigger
  • Software Support:
    • ThorCam GUI with 32- and 64-Bit Windows® 7 Support
    • Included SDK Supports C++, C#, VB, and LabVIEW

These compact, lightweight CMOS cameras are available with either a monochrome (M models), color (C models), or NIR (N model) sensor. They are easy to use as a webcam and can be used in a wide range of applications from microscopy to monitoring. Our CMOS cameras offer a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels in full frame mode. All camera series are controlled and powered via either the USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port.

The DCC1545M and DCC1645C compact CMOS cameras have an electronic rolling shutter and their small footprints make them ideal for applications where space is a premium. The DCC1240 and DCC3240 high-sensitivity CMOS cameras include a new generation of CMOS sensors that allow for switching between rolling and global shutter mode, offer a considerably higher dynamic range, and include an input for external trigger.

A brief comparison of the features available in each model is presented in the table below. For a detailed list of specifcations, see the Specs tab.

USB and Trigger Cables
For the DCC1240 cameras, optional CAB-DCU-T1 and CAB-DCU-T2 series USB and trigger cables allow one to use the additional trigger input and output ports (T1 and T2) of these cameras together with the USB2.0 connection. The exposure and readout/transfer events of the camera can be initiated via the input trigger, and external events like strobe lights can be triggered by the camera using the output trigger. The CAB-DCU-T3 GPIO cable can be used with the DC3240M/C/N as an additional means of connecting and triggering peripheral devices. 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.

Software
Each camera also comes with ThorCam, our Windows-compatible GUI software package. Standard drivers like Direct Show (WDM), Active X, and TWAIN are provided. In addition, a selection of demo programs (including source code) are supplied. An extensive SDK (C/C++, VB, Labview) is available. The C/C++ drivers and examples can additionally be imported to Matlab using MEX files. The cameras can be used with the latest release of µManager to obtain monochrome images (this includes our color USB CMOS cameras).

FeatureDCC1545MDCC1645CDCC1240MDCC1240CDCC3240MDCC3240CDCC3240N
SensorMonochromeColorMonochromeColorMonochromeColorNIR
Exposure ModeElectronic Rolling ShutterElectronic Global and Rolling Shutter
Interface and Included CableUSB 2.0 (480 Mbits/s)USB 3.0 (400 MBytes/s)
Input/Output TriggerNoYesYes
Item #DCC1545MDCC1645CDCC1240MDCC1240CDCC3240MDCC3240CDCC3240N
Sensor
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOSCMOS
Exposure ModeElectronic Rolling ShutterElectronic Global and Rolling ShutterElectronic Global and Rolling Shutter
Read Out ModeProgressive ScanProgressive ScanProgressive Scan
Resolution1280 x 1024 Pixels1280 x 1024 Pixels1280 x 1024 Pixels
Optical Sensor Class1/2"1/3"1/ 1.8"1/1.8"
Exact Sensitive Area6.66 mm x 5.32 mm4.61 mm x 3.69 mm6.78 mm x 5.43 mm6.78 mm x 5.43 mm
Exact Optical Sensor Dimension (Diagonal)8.5 mm (1/1.9 ")5.9 mm (1/2.7 ")8.69 mm (1/1.84 ")8.69 mm (1/1.84 ")
Pixel Size5.2 µm, Square3.6 µm, Square5.3 µm, Square5.3 µm, Square
Minimum Optical
Power Requireda
2 nW/mm²3.6 nW/mm²-----
Sensor NameAptina MT9M001
(monochrome)
Aptina MT9M131
(color)
e2v EV76C560ABTe2v EV76C560ACTe2v EV76C560ABTe2v EV76C560ACTe2v EV76C661ABT
Bit Depthb8 Bits (10 Bits ADC)8 Bits (10 Bits ADC)10 Bits
Frame Rates
Pixel Clock Rangec5 - 43 MHz5 - 40 MHz7 - 35 MHz5 - 85 MHz
Frame Rate, Freerun Moded25 fps24.9 fps25.8 fps60.0 fps
Frame Rate, Trigger Mode,
1 ms Exposure Timed
25.0 fps24.9 fps24.7 fps56.9 fps
Exposure Time in Freerun Mode0.037d - 983e ms0.037 msd - 10.122 se0.009d - 2 se0.009d - 2 se0.009d - 2 se
Exposure Time in Trigger Mode0.037d - 983e ms0.037 msd - 10.122 se0.009d - 2 se0.009d - 2 se0.009d - 2 se
SubsamplingHorizontalf, VerticalfHorizontal, VerticalfHorizontal, Verticalf
ModeMonochromegColorgScalergScalerg
Frame Rate w/ 2x Subsampling,
640 x 480 Pixels
94 fps83 fps--
Frame Rate w/ 4x Subsampling,
320 x 240 Pixels
258 fps248 fps--
Frame Rate w/ 8x Subsampling,
160 x 128 Pixels
511 fps550 fps--
Area of Interest
ModeHorizontalf, VerticalfHorizontal, VerticalfHorizontal, Verticalf
Frame Rate at 640 X 480 Pixel (VGA)h84 fps-52.0 fps123.0 fps
Frame Rate at 320 X 240 Pixel
(Cif)h
231 fps262 fps98.0 fps229.0 fps
Absolute Image Width, Step Width32 - 1280 Pixels, 432 - 1280 Pixels, 416 - 1280 Pixels, 416 - 1280 Pixels, 4
Absolute Image Height, Step Width4 - 1024 Pixels, 24 - 1024 Pixels, 24 - 1024 Pixels, 24 - 1024 Pixels, 2
Position Raster Horizontal422
Position Raster Vertical222
Binning-Horizontal, VerticalHorizontal, Vertical
Method-H + V combined,
Mono-/Color-Binning,
H: Additive, V: Mean Value
H + V combined, Mono-/Color-Binning,
H: Additive, V: Averaging
Factor-2 x2 x
Framerate 2x-Binning,
640 x 480 Pixel (VGA)
-60 fpsi64 fpsj
Gain
Gain13X (Master)4.27X / 3.1X (Master / RGB)4X (Master)4X / 3.96X (Master / RGB)4X (Master)4X / 3.96X (Master / RGB)4X (Master)
Gain Boost1.5X2X2X2X2X2X2X
Power Consumption0.5 - 1.0 W0.3 - 0.8 W0.3 - 0.7 W1.3 Wk
Trigger
Trigger Input-9-Pin, D-Sub Connector8-Pin, Hirose Connector
Hardware Trigger-AsynchronousAsynchronous
Trigger Delay With Rising Edge, Jitter-20 µs ± 0.25 µs3 µs ± 0.25 µsl
Trigger Delay With Falling Edge, Jitter-33 µs ± 0.25 µs21 µs ± 0.25 µsl
Additive Trigger Delay To the Sensor-15 µs - 4 s15 µs - 4 s
Housing
Objective ConnectormCS-MountC-MountC-Mount
FilterUncoated Glass
(D263)
IR Filter D263
w/ HQ coating
Uncoated Glass
(D263)
IR Filter D263
w/ HQ coating
Uncoated Glass (D263)IR Filter D263
w/ HQ coating
Uncoated Glass (D263)
InterfaceUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 3.0/USB 2.0
Power Supply<1.0 W, via USB0.3 - 0.7 W, via USB1.3 W, via USBk
Operating Temperature32 to 122 °F (0 to 50 °C)32 to 122 °F (0 to 50 °C)32 to 122 °F (0 to 50 °C)
Security LabelsCE, FCC, Class BCE, Class B; FCC, Class ACE, FCC, Class A
Dimensions (H x W x D)48.6 mm x 44 mm x 25.7 mm
(1.88" x 1.68" x 1" )
40.35 mm x 32 mm x 38.5 mm
(1.59" x 1.26" x 1" )
40.35 mm x 32 mm x 38.5 mm
(1.59" x 1.26" x 1" )
Weight0.07 lbs (32 g)0.16 lbs (74 g)60 g (0.13 lbs) w/ Attached Adapter Plate
43 g (0.09 lbs) w/ Adapter Plate Removed
Post Mounting1/4"-20 Tap, 7 mm Deepn with AS8E25E or AS4M25E Adapter (Both Included)8-32 Tap, 5 mm Deepn,
M4 Tap, 5 mm Deepn
1/4"-20 Tap, 7 mm Deepn with AS8E25E or AS4M25E Adapter (Both Included)
  • For S/N of 2, measured at 635 nm, gain and with all auto functions disabled.
  • If n is the bit depth, 2n gives the number of digital brightness levels derived from the analog signal detected by the sensor. USB 2.0 cameras have a 10 bit internal analog-to-digital conversion, but transfer images to the PC with a bit depth of 8 to improve the readout time of the camera.
  • The maximum possible pixel clock frequency depends on the PC hardware used.
  • Requires maximum pixel clock frequency.
  • Requires minimum pixel clock frequency.
  • Use of this function increases the frame rate.
  • The subsampling rate on the DCC1545 and DCC1645 must be selected from a set of pre-set values while subsampling for the DCC1240 and DCC3240 can be set to any value within an allowed range. See the manual for details.
  • Due to the way that CMOS chips are read out, altering the width of the region of interest will not affect the frame rate: a 1 x 420 will have the same frame rate as a 1280 x 420 picture.
  • For the DCC1240 cameras, 2x by 2x binning can increase the frame rate by a factor of 2.4 [i.e., 25 fps for the full chip with 1x by 1x binning (1280 x 1024 pixels) versus 60 fps for the full chip with 2x by 2x binning (640 x 512 pixels)].
  • For the DCC3240 cameras, 2x by 2x binning using a resolution depth of 8 bits does not increase the frame rate due to the limited pixel clock of the sensor. If the pixel clock is reduced to prevent transmission errors when using a 10 bit resolution depth, a frame rate of 42.8 fps is achievable.
  • The power consumption depends on the sensor model and the pixel clock setting.
  • Not yet confirmed.
  • Please note that CS-Mount and C-Mount lens mounts both use 1.00"-32 threads but feature different flange-to-sensor distances.
  • Be careful not to thread a screw longer than the depth of the tap into the camera housing, as this could lead to damage.

Graphs of the camera response as a function of wavelength are presented here for comparison between the different camera lines available on this page. Individual sensitivity curves are provided in the tables below.

DCC1645C Relative Sensitivity
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The shaded blue region above 650 nm represents wavelengths blocked by a built-in IR shortpass filter.
DCC1240C and DCC3240C Quantum Efficiency
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The shaded blue region above 650 nm represents wavelengths blocked by a built-in IR shortpass filter.

Monochrome Cameras Quantum Efficiency
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Components Included with CMOS Cameras
Item #CableObjective Mount AdaptersPost Mounting AdaptersOther Accessories
DCC1545MUSB 2.0CS-Mount to External SM1
CS-Mount to Internal SM1
CS-Mount to C-Mount
AS8E25E and AS4M25E Thread AdaptersSoftware CD with Manual
Carrying Case
DCC1645C
DCC1240MUSB 2.0C-Mount to External SM1
C-Mount to Internal SM1
-
DCC1240C
DCC3240MUSB 3.0
-
AS8E25E and AS4M25E Thread Adapters
DCC3240C
DCC3240N

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: admin
Posted Date: 2014-07-25 18:44:34.637
Dear Thor Labs, I am writing to ask whether the DCC3240 series of cameras has an ASCOM compatible driver available and if not, is your SDK free for use so that someone in the public domain could create one? The WDM compatibility of the camera makes it available to some Astronomy applications, but an ASCOM driver would increase application compatibility considerably. I would be interested in writing such a ASCOM driver using your SDK if nobody has already done so. If you could drop me a line I would appreciate it. Regards, Brett
Poster: shallwig
Posted Date: 2014-06-20 09:37:43.0
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. I will contact you directly to check why the new functions do not work in your programing environment and to discuss your application in detail.
Poster: silviutpopescu
Posted Date: 2014-06-20 07:55:47.31
I'm developing an application in c/c++ on Windows using DCC1545M camera and the corresponding c API. I cannot use newer functions like is_Exposure(...). When I try to use it I receive a message that it was not declared, though I can find it in the header file. I currently use the is_GetExposureRange(...) and other obsolete functions and I would like to change to the new functions. Could you please help me with this? Thank you, Silviu
Poster: shallwig
Posted Date: 2014-06-19 06:28:07.0
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. I will contact you directly to discuss your questions and your application in detail.
Poster: clesch
Posted Date: 2014-06-18 08:38:18.497
Owning both the DCC16xx and DCC15xx model and developing a image analysis program for Windows and Linux, I'm quite puzzled about the organization of the drivers. When downloading the Windows setup, I'll get the uc480.h, .lib and .dll for x86 and x64. But under Linux (Ubuntu) those files are named ueye.h and ueye_api.so. According to the content of the headers, these libraries differ. Of course, I can include a differentiation in my program to switch between uc480 and ueye. But it appears to me that the uc480 should be available for Linux systems as well (e.g. to be found in the uc480.h as "DRIVER_DLL_NAME". The manual does also not mention any such (naming) issue. Thanks for your support, Clemens
Poster: shallwig
Posted Date: 2014-04-29 04:17:05.0
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately we do not have any information about the pixel uniformity of these cameras. The specifications we get from the chip manufacturer you can find on our website here: http://www.thorlabs.com/thorcat/19400/DCC1545M-MFGSpec.pdf Perhaps a loan item is helpful to test if this camera meets your requirements. I will contact you directly to discuss further details.
Poster: silviutpopescu
Posted Date: 2014-04-27 13:34:53.123
I am interested in pixel uniformity for DCC1545M. Could you estimate this ?
Poster:
Posted Date: 2014-04-25 10:21:50.983
The labeling of devices in "CCD / CMOS Cameras" would be better labeled as CCD / CMOS Sensors. The devices do not have a lens and therefore can not form an image; ergo, these devices are not cameras! It would be much easier to purchase the sensors if they have a properly labeled product name. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Poster: myanakas
Posted Date: 2014-04-25 05:45:52.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We use many factors in deciding how to name our products, including industry trends and published literature, to be sure that our customers can find products using the most common names. Given that there is software and it can produce an image instead of just a signal, we decided that "Camera" is the most accurate way to describe this product line. However, we will keep your feedback in mind as we continue to monitor trends and consider changes to the presentation for this product line in the future.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2014-03-31 10:40:36.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. To minimize the visible noise you should select a low sensor gain. In order to achieve this the LabView VI SetHardwareGain can be used. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: pierre.lovera
Posted Date: 2014-03-20 11:56:07.823
We have a DCC1545M that we use as part of a spectrometer setup (collecting light from a grating). However, we find that the noise is quite high (we are looking for wavelenght of the minimum of the spectrum). We use Labview drivers. What would be the best settings to reduce the noise (I think light levels are high enough) Would the linear CCD offer big improvement for this application (would you have a comparison), Many thanks!
Poster: DavidHTracy
Posted Date: 2014-02-04 12:45:25.233
I cannot find several of the basic radiometric specs for this device. In particular, Read Noise (e), Well Capacity(e), and Dark Current. There are lots of other specs, but these 3, along with pixel geometry, QE and frame rate, are generally the most critical for figuring out if a camera will do the job! Any data on this? Thanks!
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2014-02-06 10:50:56.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. We can only provide the specifications you will find in the manufacturers spec sheet of the sensor: https://www.thorlabs.com/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=PM100x. Unfortunately it doesn't contain the specifications you are looking for. If it is helpful we can send you a loan device and you can evaluate if the camera meets your needs. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: d.kullmann
Posted Date: 2014-01-28 08:38:07.477
Hello. I am acquiring videos with a DCC1545M, running uc480Viewer on a Windows 7 PC with NTFS and 16 GB of RAM, but the maximal file size is limited to 4096 MB. I can't see how to increase the file size limit. Any ideas? Thanks
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2014-01-29 07:04:50.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. With our software it is not possible to increase the maximum file size of 4096MB. If you need additional features we recommend to use the included development tools to create a program to meet your needs.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2014-01-21 04:06:44.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. There is also an example available were the AOI can be set. This can be found in the following folder: C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2012\instr.lib\TLDCx\Examples\uc480_SetAOI.vi. We can also take a look at your program to find out what the issue is. I will contact you directly.
Poster: jb.fiche
Posted Date: 2014-01-17 19:19:39.623
Hello, we are using a DCC1545M on our microscope. I am trying to use the setAOI function on LabView to decrease the size of my output images (and I cannot use the bining since I want to keep my resolution as high as possible). However, despite the input Width_IN and Height_IN I am setting, it seems the output AOI will always display a width of 1280 pixels and a height such as Height_OUT*1280 = Width_IN*Height_IN. Just to make things clear, I made sure that all the parameters (X,Y,Width and Height) are divisible by 16. Do you have any suggestions concerning this issue?
Poster: stoyan.yordanov
Posted Date: 2013-12-20 15:53:10.703
We have DC1545M camera and it would be a great feature of the software if it could show in live view mode, the image in different color maps depending on the intensity (similar to beam profilers). I am lacking this feature very much. Another useful feature would be to see in live view mode the 2D surface profile (now there is only horizontal/vertical line profile). If you add these features to the next version of the software, the camera would be very valuable purchase.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-12-20 09:52:41.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The software is more or less a demo software to show what is possible to do with the camera. If you need additional features we recommend to use the included development tools to create a program to meet your needs. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-11-25 06:36:48.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. With the LabVIEW drivers which are included it is only possible to use the modes RGB32, RGB24 and monochrome 8. However, other modes can be used with .Net SDK. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: gesuele
Posted Date: 2013-11-20 06:02:16.067
I am using the DC1545M and need to acquire line traces with high digitalization depth. Is it possible use the DC1545M in 10bit mode in the viewer software or in the Labview?
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-11-20 08:41:34.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Only our USB3.0 cameras, like the DCC3240M, provide a transmission with a bit depth of 10bit. If a USB2.0 camera, like the DCC1545M, is used then the maximum bit depth is 8bit. Unfortunately there is no way to achieve a higher depth.
Poster: apdionne
Posted Date: 2013-11-07 12:07:42.343
Can I have the implementation steps in order to use MEX files to recognize the camera in Matlab? Thank you
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-11-12 02:33:20.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we do not support Matlab directly so that we do not have any instruction manual for the implementation of this camera in Matlab.
Poster: stephane.jeanneret
Posted Date: 2013-11-05 16:35:16.077
Hello, I have a DCC3240M and it works fine with LabView. My question is: is it possible to acquire data in 10bit greyscale ? The provided examples use the ColorMode=RGB24 then i think the result is in 8bit. And i did not fount the option to set the ColorMode to IS_CM_MONO_16 or IS_CM_MONO_12. The LabView driver only permits to choose the following options: RGB32, RGB24 or Y8 Monochrom. I use Windows 7 32b, LabView 2010, and the link is USB3. Best regards, Stephane
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-10-30 12:13:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Please make sure that you are using the latest available software version from our website (Version 4.20: https://www.thorlabs.de/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=DCx). If you click on the button "show zoom window" in the task bar then a smaller window will open. To select the area to be displayed in the smaller window you should simultaneously press CTRL and the right mouse button. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: till.klostermann
Posted Date: 2013-10-30 10:27:40.257
To whom it may concern, I have recently received the DCC1545M CMOS Camera. I tried playing around with it a little bit to test its capabilities. However, when I use the uc480 Viewer and try to zoom, the image always zooms to the top right corner. Checking the manual, I noticed that the current cursor position for the zoom and pixelzoom window is not displayed at the bottom right corner of the main screen. What can I do to change this? Also, is it still true, that you don't offer false color capabilities within uc480 viewer? Best regards Till Klostermann
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-10-16 07:47:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. It is possible to use the acquisition toolbox from Matlab but the amount of available functions over the camera parameters is limited. Unfortunately there is no way to force windows to recognize the camera as a camera and not as an USB device. I will contact you directly with more detailed information.
Poster: h.aguiar
Posted Date: 2013-10-15 02:37:14.163
I've seen from previews comments that apparently it is possible to use the Image Acquisition Toolbox from Matlab to capture images. Is it really possible without using mex files? If not, is there a way to force windows to recognize the camera as a camera, not as a USB device (as seen from the Device Manager from Windows)? Thanks in advance! Hilton
Poster: la.jeffrey
Posted Date: 2013-10-14 23:09:32.34
Hi there. How do I save images as a .tif format with the uc480Viewer software? Thanks. -Jack
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-10-15 05:44:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The supported file formats of the uc480-Viewer are Bitmap (*.BMP), JPEG (*.JPG) and PNG (*.PNG). Unfortunately it is not possible to save images as a .tif format.
Poster: keesc
Posted Date: 2013-09-22 18:30:54.953
Does the DCC1645C have a linear response (signal linear with brightness)? The manual talks about linear, logarithmic and gamma functions for these cameras but doesn't talk about the camera's settings specifically. Does it have a look-up table that's accessible? thanks
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-09-24 11:21:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The response of the sensor is linear and the gamma correction can be disabled via the software. We provide the spec sheet of the sensor, which can be found here: http://www.thorlabs.com/Thorcat/19400/DCC1645C-MFGSpec.pdf, unfortunately we don't have specific measurement values for the linearity of the sensor.
Poster:
Posted Date: 2013-07-29 02:25:11.34
can the camera output in labview a matrix of the image pixel values? It would be nice since we would not have to purchase the labview image processing libraries.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-07-30 06:28:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The function GetActImgMem.vi returns a LabVIEW array with the image information. The LabVIEW VIs are located in this folder: C:/Program Files/National Instruments/ LabVIEW (latest version)/ instr.lib/TLDCx. If you have any further questions please contact me at europe@thorlabs.com
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-05-28 11:43:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately the enabled time stamp will not appear in a recorded video sequence. The only solution in this case is to write your own program with the provided drivers. The maximum frame rate of the drivers is specified with over 500fps when using subsampling and you should be able to archive this performance with the graphical user interface (GUI). I will contact you directly for more detailed information.
Poster: jhyuan
Posted Date: 2013-05-28 14:23:08.947
We purchased a DCC1545M. Could you tell me how to save the time stamps along with the vedio when using uc480 Viewer? We also tried using Matlab, but the frame rate did not increase when we use small ROI (stays at around 10 Hz). We need a frame rate of larger than 300Hz. We will appreciate it very much if there is a simple way to make that happen in Matlab. Thank you!
Poster: leaf
Posted Date: 2013-03-20 10:23:57.47
What is the sensitivity of the DCC1545M at 1064 nm?
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2013-03-20 13:05:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The chip quantum efficiency is specified up to 1050nm, where the efficiency is about 1%. You can find the chip specifications here: http://www.thorlabs.com/Thorcat/19400/DCC1545M-MFGSpec.pdf.
Poster: stripa3
Posted Date: 2013-03-19 12:24:26.747
I recently bought a CMOS 2.0 USB camera DCC1545M and am exploring the options to control it. It seems that MATLAB image acquisition toolbox does have all the functions that I need for my application; however, before I implement my application based on the toolbox I wanted to know if using the toolbox will adversely affect the acquisition speed (frames per second). I am specially concerned about the speed when the region of interest is small. I need a frame per second rate of about 300 for a region of interest of size about 100-by-100 pixels.
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2013-03-20 09:23:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, we have not tested the maximum rate when using Matlab. However, I am able to achieve 500 frames per second when I restrict the region of interest to 100 x 100 pixels so we expect that 300 frames per second via Matlab would be no problem. We will contact you directly to provide further information.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2013-03-04 08:17:00.0
a response from Julien at Thorlabs: The color camera will not measure anything as there is a IR filter in frot of the RGB filter that cuts the wavelength abvoe 750nm. The monochrome camera still detects light at this 1.06µm but the sensitivity is very low such that one needs to increase the impinging power on the camera to be able to observe the beam. I will contact you directly to discuss whether this camera could be an option for your application
Poster: llombard
Posted Date: 2013-02-26 16:56:47.743
How do those cameras behave at 1.06µm? Note that I have as much light as I want.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2013-02-11 12:13:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. Basically the image intensity should not decrease automatically but it can happen when you are using for example the auto contrast function. I will contact you directly to get more detailed information about the used settings.
Poster: Haniel.gabai
Posted Date: 2013-02-10 13:27:15.953
I'm using this camera in adigital holographic imaging system. However, when recording a short video, the total intensity in the field of view decreases significantly in each frame. I've used two different cameras and two different light sources. Why does it happens and what's the solution?
Poster: saeedm
Posted Date: 2013-02-05 19:26:39.4
What is the sensitivity level of these cameras? It does not seem to be listed.
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2012-12-06 03:47:00.0
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Please disconnect the camera and uninstall the software, you can download the newest software version for DCU and DCC Series USB Cameras from our homepage: http://www.thorlabs.com/software_pages/ViewSoftwarePage.cfm?Code=DCx. Please download and install the newest software before connecting camera. After the installation is successfully completed you can connect the camera to the computer. The first time you connect a DCx camera to a USB port under Windows, two driver files will be registered. The first file ('uc480_boot') contains the generic driver, the second file the model-specific driver. The model will be immediately recognized whenever you connect the camera to this port again. If you use a different port, the registration will be repeated. Under Windows the camera will be listed in the uc480 Camera Manager's camera list. When the camera has been correctly installed, the LED on the back of the camera lights up green. I will contact you directly if you need further information. Best Regards, Thomas
Poster: g.h.wein
Posted Date: 2012-12-05 18:05:47.033
Hi,what should I do if I plugged in the camera first before I installed the application software? the computer can not install the driver successfully. It's the CMOS camera. Thanks.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-11-06 05:34:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry at Thorlabs! The sensor is not linearized for the RGB color channels sich that for colorimetry applications, the responsivity of each channel has to be taken into account. The values can be found on the webpage of the cameras under the tab "responsivity". Please note also that the bandpass filter for the red channel has a quite high transmission in the NIR such that an extra IT filter is used on those cameras.
Poster: npalaci4
Posted Date: 2012-10-31 17:53:33.983
Hello! I got a DCC1645C camera for colorimetry, reading some literature of the CCD cameras I found that for this purposing, the cameras have to pass over a linealization process, I was wondering if this camera does have a linear relationship between the RGB values vs. the luminance. Do you have some extra information that shows the behavior of linealization or non-linealization of this camera? Thank you so much Natalith
Poster: tschalk
Posted Date: 2012-10-24 11:53:00.0
A response from Thomas at Thorlabs: Thank you very much for your request. The C/C++ drivers and examples that we provide can be imported to Matlab by using MEX files. You can also use the acquisition toolbox but the amount of available functions over the camera parameter is limited. I will contact you directly to discuss the details of your application.
Poster: gabbiani
Posted Date: 2012-10-24 09:42:26.48
To whom it may concern: We recently bought a DCC1545M camera from Thorlabs. It turns out that the image adjusting capabilities of the viewer software are not entirely sufficient for our purposes. We were therefore wondering if you would be able to provide instructions to interface the camera with Matlab? Specifically, we are interested in live acquisition and subsequent display of the images through Matlab after some simple image processing. Thank you in advance, Fabrizio Gabbiani
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-10-22 08:55:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! This issue is most probably related to the fact that the allocated memory in openCV for this camera is too small. The camera will typically deliver an image having the same size as the memory that is allocated for this image. This means taht if this size is too small, the resolution will be automatically reduced. I will contact you directly to see how the declaration of the memory space was made and if this could be the reason for the issue.
Poster: furqan
Posted Date: 2012-10-22 09:51:37.077
Actually I don't understand this issue, when I start camera 1645c with default software uc480 Viewer, it gives full resolution 1280x1024. but when I start using camera with my software using OpenCV, it gives 640x480 resolution. Why is that so, why it is running on small resolution. whats wrong I am doing. I have re-installed the software, did everything that I can do but still it gives low resolution. Kindly if possible then reply me soon with solution. Thanks
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-10-04 13:26:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! The number of camera that can be used is high (>50). The main practical limitation is usually not the amount of devices the USB protocol can deal with but rather the bandwidth available on the computer or on the USB hubs used. The maximum bandwidth is 480Mb/s which means that if the number of information transiting over the bus is higher than this, the frame rate will have to be lowered. As far as the software is concerned, one instance will need to be opened for each camera used. This limitation of course does not apply when the SDK is used and several cameras can be read out simultaneously.
Poster: stranick
Posted Date: 2012-10-03 13:40:51.0
How many DC1645C can be used on the same computer? How does the software handle this?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-09-28 12:22:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry. We provide C/C++ drivers and examples that can be imported into Matlab using MEX files. It is in principle also possible to use the image acquisition toolbox but the amount of available controls over the camera parameter is limited.
Poster: npalaci4
Posted Date: 2012-09-27 12:35:26.0
Hello! Actually I'm interested on the way to work with these cameras and implementing them on matlab, during the last days we adquired at the lab a dcc1645c camera for working on colorimetry; as an important issue, many files that are in articles on colorimetry are in matlab, that's why I would like to get some help with that. thanks!
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2012-08-13 09:30:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: We will get in contact with you to discuss ways to implement the cameras into MatLab.
Poster: bstone
Posted Date: 2012-08-12 14:18:48.0
I would also be very interested in implementing using this camera with matlab. (I have purchased four DCC series cameras from Thorlabs and was disappointed when I also couldn't get them to work.) I would be interested in putting together a tutorial on how to integrate them into matlab. Julien, would you please contact me and explain to me what the special mex steps are (as you suggest in your 7-26 response?) Thanks!
Poster: jlow
Posted Date: 2012-08-08 08:59:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: This software does not have the functionality that the Leica camera software provides, as described by you. However,There are settings which can be changed to achieve better contrast. The settings can be found by right clicking on the screen -> "Properties" -> "AES/AGC".
Poster: joachim.fischer
Posted Date: 2012-08-07 11:38:29.0
Hi there, I purchased a DCC1545M camera, which works fine. I use the camera in preview mode only, to monitor the events in a microscope setup. I'm wondering if there is a easy way to increase the contrast of the picture. I'm used to the Leica camera software... There you have an histogram of the pictures gray levels, and you can chose two gray values between which your picture information lies, and make these two values the new black and white in your picture. In this way you can e.g. make a 0.3-gray displayed black and a 0.4-gray being displayed white. Correspondingly, the contrast of everything inbetween increases drastically. Is there any easy way of doing something similar? Free third party software? I managed to get a preview from the camera in Matlab. However, if i want to manipulate the image data, I think I have to plot every single frame, and then I end up with roughly 2 frames per second... Any suggestions?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-07-31 13:08:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry about the incovenience that the faulty link creates. I will send you the manual per email directly while we fix the link
Poster: demis
Posted Date: 2012-07-30 17:02:56.0
Hello, I am reporting a broken link: The User Manual links for the DCC-1645 camera is broken - it goes to a redirect page, which then goes to a "Virtual Directory Listing Denied" page. Thanks, -- Demis
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-07-26 12:09:00.0
a response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry. The most stable way to implement our camera within Matlab is to use MEXX files to be able to use directly the standard dll without going through the winvideo functions. I will contact you directly to discuss the implementation steps.
Poster: anno1302
Posted Date: 2012-07-25 08:20:10.0
I am trying to have matlab recognize the camera. We oringally had the 2009 version of matlab and now we have the 2012 version. The camera used to be recognized as 'winvideo' and is no longer recognized and matlab will not recognize the .dll for the camera. Do you know how I can get Matlab to recognize this camera?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-06-05 07:04:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! The camera can indeed be controlled using ActiveX controls. This functionnality was originally designed however for implementation within C/C++ or visual basic. the ActiveX controls are based on the dll ad thus require the use of the header file in the code. It will thus be necessary to go through MEX files at some point. This in turn means that it would probably be more efficient to stick to the C++ driver and implement the complete controls in Matlab using MEX files. This approach would probably correspond to the same programming effort but would offer more control possibilities than the activeX approach. I will contact you directly to discuss the possible options.
Poster: g.gajdatsy
Posted Date: 2012-06-05 01:51:46.0
Dear Madam or Sir, I would like to use my camera with MATLAB through ActiveX. Can I directly access to the image memory by calling any of the existing ActiveX functions? Is there a possibility to read out the image memory in MATLAB?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-05-29 11:04:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! the extent to which the hologram will be ok will largely depend on the exact optical system you are using. If the interference pattern when using a BC106-VIS was not satisfactory, it will also not work when using a DCC1240M since the pixel sizes are very similar. further, the DCC1240M uses a protective glass plate inform of the Cmos chip, which could also lead to an extra etalon effect that might add another modulation to the interference pattern. I will contact you directly to discuss the details of your setup in order to see what can be expected.
Poster: techsfox
Posted Date: 2012-05-25 14:05:11.0
Can I use DCC1240M to record interference pattern of a hologram illuminated by He:Ne laser? I tried beam profiler for that but the picture was very deformed.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-05-18 09:22:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: I am sorry for the inconvenience the experienced problem must have created. I think that the issue you are having is related to the fact that windows XP saves the driver for each single user profile separately unless the option "install for all users" has been selected during the installation. I will contact you directly to help troubleshooting this issue.
Poster: m.c.ashby
Posted Date: 2012-05-18 13:39:49.0
we have installed DCx software for using DCC1645C using Administrator account on Windows XP PC. However, when trying to run software on non-admin accounts, get a message that installation file not available and does not load/install. Can you offer any advice?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-05-17 02:09:00.0
A resposne form Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! We can in principle offer only the chip and the main PCB for this camera. The main and only problem while using a version without housing is of course that the protection offered by the housing is gone such that critical components are more exposed to mechanical damages. I will contact directly you to send you a quote for the camera with and without housing.
Poster: paul.lauria
Posted Date: 2012-05-16 10:45:00.0
We're interested in the DCC1545M - but just the board+sensor itself, not the housing (we're an OEM and have major space constraints). Would this be possible? Or perhaps can we just get it and remove its housing manually, assuming it can be opened easily? Thanks.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-05-02 06:09:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: thank you for your inquiry. The minimum exposure time in trigger mode is specified as 9ms.
Poster: spotnis
Posted Date: 2012-05-01 14:46:04.0
Hi, What is the minimum exposure time when taking images by asynchronous triggering for DC1240M? Thanks.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-04-13 03:39:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for contacting us on this matter. The installation of such a camera should actually be very straightforward. The behavior you describe is not normal and indicates that the camera you have is faulty. I also find it very surprising that two cameras failed within such a short time. Those cameras are normally very reliable and sturdy. I will contact you in order to see if a root cause for the repeated problem can be found and set up the repair of the camera.
Poster: mkozina
Posted Date: 2012-04-12 12:14:35.0
I have a DCC1645C camera that no longer seems to work. I plugged it into a 64-bit Windows 7 machine, which recognized the device and installed the appropriate drivers. The camera worked as expected for ~15 minutes, but then it stopped. I unplugged and plugged it back in, but when I ran the UC480 viewer software I received an error saying that no UC480 camera was present. I uninstalled and reinstalled the software to no avail. Moreover, if I look at Device Manager, nothing appears when I plug in the camera under the Universal Serial Bus controllers section. I had this problem with an identical camera around 6 months ago, but had figured the particular camera was bad. Now I'm suspicious something else is happening since this happened to a second camera. I also tried several USB cables as well as several Windows 7 64 bit machines (and one Windows XP 32-bit machine) and the UC480 viewer software still reported a camera as not present.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-04-10 11:24:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. The problems you describe are highly unusual. We would be happy to send you a replacement objective that should solve both problems. I will contact you directly to discuss the way we can ship you this part.
Poster: mathieu.perrin
Posted Date: 2012-04-10 06:43:10.0
Hi, I've just received a DCC1545M camera with a MVL25M23 lens. I just wanted to mention that the CS-to-C mount adapater provided with the camera lacks ~0.4 mm of internal diameter to let the lens pass through. Otherwise, the lens is stuck in the "NEAR" focusing position. This was fixed in 10 minutes at my university, but can be a pain if you don't have the correct tools.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-03-22 09:23:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: thank you for your question. It is possible to connect two cameras simultaneously to a computer. in order to view the images from those two cameras, two instances of the program will need to run. The cameras use a USB 2.0 communication protocol so please note that depending on the resolution chosen, high frame rates might not be achievable because of the USB bandwidth limitation if the cameras are used on the same root hub.
Poster: ale
Posted Date: 2012-03-21 17:58:36.0
Hi there, can I connect two cameras to a computer and view images from both cameras simultaneously within the image viewer, or running two instances of the image viewer? Thanks
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-02-06 12:52:00.0
A response for Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! The DCC cameras are unfortunately not supported by AMCap so that the only way to access them through matlab will consist in importing the drivers for this. This can be achieved by creating the appropriate MEX files so as to be able to use directly the C++ drivers for the camera.
Poster: ianery
Posted Date: 2012-02-03 15:40:01.0
Hi, I've got a similar question to ding's on 2012-01-31: I'm using a DCC1545M, works great with the UC480 viewer (on Win 7 pro). But it isn't recognized by AMCap or by Image Acquisition Toolbox. I need to acquire video from Matlab, any advice on how to get the camera recognized would be appreciated. I've got the latest driver download from Thorlabs, have reinstalled, etc. Thanks in advance.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2012-02-01 12:32:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: The fact that the camera is not recongnized as such by the computer could either imply that the driver was only partially installed or that there is an issue with the camera interfact hardware. I will ocntact you directly to further troubleshoot and find out where the problem is.
Poster: ding
Posted Date: 2012-01-31 11:44:59.0
Hi, I got Dcc16545c. I installed the drive. I checked the device manager, I only saw it listed as a universal serial bus controllers. How can I change it make it list in imaging devices?? (since it is not shown in the the 'imaging devices', matlab cannot use the dcc1645c) Thanks.
Poster: bdada
Posted Date: 2011-12-16 13:03:00.0
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: Unfortunately we do not currently offer lenses that would give you a magnification of 35X . We will consider your request as we continue to expand our product line. We have contacted you with more information but please email TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have further questions.
Poster: karl_hildebrand
Posted Date: 2011-12-12 13:52:35.0
Hi Service, I got your DCC1645C camera. Please recommend a lens for that camera there will give me ~ 35 times magnification and a working distance of ~ 70 mm. Anything close to those numbers will work for me. Thanks, Karl
Poster:
Posted Date: 2011-12-02 15:55:21.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs: The DCC1515 uses a Micron MT9M001 sensor. The quantum efficiency of that sensor is slightly less than than 5% at 976 nm according to the plot on the manufactures specification sheet. This document is available by clicking on the small red document icon for the part located in the price box. We will also contact you via email with this information.
Poster: jikim
Posted Date: 2011-12-02 11:33:17.0
Can I know the quantum efficiency of DCC1545M at 976 nm?
Poster: bdada
Posted Date: 2011-10-31 16:04:00.0
Response from Buki at Thorlabs.com Thank you for your feedback. The thread is 1.00"-32 and this information is provided in the "Overview" tab and also shown as “CS mount” in the AutoCAD drawing. The adapters are included with the camera and we have a diagram in the "Overview" tab that shows how to put the items together. Please contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com to further discuss your application.
Poster:
Posted Date: 2011-10-31 10:56:21.0
DCC1645C the drawing doesn't detail what threads are used, also not in the general description. Additionally it would be nice to know how to adapt this camera to a cage plate or SM1 thread as shown for the other camera group on this page.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-10-20 11:22:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: this problem was related to a driver issue in the version you are currently using. this has however been fixed in the most recent version that can be downloaded from the software page of the DCC1645C camera.
Poster: svergara
Posted Date: 2011-10-14 20:40:42.0
Hi. I have a USB CMOS camera DCC1645C. I dont have problems to use it with the software uc480 viewer, but Windows 7 64 bits doesn't recognize it as a camera, instead is shown like a not specified device. the driver version is 3.50.9.0 with date 12-11-2009. I download the driver from this site. there is a new version of the driver?
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-10-14 12:46:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: yes this is possible. One only needs to open two instances of the sowftare and connect each of those instances to one of the cameras.
Poster: fg2251
Posted Date: 2011-10-10 23:24:47.0
Can the software get images from 2 CMOS and show them at the same time?
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-08-11 11:16:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to paul.s.hamilton: We introduced our DCC CMOS cameras with low cost in mind. Making the external hardware trigger interface available requires a redesign of housing of the camera, plus a few other changes that would drive cost up. Regarding your second question about the flash and long term exposure, these features are available only if the camera has a hardware interface for trigger and flash, as our CCD DCU series cameras do. The flash is controlled via a kind of "trigger out" port, and long term exposure is possible only with external triggering. So it is not only a question of the software not supporting this, but the hardware does not allow for this feature, either. I will contact you directly for further support.
Poster: paul.s.hamilton
Posted Date: 2011-08-04 17:36:04.0
With a little tinkering, I just found out that these CMOS cameras are in fact externally triggerable. In the manual, you see the PC board inside has a spot for a 9-pin connector which has pins for triggering (as well as 2 strobes, power, and most likely the USB signals). Thorlabs (or your supplier), why dont you make this feature available to us without having to hack it ourselves? The cameras are infinitely more useful with the external triggering....Along these lines, I was wondering if there are any experts on the software that can tell me if the flash or long-term exposure features can be used with the DCCs. The uc480 viewer software doesnt allow it but the spec sheet for the CMOS chip suggests it should be possible.
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-08-02 09:19:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to enrique.balleza: Thank you very much for contacting us. We currently do not have provide a direct driver for controlling our CCD and CMOS cameras with MicroManager.
Poster: enrique.balleza
Posted Date: 2011-07-22 13:37:01.0
Hi, I bought this camera to use it with micro-manager through the TWAIN camera adapter. However, micromanager doesnt recognize the camera. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you, Enrique
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-07-22 10:20:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to jun: Thank you very much for contacting us, and we sincerely apologize about not getting back to you sooner. Unfortunately, the DCC1545M will most likely not be suitable for your application, as the quantum efficiency of the CMOS chip at 1050 nm is very low, around 2%. I will contact you directly to determine a suitable alternative for your application. Perhaps we can recommend a Silicon or Germanium based detector, or a beam profiler.
Poster: jun
Posted Date: 2011-07-21 16:55:35.0
last week I sent email to ask about this cmos camera.But so far I have not recieved any reply. So I sent my question here. I am interested in this DCC1545M cmos camera. But I am not sure if it suitalbe for our laser which has wavelength of 1053nm, repetition rate of 10Hz.If it is works for our laser, please send me a quote. Thanks. Jun Zhang
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-06-15 17:02:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to haig.norian: Thank you very much for contacting us. It looks like the USB drivers of the camera need to be updated. You can check the Device Manager to make sure that the USB component is connected, and if so, you should be able to update the drivers. Please contact us at techsupport@thorlabs.com in case this procedure does not work and we will gladly assist you.
Poster: haig.norian
Posted Date: 2011-06-10 13:32:10.0
Hello, I installed the DC1645C on Windows XP. Worked perfectly for a day. The next day, when I plugged the USB cable into my laptop, Windows would not see any attached USB devices. Error message in UV Viewer = No UC4800 devices found. Ive installed/reinstalled all software. However, I cannot get the laptop to recognize that the USB camera is plugged in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-06-06 08:20:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Thank you for your inquiry! the mechanical aspect should be manageable but I guess the stereotactic photography will require a large programing investment as the software does not include such function by default. I will contact you directly in order to find out which solution would be possible.
Poster: katherine.xie
Posted Date: 2011-06-02 14:47:31.0
Hi! Would it be possible to mount two of these cameras on a frame at about a right angle for stereotactic photography? And can this set-up be made easily portable?
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-05-12 14:16:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to Thomas Ruckstuhl: Thank you very much for contacting us. You can certainly operate two cameras simultaneously when using the uc480 Viewer and also when using other software platform such as LabVIEW. The main requirement is that each camera must have its one ID number. Page 31 of the manual (http://www.thorlabs.com/Thorcat/19400/19418-D02.pdf) contains instructions for setting the camera ID.
Poster: t.ruckstuhl
Posted Date: 2011-05-12 10:58:37.0
We need to use 2 cameras in our setup. Is it possible run two DCC1545M simultaneously? Thank you Thomas Ruckstuhl, University of Zurich
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-05-10 09:38:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to fg2251: Thank you very much for contacting us with your request. The DCC1645C is not responsive at 800 nm, since it has an IR cut filter, which cannot be easily removed, with a cut-off wavelength of 650 nm. We would recommend using the DCC1545M monochrome CMOS camera instead (see Responsivity tab above). Regarding damage threshold, we currently do not have a concise value; however, as a guideline, we would recommend limiting the input to < 0.5 J/cm^2.
Poster: fg2251
Posted Date: 2011-05-09 18:34:08.0
Hi I want to use the color CMOS to monitor the beam (Ti:S fs 800nm and 400nm) spot movement in a delay line. I need to check if delay line is well working. Is the Color cmos sensitive to 800nm? and which is the damage threshold? In Responsivity specs you report a IR filter? What is that? is external optional filter or is a intrinsic cut-off of responsivity? Let me know Felice Gesuele
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-05-05 12:13:00.0
A response form Julien at Thorlabs: We have as of now no sample code with OpenCV. I will contact you directly in order to discuss your application and the possible compatible sample codes we might have.
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-05-05 12:00:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: A DirectShow device needs to be installed by hand during the software installation process, in order to be accessible. You should try to reinstall your software. During this installation, you will be prompted with a pop up window telling that there is no DirectShow device. By simply clicking add, you will then create a new DirectShow device which you will then be able to access. Should this approach not help, please contact techsupport@thorlabs.com for direct assistance.
Poster: al
Posted Date: 2011-05-05 20:44:10.0
Do you have any cross-platform sample code using the DCC1545M with OpenCV?
Poster: thorlabs
Posted Date: 2011-05-03 23:16:54.0
I am having trouble with DirectShow drivers on Windows 7 64bit. Do you have a more recent Win7 64 bit release? The camera works fine using Thorlabs Viewer, and reasonably well through custom software that uses Thorlabs API, but Direct Show device is not found.
Poster: bdada
Posted Date: 2011-04-13 16:47:00.0
Response from Buki at Thorlabs: Thank you for using our Feedback Tool. The software package supplied with the camera can take a snapshot either manually or by triggering signal. Please contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com if you have further questions.
Poster: bdada
Posted Date: 2011-04-13 16:44:00.0
Response from Buki at Thorlabs to Tsong-Shin: Thank you for using our Feedback Tool. Please see the answers to your questions below and contact TechSupport@thorlabs.com with further questions: 1. The A/C converter resolution is 8 bit because of the USB connection. 2. S/N ratio of the sensor is 44dB max. This information is included in the sensor manufacturer spec sheet for the DCC1645C: http://www.thorlabs.com/Thorcat/19400/19417-M01.pdf 3. No additional accessories are needed. You many need a Ø1/2"post and Ø1/2" post holder to mount the camera on the breadboard. You can find them on our website at http://www.thorlabs.com/navigation.cfm?Guide_ID=52.
Poster: tslim
Posted Date: 2011-04-13 17:06:07.0
Can I get a snapshot or capture a image with this divice?
Poster: tslim
Posted Date: 2011-04-13 16:29:15.0
Dear Sr., I have some problem about DCC1645C In the spec."A/D Converter Resolution", it is "10 Bit (8 Bit Max With USB Connection)". This divice uses USB interface, so this means it is 8 Bit, right? Do you have the data of S/N ratio of this divice? If I buy this divice, do I need to buy any other accessories? Thank you for your information. Tsong-Shin Lim
Poster: jvigroux
Posted Date: 2011-04-05 05:12:00.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Dear Stephen, this camera has as of now not been tested with Matlab. We provide C++ example programs that can be used within Matlab but there is no direct Matlab support for those cameras.
Poster: sgoodridge
Posted Date: 2011-04-04 11:07:32.0
Hi, I want to buy the MVL35M23 and the DCC1545M and use them together. I will need the camera to be compatible with Matlab software, since I will be using Matlab algorithms for focus adjustments. Will I be able to use Matlab with this? Thanks, Stephen
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-03-21 11:18:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to huw.major: Thank you for submitting your request. Unfortunately, the glass filters of the DCC1545C and DCC1645C CMOS cameras cannot be easily removed, as they are glued to the housing.
Poster: huw.major
Posted Date: 2011-03-21 12:13:27.0
How easy/feasible is it to remove the glass cover from the monochrome camera? I am not bothered that the removal cannot be reversed. I want to eliminate etalon effects, but cannot stretch my budget to the CCD version of the camera. Thanks
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-02-11 09:11:00.0
Thank you for your feedback. We provide direct support for those drivers. Based on the exact nature of your problem, we could send you the newest version of our driver, which solves a couple of windows 7 related issues. Should this not help further, we could also have two engineers log onto your system through VPN so that they could help directly with the troubleshooting. We will proceed and send you the new driver as soon as we have your contact information. Please contact techsupport@thorlabs.com.
Poster:
Posted Date: 2011-02-10 09:09:37.0
We have purchased three cameras for our experiments and hope to use it to build prototypes. However, the Labview driver does not work well on our Windows 7 64bit PC. It stops working when you change the camera settings. We have to unplug the USB cable and restart the program when that happenes. We have communicated with the customer support for awhile but did not get the issue resolved. We really need the person who developed the Labview driver to communicate with us so that the camera can be useful.
Poster: jjurado
Posted Date: 2011-02-01 18:30:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to grjgordo: Thank you very much for submitting your inquiry. All camera settings can be set either to automatic or to manual. Concerning the contrast, several parameters can be set manually when autocontrast is deactivated. This includes gamma, gain (for each color when using a color camera) and dark level. Those functions can be accessed by going into the device properties under the tab "Image". You can go to page 49 of the manual for more details. I will contact you directly in case you have any further questions.
Poster: grjgordo
Posted Date: 2011-01-26 19:53:39.0
First of all this is an excellent little camera and software for the price. However, is there any way you can adjust the contrast on this CMOS camera manually. The auto-contrast feature does not work very well. In the histogram showing the distribution of pixel intensities from 0-255, almost all of my pixel values are in the middle of the range for the preparation I am looking at. If I could simply manually adjust the contrast to spread the pixel histogram out my image would look much better. Is there any way to do this? Thanks
Poster: Buki at Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2011-01-26 20:03:16.0
It doesnt matter what you set the frame rate to since the actual transfer is limited by the USB data transfer. With several USB devices connected most PCs transfer via USB about 12 frames per second. You can run two instances for two cameras but the frame rate drops even more. USB is a shared commodity so the more peripherals, the slower it gets.
Poster:
Posted Date: 2011-01-20 10:15:13.0
hi, i am running DCC1545 cameras in the labview program given in your downloads, how can i run two cameras simultaneously? i have tried renaming the dll and setting different Camera ID for the same code copied twice. thanks.
Poster: tor
Posted Date: 2011-01-11 00:22:20.0
Response from Tor at Thorlabs to Vivian: Thank you for your inquiry. The area of interest of the camera can be set from the software directly from the task bar menu as explained in section 6.2 of the manual (http://www.thorlabs.de/Thorcat/19400/19418-D02.pdf). Also the option "show only Area of interest" from the view tab should be selected. In order to set allow an as fast as possible data transfer from the camera to the computer, the pixel clock should be set to its maximum value. Also the exposure should be set to the fastest value possible given the amount of light to be detected. Finally, any reduction of the amount of data to be transferred will increase the number of images per second that are sent to the computer. This can be achieved by reducing the AOI or by increasing he subsampling (section 6.4.3 of the manual)
Poster: tor
Posted Date: 2011-01-10 11:31:25.0
Response from Response from Tor at Thorlabs to Geis: The current software version supports all Windows OS, up to Win 7 64-bit. Please try to reinstall the software with the version available from our website. If you experience further difficulties, please contact techsupport@thorlabs.com for troubleshooting.
Poster: tor
Posted Date: 2011-01-10 11:24:56.0
Response from Tor at Thorlabs to unknown poster: DirectShow Editing Services (DES) is an API targeted at video editing tasks and built on top of the core DirectShow architecture. Please email techsupport@thorlabs.com if you have additional inquiries.
Poster: tor
Posted Date: 2011-01-10 11:04:49.0
Response from Tor at Thorlabs to unknown poster: The first camera can be connected directly. Cameras #2 - #4 must connected each to a separate USB hub. The frame rate depends on the PC performance and how the LabVIEW application is created.
Poster: vivan.sachdeva
Posted Date: 2011-01-07 16:30:46.0
Hi, how can i set region of interest for capture using camera DCC1545C? Do you have any suggested configuration to run camera at its fastest speed possible? thanks
Poster: Geis
Posted Date: 2010-12-28 21:11:50.0
Thorlabs I was running your High Resolution USB2.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Monochrome with windows XP and fusion on a mac. Since then the XP was up-graded to windows 7 and the camera will not run. Do I need an additional driver? Please some advice. Thanks Mike Geis
Poster:
Posted Date: 2010-12-22 09:48:13.0
I been using existing cameras in my application using DirectShow. This camera doesnt support more than one resolution like all the other cameras I have used, in order to reduce the resolution I would have to set up subSampling. Is there any way I can do this in directshow directly?
Poster:
Posted Date: 2010-12-21 20:28:35.0
I am interested in running 4 DCC1645C cameras through a laptop running labview. I have 4 USB ports available. Is it possible to run 4 of these cameras on a computer, and how close can I expect time alignment in the frames from the different cameras to be at 25fps. thanks.
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-10-06 11:18:51.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to lgs125: We have corrected the file download. Please download the software again; the file can now be unzipped without any problems.
Poster: julien
Posted Date: 2010-10-06 04:29:18.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: The camera needs a given bandwidth in order to work properly. When a USB hub is used for the camera plus another device, the bandwidth sharing will in most cases lead to errors from the camera. The easiest solution is to dedicate one full USB port to the camera.
Poster: chiesl
Posted Date: 2010-10-05 16:43:31.0
Hi, camera works great on its own. But I run into connectivity problems when using other USB DAQ cards through a hub (NI-6501). When camera and two DAQ cards are plugged directly into labtop, everything works fine. Camera + hub (nothing in hub) camera works. Camera + hub + plugging in a DAQ card freezes the video until I unplug the DAQ card. My hub is powered (5V 3 amp max) so I dont think its power related. Same problem occurs when using an ocean optics spectrometer instead of the DAQ card peripherals... Any suggestions?
Poster: lgs251
Posted Date: 2010-10-05 16:14:25.0
I am attempting to download the included software and windows drivers for this camera, as I have misplaced the installation disk. However, when I attempt to unzip the file, I am unable to do so. Has anyone else had this problem? This has occurred on both a Linux and Windows machine. Thanks.
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-09-21 19:17:48.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: the damage threshold of our cameras is close to that of standard Si diodes (~100 mW/cm^2. The exact value can vary from camera to camera due to the manufacturing process. I will contact you directly to further discuss your application in order to see if this can be achieved with these cameras.
Poster: tzuyi.yang
Posted Date: 2010-09-17 06:40:10.0
Is there any information for the damage threashold? Wed like to use it as a laser spot-size measurement device. Thanks.
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-09-02 18:15:14.0
A response from Julien at Thorlbas to Johane: Did you try to set the frame rate at its minimum value? The software of the DCx cameras is written in such a way that one first sets the frame rate to a fixed value and the exposure time can then be set within the range that allows the camera to operate at this given frame rate. About your other question, it is not directly possible to change the camera ID in Labview but you can do it through the camera manager. This procedure needs to be done only once since the camera ID is directly written in the EEPROM. I will send you an email with a prerelease version of the Labview manual and the exact procedure to change the camera ID.
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-08-27 14:23:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to p.lanigan: Thank you for your feedback. The current DCx camera software does not support 64bit operating systems yet. However, we are working on a software upgrade which will be compatible with this interface.
Poster: p.lanigan
Posted Date: 2010-08-26 12:26:46.0
I cannot seem to run the uc480livestream.vi examples from LabView 2010 64-bit as it appears the library function uc480_LabVIEW.dll has not been updated for the 64-bit version. This is used in SetImageMem.vi, GetActImgMem.vi and SetAllocatedImageMem.vi, can someone help please?
Poster: johane
Posted Date: 2010-08-25 20:44:03.0
Johan asks... Is there any documentation available for the DCC camera Labview interface? Why is the maximum exposure time that can be chosen for the color version through the labview interface limited to approx. 0.5s, at the lowest pixel clock frequency, instead of 10s as stated in the specifications? What other parameters limit maximum and minimum exposure times? Is there any way to change Camera ID through the Labview interface?
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-07-20 15:49:56.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to ako.chijioke: Thank you for your feedback. The DC1545M is sensitive in the 400-900 nm range. I will send to the sensitivity curve shown on page 100 of the manual (Documents and Drawings Tab).
Poster: ako.chijioke
Posted Date: 2010-07-20 16:22:01.0
Hello, what is the wavelength response curve of your cMOS camera DCC1545M? thanks
Poster: Thorlabs
Posted Date: 2010-07-07 08:56:00.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to nadoluvalentin: thank you for your feedback. Page 97 of the manual shows a relative response curve for the color and monochrome CMOS cameras. I can also send you a quantum efficiency curve of the sensor.
Poster: nadoluvalentin
Posted Date: 2010-07-07 10:09:46.0
Is the response curve of the DCC1645C camera available? Im trying to write a laser beam analyzer software that can also estimate laser beam power output. Thank you! Val
Poster: julien
Posted Date: 2010-05-28 17:28:54.0
a resonse from Julien at Thorlabs: Dear Andrea, the software and drivers for the DCC and DCU cameras has been updated about a month ago. The version available on our website is now compatible with windows 7 both 32 bits and 64 bits.
Poster: andrea.candelli
Posted Date: 2010-05-28 08:06:41.0
Could you post online or send me the updated driver for the DCC1545M for Windows 7 - 64 bits. Thank you Andrea
Poster: julien
Posted Date: 2010-04-21 09:47:49.0
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: USB uses a tree topology and is host controlled. That means that a PC with host functionality is required for the DCC and DCU cameras. With hubs and/or repeater the root hub’s connection facilities can be extended. Therefore in order to connect two DCC1545M to a computer, the first camera can be connected to the computer directly and the second needs to be connected through a USB hub. About your second question, the UC480 viewer does not offer the possibility to display false color image. However, an extensive function library as well as several example programs can be used to easily obtain this type of images in other environment, like for instance Labview.
Poster: filip1
Posted Date: 2010-04-20 19:02:53.0
I have two questions about the DCC1545M CMOS cameras: 1-I have a laptop with a USB 2.0 PC Card Adapter, can I run two cameras simultaneously from this one single laptop using the USB adapter? 2-is it possible to display false color images on the monochrome version with any live demo program that is included with the camera software? Thank you. Catalin
Poster: Adam
Posted Date: 2010-04-15 16:54:37.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to info: I am glad to hear that the camera works great. I will send you an email with a link to the site where the drivers can be found.
Poster: info
Posted Date: 2010-04-15 16:23:58.0
Hi Jens. Just got the DCC1645M, wonderful camera! Could you please send me the preliminary drivers for Windows 7?
Poster: jens
Posted Date: 2010-03-29 13:16:04.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs to Michael: the windows7 driver version has not been fully released yet, due to which it is not available on our web page. I will however send you the preliminary version of the driver in caes you would like to work with it already.
Poster: mcauliffe.michael
Posted Date: 2010-03-29 12:26:52.0
Is it possible to download the updated drives for windows 7 (64-bit) for the DCC1645C camera from somewhere?
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-03-15 08:55:41.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to utkin: The DCC1645C camera works with windows 7, but requires a driver update. I will email you with the driver update directly. The specifications stated online is incorrect. Currently the color and monochrome cameras only have a 8 bit resolution. We will update the website immediately.
Poster: utkin
Posted Date: 2010-03-12 17:22:40.0
I have 2 question. 1. Does DCC1645c camera (drivers and software) works with windows 7 (64-bit)? 2. In specs it is written that the camera has 10 bit ADC resolution. In the properties window (format) I could only find 8 bit options (RGB32). The ten bit option RGB30 is unavailable. How can I set 10 bit resolution? Or it is unavailable? What about DCC1545m monochrome camera? I appreciate your response. Thank you.
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2010-02-08 09:31:51.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to Sergey: We may be able to provice OEM prices, but would need more information. What type of quantities are you looking to purchase? What type of OEM features would you need? I will email you directly to get more information.
Poster: SergeyKostrov
Posted Date: 2010-02-07 18:57:01.0
I wonder if you have OEM prices for DCC1545M CMOS cameras? If Yes, Could you provide with details, please?
Poster: apalmentieri
Posted Date: 2009-12-17 20:08:23.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs: The Monochrome Camera can be used with broadband light, 730nm-830nm as its spectral range is from 400nm-900nm. The color camera has an IR filter inside that is can be difficult to remove. The IR filter cuts off wavelengths past 650nm. While this filter can be cut out and removed, it can not be replaced after removing it. I will email you with more information about the spectral responsivity.
Poster: mo_kamal
Posted Date: 2009-12-17 19:58:03.0
is it support broadband light. for example 730nm to 830nm broadband light. we want to use it for OCT imaging..............
Poster: jhartmann
Posted Date: 2009-11-24 16:34:52.0
A response from Juergen at Thorlabs to hchuaqui: Unfortunately, DCC cameras cannot be externally triggered, only internally (software trigger). However, this mode does not capture single images, but is doing that continuously, just with adjustable time interval between the images.. If you need single image capturing, I recommend the CCD cameras (monochrome: DCU22xM) - those have a hardware trigger input.
Poster: hchuaqui
Posted Date: 2009-11-23 12:54:17.0
Is it possible to trigger the DCC1545M camera to obtain a single frame?
Poster: klee
Posted Date: 2009-08-26 10:01:00.0
A response from Ken at Thorlabs to mokcay: A C mount adapter is included so any lens with CS mount or C mount will work. You can take a look at our MVL series camera lenses.
Poster: mokcay
Posted Date: 2009-08-24 01:16:28.0
so where are the lenses for these CMOS USB2 CS mount cameras???
Poster: jens
Posted Date: 2009-08-17 13:22:08.0
A reply from Jens at Thorlabs: we will correct this as soon as possible and send you a copy of the software in parallel.
Poster: ale
Posted Date: 2009-08-14 18:42:00.0
link is broken to download driver/software. please fix.
Poster: jhartmann
Posted Date: 2009-07-27 11:01:56.0
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. CMOS cameras use MT9M001 (Mono) / MT9M131 (Color) CMOS chips, but there are also no statements on sensitivity.
Poster: SergeyKostrov
Posted Date: 2009-07-22 14:59:23.0
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Compact USB 2.0 CMOS Cameras
Item #DCC1545MDCC1645C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensitivity Graph Dispersion Dispersion
Exposure Mode Electronic Rolling Shutter
Read Out Mode Progressive Scan
Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels
Optical Sensor Class 1/2" 1/3"
Pixel Clock Rangea 5 - 43 MHz 5 - 40 MHz
Frame Rate, Freerun Modeb 25 fps
Trigger Input None
Mode Monochrome Color
Mounting Thread CS-Mount (1.00"-32, 6.3 mm Deep)c
Post Mounting Thread 1/4"-20 Tap in Bottom of Housing, 7 mm Deepd
Dimensions (H x W x D) (1.88" x 1.68" x 1" )
48.6 mm x 44 mm x 25.7 mm
Weight 0.07 lbs (32 g)
Included Adapters CS-Mount to External SM1, CS-Mount to Internal SM1,
CS-Mount to C-Mount, 1/4"-20 to 8-32,
and 1/4"-20 to M4
  • Depends on the PC hardware used.
  • Requires maximum pixel clock frequency.
  • Please note that CS-Mount and C-Mount lens mounts both use 1.00"-32 threads but feature different flange-to-sensor distances.
  • Be careful not to thread a screw longer than the depth of the tap into the camera housing, as this could lead to damage.
  • Color and Monochrome Versions Available
  • Electronic Rolling Shutter
  • USB 2.0 Connection in an Ultra-Compact Housing
  • 25 fps in Freerun Mode and over 200 fps with Limited Area of Interest
  • Ships with USB 2.0 Cable

The DCC1545M and DCC1645C CMOS cameras operate with a rolling shutter only; frame rates up to 250 fps are possible with a limited area of interest and sufficient light conditions. The small footprint and mini USB 2.0 connector at the side of the housing allow usage in setups where space is at a premium. These cameras feature an ultra-compact dust-proof housing.

These cameras are equipped with a CS-mount threading for direct use with CS-mount objectives. The cameras are shipped with CS to C-mount, CS-mount to SM1 internal, and CS-mount to SM1 external thread adapters. Additionally, the C-Mount to SM1 adapters sold at the bottom of this page are compatible. Two 1/4"-20 screw adapters are also included to allow the camera housing to be post mounted using 8-32 or M4 standard screws.

These cameras are fully compatible with our High-Magnification Zoom Lenses that 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.

Our color CMOS cameras have an IR shortpass filter that cuts off transmission above 650 nm. Removing the filter will expose the CMOS sensor to the environment, which could result in dust entering the camera and causing the performance to deteriorate. For those who are very familiar with cameras and sensors, it is possible to change the filter yourself in a cleanroom environment. If you are not comfortable performing this procedure, please send the camera to Thorlabs where our skilled technicians have the tools to safely remove the filter without damaging the camera. Contact technical support for assistance.

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DCC1645C Support Documentation
DCC1645C High Resolution USB2.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Color Sensor
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High Sensitivity CMOS USB 2.0 Cameras with Global Shutter
Item #DCC1240MDCC1240C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensitivity Graph Dispersion Dispersion
Exposure Mode Electronic Global and Rolling Shutter
Read Out Mode Progressive Scan
Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels
Optical Sensor Class 1/1.8"
Pixel Clock Rangea 7 - 35 MHz
Frame Rate, Freerun Modeb 25.8 fps
Trigger Input 9-Pin, D-Sub Connector
Mode Monochrome Color
Mounting Thread C-Mount (1.00"-32)c
Post Mounting Threads 8-32 and M4 Taps in Bottom of Housing, 5 mm Deepd
Dimensions (H x W x D) (1.59" x 1,26" x 1" )
40.35 mm x 32 mm x 38.5 mm
Weight 0.16 lbs (74 g)
Included Adapters C-Mount to External SM1 and C-Mount to Internal SM1
  • Depends on the PC hardware used.
  • Requires maximum pixel clock frequency.
  • Please note that CS-Mount and C-Mount lens mounts both use 1.00"-32 threads but feature different flange-to-sensor distances.
  • Be careful not to thread a screw longer than the depth of the tap into the camera housing, as this could lead to damage.
Back of DC1240 with Trigger Inputs
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Back of Camera with Input for External Trigger
  • Color and Monocrhome Versions Available
  • Global and Rolling Shutter Mode
  • USB 2.0 Port Provides Power and Computer Interface
  • 25.8 fps in Freerun Mode and up to 98 fps with Limited Area of Interest
  • Ships with USB 2.0 Cable

The DCC1240M monochrome and DCC1240C color high-sensitivity USB 2.0 CMOS cameras include CMOS sensors that allow for switching between rolling and global shutter mode, offer a high dynamic range, and include an input for external trigger. The cameras are controlled and powered via a USB 2.0 connection, which allows for a bandwidth of 480 Mbps. These cameras can achieve frame rates up to 98 fps (reduced ROI).

Each camera is shipped with C-mount to internal SM1 and C-mount to external SM1 adapters (also sold separately below). Taps in the bottom of the camera allow for post mounting with 8-32 or M4 screws.

These cameras are fully compatible with our C-Mount Camera Lenses and High-Magnification Zoom Lenses that 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.

Our color CMOS cameras have an IR shortpass filter that cuts off transmission above 650 nm. Removing the filter will expose the CMOS sensor to the environment, which could result in dust entering the camera and causing the performance to deteriorate. For those who are very familiar with cameras and sensors, it is possible to change the filter yourself in a cleanroom environment. If you are not comfortable performing this procedure, please send the camera to Thorlabs where our skilled technicians have the tools to safely remove the filter without damaging the camera. Contact technical support for assistance.

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DCC1240C High Sensitivity USB2.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Global Shutter, Color Sensor
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High Sensitivity USB 3.0 CMOS Cameras with Global Shutter
Item #DCC3240MDCC3240CDCC3240N
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensitivity Graph Dispersion Dispersion Dispersion
Exposure Mode Electronic Global and Rolling Shutter
Read Out Mode Progressive Scan
Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels
Optical Sensor Class 1/1.8"
Pixel Clock Rangea 5 - 85 MHz
Frame Rate,
Freerun Modeb
60.0 fps
Trigger Input 8-Pin, Hirose Connector
Mode Monochrome Color NIR
Mounting Thread C-Mount (1.00"-32)c
Post Mounting Thread 1/4"-20 Tap in Bottom of Housing, 6 mm Deepd
Dimensions
(H x W x D)
40.35 mm x 32 mm x 38.5 mm
(1.59" x 1.26" x 1" )
w/ Adapter Plate
Weight 60 g (0.13 lbs) w/ Adapter Plate
43 g (0.09 lbs) w/o Adapter Plate
Included Adapters 1/4"-20 to 8-32 and 1/4"-20 to M4
  • Depends on the PC hardware used.
  • Requires maximum pixel clock frequency.
  • Please note that CS-Mount and C-Mount lens mounts both use 1.00"-32 threads but feature different flange-to-sensor distances.
  • Be careful not to thread a screw longer than the depth of the tap into the camera housing, as this could lead to damage.
  • Color, Monochrome, and NIR Versions Available
  • Global and Rolling Shutter Modes
  • USB 3.0 and GPIO Ports
  • 60 fps in Freerun Mode and Capable of 229 fps with Limited Area of Interest
  • Ships with USB 3.0 Cable

The DCC3240M monochrome, DCC3240C color, and DCC3240N NIR cameras have a USB 3.0 connection capable of a bandwidth of 400 MBytes for improved performance. Compared to the DCC1240, the DCC3240 cameras are capable of faster frame rates (25.8 fps vs. 60.0 fps in Free Run Mode) and lower trigger delays (as low as 3 µs vs 20 µs). Each camera is powered via the USB port and also has two GPIOs (General Purpose I/O) that allow the camera to serve as a trigger for peripheral devices. Faster than the DCC1240 cameras, they can achieve a maximum frame rate of 229 fps (limited ROI).

The front apertures of these cameras feature an internal C-mount thread. The bottom of the housing has a 6 mm deep 1/4"-20 tap, so an AS8E25E and AS4M25E adapter are included for easy post mounting using either the 8-32 or M4 standard. These cameras can also be connected to SM1-Threaded Lens Tubes using the adapters sold at the bottom of this page. 

These cameras are fully compatible with our C-Mount Camera Lenses and High-Magnification Zoom Lenses that 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.

Our color CMOS cameras have an IR shortpass filter that cuts off transmission above 650 nm. Removing the filter will expose the CMOS sensor to the environment, which could result in dust entering the camera and causing the performance to deteriorate. For those who are very familiar with cameras and sensors, it is possible to change the filter yourself in a cleanroom environment. If you are not comfortable performing this procedure, please send the camera to Thorlabs where our skilled technicians have the tools to safely remove the filter without damaging the camera. Contact technical support for assistance.

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DCC3240M Support Documentation
DCC3240M High Sensitivity USB 3.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Global Shutter, Monochrome Sensor
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DCC3240C Support Documentation
DCC3240C High Sensitivity USB 3.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Global Shutter, Color Sensor
$1,225.00
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DCC3240N Support Documentation
DCC3240N High Sensitivity USB 3.0 CMOS Camera, 1280 x 1024, Global Shutter, NIR Sensor
$1,525.00
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USB and Trigger Cables

Item #

CAB-DCU-T1
CAB-DCU-T1 Pin Assignment
1 Flash Strobe Output -
CAB-DCU-T1
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Connector Device Side Micro Sub-D, 90° Angled 2 Trigger Input +
Connector PC Side USB 2.0 A Male 3 Shield
USB Standard Hi-Speed USB2.0 (480 Mbit/s) 4 USB +5 V
Trigger In (Bare Wire) x 5 USB GND
Flash & Digital Out (Bare Wire) x 6 Flash Strobe Output +
Wire Gauge USB 24AWG/2C and 28AWG/1PR 7 Trigger Input -
Shielding Double Shielded 80 °C 30 V 8 USB D+
Length 3 m 9 USB D-

 


Item #

CAB-DCU-T2
CAB-DCU-T2 Pin Assignment
1 Not Connected
CAB-DCU-T2
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Connector Device Side Micro Sub-D, Straight 2 Trigger Input +
Connector PC Side USB 2.0 A Male 3 Shield
USB Standard Hi-Speed USB2.0 (480 Mbit/s) 4 USB +5 V
Trigger In (Bare Wire) x 5 USB GND
Flash & Digital Out (Bare Wire) - 6 Not Connected
Wire Gauge USB 24AWG/2C and 28AWG/1PR 7 Trigger Input -
Shielding Double Shielded 80 °C 30 V 8 USB D+
Length 3 m 9 USB D-

 


Item #

CAB-DCU-T3
CAB-DCU-T3 Pin Assignment
1 Ground
CAB-DCU-T3
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Connector Device Side Hirose HR25-7TP-8S 2 Flash Outputa
End Opposite Connectors Tinned End of Wires 3 GPIO 1, 3.3 V LVCMOS
Function GPIO 4 Trigger Inputa -
Trigger In (Bare Wire) yes 5 Flash Outputa +
Flash & Digital Out (Bare Wire) yes 6 GPIO 2, 3.3 V LVCMOS
Cable Type Shielded High-Flexible Control Cable 8 x 0.1 mm, Ø4.9 mm 7 Trigger Inputa +
Shielding Single Shielded 8 Output Supply Voltage, 5 V (100 mA)
Length 2 m 9 N/A
  • These pins are opto-decoupled to protect against high or incorrect voltages.
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CAB-DCU-T1 Support Documentation
CAB-DCU-T1 Customer Inspired! USB and Trigger Cable (In/Out) for CCD Camera, 3 m
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CAB-DCU-T2 Support Documentation
CAB-DCU-T2 Customer Inspired! USB and Trigger Cable (In Only) for CCD Camera, 3 m
$78.00
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CAB-DCU-T3 Support Documentation
CAB-DCU-T3 USB 3.0 I/O Cable, Hirose 25, for DCC3240 Cameras, 2 m
$95.00
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C-Mount to SM1 Adapters for Cameras
Item # SM1A9 SM1A9TSa SM1A39
Image
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SM1A9 SM1A9TS SM1A39
Thread 1 External C-Mount (1.00"-32)
Thread 2 Internal SM1 (1.035"-40) External SM1 (1.035"-40)
Material Anodized Aluminum Black Delrin Anodized Aluminum
Typical Application info
Mount a C-Mount Camera to an Externally Threaded SM1 Lens Tube
info
Mount a C-Mount Camera to an Externally Threaded SM1 Lens Tube
info
Mount a C-Mount Camera to an Internally Threaded SM1 Lens Tube
  • Thermally Insulating Adapter
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SM1A9 Support Documentation
SM1A9 Adapter with External C-Mount Threads and Internal SM1 Threads
$18.75
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SM1A9TS Support Documentation
SM1A9TS Customer Inspired! Thermally Insulating Adapter with External C-Mount Threads and Internal SM1 Threads
$20.50
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SM1A39 Support Documentation
SM1A39 Customer Inspired! Adapter with External C-Mount Threads and External SM1 Threads
$20.00
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