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Quantalux™ sCMOS Camera

  • Low <1 e- Read Noise
  • Up to 50 Frames per Second for the Full Sensor
  • 61% Peak Quantum Efficiency at 600 nm
  • High Dynamic Range of up to 87 dB with 23 ke- Full Well


Monochrome sCMOS Camera

Merged triple emission fluorescence image of FluoCells® prepared BPAE cells. Click Here to download the full-resolution image.

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200 Frames Per Second, VGA Resolution


  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • VIS/NIR Imaging
  • Quantum Dots
  • Autofluorescence
  • Materials Inspection
  • Multispectral Imaging
  • Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)
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Thorlabs Scientific Imaging

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  • Monochrome sCMOS 1920 x 1080 Pixel (2.1 Megapixel) Sensor
  • High Quantum Efficiency (61% at 600 nm for Monochrome Version)
  • Fan-Free, Passive Thermal Management Reduces Dark Current without Adding Vibration and Image Blur
  • <1 e- Median Read Noise
  • Triggered and Bulb Exposure Modes
  • Rolling Shutter with Equal Exposure Pulse (EEP) Mode for Synchronizing Light Sources
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • ThorCam™ Software for Windows® 7, 8.1, and 10 Operating Systems
  • Support for LabVIEW, MATLAB®, µManager / ImageJ, and .NET
  • Fully Featured, Well Documented API for Software Developers 
  • SM1-Threaded (1.035"-40) Aperture with Adapter for Standard C-Mount (1.000"-32) Compatibility
  • Compatible with 30 mm Cage System

Thorlabs' Quantalux™ Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) Camera offers extremely low read noise and high sensitivity for demanding imaging applications. The compact housing has been engineered to provide passive thermal management for the sensor, reducing dark current without the need for a cooling fan or thermoelectric cooler. These features makes the Quantalux camera ideally suited for low-light imaging applications such as fluorescence microscopy.

sCMOS Cameras for Microscopy
A FluoCells® mouse kidney fluorescence slide imaged with our monochrome Quantalux camera.
Click here to view the full-resolution image.

The Quantalux sCMOS camera is available with a monochrome sensor. It features a USB 3.0 interface for compatibility with most computers. Included with the Quantalux camera is our ThorCam software for use with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 operating systems. We offer support for LabVIEW, MATLAB, µManager / ImageJ, and .NET. Developers can leverage our fully featured API and SDK.

The Quantalux camera features a clear window that can be removed and replaced with any Ø1" (Ø25 mm) optic up to 4 mm thick. The aperture features SM1 (1.035"-40) threading for compatibility with Ø1" Lens Tubes; an adjustable C-Mount (1.000"-32) adapter is factory installed for out-of-the-box compatibility with many microscopes, machine vision camera lenses, and C-Mount extension tubes. Four, 4-40 tapped holes provide compatibility with our 30 mm cage system. Two 1/4"-20 tapped holes on opposite sides of the housing are compatible with imperial Ø1/2" Posts. These flexible mounting options, and compact size, make the Quantalux camera the ideal choice for integrating into home-built imaging systems as well as those based on commercial microscopes.

Quantalux Mounting Features

Compact sCMOS camera
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Removing the C-Mount adapter and locking ring exposes the SM1 (1.035"-40) threading that can be used for custom assemblies using standard Thorlabs components.
Low Noise sCMOS Camera
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Our compact Quantalux camera with an MVL50M23 machine vision lens installed.
Low Noise sCMOS Camera
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An SM1 Lens Tube installed using the SM1-threaded aperture.
Low Noise sCMOS Camera
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Four 4-40 tapped holes allow 30 mm Cage System components to be attached to the camera. Pictured is our CP13 Cage Plate with
C-Mount threading.
sCMOS Microscope Camera
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A Quantalux sCMOS camera installed on a Cerna® microscope using the SM1A58 Camera Port Adapter and SM1 Lens Tubes.
Item #a CS2100M-USB
Sensor Type Monochrome sCMOS
Effective Number of Pixels
(Horizontal x Vertical)
1920 x 1080
Imaging Area
(Horizontal x Vertical)
9.6768 mm x 5.4432 mm
Pixel Size 5.04 µm x 5.04 µm
Optical Format 2/3" (11 mm Diagonal)
Max Frame Rate 50 fps (Full Sensor)
Sensor Shutter Type Rolling
Peak Quantum Efficiency 61% at 600 nm
Removable Window Coating Reflectance Ravg < 0.5% over 400 - 700 nm
(Per Surface)
Exposure Time 0.029 ms to 7767.2 ms in ~0.03 ms Increments
Pixel Clock Speed 74.25 MHz to 148.5 MHz
ADCb Resolution 16 Bit
Vertical and Horizontal Hardware Binningc Continuous Integer Values from 1 to 16
Region of Interest (ROI) 8 x 2 Pixelsc to 1920 x 1080 Pixels, Rectangular
Read Noise <1 e- Mediand
Digital Output 16 Bit
Dynamic Range Up to 87 dB
Full Well ≥23 ke-
Lens Mount C-Mount (1.000"-32)
USB Power Consumption 3.7 W @ 30 fps (Full Sensor ROI)
4.3 W @ 50 fps (Full Sensor ROI)
  • The specified performance is valid when using a computer with the recommended specifications listed on the Software tab.
  • ADC = Analog-to-Digital Converter
  • When Binning at 1 x 1
  • As specified by the sensor manufacturer. The RMS read noise is <1.5 e-.

Example Frame Rates at 1 ms Exposure Time Data Ratea
30 fps 50 fps
Full Sensor (1920 x 1080) 30 fps 50 fps
Half Sensor (960 x 540) 60 fps 100 fps
1/10 Sensor (192 x 108) 300 fps 500 fps
  • The data rate can be chosen in ThorCam and is a function of the pixel clock speed.

Camera Back Panel Connector Locations

Quantalux Back Panel
For the I/O connector pin assignments, please see the Auxiliary (I/O) Connector section below.

TSI-IOBOB and TSI-IOBOB2 Break-Out Board Connector Locations

TSI-IOBOB and TSI-IOBOB2 Connector 8050-CAB1 Connectors Camera Auxiliary (I/O) Port
6 Pin Mini Din Female Connector
Female 6-Pin Mini Din Female Connector
6 Pin Mini Din Male Connector
Male 6-Pin Mini Din Male Connector (TSI-IOBOB end of Cable)
12 Pin Hirose Male Connector
Male 12-Pin Hirose Connector (Camera end of Cable)
12 Pin Hirose Female Connector
Female 12-Pin Hirose Connector (Auxiliary Port on Camera)

Auxiliary (I/O) Connector

The camera and the break-out boards feature female connectors; the camera has a 12 pin Hirose connector, while the break out boards have a 6-pin Mini-DIN connector. The 8050-CAB1 cable features male connectors on both ends: a 12-pin connector for connecting to the camera and a 6-pin Mini-DIN connector for the break-out boards. Pins 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 are each connected to the center pin of an SMA connector on the break-out boards, while pin 4 (ground) is connected to each SMA connector housing. To access one of the I/O functions not available with the 8050-CAB1, the user must fabricate a cable using shielded cabling in order for the camera to adhere to CE and FCC compliance; additional details are provided in the camera manual.

Camera I/O
Pin #
Pin #
Signal Description
1 - GND The electrical ground for the camera signals.
2 - GND The electrical ground for the camera signals.
3 - GND The electrical ground for the camera signals.
Strobe_Out: An LVTTL output that is high during the actual sensor exposure time when in continuous, overlapped exposure mode. It is typically used to synchronize an external flash lamp or other device with the camera.
EEP: Equal Exposure Pulse is available when Equal Exposure pulse is selected in the ThorCam settings. This signal is active from the time when rolling reset is complete to the time when rolling readout commences. It is typically used to synchronize external lamps or other devices with the camera in order to produce uniform exposures. See the Triggering tab for more details.
An LVTTL input used to trigger exposures. Transitions can occur from the high to low state or from the low to high state as selected in ThorCam; the default is low to high.
Refers to "Line Valid." It is an active-high LVTTL signal and is asserted during the valid pixel period on each line. It returns low during the inter-line period between each line and during the inter-frame period between each frame.
This is an optically isolated output signal. The user must provide a pull-up resistor to an external voltage source of 2.5 V to 20 V. The pull-up resistor must limit the current into this pin to <40 mA. The default signal present on pin 7 is the STROBE_OUT signal, which is effectively the Trigger Out signal as well.
8 - OPTO I/O_RTN This is the return connection for the OPTO I/O_OUT output and the OPTO I/O_IN input connections. This must be connected to the pull-up source for OPTO I/O_OUT or the driving source for the OPTO I/O_IN signals.
This is an optically isolated input signal used to trigger exposures. The user must provide a driving source from 3.3 V to 10 V. An internal series resistor limits the current to <50 mA at 10 V.
10 4 GND The electrical ground for the camera signals.
11 - GND The electrical ground for the camera signals.
Refers to "Frame Valid." It is a LVTTL output that is high during active readout lines and returns low between frames.
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CS2100M-USB Package Contents

In Addition to the Camera, the CS2100M-USB Includes the following:

  • USB 3.0 Cable (Micro B to A)
  • Wrench to Loosen Optical Assembly (Item # SPW502)
  • Lens Mount Dust Cap
  • CD with ThorCam Software
  • Quick-Start Guide and Manual Download Information Card
Recommended System Requirements
Operating System Windows® 7, 8.1, or 10 (64 Bit)
Processor (CPU)a ≥3.0 GHz Intel Core (i5 or Higher)
Memory (RAM) ≥8 GB
Hard Drive ≥500 GB (SATA) Solid State Drive (SSD)b
Graphics Card Dedicatedc Adapter with ≥256 MB RAM
Power Supply ≥600 W
Motherboard USB 3.0 (-USB) Cameras: Integrated Intel USB 3.0 Controller
or One Unused PCIe x1 Slot (for Item # USB3-PCIE)
GigE (-GE) Cameras: One Unused PCIe x1 Slot
Camera Link (-CL) Cameras: One Unused PCIe x4/x8/x16 Slot
Connectivity USB or Internet Connectivity
for Driver Installation
  • Intel Core i3 processors and mobile versions of Intel processors may not satisfy the requirements.
  • We recommend a solid state drive (SSD) for reliable streaming to disk during image sequence storage.
  • On-board/integrated graphics solutions present on Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are also acceptable.



Version 3.1.1

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 our cameras on 32- and 64-bit Windows® 7, 8.1, or 10 systems. This intuitive, easy-to-use graphical interface provides camera control as well as the ability to acquire and play back images. Single image capture and image sequences are supported. Application programming interfaces (APIs) and a software development kit (SDK) are included for the development of custom applications by OEMs and developers. The SDK provides easy integration with a wide variety of programming languages, such as C, C++, C#, and Visual Basic .NET. Support for third-party software packages, such as LabVIEW, MATLAB, µManager/ImageJ, and MetaMorph, is available.

Click the Highlighted Regions to Explore ThorCam Features

Thorcam GUI Window

Camera Control and Image Acquisition

Camera Control and Image Acquisition functions are carried out through the icons along the top of the window, highlighted in orange in the image above. Camera parameters may be set in the popup window that appears upon clicking on the Tools icon. The Snapshot button allows a single image to be acquired using the current camera settings.

The Start and Stop capture buttons begin image capture according to the camera settings, including triggered imaging.

Timed Series and Review of Image Series

The Timed Series control, shown in Figure 1, allows time-lapse images to be recorded. Simply set the total number of images and the time delay in between captures. The output will be saved in a multi-page TIFF file in order to preserve the high-precision, unaltered image data. Controls within ThorCam allow the user to play the sequence of images or step through them frame by frame.

Measurement and Annotation

As shown in the yellow highlighted regions in the image above, ThorCam has a number of built-in annotation and measurement functions to help analyze images after they have been acquired. Lines, rectangles, circles, and freehand shapes can be drawn on the image. Text can be entered to annotate marked locations. A measurement mode allows the user to determine the distance between points of interest.

The features in the red, green, and blue highlighted regions of the image above can be used to display information about both live and captured images.

ThorCam also features a tally counter that allows the user to mark points of interest in the image and tally the number of points marked (see Figure 2). A crosshair target that is locked to the center of the image can be enabled to provide a point of reference.

Thorcam Software Screenshot
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Figure 1: A timed series of 10 images taken at 1 second intervals is saved as a multipage TIFF.
Thorcam Software Screenshot
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Figure 2: A screenshot of the ThorCam Software. The tally function was used to mark three locations in the image. The line to the lower left was added using the measurement function, with the distance between the points in pixels displayed just above it.
Third Party ThorCam Support
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Figure 3: The ImageJ plug-in for our scientific cameras supports live viewing directly in ImageJ. Currently, our scientific CCD cameras are supported; sCMOS support is coming soon.

Third-Party Applications and Support

ThorCam is bundled with support for third-party software packages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB, and µManager/ImageJ (see Figure 3), and .NET. Both 32- and 64-bit versions of LabVIEW and MATLAB are supported. A full-featured and well-documented API, included with our cameras, makes it convenient to develop fully customized applications in an efficient manner, while also providing the ability to migrate through our product line without having to rewrite an application.

Example Arduino Code for the TSI-IOBOB2 Shield for Arduino

Example Arduino Code

Click the button below to visit the download page for the sample Arduino programs for the TSI-IOBOB2 Shield for Arduino. Three sample programs are offered:

  • Trigger the Camera at a Rate of 1 Hz
  • Trigger the Camera at the Fastest Possible Rate
  • Use the Direct AVR Port Mappings from the Arduino to Monitor Camera State and Trigger Acquisition
Software Download
Pixel Peek Vertical and Horizontal Line Profiles Histogram Camera Control Icons Measurement and Annotation Functions Measurement and Annotation Functions

Triggered Camera Operation

Our scientific cameras have three externally triggered operating modes: streaming overlapped exposure, asynchronous triggered acquisition, and bulb exposure driven by an externally generated trigger pulse. The trigger modes operate independently of the readout (e.g., binning) settings as well as gain and offset. Figures 1 through 3 show the timing diagrams for these trigger modes, assuming an active low external TTL trigger.

Camera Timing Diagram
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Figure 1: Streaming overlapped exposure mode. When the external trigger goes low, the exposure begins, and continues for the software-selected exposure time, followed by the readout. This sequence then repeats at the set time interval. Subsequent external triggers are ignored until the camera operation is halted. For the definition of the TTL signals, please see the Pin Diagrams tab.
Timing Diagram
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Figure 2: Asynchronous triggered acquisition mode. When the external trigger signal goes low, an exposure begins for the preset time, and then the exposure is read out of the camera. During the readout time, the external trigger is ignored. Once a single readout is complete, the camera will begin the next exposure only when the external trigger signal goes low.
Camera Timing
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Figure 3: Bulb exposure mode. The exposure begins when the external trigger signal goes low and ends when the external trigger signal goes high. Trigger signals during camera readout are ignored.
Camera Triggering in ThorCam Software
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Figure 4: 
The ThorCam Camera Settings window. The red and blue highlighted regions indicate the trigger settings as described in the text.

External triggering enables these cameras to be easily integrated into systems that require the camera to be synchronized to external events. The Strobe Output goes high to indicate exposure; the strobe signal may be used in designing a system to synchronize external devices to the camera exposure. External triggering requires a connection to the auxiliary port of the camera. We offer the 8050-CAB1 auxiliary cable as an optional accessory. Two options are provided to "break out" individual signals. The TSI-IOBOB provides SMA connectors for each individual signal. Alternately, the TSI-IOBOB2 also provides the SMA connectors with the added functionality of a shield for Arduino boards that allows control of other peripheral equipment. More details on these three optional accessories are provided below.

Trigger settings are adjusted using the ThorCam software. Figure 4 shows the Camera Settings window, with the trigger settings highlighted with red and blue squares. Settings can be adjusted as follows:

  • "Hardware Trigger" (Red Highlight) Set to "None": The camera will simply acquire the number of frames in the "Frames per Trigger" box when the capture button is pressed in ThorCam.
  • "Hardware Trigger" Set to "Standard": There are Two Possible Scenarios:
    • "Frames per Trigger" (Blue Highlight) Set to Zero or >1: The camera will operate in streaming overlapped exposure mode (Figure 1).
    • "Frames per Trigger" Set to 1: Then the camera will operate in asynchronous triggered acquisition mode (Figure 2).
  • "Hardware Trigger" Set to "Bulb (PDX) Mode": The camera will operate in bulb exposure mode, also known as Pulse Driven Exposure (PDX) mode (Figure 3).

In addition, the polarity of the trigger can be set to "On High" (exposure begins on the rising edge) or "On Low" (exposure begins on the falling edge) in the "Hardware Trigger Polarity" box (highlighted in red in Figure 4).

Equal Exposure Pulse (EEP) Mode

The Equal Exposure Pulse (EEP) is an output signal available on the Quantalux camera's I/O connector. When selected in the ThorCam settings dialog, the STROBE_OUT signal is reconfigured to be active only after the CMOS sensor's rolling reset function has completed. The signal will remain active until the sensor's rolling readout function begins. This means that the signal is active only during the time when all of the sensor's pixels have been reset and are actively integrating. The resulting image will not show an exposure gradient typical of rolling reset sensors. Figure 5 shows an example of a strobe-driven exposure, where STROBE_OUT is used to trigger an external light source; the resulting image shows a gradient as not all sensor rows are integrating charge for the same length of time when the light source is on. Figure 6 shows an example of an EEP exposure: the exposure time is lengthened, and the trigger output signal shifted to the time when all rows are integrating charge, yielding an image with equal illumination across the frame.

Please note that EEP will have no effect on images that are constantly illuminated. There are several conditions that must be met to use EEP mode; these are detailed in the User Guide.

CMOS Camera EEP Diagram
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Figure 5: A timing example for an exposure using STROBE_OUT to trigger an external light source during exposure. A gradient is formed across the image since the sensor rows are not integrating charge for the same length of time the light source is on.

CMOS Camera EEP Diagram
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Figure 6: A timing example for an exposure using EEP. The image is free of gradients, since the EEP signal triggers the light source only while all sensor rows are integrating charge.

Example Camera Triggering Configuration using Scientific Camera Accessories

Camera Triggering with TSI-IOBOB2 Sheild for Arduino
Figure 7: A schematic showing a system using the TSI-IOBOB2 to facilitate system integration and control. While the diagram shows the back panel of our Scientific CCD Camera, our Quantalux sCMOS camera can be used as well.

As an example of how camera triggering can be integrated into system control is shown in Figure 7. In the schematic, the camera is connected to the TSI-IOBOB2 break-out board / shield for Arduino using a 8050-CAB1 cable. The pins on the shield can be used to deliver signals to simultaneously control other peripheral devices, such as light sources, shutters, or motion control devices. Once the control program is written to the Arduino board, the USB connection to the host PC can be removed, allowing for a stand-alone system control platform; alternately, the USB connection can be left in place to allow for two-way communication between the Arduino and the PC. Configuring the external trigger mode is done using ThorCam as described above.

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About Thorlabs Scientific Imaging

Thorlabs Scientific Imaging (TSI) is a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to solving the most challenging imaging problems. We design and manufacture low-noise, high performance scientific cameras, interface devices, and software at our facility in Austin, Texas. In addition, we are leveraging the engineering experience across Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, to bring to market a line of integrated imaging systems, including our forthcoming, patent-pending system for whole-slide scanning.

A Message from TSI's General Manager

As a researcher, you are accustomed to solving difficult problems but may be frustrated by the inadequacy of the available instrumentation and tools. The product development team at Thorlabs Scientific Imaging is continually looking for new challenges to push the boundaries of Scientific Cameras using various sensor technologies. We welcome your input in order to leverage our team of senior research and development engineers to help meet your advanced imaging needs.

Thorlabs' purpose is to support advances in research through our product offerings. Your input will help us steer the direction of our scientific camera product line to support these advances. If you have a challenging application that requires a more advanced scientific camera than is currently available, I would be excited to hear from you.

We're All Ears!

Jason Mills
Jason Mills
General Manager
Thorlabs Scientific Imaging

Posted Comments:
mlippert  (posted 2018-07-18 00:09:02.8)
Hi, is there a global shutter version planned and if yes, when approximately would be the release?
YLohia  (posted 2018-07-19 02:32:13.0)
Hello, there are currently no plans for a global shutter version of the Quantalux since the sensor used in it does not support this operation mode. Two alternatives would be to leverage the Equal Exposure Pulse feature on the Quantalux to eliminate the effect of the rolling shutter, or try our recently released CS505MU or CS505CU cameras which use a global shutter.
tilburdj  (posted 2018-04-13 14:22:15.51)
Hello, After checking the hardware requirements would this work with an Intel Core i9-7900X Skylake-X 10-Core 3.3 processor? You have i5, i7, and i8 listed as acceptable processors (you may have to correct the i8 listed on the website since it does not exist).
mmcclure  (posted 2018-04-18 01:40:06.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Your 3.3 GHz Intel Core i9 processor satisfies the minimum CPU requirements to run our ThorCam software. As mentioned on the Software tab above, we recommend an Intel Core i5 or Higher architecture with a speed ≥3.0 GHz.
shiner80  (posted 2018-03-29 17:03:29.557)
I would also need to know when the drivers/SDK for using the CS2100m-usb with micromanager will be provided as it is basically the reason why I buyed this camera. Thanks, Davide
YLohia  (posted 2018-04-10 08:33:07.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. CS2100M-USB is now compatible with MicroManager.
user  (posted 2018-03-29 10:53:17.753)
When would the software of CS2100M-USB become compatible with MicroManager? Thanks
YLohia  (posted 2018-04-10 08:33:06.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. CS2100M-USB is now compatible with MicroManager.
Roger.John  (posted 2017-12-27 10:49:25.637)
Hello, do you offer a Linux SDK?
tfrisch  (posted 2018-01-04 01:37:08.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. While we don't currently have a complete SDK, I can reach out to you with the details we do have.
max.ulbrich  (posted 2017-12-19 14:01:58.38)
Do you have information on the dark current? Is it possible to have a demo device for testing?
tfrisch  (posted 2018-01-16 02:41:29.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The dark current for the sCMOS sensor (as provided by the manufacturer) is 20 e/p/s at 20C. We will reach out to you directly about the demo.
user  (posted 2017-10-19 13:50:35.92)
How exactly is the hardware binning achieved? Is the mean of the pixels calculated or are the values simply added, forgoing the possibility to use binning under conditions where the total light exposure on the binned pixels exceeds the well depth of a single pixel?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-11-15 04:19:26.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The binning is performed on-camera in the digital domain, since charge-domain binning is not possible. It is a sum, not an average, so total light exposure should be monitored to avoid saturation.
g.whyte  (posted 2017-10-04 14:02:29.73)
What are the frame rates at 640 x 480, 320 x 240 and 64 x 48 for direct comparison to the 340M "Scientific Cameras for Microscopy: Fast Frame Rate"?
tfrisch  (posted 2017-10-05 02:30:14.0)
Hello, thank you for your feedback. You can use the below data. This is changing the region of interest rather than binning. sCMOS does not have on-chip binning like some CCD cameras, so binning will not increase frame rate. Decreasing the region of interest will decrease field of view while preserving resolution. I will also send it to you directly by email. Data Rate=30FPS Exposure=1ms 640x480=70fps 320x240=139.5fps 64x48=675fps Data Rate=50FPS Exposure=1ms 640x480=114.6fps 320x240=228.3fps 64x48=969fps

2.1 Megapixel sCMOS Camera

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CS2100M-USB Support Documentation
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Scientific Camera Optional Accessories

TSI-IOBOB2 Diagram
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A schematic showing a TSI-IOBOB2 connected to an Arduino in a custom camera system.

These optional accessories allow for easy use of the auxiliary port of our scientific CCD or Quantalux™ sCMOS cameras. These items should be considered when it is necessary to externally trigger the camera, to monitor camera performance with an oscilloscope, or for simultaneous control of the camera with other instruments.

For our USB 3.0 cameras, we also offer a PCIe USB 3.0 card and extra cables for facilitating the connection to the computer.

Auxiliary I/O Cable (8050-CAB1)
The 8050-CAB1 is a 10' (3 m) long cable that mates with the auxiliary connector on our scientific cameras* and provides the ability to externally trigger the camera as well as monitor status output signals. One end of the cable features a male 12-pin connector for connecting to the camera, while the other end has a male 6-pin Mini Din connector for connecting to external devices. This cable is ideal for use with our interconnect break-out boards described below. For information on the pin layout, please see the Pin Diagrams tab above.

Interconnect Break-Out Board (TSI-IOBOB)
The TSI-IOBOB is designed to "break out" the 6-pin Mini Din connector found on our scientific camera auxiliary cables into five SMA connectors. The SMA connectors can then be connected using SMA cables to other devices to provide a trigger input to the camera or to monitor camera performance. The pin configurations are listed on the Pin Diagrams tab above.

Interconnect Break-Out Board / Shield for Arduino (TSI-IOBOB2)
The TSI-IOBOB2 offers the same breakout functionality of the camera signals as the TSI-IOBOB. Additionally, it functions as a shield for Arduino, by placing the TSI-IOBOB2 shield on a Arduino board supporting the Arduino Uno Rev. 3 form factor. While the camera inputs and outputs are 5 V TTL, the TSI-IOBOB2 features bi-directional logic level converters to enable compatibility with Arduino boards operating on either 5 V or 3.3 V logic. Sample programs for controlling the scientific camera are available for download from our software page, and are also described in the manual (found by clicking on the red Docs icon below). For more information on Arduino, or for information on purchasing an Arduino board, please see

The image to the right shows a schematic of a configuration with the TSI-IOBOB2 with an Arduino board integrated into a camera imaging system. The camera is connected to the break-out board using a 8050-CAB1 cable that must be purchased separately. The pins on the shield can be used to deliver signals to simultaneously control other peripheral devices, such as light sources, shutters, or motion control devices. Once the control program is written to the Arduino board, the USB connection to the host PC can be removed, allowing for a stand-alone system control platform; alternately, the USB connection can be left in place to allow for two-way communication between the Arduino and the PC. The compact size of 2.70" x 2.10" (68.6 mm x 53.3 mm) also aids in keeping systems based on the TSI-IOBOB2 compact. 

USB 3.0 Camera Accessories (USB3-MBA-118 and USB3-PCIE)
We also offer a USB 3.0 A to Micro B cable for connecting our cameras to a PC (please note that one cable is included with each USB 3.0 camera). The cable measures 118" long and features screws on either side of the Micro B connector that mate with tapped holes on the camera for securing the USB cable to the camera housing.

A USB 3.0 PCIe card is also provided for computers that do not offer USB 3.0 connectors with an integrated Intel USB 3.0 controller. However, since most newer computers offer several USB 3.0 connections, a USB 3.0 PCIe card is not included with the purchase of a USB 3.0 camera. The card has two type A USB 3.0 ports.

*The 8050-CAB1 is not compatible with our former-generation 1500M series cameras.

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8050-CAB1 Support Documentation
8050-CAB1I/O Cable for Scientific CCD and Quantalux™ sCMOS Cameras
TSI-IOBOB Support Documentation
TSI-IOBOBI/O Break-Out Board for Scientific CCD and Quantalux™ sCMOS Cameras
TSI-IOBOB2 Support Documentation
TSI-IOBOB2Customer Inspired! I/O Break-Out Board for Scientific CCD and Quantalux™ sCMOS Cameras with Shield for Arduino (Arduino Board not Included)
USB3-MBA-118 Support Documentation
USB3-MBA-118USB 3.0 A to Micro B Cable, Length: 118" (3 m)
USB3-PCIE Support Documentation
USB3-PCIEUSB 3.0 PCI Express Expansion Card
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