ImagEM X2

Hamamatsu Photonics has released the ImagEM X2, an electron multiplying (EM) CCD camera with faster speed than previous ImagEM cameras.

The ImagEM X2, a redesigned camera featuring a back-thinned EM-CCD sensor, offers maximum speed and precision performance for low-light imaging.

The ImagEM X2 makes superfast exposures possible and has the sensitivity to provide quantitatively meaningful images in a photon-starved environment.

It delivers 70fps at the full resolution of 512 x 512 pixels with a high signal-to-noise ratio. When binning or a region of interest is selected, the camera produces images at even higher frame rates (up to 1,076fps).

Additional features allow for optimised camera triggering and streamlined connectivity through IEEE 1394b. The ImagEM X2 also has improved overall signal-to-noise ratio, increased non-EM dynamic range, and built-in EM gain measurement and calibration functions.

It also features a software-controllable shutter that prevents EM gain degradation and image lag. To prevent EM gain degradation, the shutter is closed when the built-in EM gain protection feature is enabled.