pco.dicam C1

Intensified 16 bit sCMOS camera

This camera allows individual photons to be detected using the shortest exposure times.


After more than 30 years of experience with image intensified cameras, PCO are proud to introduce the new pco.dicam C1.

The pco.dicam C1 is the first camera system with image intensifier technology that harnesses the full power of the sCMOS sensor. The optical connection of the high-resolution 25 mm image intensifier to the 16 bit sCMOS sensor via an efficient tandem lens is unique in the industry. Individual photons are detected using the shortest exposure times.

Camera Link HS guarantees uncompressed and secure data transfer via fibre optics, hence long distances between camera and controller are a given.

Key Features:

  • Exposure times: 2.5ns – 1s
  • 25 mm intensifier.
  • “Ultra speed tandem lens” between image intensifier & sCMOS sensor.
  • Intensified sCMOS technology.
  • Enhanced extinction ratio gating.
  • Camera Link HS data interface.
  • F-mount, C-mount or EF mount with Lens Control.
  • Photocathode material: S20, GaAs, GaAsP (others on request).
  • Phosphor screen material: P43, P46.

Technical Specifications:

Unit pco. dicam c1pco.dicam c1 LTpco.dicam c1 UHS
Resolution (hor x vert)pixel2048 x 20481504 x 15041504 x 1504
Pixel size (hor x vert)µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm
Frame ratefpsup to 106
@ 2048 x 2048 pixel
up to 120 fps
@ 1504 x 1504
up to 143
@ 1504 x 1504
Modulation transfer function (theoretical)lp/mm 76.9 76.9
Spectral Rangenm300 to 1000300 to 1000300 to 1000
Dynamic Rangebit161616
Exposure time ranges4ns - 1s51ns - 1s2.5ns - 1s

pco.dimax c1 datasheet

pco.dimax c1 LT datasheet

pco.dimax c1 UHS datasheet


Application Areas:

  • Laser induced incandescence (LII)
  • Shock wave physics
  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
  • Particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Time resolved spectroscopy
  • Plasma physics
  • Laser induced fluorescence (LIF)
  • Ballistics
  • Combustion

Application Example:

The study of High Energy Density Matter (HEDM) in the laboratory makes great demands on the diagnostics because these states can unsually only be created for a short time and usual diagnostic techniques with visible light or X–rays come to their limit because of the high density.
The high energy proton radiography technique that was developed in the 1990s at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is a very promising possibility to overcome those limits so that one can measure the density of HEDM with high spatial and time resolution.

For this purpose the proton microscope PRIOR (Proton Radiography for FAIR) was set up at GSI, which not only reprocudes the image, but also magnifies it by a factor of 4.2 and thereby penetrates matter with a density up to 20 g/cm2. Straightaway a spatial resolution of less than 30 μm and a time resolution on the nanosecond scale was achieved. Read more about this here.


Find further information on structure and function in the pco.dicam C1 whitepaper.

sCMOS Ebook:

View/download the PCO ebook “Everything you always wanted to know about sCMOS cameras”.

PCO Camware Tutorial Series:


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