pco.panda 26 DS sCMOS Camera

Ultra compact sCMOS camera for Particle Image velocimetry (PIV)


With the pco.panda 26 DS sCMOS camera you get a high resolution, ultra-compact sCMOS camera for particle image velocimetry (PIV) applications.

The outstanding global shutter capabilities of the pco.panda 26 sCMOS sensor make it a perfect candidate for effective double imaging – a prerequisite to perform all types of Particle Image Velocimetry measurements in flow analysis. In PIV, light scattering particles are added to the flow under test. A laser beam is formed into a light sheet, illuminating the scattering particles twice with a short pulse at a time interval Δt. The lower limit for this time interval is defined by the double shutter interframing time of the camera. The scattered light is recorded onto two consecutive frames of a high resolution digital camera.

The shorter the double shutter interframing time, the higher the flow speeds which can be analyzed. There are many details that make the pco.panda 26 DS sCMOS camera outstanding. Thanks to the pco.panda 26’s DS true charge domain global shutter, you can achieve a remarkably low readout noise and dark current. In addition, the pixel architecture allows to acquire double shutter images, with an interframing time of only 1 µs.

The housing design and interface provide easy integration. All pco.panda cameras have ultra-compact dimensions. The lack of needing an external power supply allows power and fast data transfer through one single USB 3.1 Gen 1 cable.

Key Features of the pco.panda 26 DS:

  • available in mono and colour
  • true charge domain global shutter
  • high resolution 5120 x 5120 pixel
  • dust-protected housing
  • exposure time 6 µs to 350 ms
  • pixel size 2.5 µm x 2.5 µm
  • dynamic range 66 dB
  • ultra-compact design
  • frame rate 6 fps @ 26 MPix (single shutter mode)
  • up to 65 % quantum efficiency
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 data interface


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Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV)

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