pco.edge 4.2
Groundbreaking sCMOS technology in a compact design

The pco.edge 4.2 is is equipped with an innovative scientific CMOS sensor providing crisp images and precise measurements. The pco.edge series can be optionally upgraded with a water cooling system.
PCO’s edge 4.2 camera system is designed for users who require highest  quantum efficiency, best 16 bit dynamic range, high frame rates, long exposure times and extremely low readout noise.

For further information see product data sheet with new CIS2020A sensor version or product data sheet with standard sensor version CIS2020.

All products at a glance: the new sCMOS product overview.

  • pco.edge 4.2 sCMOS camera system front side view
  • pco.edge 4.2 USB 3.0 rear view sCMOS
  • pco.edge 4.2 Camera Link rear view sCMOS
  • pco.edge watercooled sCMOS camera system
  • thermal stabilization at 0°C / +5 °C
  • extreme low readout noise of 0.8 e- med
  • high resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixel
  • dynamic range of 37 500 : 1 (USB/CLHS) / 33 000 : 1 (CL)
  • quantum efficiency up to 82%
  • exposure times from 100 µs to 20 s
  • maximum frame rate 100 fps
  • rolling shutter or global reset (USB) mode
  • lightsheet mode
  • camera link full or USB 3.0 interface
  • small form factor: 102 x 79 x 70 mm
  • optional: water cooling system
  • parameter unit setpoint pco.edge 4.2
    resolution (hor x ver) pixel 2048 x 2048
    pixel size (hor x ver) µm 6.5 x 6.5
    peak quantum efficiency % @ 590 nm typ. > 70
    dynamic range A/D bit 16
    readout noise e- med USB
    CL
    0.8
    0.9
    frame rate fps @ full frame (USB)
    @ full frame (CL)
    40
    100
    exposure time range @ Rolling Shutter (USB)
    @ Global Reset (USB)
    @ Rolling Shutter (CL)
    100 µs - 20 s
    30 µs - 2 s
    100 µs - 10 s
    region of interest (ROI) selectable
    optical input Nikon F-mount,
    C-mount
    data interface camera link
    (full, 10tap)
    or USB 3.0
  • Quantum Efficiency curve of the CIS2020A and the CIS2020
  • Comparison between a scientific CCD (left) and a scientific CMOS (right, pco.edge) camera with identical illumination.