Building Upon the World's First Quantitative CMOS Camera, Hamamatsu Photonics Launches Enhanced New Model of ORCA®-Quest

Hamamatsu Photonics, a leader in the creation of scientific cameras proudly releases the latest addition to its prestigious ORCA series: the ORCA-Quest 2.

ORCA-Quest 2- C15550-22UP. Image Credit: Hamamatsu Photonics

Building upon the success of its predecessor, the ORCA-Quest, the world's first quantitative CMOS camera (qCMOS), this new version offers exceptional performance and versatility. Designed to meet the evolving needs of researchers in physics and life sciences, as well as innovative startups and established imaging solution providers, particularly in microscopy and quantum computing, the ORCA-Quest 2 includes the following key features:

  • Extreme Low-Noise Performance At Video Rate Speeds: With a remarkable 0.30 electrons rms and an elevated speed of 25 fps at full resolution (9.4 MP), researchers can capture clear, high-quality images even in extreme low-light conditions.
  • Enhanced UV Quantum Efficiency: Compared to its predecessor, the quantum efficiency in the UV has been greatly improved – up to 50 % @300 nm.
  • High-Resolution Imaging: Features a back-illuminated sensor structure and trench structure in one-by-one pixels for reduced crosstalk, for exceptional resolution and image
  • Photon Number Resolving Output: The new model remains the only CMOS camera on the market that enables precise quantification of photoelectrons.

Moreover, compared to EM-CCD cameras, it offers higher data rates and lower latency, making it the preferred choice for demanding applications that require rapid data acquisition. 

Applications Include:

  • Ion and atom imaging for quantum technologies
  • Quantum imaging / single photon imaging
  • Super-resolution microscopy
  • Bioluminescence imaging
  • Spinning disk confocal microscopy

 “As with the previous ORCA-Quest model, the Quest 2 offers the lowest readout noise on the CMOS market, yet with multiple improvements, providing substantial benefits across various scientific disciplines, especially those with leading-edge requirements”, said Michael Kehr, Camera Group Leader at Hamamatsu Photonics. "At Hamamatsu Photonics, we do not rely solely on our unique technology like qCMOS but listen to customers' feedback and suggestions to continuously develop and produce even better results. We are committed to constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible to assist the most innovative researchers in excelling in their work.

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