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QHY QHY5III290 USB 3.0 Color CMOS Imaging Camera - QHY5III290C

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SKU: QHY-QHY5III290C
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QHY QHY5III290 USB 3.0 CMOS Color Camera


Incorporating Sony's IMX290 STARVIS Exmor R back illuminated CMOS sensor, you'll be able to see extremely faint stars on real time video with the QHY5III290 USB 3.0 series CMOS camera. With the attachment of a 50 mm f/1.4 C-mount lens (sold separately), the QHY5III290 camera can capture stars as dim as magnitude 9. When compared with the IMX236 sensor, the IMX290 has double the sensitivity for visible light and 3+ times the sensitivity for near infrared.

The QHY5III290 contains a super fast USB 3.0 interface and 135 fps with full HD output. It also produces ultra low readout noise. This combined with back illuminated make this camera a perfect camera for video astronomy. Moreover, its small 2.9 µm pixel size makes it an excellent planetary imaging camera as well.

A monochrome version of the QHY5III290 camera (QHY5III290M) is also available.

QHY QHY5III290 CMOS Color Imaging Camera Specifications


  • CMOS Sensor: Sony IMX290 Starvis Exmor R back illuminated color sensor
  • Imager Size: 1/2.8"
  • Effective Pixels: 1920 x 1080 (2 MP full HD)
  • Effective Area: 5.6 mm x 3.1 mm (16:9)
  • Pixel Size: 2.9 µm x 2.9 µm
  • Readout Type: Progressive Scan
  • Full Well Capacity: >15.7ke
  • Shutter: Rolling Electric Shutter
  • Maximum Frame Rate (8bit): 135FPS@1920x1080; 220FPS@960x540; 460FPS@480x270
  • ADC Sample Depth: 10/12bit; Output 8bit/12bit
  • Minimum Exposure Time: 5 µs
  • Maximum Exposure Time: 600 sec.
  • Binning Modes: 1x1, 2x2
  • MicroLens: Yes, onchip micro lens array
  • Readout Noise: 3.2e - 0.75e
  • Guide Port: Yes, 5PIN Lemo aviation socket
  • Back Focus: Approx. 11 mm
  • Camera Size: 1.25" Eyepiece (31.6 mm diameter)
  • Optic Window: AR+IR cut 680nm
  • Support Software: ASCOM, SharpCAP, FireCapture, Native WDM