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offering a range of CCD, EMCCD, Scientific CMOS and InGaAs solutions.
As well as COTS products, Raptor provides custom solutions to OEM and Instrumentation companies throughout the World.

1. EMCCD ?

An EMCCD is an Electron Multiplying Charge Coupled Device. (Also referred to as an L3CCD or an Impactron CCD). As in ordinary CCD devices light incident on the device is converted to electrons through photonic processes.

EMCCDs employ a unique architecture that enables the device to greatly amplify (>1000 times) the number of resulting electrons produced by the incident light. This feature gives the EMCCD a far superior advantage over existing CCD technology in low light conditions. Real time images can be obtained in lux levels of 10-5 equivalent to a dark overcast night with no artificial light.

The extreme low light capability of these EMCCDs lends themselves to many different applications including:

  • Border & Coastal Surveillance
  • Airport, Ports Surveillance
  • Protection of Sensitive Sites such as Power Plants or Government Buildings
  • Low light Scientific Imaging

2. VIS/SWIR Cameras

The infrared (IR) part of the spectrum is defined as electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than visible light but shorter than radio waves For camera technology, IR is commonly divided into 3 main sections as shown below:

  • Short Wave IR: 0.9 to 2.5μm
  • Mid Wave IR: 3-5μm
  • Long Wave IR: 8-12μm

Short Wave Infrared Radiation can only be detected by dedicated sensors, such as InGaAs. It has to be pointed out that, although light in the shortwave infrared region is not visible to the eye, this light interacts with objects in a similar manner as visible wavelengths. Therefore, images from an InGaAs camera are comparable to visible images in resolution and detail.

One major benefit of SWIR imaging is the ability to image through haze, fog and glass. SWIR detector can also be used in conjunction of pulsed eye safe laser (1.55 μm) and this makes it the ideal detector for Active Imaging. SWIR technology can be used in the following applications:

Defence and security markets

  • Low light level vision
  • Designation illumination
  • Range finding
  • Perimeter surveillance
  • Camouflage detection
  • Imaging through fog
  • Compact load

Commercial markets

  • Telecommunications
  • Space applications, environment
  • Transportation
  • Medical
  • Industrial process monitoring
  • Non destructive testing
  • Instrumentation

Products in Scientific EMCCD
Low light Scientific imaging

FALCON BLUE EMCCD

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The digital FALCON BLUE EMCCD camera, model FA285B-CL, combines high sensitivity, speed and high resolution. It uses a peltier cooled Texas Instruments' 1MegaPixel Frame Transfer Impactron device which provides QE up to 65%. It has a Fused Silica window for enhanced transmission down to 180nm.

It uses a 16 bit A/D converter and offers a standard CameraLink output.

The Falcon camera offers outstanding performance for low light applications such as fluorescence imaging, astronomy, electrophoresis, X-ray and hyperspectral imaging.

The camera is fully compatible with the XCAP software from EPIX (link). This high performance Image Analysis Software offers easy-to-use menus and dialogs and allows simple or complex imaging tasks to be effortlessly completed.

FALCON is also fully compatible with the Micro-Manager software. uManager provides a universal, flexible and free software platform for automated microscopy. Combined with ImageJ, mManager provides a full featured microscope management and image processing package, with quality and ease of use standards equal to commercial software.

The FALCON EM285 camera features:

  • 1004 x 1002 EMCCD sensor - Enables optimum image resolution in low light imaging applications
  • B/W EMCCD technology - Enables high sensitivity imaging with up to 1000x on-chip gain
  • Fused Silica window - enhanced transmission down to 180nm
  • 16 bit CameraLink output - Provides wide dynamic range
  • 65% QE from Virtual Phase sensor - Optimum Photon collection
  • Frame Transfer - No mechanical shutter required, vibration-less CCD readout
  • Realtime Imaging - Optimum image sharpness in ALL light conditions

Typical Applications:

  • Adaptive Optics and Astronomy
  • Agriculture
  • Calcium signaling
  • Fluorescence imaging / spectroscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Food & water safety
  • Forensics
  • FRET / FRAP / TIRF
  • Genome sequencing
  • High content screening
  • High resolution fluorescence imaging
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • LIBS
  • Live Cell Imaging
  • Single molecule detection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • X-ray tomography

The digital FALCON EMCCD camera, model FA285-CL, combines high sensitivity, speed and high resolution. It uses a peltier cooled Texas Instruments' 1MegaPixel Frame Transfer Impactron device which provides QE up to 65%.

It uses a 16 bit A/D converter and offers a standard CameraLink output.

The Falcon camera offers outstanding performance for low light applications such as fluorescence imaging, astronomy, electrophoresis, X-ray and hyperspectral imaging.

The camera is fully compatible with the XCAP software from EPIX (link). This high performance Image Analysis Software offers easy-to-use menus and dialogs and allows simple or complex imaging tasks to be effortlessly completed.

FALCON is also fully compatible with the Micro-Manager software. uManager provides a universal, flexible and free software platform for automated microscopy. Combined with ImageJ, mManager provides a full featured microscope management and image processing package, with quality and ease of use standards equal to commercial software.

The FALCON EM285 camera features:

  • 1004 x 1002 EMCCD sensor - Enables optimum image resolution in low light imaging applications
  • B/W EMCCD technology - Enables high sensitivity imaging with up to 1000x on-chip gain
  • Fused Silica window - enhanced transmission down to 180nm
  • 16 bit CameraLink output - Provides wide dynamic range
  • 65% QE from Virtual Phase sensor - Optimum Photon collection
  • Frame Transfer - No mechanical shutter required, vibration-less CCD readout
  • Realtime Imaging - Optimum image sharpness in ALL light conditions

Typical Applications:

  • Adaptive Optics and Astronomy
  • Agriculture
  • Calcium signaling
  • Fluorescence imaging / spectroscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Food & water safety
  • Forensics
  • FRET / FRAP / TIRF
  • Genome sequencing
  • High content screening
  • High resolution fluorescence imaging
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • LIBS
  • Live Cell Imaging
  • Single molecule detection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • X-ray tomography

The digital KITE EMCCD camera, model KI247-CL, combines high sensitivity, speed and high resolution. It uses a peltier cooled Texas Instruments' 640 x 480 Interline Transfer Impactron device which provides QE up to 53%.

It uses a 16 bit A/D converter and offers a standard CameraLink output.

The KITE camera offers outstanding performance for low light applications such as fluorescence imaging, astronomy, electrophoresis, X-ray and hyperspectral imaging.

The camera is fully compatible with the XCAP software from EPIX (link). This high performance Image Analysis Software offers easy-to-use menus and dialogs and allows simple or complex imaging tasks to be effortlessly completed.

KITE is also fully compatible with the Micro-Manager software. uManager provides a universal, flexible and free software platform for automated microscopy. Combined with ImageJ, mManager provides a full featured microscope management and image processing package, with quality and ease of use standards equal to commercial software.

Shooting Star using a Raptor EMCCD camera - Speed & Sensitiviy

The KITE EM247 camera features:

  • 658 x 496 EMCCD sensor - Enables optimum image resolution in low light imaging applications
  • B/W EMCCD technology - Enables high sensitivity imaging with 1000x on-chip gain
  • 16 bit CameraLink output - Provides wide dynamic range
  • 53% QE from Virtual Phase sensor - Optimum Photon collection
  • Frame Interline Transfer (FIT) - No mechanical shutter required, less smear at shorter exposures
  • High frame rate imaging - Enables capture of fast events

Typical Applications:

  • Adaptive Optics and Astronomy
  • Calcium signaling
  • Fluorescence imaging / spectroscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • FRET / FRAP / TIRF
  • Genome sequencing
  • High content screening
  • High resolution fluorescence imaging
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • LIBS
  • Live Cell Imaging
  • Single molecule detection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • X-ray tomography

Products in SWIR & VIS-SWIR Cameras
InGaAs 2D imaging solution

The Ninox-640 is a cooled, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD the Ninox 640 enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4μm to 1.7μm. The 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit.

With TEC and liquid cooling to -20°C the Ninox 640 reduces dark current to ~1,500e/p/s, allowing longer exposures. Available with a 14 bit CameraLink output, the Ninox 640 will run from 10 to 120Hz enabling high speed digital video with intelligent auto AGC. This new feature On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) will enable clear video in all light conditions.

The Ninox 640 also features an on-board intelligent 3 point NUC which will provide the highest quality images.

VIS-SWIR technology

  • 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch - Enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image
  • < 50 electrons readout noise - Enables highest VIS-SWIR detection limit
  • Cooled to -20°C - Enables low dark current for longer exposures
  • Ultra high intrascene dynamic range - 70dB - Enables similtaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene
  • On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) -Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • On-board intelligent 3 point NUC - Enables highest quality images

Ninox 640 applications:

  • Astronomy
  • Beam profiling
  • Hand Held
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Microscopy
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • Telecommunications
  • Thermography

OWL 640 CameraLink

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The OWL SW1.7 CL-640 is a rugged, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD the OWL enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4μm to 1.7μm. The 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit.

Available with a CameraLink output, the OWL 640 will run at up to 120Hz, enabling high speed digital video with intelligent auto AGC. This new feature On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) will enable clear video in all light conditions.

The OWL 640 also features an on-board intelligent 3 point NUC which will provide the highest quality images.

As with all Raptor cameras the OWL 640 is an ultra compact, low power (<5W) camera which makes it ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems.

It is very rugged, and has no fan enabling integration into UAV, handheld or any Electro-Optic system.

There are a range of applications that can be used with the OWL 640 including 860, 1064 and 1550nm laser line detection, active Imaging, airborne payload, Hand Held Goggles, Imaging through fog, Range finding, Semiconductor Inspection, SolarCell Inspection, Telecommunications and Thermography.

Raptor also offers a 640 analog version, as well as a 320 version of this camera and a High Speed version (up to 350Hz).

August '14 : New video footage of OWL 640 M42 - Harbour - taken with StingRay optics
July '14 : New video footage of VIS-SWIR OWL 640 - Marina


See some amazing VIS-InGaAs footage of new OWL 640
See new feature - Raptor OWL 640 SWIR - Active Image Enhancement functionality - making good excellent!


OWL 640 footage taken in a moving vehicle with prototype 16mm VIS-SWIR lens
Footage of OWL 640 with OPTEC SWIR lens

Application & Tech Notes

VIS-SWIR technology

  • 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch - Enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image
  • < 50 electrons readout noise - Enables highest VIS-SWIR detection limit
  • Digital output - CameraLink
  • On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) - Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • On-board intelligent 3 point NUC - Enables highest quality images
  • Ultra compact, Low power (< 5W) - Ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems
  • Rugged, No fan - Enables integration any Electro-Optic system
  • Two Dimensional Laser Range Finder (TLRF)
  • Asynchronous Laser Pulse Detection (ALPD)

OWL 640 applications:

  • 860, 1064 & 1550nm laser line detection
  • Active Imaging
  • Airborne Payload
  • Hand Held Goggles
  • Vision enhancement
  • Imaging through fog
  • Range finding
  • Vision Enhancement
  • MAritime / Coastal Surveillance
  • UAV

OWL 640 Analog

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The OWL SW1.7 CL-640 is a rugged, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD the OWL enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4μm to 1.7μm. The 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit.

Available with an analog output, the OWL 640 will run at 25Hz in CCIR and 30Hz in EIA, enabling high speed digital video with intelligent auto AGC. This new feature On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) will enable clear video in all light conditions.

The OWL 640 also features an on-board intelligent 3 point NUC which will provide the highest quality images.

As with all Raptor cameras the OWL 640 is an ultra compact, low power (<5W) camera which makes it ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems.

VIS-SWIR technology

  • 15μm x 15μm pixel pitch - Enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image
  • < 50 electrons readout noise - Enables highest VIS-SWIR detection limit
  • Analog output - CCIR and EIA options
  • On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) - Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • On-board intelligent 3 point NUC - Enables highest quality images
  • Ultra compact, Low power (< 5W) - Ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems
  • Rugged, No fan - Enables integration any Electro-Optic system
  • Two Dimensional Laser Range Finder (TLRF)
  • Asynchronous Laser Pulse Detection (ALPD)

OWL 640 applications:

  • 860, 1064 & 1550nm laser line detection
  • Active Imaging
  • Airborne Payload
  • Hand Held Goggles
  • Vision enhancement
  • Imaging through fog
  • Range finding
  • Vision Enhancement
  • MAritime / Coastal Surveillance
  • UAV

The OWL SW1.7 is a world leading camera using InGaAs technology for near and short wave infrared imaging.

The OWL SW1.7, designed and manufactured by Raptor Photonics, offers the latest SWIR sensor technology providing unprecedented day-night surveillance performance.

Featuring a State of the Art high sensitivity InGaAs FPA sensor, developed by Alcatel-Thales III-V lab, the OWL SW1.7 offers pixels resolution of 320 x 256, with pixel pitch of 30μm x 30μm.

The OWL SW1.7 series offers high sensitivity response in the range 0.9 to 1.7μm, allowing exposure time from 500ns to 500ms, to give optimum image quality in all conditions.

The OWL SW1.7 camera features:

  • 14 bit CameraLink output - Enables high speed digital video with inteligent auto AGC
  • On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) - Enables clear video in all light conditions
  • On-board intelligent 3 point NUC - Enables highest quality images
  • Ultra compact, Low power (< 5W) - Ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems
  • Rugged, No fan - Enables integration into UAV, handheld or any Electro-Optic system

Typical Applications:

  • 860, 1064 & 1550nm laser line detection
  • Active Imaging
  • Airborne Payload
  • Hand Held Goggles
  • Vision enhancement
  • Imaging through fog
  • Range finding
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • Telecommunications
  • Thermography - Thermal imaging of hot objects (in a range of 150°C to 800°C)
  • Telecommunications
  • Astronomy

OWL 320 High Speed


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The OWL SW1.7HS is a world leading camera using InGaAs technology for near and short wave infrared imaging.

The OWL SW1.7HS, designed and manufactured by Raptor Photonics, offers the latest SWIR sensor technology providing unprecedented day-night surveillance performance.

Featuring a State of the Art high sensitivity InGaAs FPA sensor, developed by Alcatel-Thales III-V lab, the OWL SW1.7HS offers pixels resolution of 320 x 256, with pixel pitch of 30μm x 30μm.

The OWL SW1.7 series offers high sensitivity response in the range 0.9μm to 1.7μm, with an optional visible extension from 0.4μm to 1.7μm, allowing exposure time from 500ns to 500ms, to give optimum image quality in all conditions.

The OWL SW1.7 camera features:

  • SWIR technology - Enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.9μm to 1.7μm
  • Optional Visible extention - Enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4μm to 1.7μm
  • Frame rates of up to 346Hz - for ultrafast applications
  • Easy control of camera parameters - Control of Exposure, Frame rate, Gain, Temperature, trigger, etc.
  • Ultra compact, Low power (< 5W) - Ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems
  • Rugged, No fan - Enables integration any Electro-Optic system

Typical Applications:

  • 860, 1064 & 1550nm laser line detection
  • Active Imaging
  • Airborne Payload
  • Hand Held Goggles
  • Vision enhancement
  • Imaging through fog
  • Range finding
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • Telecommunications
  • Thermography - Thermal imaging of hot objects (in a range of 150°C to 800°C)
  • Telecommunications
  • Astronomy

Custom SWIR Solutions


In addition to our wide range of standard products, Raptor Photonics Limited has the capability and expertise to create an entirely customised camera. We can also tailor our existing products in order to ensure easy integration and interfacing within your system. The vast majority of our OEM customers have some type of camera modification requirements.

Raptor’s customization abilities offer a broad range of options for selecting a camera module that will work reliably and match your specific application in every aspect. Below is a list of options we can offer:

Sensor options:

  • CMOS, CCD, EMCCD, InGaAS, intensified CCD or scientific CMOS Monochrome, Colour Interline, Progressive scan, Mega Pixel, Full HD

Communication options:

  • RS232, RS485

Digital output options:

  • CameraLink, GigE, LVDS (RS644). USB

Video output options:

  • PAL. NTSC, Hotlink II, ITU-R BT.656-4

Sensor options:

  • With or without camera housing (Mechanical re-design to customer specification)
  • Remote heads
  • Electronic re-design to customer specifications
  • Flexible voltage supply
  • Increased resistance to shock, vibrations and temperature (according to the housing specification)

More information:

  • Please do not hesitate to contact our Sales/Support teams if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss a potential new project.

Products in Scientific CMOS cameras
Low Noise Scientific CMOS

Products in Surveillance Cameras
Low light day and night vision