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Deep-cooled SWIR Camera - ZEPHIR from Photon etc.

The ZEPHIR camera supplied by Photon etc. is an affordable, deep-cooled SWIR camera that can be operated from 0.8 to 2.6µm.

Based on HgCdTe FPA, ZEPHIR delivers 346 frames per second rate and has remarkable low noise levels.

Initially designed for complex faint-flux applications such as hyperspectral imaging, the ZEPHIR camera integrates a four-stage TE cooler.

It is suitable for sorting and quality control in industrial applications.

Key Features

The main features of the ZEPHIR SWIR camera are:

  • 4 stages TEC
  • 346 frame-per-second
  • Low noise level
  • 0.8 to 2.6µm
  • HgCdTe (MCT) FPA


The applications of the ZEPHIR camera are:

  • Environment and agriculture – Infrared spectroscopy aids in studying various components of the environment and helps fight different sources of pollution,

  • Safety and security – Fast and effective detection of explosive liquid precursors is important for identifying potential threats. The S-EOS SWIR hyperspectral camera is suitable for fast acquisition of spectrally resolved images.


Cooling TEC 4 Stages, forced air, - 80°C (ΔT < 110°C)   
Focal Plan Array (FPA) HgCdTe
FPA Size 320 x 256 MCT pixels
Pixel Size 30 µm
Spectral Range 0.8 - 2.6 µm
Peak Responsivity 1.8A/W @ 2550 nm
Gain Setting 2 (low, high)
Full-Well Capacity (e-) 168 Ke- (high gain), 3.5 Me- (low gain)
Quantum Efficiency > 70%
Operability (typical) > 98%
Readout Noise (e-) 57 @ 346 FPS (high gain)
S/N Ratio 65 dB
Dynamic Range 14 bits
Cold Shield N/A
Frame Rate (FPS) Up to 346, full frame
Integration Time 1 µs to 100 ms
Computer Interface Camera Link™
Trigger IN/OUT TTL
FPA Operating Temperature 188 K
Cool Down Time 3 minutes
Power Supply Requirement 12 VDC @ 5 A
Ambient Temperature Range 0°C to 40°C
Other Features Dust Filters
Physical Dimensions 165 mm x 120 mm x 140 mm

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