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Large Area Sensor

36.9mm x 36.9mm
4K x 4K

QHY4040 has a 36.9mm x 36.9mm square sensor with 9.0um pixels in a 4k x 4k array and supports 20FPS full resolution live video.

High Dynamic Range

Low Read Noise

The QHY4040 camera uses a GSENSE4040FSI sensor with an image area of 36.9 x 36.9mm, 1.57 times larger than full-frame format, with higher resolution and image quality. The large area array has 9um pixels and an electronic rolling shutter, 86dB dynamic range, 3.7e- read noise and a peak QE of 74% at 600nm.

USB3.0 High Speed Interface

Multiple Pixel Clock
20FPS at Full Resuolution

The QHY4040 has a USB3.0 high-speed interface with up to 5GB of bandwidth. The camera achieves 1:1 video output at 20 frames per second (8-bit) with 4096 x 4096 resolution or 8FPS in low noise 12-bit mode. As different clock rates affect read noise performance, the QHY4040 supports five readout clocks and 8FPS, 12FPS, 16FPS, 18FPS and 20FPS frame rates.

TE Cooling

-35C Below Ambient
Regulated Temperature Control

The QHY4040 has 2-stage TE Cooling that reduces the sensor temperature to -35 °C below ambient. TE cooling significantly reduces dark current and produces cleaner, lower noise images over long exposures.

Front Illuminated

74% QE
Electric Rolling Shutter

Currently, the QHY4040 is only available in a front illuminated version. A back-illuminated version of this sensor is rumored to be available in the future. In general, the fan-blade mechanical shutter will be broken if it is used 200,000 times or so, and in some specific cases it is easy to fail to switch on or off. The advantage of electronic shutter over mechanical shutter is high reliability and stability when the observatory shoots a large number of pictures. The electronic shutter is a relatively perfect choice for the observatory.

Astronomical Imaging

The QHY4040 has an ultra-high dynamic range of 86dB and an extremely low readout noise of 3.7e-. This makes the camera exceptional for astronomical imaging, medical imaging, life sciences, fluorescence detection, trace sciences.

Biological Imaging

36.9mm x 36.9mm sensor High Resolution High Quality Image Output

Dynamic DR

For dynamic medical x-ray DR imaging the QHY4040 sensor size matches most industry-standard DR lenses and the high frame rate and low readout noise performance is ideal for X-ray imaging.

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