ZEPHIR High Speed, Deep Cooled SWIR Camera from Photon etc

The Photon etc ZEPHIR camera is based on a sensitive HgCdTe FPA integrated with a four stage thermoelectric cooler. It offers a 346 fps rate while reaching superior low-noise levels. It is perfectly suited to industrial applications in quality control and sorting.

Key Features

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


The applications of Zephir 2.5 SWIR camera are:

  • Safety and security: Effective and rapid detection of explosive liquid precursors is important for the identification of potential threats. S-EOS, Photon etc.’s SWIR hyperspectral camera is the right tool for rapid acquisition of spectrally resolved images. One can obtain from hundred thousands to millions of spectra in minutes. It is also possible to further decrease the collection time by limiting the acquisition to the spectral window of interest.

  • Environment and agriculture: There are several applications for hyperspectral imaging in the fields of environment and agriculture. In all cases, the identification of any type of molecule is done through the analysis of its characteristic spectrum. Whether it is for analyzing contaminants in soils, the sugar or water content of fruits or fat and protein levels in liquid, our instruments offer unique solutions.


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-) 92 @ 346 FPS
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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