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QHY600 Colour BSI Cooled Cameras

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€ 5,410.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 4,546.22

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  • High-sensitive cooled CMOS Camera uses a 60 Megapixel Sony IMX455 B&W Sensor - a full frame (35mm format) sensor with 3.76μm square pixels
  • Native 16-bit ADC
  • 2GB DDR3 image buffer
  • Back-Illuminated, >87% QE, with extremely low dark current (0.003e/p/s@-20C) 
  • Full well capacity of more than 51ke- at 3.76μm pixels 
  • Breakthrough Low Read Noise 1e- to 3.7e-
  • Maximum frame rate is more than 40fps with 12bit ADC
  • Best Match for RASA System
  • Use SONY's Exmor BSI CMOS technology and Electronic Rolling Shutter
  • Two-stage Thermoelectric Cooling (TE) and USB3.0 interface
  • Ideal camera for Astronomy Photographic, All sky meteor monitor, microscope imaging, fluorescence imaging, high throughout DNA sequencer, aerial photogrammetry
  • Available in four versions:
    • QHY 600 L version with Consumer IMX 455 Sensortyp (only Mono)
    • Photographic Model QHY600 PHO (is available also in monochrome)
    • Professional Model QHY600 PRO (is available in monochrome) The professional version also has two 10 Gigabit Fiber port to support the fiber connection and has a longer body to accommodate the length of the optical fiber interface.
    • All Mono version of QHY600 PH & QHY600 PRO use IMX455 industry grade sensor (Grade-K) – except the QHY600-L
    • All color models are only available as av. in C-Chip version
  • Please select the appropriate QHY600 Colour camera for further technical details from the Drop-Down menu below

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QHY600 BSI Cooled Cameras

High Resolution, 61 Megapixels, Full Frame

The QHY600 uses the new Sony Full Frame (35mm format) IMX455 Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor. It is available in both a monochrome version and a color version. The IMX455 is a 61 Megapixel, scientific CMOS sensor with 3.76um square pixels and 16-bit ADC. The sensor size is 36mm x 24mm. All Mono version of QHY600PH & QHY600Pro use IMX455 industry grade sensor (Grade-K). 

Full Well Capacity, >51ke- at 3.76um, >400ke- Binned and up to >720ke- in Extended Mode

One benefit of the back-illuminated CMOS structure is improved full well capacity. This is particularly helpful for sensors with small pixels. Even with unbinned 3.76um pixels the QHY600 has a full well capacity >51ke-. When binned 2x2 to 7.5um the full well is >204ke- and when binned 3x3 to 11um the full well is >408ke-. In extended mode the full well is >80ke- unbinned, >320ke- binned 2x2 and >720ke- binned 3x3.

Native 16-bit ADC

With native 16-bit A/D on-chip, the output is real 16-bits with 65536 levels. A 16-bit ADC has a higher sample resolution than 12-bit or 14-bit ADC and the system gain will be less than 1e-/ADU. The QHY600 uses software digital binning. With digital summing, 2x2 binning will be four 16-bit summed = 18-bits.

Breakthrough Low Read Noise 1e- to 3.7e-

The QHY600 is capable of only one electron of read noise at high gain and 2 FPS high readout speed. One electron of read noise means the camera can achieve a SNR>3 at only 3 to 4 photons. This is perfect performance when conditions are photon limited, i.e., short exposures, narrow band imaging, etc., making this large area sensor ideal for sky surveys and time domain astronomy.

Back-Illuminated, >87% QE, Low Dark Current

Sony's Exmor R back-illuminated technology produces sensors that Sony estimates are twice as sensitive as similar front illuminated sensors. QHYCCD tests have borne out this claim and based on our tests the peak QE is greater than 87%. Additionally, Sony sensors are well known for their low dark current. QHYCCD's proprietary thermal noise reduction technology and the QHY600's dual-stage regulated thermoelectric cooling further reduce dark current to extremely low levels, 0.0032e-/p/s at -20C for clean, long duration exposures.

Best Match for RASA System

The round camera case design of QHY600 and the high resolution, large area, small pixel array is an ideal match for RASA optical systems.

Photographic, Professional Models and the QHY600-L

Choose between following models:

  • The Photographic Model QHY600 PH or the Professional Model QHY600 PRO. Each model is available in monochrome or color. Image quality is identical between the two models, however the Professional Model with the longer body has additional features.
  • The QHY-600-L with a sensor of the consumer series
  • All Mono version of QHY600 PH & QHY600 PRO use IMX455 industry grade sensor (Grade-K)
Photographic Model QHY600 PH: Professional Model QHY600 PRO:
  • USB3.0
  • 2.5 FPS, full frame, 16-bit images
  • 4.0 FPS, full frame, 8-bit image
  • Support for ROI at higher frame rates
  • USB3.0 
  • 2×10Gigabit optical fiber interface*
  • Programmable trigger in/out
  • Advanced timing interface for GPS
  • 4.0 FPS, full frame, 16-bit images
  • 10 FPS, full frame, 14-bit images 
  • 30 FPS 8K video
  • Support for ROI at higher frame rates
  • Customizable FPGA

* Requires optional PCIe card from QHYCCD.

Two 5m double optical fiber cables and two optical fiber modules are included with the camera.

The Professional version is more expensive than Photographic version and has a longer body to accommodate the length of the optical fiber interface.

QHY 600 L(ite) Version with IMX 455 Sensor Standard (Consumer) Grade

By using the IMX 455 in the new QHY-600-L with a sensor of the consumer series, the price of the camera is reduced considerably. Compared to the other 3 models, the QHY-600-L is only available with a monochrome sensor.

The new QHY600-L  is a new version of the QHY600 series of cameras. It is very much like the PHOTO version of the 600 camera with a few exceptions that help to make it the most competitive IMX455 based camera on the market. Like others in this price range, it uses the standard (consumer) grade, full frame 35mm format IMX455 sensor, two-stage cooling and fast USB3.0 interface.

Unlike the competition, it has a large 1GB DDR3 image buffer, QHYCCD proprietary noise reduction technology, a humidity/pressure sensor in the sensor chamber and multiple read noise modes that are user selectable for lowest possible read noise or highest possible full well capacity. Also, the body has been reduced in length and is shorter than either the PHOTO or PRO versions of the 600 series.

Die Merkmale der vier QHY600 Modelle:

QHY600 L QHY600 PH, Photographic Model: QHY600 PRO, Professional Model:
IMX 455 Sensorgrade -C (Consumer)

-K (Industry): M version

-C (Consumer): C version

-K (Industry): M version

-C (Consumer): C version
Mono/Color Only Mono M/C M/C
Length (w/dovetail ring)

112 mm

132 mm

191 mm

90 mm

90 mm

90 mm
Yes Yes Yes
DDR3  Image Buffer
1GB 1GB 2GB 
QHY filter wheel socket
Yes Yes Yes
Humidity/Pressure Sensor Yes Yes Yes
Dual 10Gbps Filber Interface No No Yes
Readout Mode 4 4 4
Low readout in big fullwell mode TBD Support
Multi-Propose IO Port No No Yes
GPS Hardware Timing BOX Connection No No Support
Multiple Camera High Precise Sync Capture No No Support (by request)
16bit Max Frame Rate 2.5 FPS 2.5 FPS 4 FPS
8K 30FPS video Nicht verfügbar Nicht verfügbar 10 FPS
Customized FPGA code 7 FPS 7 FPS Yes
High Precise Shutter Signal Output No Yes
Accept Trig-In Function Yes
Water cooling option
No No Yes
Short back focus option
No No Yes
ACC Socket No No Yes


Readout Mode Selection is a new function for the QHY600 and other newer QHYCCD cameras. Different readout modes have different driver timing, etc., that cause the sensor to yield different performance results, allowing you to tailor the sensor response to your particular imaging needs. Each readout mode has its advantages and disadvantages. The QHY600 currently has three readout modes. In the future QHYCCD may add more modes.

Readout Mode #0 (Photographic Mode). In this mode, the read noise of the QHY600 drops between a gain setting of 25 and 26. We therefore recommend setting the gain to 26 as a starting point. At gain=26, the full well is 27ke- and read noise is 2.7e-. For long exposures where read noise performance is not as critical, lowering the gain results in higher full well.


QHY600 Full Well (Photographic mode)

QHY600 Dynamic Range (Photographic Mode)

Readout Mode #1 (High Gain Mode). In this mode, the QHY600 switches from Low Gain to High Gain between gain settings of 55 and 56. Gain 0-55 uses LGC and Gain 55-100 used HGC. 

QHY600 System (16bit) VS. Gain (High GAin Mode) QHY600 Readout noise VS. Gain (High Mode Mode)

QHY600 Full Well VS. Gain (High Gain Mode) QHY600 Dynamic Range VS. Gain (High Gain Mode)

Readout Mode #2 (Extended Full Well Mode). In this Ultra-High Full Well Mode, the QHY600 exhibits an unbinned full well capacity of greater than 80,000e-. Binned 2x2 the full well is greater than 320,000e- and binned 3x3 the full well is greater than 720,000e-.

QHY600 System Gain (High Full Well Mode) QHY600 Read Noise (High Full Well Mode)

QHY600 Full Well (High Full Well Mode) QHY600 Dynamic Range VS. Gain (High Full Well Mode)

New readout mode # 03:

QHYCCD extends the readout modes of the QHY 600 models by the new # 03 Extend Fullwell 2CMSIT mode. The advantage of mode # 03 is that it has the same fullwell value and system gain as mode #02 Extend Fullwell, but the readout noise is reduced by about 1.3 times.

QHY600 Readout Noise all mode

This readout mode requires an upgrade of the control software to version SDK (Software Development Kit) 2020.6.26 or later. If your software does not show mode # 03, please download the QHY AllInOne installation package to upgrade the SDK in the software. The mode is available for all models of the QHY 600 series.


Quantum Efficiency.
Sony provides a relative QE curve for the IMX455 sensor. in order to determine the absolute QE of this curve QHYCCD ran tests comparing the response of the IMX455 sensor against a camera of known absolute QE at two wavelengths along this curve (489nm and 656nm). From these test results we can plot a good estimate of the QHY600 QE curve in absolute terms with a peak QE >87%:


Dark Current.
Dark current results for the QHY600 are based on measurements of the dark current of the IMX455 sensor installed in the QHY600 camera. At 0C the dark current is 0.014e-/p/s and at -20C it is 0.003e-/p/s:

QHY600 Dark Current VS. Temperature

 If you have any further questions, please send us an email to kontakt (at) baader-planetarium.de.

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