PROMICAM 3-12CS12 MP USB 3.0 CMOS Color Digital Microscope Camera with up to 4K Live View

This camera is discontinued. Recommended replacement: PROMICAM PRO 4K.
PROMICAM 3-12CS 12 MP USB 3.0 microscope camera provides 4K UHD live view at 16 fps. Sony® STARVIS CMOS sensor with rolling shutter and global reset provides high image quality and excellent color reproduction. The back-illuminated CMOS architecture increases quantum efficiency and reduces read noise for improved sensitivity and dynamic range.
The camera is produced by PROMICRA and supported by QuickPHOTO programs.


Suitable for Applications:

Brightfield / Darkfield
Biology / Live Cell Imaging
Histology / Pathology / Cytology
Metrology / Mineralogy / Metallurgy / Geology
Quality Control / Semiconductor Inspection
Documentation and Archiving

Samples Acquired by PROMICAM 3-12CS Microscope Camera

Technical Specifications

Sensor Specifications
Sensor TypeSony® STARVIS CMOS, rolling shutter with global reset, color
Sensor Size 1/2.3" (6.20 x 4.65 mm)
Sensor Aspect Ratio4:3
Pixel Size1.55 x 1.55 μm
Resolution4000 x 3000 pixels (12 MP)
Supported Software
SoftwareQuickPHOTO in version 3.0 or higher (not included)
Camera Specifications (when used with QuickPHOTO)
Image Resolutions4000 x 3000, 4096 x 2160, 3840 x 2160, 2560 x 1920, 2040 x 1536, 2048 x 1080, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768 pixels
Live View Resolution@Max. Frame Rate (fps)4000 x 3000@11 fps
4096 x 2160 (4K - ROI)@15 fps
3840 x 2160 (4K UHD - ROI)@16 fps
2560 x 1920 (ROI)@27 fps
2040 x 1536 (ROI)@27 fps
2048 x 1080 (ROI)@60 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD - ROI)@60 fps
1024 x 768 (ROI)@60 fps
Lower ResolutionsSubsampling, ROI
Exposure Time1/6000 s (166 μs) to 1 s
Gain1x to 16x
Exposure ModesAutomatic, automatic-interactive, fluorescence (SFL Auto), manual
White BalanceAutomatic, automatic-regional, manual
Black BalanceAutomatic-regional, manual
Camera Characteristics
Dynamic Range64.46 dB
Saturation Capacity7363 e-
Quantum Efficiency (green color 525 nm) 72%
Read Noise3.00 e-
Max. Signal to Noise Ratio 38.67 dB
InterfaceUSB 3.0 / USB 3.1 Gen 1 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
USB connectorMicro B screw lock
Dimensions67 x 85 x 104 mm
Weight385 g
Tripod Mount1/4" - 20 (under cap on both sides)
Recommended Microscope Coupler0.5x
CompliancesCE certified, RoHS, WEEE
Included in the BoxPROMICAM 3-12CS camera, 3m USB 3.0 cable with lock screw connector, USB 3.0 interface card
Minimum System Requirements
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i3 / AMD RYZEN™ 3
Operating Memory2 GB
Slot for USB 3.0 Interface Card (for older computers)
1x PCI Express 2.0 for desktop computers
or 1x ExpressCard for laptops
Operating SystemMicrosoft® Windows® 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit or 64bit)
Recommended Computer Configuration
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 / AMD RYZEN™ 5 or better
Operating Memory4 GB or more
Slot for USB 3.0 Interface Card (for older computers)
1x PCI EXPRESS 2.0 for desktop computers
or 1x ExpressCard for laptops
Operating SystemMicrosoft® Windows® 10 (64bit)

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