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QHY163M COLDMOS 16MP USB3 Monochrome Camera

The QHY163M camera is an incredible value. It uses a relatively large 4/3-inch, 16 Megapixel IMX163 CMOS sensor, available in both monochrome and color. The QHY163M has exceptionally low readout noise (as low as 1 electron!), low dark current and two-stage cooling capable of reducing the sensor temperature to -40C below ambient. The sensor chamber is sealed and kept dry via a silica gel socket. A built-in anti-dew heater keeps condensation off the window.


  • Model: QHY163M (Monochrome)
  • Sensor: Sony 16 megapixel, 4/3inch, IMX163 CMOS sensor
  • AR Coating on Sensor: No; clear glass
  • Pixel Size: 3.8um x 3.8um
  • Effective Pixel Area: 4656 x3522
  • Effective Pixels: 16 million
  • Effective Image Area: 17.7mm x13.4mm
  • Full Well: 18ke- to 20ke-
  • A/D Sample Depth: 12bit/10bit (output as 16bit and 8bit)
  • Sensor Size: Typical 4/3inch
  • Full Frame Rate and ROI Frame Rate:
    • 22.5FPS @ 16M Full Resolution
    • 30FPS @ 4K HD Video
    • 57FPS @ 1920 x 1080
    • 60FPS @ 1280 x 1024
    • 80FPS @ 1024 x 768
    • 100fps @ 800 x 600
  • Readout Noise: 2.4e @ low gain; 1.0e @ high gain
  • Dark Current: not specified
  • Exposure Time Range: 60µs to 1800sec
  • Anti-Glow Control: Yes
  • Shutter Type: Electric Rolling Shutter
  • Computer Interface: USB3.0
  • Built-in Image Buffer: 128MByte DDR2 memory
  • Cooling System: Dual Stage TEC cooler (about -40C below ambient)
  • Anti-Dew Heater: Yes
  • Air-proof Chamber: Yes,with silicon gel tube socket
  • Telescope Interface: M42/0.75
  • Optic Window Type: AR+AR High Quality Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Back Focal Length: Different value with different setup
  • Other Port: 6PIN RJ11 Guide Port, 4PIN QHYCFW Port.
  • Power Supply: Camera Powered by USB. The TEC needs 12V DC input.