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    SBIG STC-428-OEM Scientific CMOS Imaging Camera Evaluation Package


Product Description

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SBIG® STC-428-OEM Evaluation Package

Problem:  We need to integrate a compact, low cost, yet high performance imaging camera for our demanding low-light level application

Solution:  STC-428-OEM provides extremely high sensitivity, low noise 7 megapixel imaging in a compact, easily integrated package with complete engineering support

The STC-428-OEM is our most popular scientific CMOS camera for OEM applications such as ELISA microplate readers, colorimetry, fluorescence, and other low-light level imaging applications.  The STC-428-OEM features:

  • High sensitivity, low noise 7 megapixel IMX428 imaging sensor
  • Two-stage thermoelectric cooling for minimal noise on long exposures
  • SmartCooling™ active temperature regulation to 0.1 degrees C for high calibration stability
  • High-speed USB 3.0 interface (USB 2.0 compatible)
  • Application engineering support
  • Mechanical design customization for your application
  • Multiplatform software API and sample code available
  • Windows-based evaluation software available

For years mature CCD sensor technology, embodied in our venerable STF-83oo-OEM camera, set the standard for high sensitivity, low noise, high dynamic range, and images free of pattern noise.

The new STC-428-OEM scientific CMOS camera represents a major improvement over CCD technology.  Compared with previous CCD models, the STC-428-OEM features higher sensitivity (78% QE versus 56%), significantly lower read noise (2.5 e- versus 9.3 e-), and 20X faster readout.  While a single exposure can equal CCD dynamic range, the combination of fast readout and very low read noise allows for stacking images on-the-fly to produce greater dynamic range than previously possible.

Our SmartCooling™ active regulation maintains the sensor temperature to within 0.1ºC, and minimizes fan speed based on heat sink temperature for longer life and quieter operation.

Sensor Specifications:

  • SONY IMX-428 CMOS imaging sensor
  • 3208 x 2200 pixels / 7.1 megapixel
  • 4.5 micron pixels
  • 17.6 mm diagonal
  • Peak QE 78%
  • Typical QE:
    • Red (635-700 nm) ~ 63%
    • Green (520-560 nm) ~ 78%
    • Blue (450-490 nm) ~ 75%
  • 12-bit A/D conversion with low-gain and high-gain modes
  • Very low read noise ~ 2.5e-
  • Very low dark current < 0.1 e-/pixel/sec @ 0C
  • 80 dB dynamic range

Complete Engineering Support

Our engineers and programmers are available to assist you in evaluating the camera and integrating it into your equipment.

Our powerful Windows-based evaluation software helps you quickly assess the camera’s potential for your application.  Our multiplatform API allows you to quickly integrate the camera into your application, whether running on desktop systems or embedded hardware.  Sample code is available.  Our programmers are available to assist you with integration into your application.

Customization is available.  We can customize mechanical mounting, remove the outer shell, or add options to meet your requirements.  We can also build full custom hardware if required.

Volume Discounts Available

STC-428-OEM is available with volume pricing designed to meet your cost objectives.  Ask us for a quotation.

STC-428-OEM Camera Evaluation Package Includes

  • SBIG STC-428 monochrome imaging camera
  • Evaluation / integration engineering support
  • T-Thread lens mount
  • 4-40 front panel screw mounts
  • 1/4-20 tripod mount
  • Universal power supply
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • MaxIm LT evaluation software
  • USB stick for software and manuals
  • Carrying case

Additional Information

A/D Converter

12-bit with High Gain / Low Gain modes

Binning Modes

1×1, 2×2

Sensor Size

14.4 mm X 9.9 mm

Computer Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Cooling Delta

~ 40C below ambient

Dark Current e/p/s at 0 C

0.025 e-/p/s typical


0.001 – 3600 seconds

Full Frame Download

50 ms

Imaging Sensor


Imaging / Pixel Array

3208 x 2200 pixels

OS Compatibility

Windows 7, 8, 10 x86/x64, MacOS 10.14 “Mojave” x86 binaries, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS x64, Raspbian Buster armhf, Ubuntu MATE arm64

Peak QE

78% typical

Pixel Size

4.5 x 4.5 micron


12VDC, 4A max

Power Cable

US, European

Read Noise

2.5 e- typical



Temperature Regulation


Total Pixels

7.1 megapixel


2 lbs


DL Imaging Drivers

The Diffraction Limited DL Imaging Drivers support a wide range of our cameras.

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MaxIm LT

MaxIm LT is available to operate USB based SBIG cameras.

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Software Development Kit

Software development kit for the Windows platform.

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