ORCA-Lightning Digital CMOS camera C14120-20P

c14120-20p product photo
Catalog (For lifescience) [921 KB/PDF]
Technical note [1 MB/PDF]

For imaging scientists, inspiration is often found at the edges—at the spatial, temporal, and optical boundaries of a system. It’s that grainy image of the cytoskeleton that has just enough photons to confidently resolve two unique molecules. It’s data extracted from a few pixels, whittled away from a larger array, to achieve capture rates relevant to neuronal signaling. It’s the mesmerizing cellular migrations of a developing embryo, reconstructed from a lightsheet time-lapse, that offer new insights and spark new questions.
By more than doubling speed, resolution and field of view relative to current scientific cameras, the ORCA-Lightning is designed to inspire new frontiers of exploration. Compared to a Gen II sCMOS, the ORCA-Lightning delivers 2 times the pixel area, 2.8 times the pixels and 3.4 times faster pixel-per-second readout.
All these increases translate to the ability to capture more image data faster, and still achieve Hamamatsu-quality images and information content. So whether you’re developing the next cutting-edge lightsheet system or building a library of the mouse connectome, the high throughput of the ORCA-Lightning will get you to your goal faster. And, we hope, open doors to new discoveries.

Special sites

The life science camera section is the feature section for digital cameras fit to life science research and industry areas.

Special site for life science cameras


  • High resolution : 4608 x 2592 (12 Megapixels)
  • High Speed: 121 frames/s (at full resolution)
  • Read noise : 2.0 electrons rms (Standard Full Well Capacity mode)
  • Pixel size : 5.5 μm X 5.5 μm
  • Dynamic Range 17 000:1 (High Full Well Capacity mode)
  • Peak QE : 60 % (at 550 nm)

Movie gallery

Free-swimming Volvox carteri scaned by ezDSLM (Digital Scanned Light-sheet Microscope)

Free-swimming Paramecium bursaria scaned by ezDSLM (Digital Scanned Light-sheet Microscope)

GFP expressing blood cells of Oryzias latipes scaned by ezDSLM (Digital Scanned Light-sheet Microscope)

Collaborator: Laboratory for Spatiotemporal Regulations Exploratory Research Center on Life and Living Systems (ExCELLS) / National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Dr.Atsushi Taniguchi, Dr.Shigenori Nonaka

PC recommendations

With the introduction of the ORCA-Lightning, users are now able to stream 12 megapixel images to their computers 121 frames per second. The computer recommendations for this high data rate can be met by using the guidelines listed this PC Recommendations for ORCA-Lightning.


Type number C14120-20P
Quantum efficency Over 60 % (at 550 nm)
Imaging device Scientific CMOS image sensor
Effective no. of pixels 4608 (H) × 2592 (V)
Cell size 5.5 μm (H) × 5.5 μm (V)
Effective area 25.344 mm (H) × 14.256 mm (V)
Full well capacity Standard Full Well Capacity mode: 1000 electrons
High Full Well Capacity mode: 38 000 electrons
Readout speed 121 frames/s (at full resolution)
Readout noise Standard Full Well Capacity mode:1.5 electrons median
Standard Full Well Capacity mode:2.0 electrons rms
High Full Well Capacity mode:2.2 electrons median
High Full Well Capacity mode: 2.7 electrons rms
Exposure time Standard Full Well Capacity mode: 6.304 μs to 1 s
High Full Well Capacity mode: 50.432 μs to 1 s
Cooling temperature Forced-air cooled (Ambient temperature: +25 ˚C): +20 ˚C
Water cooled: +20 ˚C
Dark current 15 electrons : Air cooled (cooling temperature: +20 ˚C)
Dynamic range Standard Full Well Capacity mode: 650 : 1
High Full Well Capacity mode: 17 000 : 1
Sub-array Yes
Binning 2×2, 4×4
External trigger input Edge trigger, Global reset edge trigger, Level trigger, Global reset level trigger, Synchronous readout trigger, Start trigger
External trigger signal routing SMA
Trigger delay function 0 s to 10 s in 1 μs steps
Interface CoaXPress-6×4 lane
A/D converter Standard Full Well Capacity mode: 12 bit
High Full Well Capacity mode: 16 bit
Ambient operating temperature 0 ˚C to +40 ˚C : Forced-air cooled (With no condensation)
Ambient operating humidity 30 % to 80 %

Spectral response

c14120-20p Spectral response


c14120-20p dimensional outline

Recommended products

Disclaimer [66 KB/PDF]

Saved items

    The save-to-list function can only work if JavaScript is turned on.

Recently viewed items

    The recently viewed function can only work if JavaScript is turned on.

Scroll to Top