The IMX533 is a 1-inch, 9MP CMOS image sensor in a square format with a 3.76 um pixel size, capable of producing frames at 20 frames/sec in 14bit mode.
Read out noise is as low as 1.0e which makes it comparable to SCMOS or EMCCD sensors and highly suitable for high definition, low noise imaging.
IMX533 backlit sensor
Sony’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor improves sensitivity and noise reduction – the key factors to enhancing image quality, while radically realigning their fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination. It has retained the advantages of CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation.
With a conventional front-illumination structure, the metal wiring and transistors on the surface of the silicon substrate that form the sensor’s light-sensitive area (photo-diode) impede photon gathering carried out by the on-chip lens. A back-illuminated structure minimizes the degradation of sensitivity to optical angle response, while also increasing the amount of light that enters each pixel due to the lack of obstacles such as metal wiring and transistors that have been moved to the reverse of the silicon substrate. Sony has newly developed a unique photo-diode structure and on-chip lens optimized for back-illuminated structures, that achieves a higher sensitivity and a lower random noise without light by reducing noise, dark current and defect pixels compared to the conventional front-illuminated structure.
Low read-out noise, high dynamic range.
Zero Amp Glow
Traditional CMOS sensors produce a weak infrared light source during operation quite often seen in the corner of uncalibrated images as the tell tale signs of ‘amp glow’. As the ASI533MC PRO uses zero amp glow circuitry, you won’t have to worry about amp glow even when using high gain, long exposure imaging.
With amp glow – exposure 300 second exposure:
ASI553 frame with no amp glow – Exposure 300 seconds:
Note: We recommend using an external 12V power supply to power the camera instead of USB 3.0/2.0 only
DDR Memory Buffer
The ASI533MC PRO is equipped with a USB 3.0 interface, and even in 14bit mode, can reach 20 frames per second. The 256MB DDR3 memory ensures stable downloading of frames with increased USB speeds.
ASI533MC Pro – ASI183MC Pro Comparision
The ASI533MC PRO features SONY’s latest back illuminated IMX533 sensor, with a 1-inch square, 9.07MP sensor that is ideal for astronomical photography needs and can be considered as the latest iteration of the venerable ASI183MC Pro.
As you would expect this latest generation camera not only retains key features of the ASI183 series such as an attractive QE figure, high frame rate and along with other excellent characteristics of the ASI183 cameras, but also now includes new and improved features such as zero amp glow, extreme low read out noise (as low as 1.0e), 3.76 microns pixel size and an improved 2 stage TEC cooler giving enhanced cooling capabilities.
Here is the review from Trevor Jones
What is in the box?
Notice：Cooled cameras need a 12v power adapter, If you don’t have one, please click this link to buy a 12V power adapter. There are 4 different standard for different contury, please choose it carefully.
Sensor: Sony IMX533MC Diagonal: 15.97mm Resolution: 9 Mega Pixel 3008*3008 Pixel Size: 3.76μm Max FPS at full resolution: 20fps Bayer Pattern: RGGB Shutter: Rolling shutter Exposure Range: 32μs-2000s ROI: Supported Read Noise: 1.0-3.8e QE peak: TBD Full well: 50000e ADC:14bit DDRIII Buffer: 256MB Non-volatile memory/On camera storage: Build-in total 192K byte user-accessible space(image size up to 480X320) Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0 Interface: USB3.0/USB2.0 Adaptor: M42X0.75 Protect window: D32-2-AR Dimensions: 78mm Diameter Weight: 470g Back Focus Distance: 17.5mm Cooling: Regulated Two Stage TEC Delta T: 35°C-35°C below ambient Camera Power consumption: 650mA at 5V Cooler Power consumption: 12V at 3A Max Working Temperature: -5°C—45°C Storage Temperature: -20°C—60°C Working Relative Humidity: 20%—80% Storage Relative Humidity: 20%—95% Max FPS at full resolution: 14Bit ADC 3008×3008 19.88fps 1920×1080 54.11fps 1280×720 79.74fps 640×480 116.55ps 320×240 216.45fps more resolutions are in software, support customize resolution.
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Warranty and Return Policy
We provide 2-year warranty for our products, we will offer the repair service for free within warranty period. After the warranty period, we will continue to provide repair support and service on a charged basis. We do not provide any replacement unless ZWO confirmed the product is DOA (Dead On Arrival).
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