ZWO ASI294MC Pro (color) USB3.0 Cooled Camera
ASI294 is the first camera in the world equipped with SONY's latest sensor, the IMX294CJK.
Diagonal 21.63 mm (Type 4/3) Approx. 10.71M-Effective Pixel Color CMOS Image Sensor, This is the official description on Sony website. In our effort, we reworked it to make it Diagonal 23.2 mm (Type 4/3) Approx. 11.71M-Effective Pixel.
High-Sensitivity Type 4/3 CMOS Image Sensor that Supports 4K for Astronomic Cameras and Industrial Applications
The “IMX294CJK” is the first in-house image sensor for astronomic cameras to adopt the Type 4/3 format, and realizes output of the number of pixels needed for 4K at 120 frame/s (in ADC 10-bit output mode, ASI294MC can run up to 25fps at 4k format base on USB3.0 bandwidth). In addition, use of a large-size pixel achieves SNR1s of 0.14 lx* which is very close to the value from ASI224(0.13 lx*)
Exceptional low-illumination performance
Exceptional low-illumination performance of SNR1s: 0.14 lx is realized by use of a large-size optical system and by expanding the area per pixel to 4.63 µm. This makes the IMX294CJK ideal for astronomic camera market applications that require low-illumination performance.
DDR Memory Buffer
ASI294 Pro camera includes one 256MB DDR3 memory buffer to help stabilize data transfer and prevent amp-glow issues caused by the slow speed data transfer of a USB2.0 Port.
This DDR memory buffer is the main difference between ASI “Cool” and “Pro” cameras.
14bit ADC & 13 stops DR
ASI294 have 14bit ADC and it can achieve 13 stops dynamic range which is even better than ASI1600.
HCG mode will be on when gain is higher than 120, read noise will drop below 2e but same dynamic range (13 stops).
Full well Capacity
63700e full well, which is 3 times than ASI1600’s capacity. Even bright stars won’t saturate under long exposure.
This camera can achieve higher SNR (signal to noise ratio) with just one single exposure.
ASI294MC Pro has same mechanics as ASI1600 Pro. Four screws seal the chamber. This structure has been fully tested and it is very stable.
Even in high humidity environments, ASI294MC Pro will still works without dew problems.