Camera and Imaging Software

Download software and drivers for your new or legacy Photometrics camera. Use the convenient Selection Tool or choose from the list below.

Photometrics Windows 10 Support Statement

Microsoft Windows 10 was released July 29, 2015. At this time, Photometrics does not support Windows 10 in any of its products. We advise that our customers do not upgrade machines running Photometrics cameras to Windows 10. We continue to validate our cameras with the latest release and will post updates as proper operation is confirmed.

Select your Camera and Operating System to access the most current driver.

Imaging Software Downloads


PVCAM Setup 64-bit

PVCAM Setup 32-bit

Installs the PVCAM driver for Windows 7 and Windows 8

PVCAM Highlights:

  • Improved support for USB3.0
  • Windows 8 support
  • Camera reliability and robustness improved
  • Added new post-processing features

Additional PVCAM information

Mac OS-X
PVCAM 2.7.7 / RS Image 1.5.2 Supports 10.3.9 - 10.5.x

Application programming interface for Photometrics digital cameras + software package customized for general imaging applications

PVCAM 2.6 This driver is provided as-is! Due to the installation process required in Linux 2.6, Photometrics is not able to provide support for this version of PVCAM.

Additional Downloads

Thesycon 1394 Stack Installer In recent updates, Microsoft released two hotfixes which updated their FireWire stack file. However, these updates cause performance drops in the functionality of Texas Instruments (TI) FireWire Controllers which ship with Photometrics cameras. These performance drops manifest with the following symptoms:
  • Image Tearing
  • Interference Lines
  • Black Images
  • Reduced Frames-per-second

Installing the Thesycon 1394 stack fixes these problems by replacing the default Microsoft stack. This remedies any problems caused by the updates.

The Thesycon FireWire stack has been thoroughly tested and does not cause any other conflicts or problems with any devices.

RSConfig Allows PVCAM 2.7.7 users to run multiple cameras simultaneously

(NOTE: DO NOT USE this version of RSConfig with Princeton Instruments cameras.)


Legacy Drivers and Software Downloads

Legacy Drivers

PVCAM Includes:

  • Improved Time stamp functionality
  • Improved USB interface robustness

size: 39MB

size: 38MB

Release Notes


PVCAM Includes:

  • Adds Official Windows 8 support
  • Other robustness improvements

size: 39MB

size: 38MB

Release Notes


PVCAM Includes:

  • Updated PCIe device driver
  • Added support for High Speed PCIe x4 interface
  • Other Fixes and Improvements

size: 39MB

size: 38MB

PVCAM 2.9.11

PVCAM 2.9.11 Includes:

  • PCI-Express Fixes
  • Improved USB Performance
  • Other Fixes and Performance Improvements

size: 43MB

size: 42MB

PVCAM 2.9.5

PVCAM 2.9.5 Includes:

  • PCI-Express Fixes
  • Improved USB Performance
  • Other Fixes and Performance Improvements

size: 43MB

size: 42MB

PVCAM 2.9.3

New Features:

  • Support for CoolSNAP MYO and CoolSNAP KINO cameras
  • Support for PCI-Express LVDS Interface Card

size: 43MB

size: 42MB

PVCAM 2.8.0

This new version includes several enhancements:

  • Support for SMART Streaming
  • Improved Variable Timed Mode performance
  • Improved compatibility with FireWire cameras (eliminating Image Tearing)
  • Includes new Frame Counters
  • Includes new Time-Stamping

size: 56MB

size: 55MB

PVCAM 2.7.10

Automatic Thesycon Stack Installation - Ensures seamless FireWire integration
Improved memory management
Banding Issue Correction
Increased overall driver stability

size: 54.62MB

size: 51.92MB


Version Update: v2.7.9.1

Update includes support for 64-bit Operating Systems
Enhanced performance and stability across all camera platforms
New events available from PVCAM API. See Manual for details

size: 137.37MB

size: 136.47MB


Version Update: v2.7.8.5

Update includes stability fixes for all Photometrics FireWire cameras
Application programming interface for Photometrics digital cameras supports Windows 2000/XP, Vista x32

size: 15.3MB

PVCAM 2.7.6

Version Update: v2.7.6
Release Notes (.pdf)

size: 10.43MB


Version Update: v2.7.5.7
Release Notes (.pdf)

size: 8.40MB


Version Update: v2.6.9.3
Release Notes (.pdf)

size: 3.53MB

PVCAM 2.6.9

Version Update: v2.6.9
Release Notes (.txt)

size: 3.5MB

PVCAM 2.5.8

Version Update: v2.5.8

size: 3.8MB


Application Software
RS Image 1.9.2 Software package customized for general imaging applications

Camera Updates

Evolve Camera Updates
Evolve 512 Update
January 13th, 2012

Release Notes



Evolve 512 updates:

  • Sequenced Multiple Acquisition Real Time Streaming Support (SMART Streaming)
    • Number of sequenced exposure times increased from 6 to 12 for the Evolve 512
    • Removed an extra exposure trigger signal that was being generated
Evolve 128 Update
December 16th, 2011

Release Notes

Evolve 128 updates:

  • Trigger First Mode with updated Overlap functionality provides higher frame rates.
  • Stobe Mode Triggering with updated Overlap functionality provides higher frame rates.
  • Improved Dual-Camera triggering performance.

Installation Instructions:

  1. Download the update
  2. Connect and turn on only the camera you intend to update
  3. Run the camera update application. Do not turn off or disconnect the camera during the camera update
  4. Accept the prompt to update
  5. After the update has completed, power-cycle the camera to allow the changes to take effect

Instructional Video:

HQ2 Camera Updates
HQ2 Camera Update Installer This update is required for people who are experiencing a power-up problem with their CoolSNAP HQ2.

NOTE: Make sure that no other program is open while the camera is being updated.

FireWire Updates
Turbo 1394 Firmware Update Update includes stability fixes for all Photometrics FireWire cameras.

NOTE: Do NOT use with Evolve 512 or Evolve 128 cameras.

Contact Your Imaging Expert