Photometrics Honored with Vision Systems Design 2016 Innovators Award for its Prime sCMOS Camera

May 3, 2016

Tucson, Ariz.Photometrics®, a manufacturer of high-performance scientific cameras for life science applications, today announced that its new Prime™ sCMOS Camera has been recognized as part of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program. Photometrics was honored with a silver-level award for Prime, the first 4.2 Megapixel scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera that actively defeats the negative impact of Poisson noise in low-light images.

“The touchstone of our 30-year corporate history has been preserving excellent photometric performance, while pioneering the next generation of scientific imaging innovation,” said Rachit Mohindra, Photometrics product manager. “We’re honored to be recognized by such a prestigious award program, and look forward to continuing to provide our customers with cutting-edge technologies and products.”

Prime is the first sCMOS camera to go beyond imaging with its sophisticated built-in mathematical intelligence, which quantitatively restores images that are buried in photon noise. The camera’s FPGA-based Embedded Signal Processing (ESP) engine enables powerful signal restoration and feature detection for localization-based super-resolution microscopy. These capabilities significantly increase low-light image clarity and provide new ways to address data glut, a common problem when imaging at high frame rates.

Prime’s intelligent features include:

  • PrimeEnhance™: Reduces the negative effects of photon shot noise and provides a three to five times increase in signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This allows for lower-light life science imaging, which extends cell lifetimes and enables capture of higher quality data.
  • PrimeLocate™: Solves a common problem in localization-based super-resolution data glut. Prime uses PrimeLocate to selectively detect and transfer only those regions containing localization data, lowering data storage requirements on the host PC.

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design, said, "This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Our 2016 honorees are an outstanding example of companies that are making an impact in the industry." 

The Innovators Awards are judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Innovation
  • Impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users
  • Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed
  • Leveraging a novel technology

The 2016 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the June issue of the Vision Systems Design magazine, as well as on

Additional information about Prime is available on the Prime Product Webpage on the Photometrics website.

About Photometrics

Founded in 1978, Photometrics designs and manufactures high-performance CMOS, EMCCD and CCD cameras for life science research. The original architect of the world’s first scientific-grade microscopy EMCCD camera, Photometrics continues to lead the industry with state-of-the-art imaging instrumentation for the scientific community. Researchers around the globe rely on these cutting-edge imaging systems to meet their most demanding application requirements. Photometrics also offers comprehensive OEM support, including fully characterized, cost-efficient imaging systems and components. Photometrics is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and additional information is available at The latest news and updates from Photometrics are found on Twitter by following @Photometrics.

About Vision Systems Design

Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provides comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design's magazine, website (, email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About The Vision Systems Design 2016 Innovators Awards program

The Vision Systems Design 2016 Innovators Awards program reviews and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Honorees were announced at The Vision Show 2016 held in Boston, MA, USA. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

For more information, please contact:

Product Management Contact:
Rachit Mohindra
Product Manager
+1.520.547.2576 office
+1.520.889.9933 main

Press Contact:
Dr. Dan Croucher
Applications and Marketing Communications Team Manager
+44.7887.456543 office
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