Recommended Computer Specifications for Photometrics Cameras

Due to rapid advancement of computer CPU architectures and operating system updates, Photometrics tests and qualifies each of its cameras on the industry's most current computer platforms.

This following outlines the computers Photometrics has found to maximize scientific camera performance .

Photometrics recommends the following computer specifications to ensure that the scientific cameras are operation as expected. The preferred options are highlighted in bold.

Operating System:

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit


  • Intel Xeon
  • Intel Core i7
  • 2.0 GHz or faster Intel Processor (Core i5 or better)


  • 16+ GB
  • 8 GB minimum


  • 400+ GB SSD with >900 MB/sec sequential write speeds
  • 250+ GB serial ATA (SATA) HDD

Graphics Adapter:

  • 512+ MB PCI-Express graphics card (ATI or NVIDIA)


  • USB 3.0 port *


  • PCI-Express 4X slot **
  • PCI-Express 1X slot ***

*   For use with the Prime CMOS and CoolSNAP CCD cameras
**  An open PCI-Express 4x (4 lane) interface slot or higher for use with the Prime PCIe interface card
*** An open PCI-Express 1x interface slot or higher for use with the Evolve Delta FireWire interface card

Dell Computers

Photometrics has found the following Dell products provide high reliability for microscopy computer systems:

  • Precision
  • XPS
  • Alienware