QHY miniCAM5S Mono – Cooled CMOS Camera with Guide Port.
The camera uses a high QE 1.2mega pixel 1/3inch 1280*960 CMOS sensor, the mono version has a QE of 75% the colour version 62%.
It has professional two stage TEC (with set point), which can cool the image sensor down to -45 below ambient, making it an ideal Deep Sky camera. It also has extremely low readout noise of 2e-.
The benefit of such connector is the solid connection between the camera and other devices. MiniCAM5S supports on-camera guiding with 12bit image output in hardware. Whereas the QHY5L-II supports 12bit image output, but the on-camera guide port cannot work in 12bit mode, because the guide port is multiplexing on the data bus of the low 4 bits.
The miniCAM5S is fully protected against moisture. It has a built-in heated board to keep the CMOS chamber window clear and a desiccant tube system to keep the CMOS chamber dry.
The miniCAM5S is an extraordinary camera available in both Colour and Mono versions.
If you only ever buy one camera, buy this one!
Typical 1/3 inch
Electric rolling shutter
1280*960 30 FPS 640*480 106 FPS
1*1 and 2*2
Mono>74% Colour 62%@ 540nm
48MHz / 72MHz
High Gain 2e- Medium Gain 4e- Low Gain 7e-
Female T / 1.25 inch nosepiece / C mount
Optic glass window
Mono: AR coated clear glass
Colour: IR block filter
Silica gel socket
Weight (Camera only)
@ 50% Cooling Power – 10.7 Watt
5 pin lemo style industrial socket (*Note)
Note: The camera comes with a 5pin lemo to 6pin RJ11 guide cable
Guide Port Pin Sequence