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ZC-505: 5.0 Megapixel USB 2.0 Digital Video Camera

An ultra-compact, scientific quality camera for machine vision or microscopy, the ZC-505 is fully DirectShow and TWAIN compliant so it is compatible with the hundreds of programs which already support these popular standards.


The 2592 x 1944 pixel array updates at 3 frames/sec (20 frames/sec. at 800 x 600 pixels). A single cable simplifies connecting the camera to any desktop or laptop computer with a USB 2.0 port. Since the ZC-505 is fully powered from the USB 2.0 port, it is the perfect choice for mobile imaging applications.


The ZC-505 camera includes Video ToolBox Pro software, which provides full control over the camera, an easy-to-use interface for image capture, and advanced labeling, annotation and measurement features. Additional software provides advanced control of the exposure, including automatic or manual control of gain and exposure, white balance, and on-chip integration for low-light imaging.

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5.0 Megapixel camera with 2.0 USB port connector including Video Toolbox Pro software.

  • 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • USB powered
    Connects directly to laptop or
    desktop computers with USB 2.0
  • Windows (32 and 64 bit)
  • Optional MAC software
  • Optional Video ToolBox Premier Software
  • Includes PC software to capture still images and movies, with labeling, annotation and measurement
  • Microscopy (brightfield, darkfield, fluorescence)
  • Inspection
  • Video Documentation
  • Surveillance and Security
  • Mobile Imaging
  • Photo ID Systems
  • Telemedicine
  • Video conferencing and Webcasting
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Sensor Size: 4.73 mm x 3.52 mm (1/2" type)
  • Pixel size: 2.8 µ x 2.8 µ
  • Array Size: 2592 x 1944
  • Fixed Pattern Noise: < 0.03%
  • S/N Ratio: 42.3 dB
  • Min. Illumination: 0.5 lux (with IR filter removed)
  • Bits per Pixel: 8 (per color component)
  • Frame Rate: 3/sec (max. full frame)
    20/sec at 800 x 600 pixels
  • Shutter: rolling, progressive scan
  • Gain: manual or automatic
  • Lens Mount: C or CS
  • Camera Housing: Anodized aluminum
  • Camera Body Size: 45 (h) x 45 (w) x 58 (d) mm
  • Camera Weight: 128g (w/out lens)
  • Mounting: 1/4 - 20 threaded tripod socket


  • Capture Program: Video ToolBox PRO
  • Drivers: DirectShow and TWAIN
Computer Requirements
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (32 or 64 bit)
  • MAC OS X 10.6+ (Mac Software Optional)
  • Free USB 2.0 Port
  • DirectX 8.1 or greater
  • Pentium IV 1.6+ GHz or faster (i Core 1.5+ GHz recommended)
  • 1+ GB of Free Memory (2+ GB recommended)
  • Video card with 64+ MB of video RAM, minimum 800 x 600 resolution at 16-bit (65,000 colors)
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