Photometrics® Announces Its New PVCAM® 2.8.0 Software Driver

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New Features Enhance Super-Resolution Imaging and Other Life Science Applications

Photometrics announced the release of the latest version of its Programmable Virtual Camera Access Method Library (PVCAM). This widely adopted software driver for Photometrics cameras provides life science researchers with added capabilities in super-resolution (SR) imaging, multiplexed imaging and other applications. Photometrics is a designer and manufacturer of high-performance CCD and EMCCD cameras for the life sciences.

One of PVCAM 2.8.0’s new features, Sequenced Multiple Acquisition Real Time (SMART) Streaming, enables users to set individual exposure times for each acquisition of a continuous sequence. Scientists gain the ability to conduct the high-speed, multi-fluorophore imaging required in SR applications such as STORM and FPALM. With SMART Streaming, the camera can stream image data with multiple different exposure times without interruption. With this feature, the Photometrics’ Evolve® 512 EMCCD camera is 25 percent faster than any offering currently available in the market. It allows much faster acquisition of large multi-fluorophore sequence stacks that is required by many applications such as SR. Future enhancements to SMART Streaming will support Photometrics’ full camera line.

PVCAM 2.8.0 gives researchers using multiple fluorescent dyes the ability to match measurement intensities, which can be limited by the different dye emission profiles. It also provides time-stamping and frame counting functionality.

All Photometrics cameras are PVCAM-enabled and the transparent PVCAM interface supports a wide variety of popular third-party imaging packages.

A download of the PVCAM 2.8.0 driver is available at

About Photometrics
Founded in 1978, Photometrics is the world’s premier designer and manufacturer of high-performance CCD and EMCCD cameras for life science research. The original architect of the world’s first scientific-grade microscopy EMCCD camera, Photometrics for decades has led the industry with state-of-the-art imaging instrumentation for the scientific community. Tens of thousands of 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 that provide the best solutions for customers’ unique requirements. Photometrics is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona in the United States. Additional information is available at

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