miniCAM5F -
cooled cmos camera with built-in 9 position color wheel

If you think a cooled camera with a built-in motor-driven filter wheel is expensive, then think again! QHYCCD is proud to release the miniCAM5F, a highly-sensitive, cooled-CMOS camera with a built-in nine-position motor-driven filter wheel for only USD699. This feature-rich camera includes a regulated dual-stage TEC that can cool the sensor down by -38C(*) below ambient. The sensor has 74% high QE, 1280x960, 1.2mega pixels, and is capable of capturing at 1280x960@30FPS and 320x240@200FPS with extremely low readout noise down to 2 electrons. You can install the L, R, G, B, Ha, OIII, SII, CH4 and a black filter (for dark frame capture) together on the filter wheel.

Another great benefit is that you can get these filters very inexpensively. Astronomy filters are usually a huge expense for monochrome cameras, especially when collecting the entire set. Often, you may spend more than USD1000 for a set of 1.25inch L, R, G, B, Ha, OIII, SII filters. However, since the miniCAM5F utilizes our smaller, QHYCCD-defined 12mm mini filter size, you’ll save a lot. The miniCAM5F can be bundled with L, R, G, B filters, as well as the optional Ha, OIII, SII, Hbeta and CH4 filters for just USD50 each. We believe these filters will be a lot of fun to play with, not only for your planetary imaging but also for capturing your favorite DSOs!

(*) Note: Delta T has changed from -45C to -38C (November, 2015).

Size and B.F.L
QE Curve
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miniCAM5F Specification
CMOS Sensor
Typical 1/3 inch
Effective Pixel
Pixel Size
Readout Type
Progressive Scan
Electric rolling shutter
Exposure Time
10us-1800 sec
Max Speed
1280*960  30FPS    640*480 106FPS
Pixel Binning
1*1 2*2
Peak QE
Mono>74%    Color 62%@540nm
AD convert
Readout clock
Readout Noise
High Gain 2e-  Medium Gain 4e-  Low Gain 7e-
Full Well
Mechanical interface
1.25inch / C mount (Note*)
Optic glass window
Mono: AR+AR Clear glass
Silicon gel socket
Two stage TEC
Max Cooling
Typical -38C below ambient
Weight(Camera only)
Power Consumption
0% Cooling power at 3.7Watt
50% Cooling Power 11 Watt
Guider Interface
Not availble
USB2.0 Interface
Build-in Color Wheel
Yes, 9 position motor driven CFW support 12mm diameter mini filters
Price (not include tax and shippment)
miniCAM5F+ LRGB and black flter                  USD699
miniCAM5F+ LRGB,black and CH4, Ha          USD799
miniCAM5F+ LRGB,black,Ha,OIII,SII               USD849
miniCAM5F+ LRGB,black,Ha,OIII,SII,CH4       USD899
miniCAM5F+ LRGB,black,Ha,OIII,SII,Hb,CH4  USD949
Note: Although this camera has C-mount threads, its back focus is only about 20mm so it does not adequately support the back focus requirement of C-MOUNT lenses. The camera comes with a 1.25inch C-thread T-ring used to connect to the telescope.
miniCAM5F has a 74% high-QE, 1.2mega pixel CMOS sensor, very suitable for capturing smaller objects like planetary nebulae, small galaxies and globular clusters. If you have a short focal length OTA, it is also ideal for big, diffused nebulae. The miniCAM5F is a really mini camera, so it is excellent for building a compact imaging system.

The camera has full anti-moisture features, utilizing a built-in heater board to prevent moisture from forming on the CMOS chamber window, as well as the option to insert bundled silica gel tubes into the CMOS chamber when necessary.

Producing affordable, multi-purpose and high-quality cameras has been our goal. QHYCCD hopes this camera will pleasantly surprise you during your astrophotography sessions.

Color Moon miniCAM5F LRGB vs QHY5L-II-C
I am really amazed with the quality of the mono sensor with filters. It is much much better than the bayer sensor. I am very happy with the minicam5f. The details are of course better but the colors are really better. I will have a lot of work to do on the Moon.  --Alain

miniCAM5F Image Gallery by Beta Test User
Saturn captured by Terry Lovejoy. Deep sky objects captured by Maximo Suarez. The color image was taken using a miniCAM5F with the 12mm L, R, G, B filter set. Click the images to view at full resolution.

Copernic Colors
Captured by Alain with a miniCAM5F + 12mm L, R, G, B filter set on a NexStar6 telescope.

miniCAM5F Dimentions and Back Focus
miniCAM5F QE curve

Ultra Compact DSO Capture System
Alain built this system and got this Ha narrow-band image of IC1318 with a miniCAM5 and a Canon 50mm F1.8 lens, Star Adventurer mount. Nine 5-minute exposures.

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