Teledyne Bowtech EXPLORER EXTREME Ultra Low Light Camera

Ultra Low Light Monochrome Camera

Ultra low light sensitivity 1 x 10-5 lux faceplate



The Teledyne Bowtech EXPLORER EXTREME underwater CCD camera offers better than SIT performance without the need for an image intensifier.
The EXPLORER EXTREME uses a peltier cooled back thinned and back illuminated EMCCD sensor, for higher sensitivity.
This produces a significantly higher output signal and much lower noise floor.
With a superb quantum efficiency of 90% in the blue/green range of the spectrum this camera is ideal for underwater use.
As the EXPLORER EXTREME has no intensifier or fragile and sensitive tube, the life of the camera is drastically improved compared to the now obsolete SIT and other intensified CCD low-light cameras.

The EXPLORER EXTREME camera is an ideal choice for ROV navigation, submarine applications, such as upward viewing and general monitoring, and for marine scientific research.
The camera has almost no image lag and is fitted with a wide angle 97° diagonal, high speed lens and water corrected viewing port for minimal distortion.

Product Features:

– High Resolution Monochrome 576TVL
– Ultra-low Light Sensitivity 1 x 10-5 Lux
– Solid State Better Than SIT Performance
– Low Through Life Costs
– No Sensor Burn or Image Smear


Technical information

​Electrical​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​ Limiting Resolution​ 570 TV lines horizontal​
Minimum Illumination​ 1 x 10-5 lux (faceplate)​
Sensor Type​ 2/3″ EMCCD​
Sensor Elements​ 752 (H) x 582 (V) CCIR, 768 (H) x 494 (V) EIA​
Scanning​ 625 line 50Hz CCIR, 525 line 60Hz EIA​
Input Voltage​ 12 to 24Vdc​
Current​ 350mA typical @ 24V​
Composite Video Output​ 1.0 V pk-pk @ 75 Ω​
​Environmental ​​ ​ Depth Rating​ 6000m​
Storage Temperature​ -30°C to +70°C​
Operating Temperature​ -10°C to +​40°C
​Optical ​​ ​​ ​​ ​ Lens​ 4.8mm wide angle, F1.8-360​
Iris Control​ Automatic​
Focus Fixed​ 300mm to infinity​
Angle of View in Water​ 97° diagonal, 85° horizontal​
Window​ Water corrected quartz glass​
Mechanical​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​ ​ Dimensions​ 85mm (body), 103mm (protector) (ø)​ x 186 (l) (excluding connector)
Weight in Air​ 2.7kg​
Weight in Water​ 1.5kg​
Standard Housing​ Titanium alloy grade 5 6AL-4V ASTM B3 48​
Standard Connector​ 5506-1506 or MCBH-6MP​
Optional Connector​ Large selection of connectors available​​


Explorer Extreme Datasheet