CRED-2 Lite

C-RED 2 Lite | High-Speed TE cooled SWIR camera

Sensor Type



640 x 512 px, 0.33 MP

Pixel pitch

15 µm

Shutter Mode - Frame rate full frame

Global - 602 Hz

Readout Noise

32 e- (high gain, CDS)


USB 3.1 or CameraLink (full)


Windows 10, Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, ARM (for Jetson Tx2, Nano, Xavier NX and Xavier AGX)


C, C++, Python, LabView, MATLAB + µManager plug-in

C-RED 2 Lite is a fanless high-speed InGaAs camera with a thermo-electric cooling 1 stage (TEC1) allowing a sensor temperature setpoint between +5ºC and +50ºC.

C-RED 2 Lite integrates a state of the art InGaAs sensor that is sensitive between 0.9 and 1.7 μm with more than 70% Quantum Efficiency. It offers VGA resolution (640 x 512) with 600 fps full frame and 14-bit of pixel depth.

Readout Modes and Integration Times:

The acquisition speed can be set from 0.01 to 600 fps, the integration time can be set from 20μs to ~1/fps.

Different available Readout Modes:

  • Single Read: The entire frame is read before a reset period (with CDS)
  • Integrated Multiple Readout (IMRO): he user must specify a number of multiple non-destructive reads which corresponds to a number of frames that are read and delivered at a selected speed. It’s a burst mode.

Cropping and Windowing:

It is possible to select one region of interest and acquire datas from this ROI only, column granularity is 32 and rows granularity is 4. Speed increases with read array reduction.

C-RED 2 Lite is a fast ingaas camera with high quantum efficiency > 80% between 900 and 1700 nm. The 640 x 512 InGaAs FPA with 15 micron pixel pitch is cooled thanks to a thermo-electric cooler 1-stage, thus insuring stable and repeatable pixel counts for applications requiring quantitative measurements. Such applications include hyperspectral imaging, laser beam profiling etc.

Fast InGaAs camera

C-RED 2 Lite is a fast ingaas camera capable of 600 fps at full VGA resolution 640 x 512 pixels while keeping 14-bit data. A reduction of the number of both rows and columns enables higher frame rates. For example, one can reach 4.7 kHz with an image size of 128 x 128 pixels and 14-bit data.

Low-noise fast InGaAs camera

C-RED 2 Lite benefits from a low readout noise of only 30 electrons in high gain mode. The readout noise defines the sensitivity threshold of the camera without any exposure time. The readout noise does not depend on the exposure time or the sensor temperature. The C-RED 2 Lite benefits from 3 gain settings: low, medium, high.

High dynamic range mode (HDR)

C-RED 2 Lite

C-RED 2 Lite fast ingaas camera

C-RED 2 Lite offers a high-dynamic range mode with up to 90dB of linear dynamic range. This is achieved by combining 2 gain settings on-the-fly and on-board the camera. The HDR frames have 16-bit depth.

In addition, the C-RED 2 family:

A version without TE cooling (TEC-less / uncooled) called C-RED 3  is available  here.

A version called C-RED 2 with deeper cooling (as low as -40º) allowing longer exposure times is available here.

Fast InGaAs applications

First, C-RED 2 Lite is ideal for industrial applications such a Waste sorting, Welding control, Additive manufacturing, Laser beam profiling. Secondly, it can also be used in scientific applications such as Hyperspectral and multispectral imaging, Microscopy or Free Space Optics. Finally, C-RED 2 Lite can be used for security and defense applications such as Unmanned aerial vehicle and Maritime surveillance. To learn more about SWIR applications, visit our application page here.

Visit all our SWIR cameras and cores options here.



900-1700 nm (SWIR)




640 x 512 (VGA)

Frame Rate

500 – 1,000 fps

Pixel Pitch

15 µm x 15 µm




USB, Camera Link



Array Type

2D array / areascan

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