Sony Pregius CMOS


Lumenera will be expanding their USB 3.0 Lt Camera Family in 2016. A series of new cameras based on Sony's latest Pregius™ global shutter CMOS technology will boast CCD-like performance from a CMOS sensor with increased frame rates and crisp, clear distortion-free images. Building on this new line of technology, Lumenera will also be releasing several additional camera models based on Sony’s 2nd generation IMX sensors such as the 5MP IMX250 and IMX264 sensors and other sensors to produce a line of GS CMOS cameras ranging in resolution from 3MP to 12MP.


  • Global shutter CMOS
  • CCD-like performance from a CMOS sensor with increased frame rates
  • High sensitivity 3.45 um pixels (1.1x compared to the existing 1st Gen sensor with 5.86 um pixels)
  • High dynamic range, high speed, low read noise ~2e-
  • Smear-free clarity: provides smear-free still images even when strong light sources are present in frame
  • USB3 Vision
  • Windows and Linux SDKs


Sony’s latest Pregius global shutter CMOS sensors combine beneficial aspects of both CCD and CMOS in a pixel design resulting in impressive performance. The Pregius sensors have an analog pixel design similar to a CCD, but with the back end resembling a CMOS sensor. This architecture takes the advantages of a CCD sensor (excellent imaging performance – including good color reproduction, low noise, and high dynamic range) along with all the digital advantages of a CMOS sensor (built-in analog-to-digital conversion, image correction, digital output and high speed) to produce a low-power, low-cost alternative to traditional CCD sensors. 

Read more in our blog post "The Best of Both Worlds - Sony's New CMOS Sensors".


With conventional CMOS sensors, analog signals are gathered column by column and subsequently transmitted for analog-to-digital conversion. Sony’s Exmor technology used in the Pregius CMOS sensors employs a single analog-to-digital converter for every single column allowing the sensor to trigger globally. Conversion takes place right away on the chip, thus reducing the time during the integration process where noise can build up. The result is an image with far less noise when compared to conventional CMOS sensors.


Due to the impressive specifications of this sensor family, Lumenera is committed to building cameras using the high-speed and low-speed variants of the Sony Pregius 2nd generation family of sensors. Below is a list of Lumenera USB 3.0 cameras to be released in 2016 with the latest Pregius sensors from Sony:

ModelsResolutionFrame Rate*Sensor
Lt345R 3.2 MP 120 fps IMX252 color/mono
Lt335R 3.2 MP 56 fps IMX265 color/mono
Lt545R 5.1 MP 75 fps IMX250 color/mono
Lt535R 5.1 MP 36 fps IMX264 color/mono
Lt945R 8.9 MP 42 fps IMX255 color/mono
Lt935R 8.9 MP 21 fps IMX267 color/mono
Lt1245R 12.4 MP 30 fps IMX253 color/mono
Lt1235R 12.4 MP 15 fps IMX304 color/mono

*Target frame rates subject to change.

Board level variants of these products will also be made available to accommodate OEM customers looking to integrate the cameras into their products. All of these cameras will come with Lumenera’s industry-leading 4-year warranty.