On July 21, 2003 PCO AG, a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of scientific cameras, acquired the Cooke Corporation. Our web site and e-mail addresses have also changed, so please update your records, so that you easily access our web site and support.
PCO-TECH Inc. was founded in 1986 as The Cooke Corporation, a manufacturing, sales and marketing organization offering photonic instrumentation and complete systems throughout the world. PCO-TECH specializes in the areas of High Speed Imaging and Lighting Systems, High Performance CCD and CMOS Imaging Systems, Optical Non-Contact Measuring and Monitoring Instrumentation, and NIST Traceable Light Measurement Instrumentation and Services. It was originally created to bridge-the-gap between manufacturers of state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation and end-users, and later pursued technological innovations aimed at offering complete photonic solutions, problem solving and technology capabilities for the market areas of university and industrial research, automotive, military and biomedical.
Corporate activities include, manufacturing of proprietary products including the PALFLASH line of very high illuminance light sources for high-speed image recording and analysis; system integration of manufactured photonic products and systems; exclusive strategic marketing alliances with local and foreign manufacturers, providing specialized sales and marketing; and technical services for most photonic products, including engineering design studies, prototyping, repairs, calibrations and service contracts.
Dynamic – Dynamic Range
The dynamic or dynamic range of a CCD-camera system is a widely used term to characterize the ability of a camera system to measure or image light/dark differences. In the field of photography, the dynamic range is analogous to the contrast range. However, each manufacturer defines dynamic range differently. A distinction must be made, between the “dynamic range of a CCD image sensor”, “dynamic range of an analog-to-digital-conversion” and “usable dynamic range”.
Pixel Size & Sensitivity
The relationship between pixel size of an image sensor and its sensitivity is discussed in detail to illuminate the reality behind the myth that larger pixel image sensors are always more sensitive than small pixel sensors.