High-resolution Imaging Devices

In parallel with the development of our outstanding imaging software, MetaSystems identifies and tests suitable hardware in order to make recommendations for the optimal accessories. All hardware parts selected by us have been put through their paces in various operating situations together with MetaSystems software. The respective interfaces between software and hardware have been optimized so that first-class results can be achieved in every application offered.

The following list is not necessarily exhaustive, as MetaSystems is constantly testing and adding new hardware parts to the portfolio to support various applications. If you need documentation for a specific hardware part that came with your MetaSystems software, please contact us.

CoolCube 1

The CoolCube 1 is a digital high-resolution progressive scan CCD camera combining superior technical features with an attractive price. CoolCube 1 is available as a monochrome version (CoolCube 1m) or as a Bayer-mask color version (CoolCube 1c). CoolCube 1 is compatible with all MetaSystems' imaging products.

Due to its very low power consumption and optimized housing design, CoolCube 1 keeps the imaging sensor cool. This results in unusually low thermal noise. CoolCube is therefore particularly suited to low light level situations and fluorescence imaging.


  • Manufacturer: ABS GmbH Jena, Germany
  • Resolution/Pixel Size: 1360 x 1024 pixels; 6.45 μm x 6.45 μm
  • Sensor: 2/3" EXview HAD CCD™, quadratic pixels, monochrome or color (BAYER pattern)
  • Frame Rate: 15 fps @ full resolution
  • Full Well Capacity: 17,000 e
  • Digitization Depth: 12 Bit
  • Exposure Time: 20 μs to 270 s
  • Gain: 1 - 16
  • Data Interface: High Speed USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 70 mm x 70 mm x 70 mm
  • Weight: 730 g
  • Documentation: Available on request
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CoolCube 4 and CoolCube 4P

The CoolCube 4 is an ultra-high resolution camera that uses a 1.1" CMOS chip with a pixel size of only 3.45 µm x 3.45 µm. All CoolCube 4 cameras acquire images with the size of 4,096 x 3,000 pixels. This outstanding image size leads to much less acquisitions to cover a given area when compared with older camera models. Due to the finer pixel size, additionally much lower magnifications can be used to create excellent images from the microscope. Thus, on the automated scanning platform Metafer the new CoolCube 4 camera models speed up scanning remarkably.


  • Manufacturer: ABS GmbH Jena, Germany (CoolCube 4) and Daheng New Epoch Technology, Inc., China (CoolCube 4P)
  • Resolution/Pixel Size: 4,096 x 3,000 pixels; 3.45 μm x 3.45 μm
  • Sensor: 1.1" CMOS, quadratic pixels, monochrome or color (BAYER pattern)
  • Full Well Capacity: 10.8 ke
  • Digitization Depth: 12 Bit
  • Exposure Time: 20 μs to 300 s
  • Gain: 1 - 16
  • Data Interface: USB 3.1 Gen. 1
  • Dimensions: CC4: 91.0 x 91.3 x 69.3 mm
  • Weight: CC4: 637 g
  • Documentation: Available on request
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Legal Note

MetaSystems software and system products are classified as in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVD) in the European Union in accordance with In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (EU) 2017/746 or In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Directive 98/79/EC, respectively, and carry the CE label unless otherwise indicated. Use all MetaSystems IVD products only within the scope of their intended purpose.

MetaSystems products are used in many countries worldwide. Depending on the regulations of the respective country or region, some products may not be used for clinical diagnostics.

Some hardware components supplied by other manufacturers are not included in MetaSystems IVD products and are therefore not IVD medical devices.

Please contact us for further information.