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ZWO ASI 224 Color CMOS Telescope Camera

The ZWO ASI224MC Color Astronomy Camera houses a 1/3 inch 1.2 Mega Pixel Sony IMX224 imaging sensor with EXmor and NIR technology. This relatively small sensor has very low read noise of 1.5e at 60 Gain and 3.1 at zero Gain. There is a high sensitivity in NIR and the possibility for high frame rates, making this CMOS camera an excellent choice for planetary imagers who want nothing but the highest quality.

Although this camera is best suited for planetary imaging, it can also be used for image deep sky objects up to a fixed level as it supports a maximum exposure time of up to 1000 seconds.

Since you won't have to devote time to filter or filter wheel concerns, imaging with the ZWO ASI224MC Color Camera is a simple procedure. If you don't mind making a small concession, this is one of the best color planetary imaging cameras currently available in this price range, and it could probably outshine many of the more costlier cameras also.


ZWO ASI224MC Color Astronomy Camera Features: 

  • Supports planetary as well as some deep sky imaging
  • Resolution: 1304 x 976 at up to 64 fps (at 12-bit ADC) or 150 fps (at 10-bit ADC)
  • Maximum exposure time of 1000 seconds!
  • Autoguider port
  • Extremely low read noise (1.5e at 60 Gain)
  • High Sensitivity, especially in IR range
  • Full aluminium housing with standard 2-inch interface
  • M42x0.75 internal thread
  • Includes 1.25-inch T-adapter


ZWO ASI224MC CMOS Color Astronomy Camera Specifications: 

  • Sensor: 1/3-inch CMOS IMX224
  • Resolution: 1.2 Mega Pixels
  • Minimum Exposure Time: 0.000032 seconds
  • Maximum Exposure Time: 1000 seconds
  • ROI: Supported
  • Binning Modes: 2 x 2
  • Focus Distance to Sensor: 12.5 mm
  • Shutter Type: Rolling
  • Window: AR coated
  • Operating System Compatability: Mac, Windows, Linus
  • Interface: USB 3.0/ USB 2.0
  • Bit rate: 12-bit output (12-bit ADC)
  • Adapter: 2-inch/ 1.25-inch/ M42X0.75
  • Diameter: 62 mm
  • Weight: 3.5-ounces (0.26 lb)
  • Pixel Array: 1304 x 976
  • Pixel Size: 3.75 microns square
  • Sensor Size: 4.8 mm x 3.6 mm
  • Diagonal Size: 6.09 mm



ADC12 bit
Back focus12.5mm
Bayer MatrixColor
Binning Modes2x2
Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75
Camera SeriesZWO ASI
Delta T45°C Below Ambient
Dynamic Range12 Stops
Free ShippingYes
Full Rez Frame Rate150fps
Full Well19.2ke
InterfaceUSB 3.0
Max Frame Rate577.9fps
Maximum Exposure Time1000 seconds
Mega Pixels1.3 mp
Minimum Exposure Time0.000032 seconds
Operating System CompatibilityLinux (3rd Party) & Mac & Windows
Peak QE75%
Pixel Array1304 x 976
Pixel Size3.75 microns
Read Noise3.1e
Sensor Diagonal6.1mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorSony IMX224
Shutter TypeRolling Electronic
Weight0.26 lbs


  • ZWO ASI224MC Color Astronomy Camera
  • M42 to 1.25-inch Nosepiece
  • 2 m long USB and ST4 Guider Cable
  • 1.25-inch Cover
  • Driver CD
  • Manual



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Excelente Camara

Zwo Asi224mc es una excelente camara. La mejor foto de Jupiter hasta la fecha, la capture con esta camara a modo de prueba de la camara. Muy veloz, nitidez, un producto que superó mis expectativas.

United States United States

Good planetary camera

Very good resolution but sometimes the camera disconnects.

Richard T.
United States United States

Very impressed

This is a great little camera for the money, I have been getting some impressive pictures with it that I didn't expect to get using it. No problem getting it set up and using it. Now I have some great shots of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn to show off to my friends, so glad I bought it and OPT service was top notch.

thomas l.
United States

Camera does not work

I downloaded the Program Software with the ZWO ASI 224 hooked up via USB 3 on my laptop. I then used this Camera as an eyepiece on my telescope during a night session but no image of Jupiter nor was the screen black. The image screen was all white with no response whatsoever from any aspect of the software. My curser gave no response from the gain, the brightness ,the camera control, the video or single shot . How do I send the overexposed image onto a Folder on my Computer? Please tell me how to work this Camera. Thank You. Best Regards. Thomas Lee P.S .Should I download the software again?

Roudny C.

Nice little camera

Didn't had the chance to use is as often as I want but it's good quality for dso. Would buy again from OPT, had à great service and fast shipping.


Quick and reasonable

Quick delivery and at an affordable cost