ZWO ASI224MC Color CMOS Astrophotography Camera

  • 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 (1.5 e at 60 Gain).
  • High Sensitivity, especially in the IR range.
  • Full aluminum housing with a standard 2-inch interface.
  • M42x0.75 internal thread.
  • Includes 1.25-inch T-adapter.
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ZWO ASI224MC Color CMOS Astrophotography Camera

The ZWO ASI224MC Color Astronomy Camera houses a one-third inch 1.2 megapixel Sony IMX224 imaging sensor with Exmor and NIR technology. This relatively small sensor has a very low read noise of 1.5 e 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.

Although this camera is best suited for planetary imaging, it can also be used for imaging 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 filters or filter wheel concerns, imaging with the ZWO ASI224MC Color Camera is a simple procedure. This is one of the best color planetary imaging cameras currently available in this price range.

ZWO ASI224MMC Specifications at a Glance

Astrophotography Performance

The ZWO ASI224MC has a high peak Q.E. of 80%, extremely low read noise, and high sensitivity, making it ideal for planetary and small DSO imaging. 

Anti-amp Glow Technology

Worry-free long exposure imaging! Capture images with more details and less stress on dealing with the distortions sometimes seen in long exposure imaging.

USB 3.0 Port & ST4 Port

USB 3.0 Port: Provides 5 GB bandwidth allowing the ZWO ASI224MC run at 64fps (12-bit, normal mode) or 150 fps (10-bit, high speed mode) at full resolution (1.2 Mega).

ST4 Port: Connect to the autoguide port on your mount for easy guiding!

ZWO ASI224MC CMOS Color Astronomy Camera Full Specifications: 

  • Sensor: one-third inch CMOS IMX224.
  • ROI: Supported.
  • Window: AR coated.
  • Interface: USB 3.0/ USB 2.0.
  • Adapter: 2-inch/ 1.25-inch/ M42X0.75.
  • Diameter: 62 mm.
  • Sensor Size: 4.8 mm x 3.6 mm.


ADC12 bit
Back Focus12.5 mm
Camera ConnectionM42 x 0.75
Color or MonoColor
Dynamic Range12 Stops
Free ShippingYes
Full Rez Frame Rate150fps
Full Well19.2ke
Max Frame Rate577.9fps
Mega Pixels1.3 mp
Peak QE75%
Pixel Array1304 x 976
Pixel Size3.75 microns
Read Noise3.1e
Sensor Diagonal6.1 mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
SensorSony IMX224
Weight0.26 lbs



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    John S.
    United States United States
    ZWO ASI 224MC CMOS camera

    Great camera, does every thing I expected. I have been an OPT customer for many years. Always excellent service and extremely fast shipping. PhotonJohn Viera Florida.

    United States United States
    Zwo asi224mc

    Good camera- Zwo software a tad funky Good guide camera.

    emil s.
    United States United States
    Nice camera perfect choice for planetary

    I bought this over the 120mc for my first planetary camera from the advise from a few others who had both. I like that I can also use it as a guide camera later. Opt was a very fast shipper. All well packed. Also chose opt to purchase from because or there support for facebook groups

    Bradley S.
    United States United States
    Good camera

    This camera is a nice camera for astrophotography. The service from OPT Telescope was very good. Very happy with both camera and service.

    Ed R.
    United States United States
    Great little camera

    Replaces a Philips SPC900NC web cam I have been using for 10 years and immediately noticed an improvement of my photos of Saturn and Jupiter with the same telescope. Using SharpCap 3.2 program with the ZWO ASI224MC which is more capable than K3CCDTools3. Also works well for solar photography with the Coronado PST.

    Mexico Mexico
    ZWO ASI 224MC COLOR super results

    Great,totaly impresed with the results on Jupiter and Saturn in my second try you can not belive it,great camera .