Recommended Computer Specifications for QImaging Cameras

Due to rapid advancement of computer CPU architectures and operating system updates, QImaging tests and qualifies each of its cameras on the industry's most current computer platforms.

This following outlines the computers QImaging has found to maximize scientific camera performance.

QImaging recommends the following computer specifications to ensure that the scientific cameras are operation as expected. The preferred options are highlighted in bold.

Operating System:

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 7 64-bit


  • Intel Xeon
  • Intel Core i7
  • 2.0 GHz or faster Intel Processor (Core i5 or better)


  • 16+ GB
  • 8 GB minimum


  • 400+ GB SSD with >900 MB/sec sequential write speeds
  • 250+ GB serial ATA (SATA) HDD

Graphics Adapter:

  • 512+ MB PCI-Express graphics card (ATI or NVIDIA)


  • USB 3.0 port *


  • PCI-Express 4X slot **
  • PCI-Express 1X slot ***

*   For use with the Retiga CCD cameras
**  An open PCI-Express 4x (4 lane) interface slot or higher for use with the optiMOS PCIe interface card
*** An open PCI-Express 1x interface slot or higher for use with the MicroPublisher FireWire interface card

Dell Computers

QImaging has found the following Dell products provide high reliability for microscopy computer systems:

  • Precision
  • XPS
  • Alienware