Driver software (DCAM)

We provide driver software to control cameras manufactured by Hamamatsu Photonics.

Software API Support

We have designed a software API to be used by all Hamamatsu digital cameras; it is named DCAM-API (Digital CAMera Application Programming Interface).


The purpose of DCAM-API is : 

  • To standardize camera control and functionality of all Hamamatsu digital cameras.
  • To bridge different supported computer interfaces and aspects of their respective software API into one universal set of API functions and implementation rules.
  • To allow for future expandability of the API with limitless and seamless integration of digital cameras and interfaces without the need for re-building the host application to support them.


DCAM-API offers a simple yet powerful set of functions to control all the necessary features and data acquisition control functions of our cameras. It provides dynamic detection of camera features and controls.

DCAM-API Lite for Linux


Software Development Kit for the integration of Hamamatsu cameras with custom software.


DCAM-API absolves various differences among Hamamatsu cameras so basic control functions are common to all models.  Camera differences are described by DCAM “Properties”.  These DCAM “Properties” can be queried and used to control all camera functions and parameters.  Because of this concept, developers can build applications without knowing the precise Property types and values.  If your system requires more specific Property support, DCAM-SDK4 includes Property Lists for all major Hamamatsu cameras.  DCAM-SDK4 also supports timestamping and high speed image recording directly to hard disk (only Windows).


The DCAM-SDK4 includes header and library files, API documentation and sample code. The comprehensive sample set enables developers to quickly incorporate Hamamatsu cameras into custom applications. Samples demonstrate all facets of camera control: initialization, parameter handling, image buffering and acquisition, capture synchronization, data storage, etc.


Software Development Kit for reading DCIMG file format within custom software. 


DCAM-API supports hard disk image recording in a special file format designed for high speed data storage (only Windows).  This file format is called DCIMG.  The DCIMG format, when used in conjunction with special camera functions, can minimize data storage requirements.  For example, file size can be considerably reduced when using the Data Extraction feature of the ORCA-Flash 4.0 V3.  Only the necessary data is encoded in the DCIMG file which can be decoded to a full resolution image by DCIMG-SDK.


The DCIMG-SDK includes header and library files, API documentation and sample code.

Third-party plugins

Download software plugins such as LabVIEW, MATLAB and EPICS here.

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