Saturn-M SQR USB3.0 Mono Camera (IMX533)

(9 customer reviews)


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Design for Lunar, Solar mosaic and DSO lucky imaging!

Saturn-M SQR and Saturn-C SQR is the most powerful planetary camera in our history! Based on IMX533 BSI sensor, high image quality, high resolution and square format, non-amp-glow feature, the camera will be great for lunar, solar mosaic and DSO lucky imaging.

Product Description

Saturn-M SQR (IMX533) camera is developed by Player One Astronomy, SQR means its sensor is square. Saturn-M SQR camera, which adopts Sony IMX533 1” square format monochrome sensor. The 3.76um pixel size accommodates a well depth of 73Ke with a total of 9MP  (the resolution is 3008*3008), and the diagonal is 16mm.

STARVIS Technology

Saturn-M SQR (IMX533) camera based on Sony STARVIS technology, it is back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS image sensors.


Saturn-M SQR camera has 1″ format, this size is quite big for imaging.


Extend Full well Capacity

Based on our technology, we improved the full well of Saturn-M SQR camera to 73Ke , it’s almost 1.5 times than IMX533 Basic (50ke).

High Frame rate

Based on our technology Saturn-M SQR camera can run 43FPS under RAW8 mode, that’s much faster than existing models on market.

Dual Sampling Mode

Saturn SQR series has dual sampling mode. Normal mode and LRN mode, they has different advantages in imaging.

1. Normal mode has faster FPS, it is more suitable for planetary imaging.

2. LRN (low readout noise) mode has lower readout noise and higher dynamic range. it is more suitable for DSO lucky imaging.



Dark frame of Saturn SQR (IMX533) camera is totally “dark”, that’s we called it “Non-Amp-Glow” camera!

300s dark frame of Saturn SQR camera(resize to 50%):

Non-Amp-Glow can give us very clean background, much easier to get high quaility images.

Recommended accessories:

ACS (Active Cooling System) is a external air-cooled system, designed for solar and big format planetary cameras which already has PCS (Passive Cooling System).

ACS can provide much better temperature control. When camera has PCS + ACS, temperature is only 7℃ higher than ambient, camera body is a little warm but won’t hot!

ACS is not only can be used in daylight for solar imaging, it also could be used in night for DSO lucky imaging.

Saturn SQR camera also very good for lunar and planetary imaging, its 1″ big format and 9MP total pixels, easier to capture full disk of the Moon and the Sun, or make mosaic more efficient.


User works appreciation


Jupiter , Marco Lorenzi, Nauris 21″ F3.8 @ F19 + Saturn-M SQR camera

Saturn, Marco Lorenzi, Nauris 21″ F3.8 @ F19 + Saturn-M SQR camera

Jupiter and Ganymede and IO, Damian Peach, C14HD + Saturn-M SQR camera



Niall-MacNeill,C14 + Saturn-M SQR camera

Solar activity, Jean Pierre Brahic, 230MM refractor + Solar SPectrum 0.3A + Saturn-M SQR camera

M57, Stephane Gonza, 300F4 newtonian + Saturn-M SQR camera

Lunar crater, Carmelo Zannelli,  DK 20″ + Saturn-M SQR camera


The naming of Player One Astronomy cameras is unique. Planetary camera line, naming depend on the size of planets, Mars(1/3″), Neptune(1/2″), Uranus(1/1.2″), Saturn(1″), Jupiter(4/3″).

Drivers and softwares download:

Manuals download:

Cutting-edge Design

The planetary cameras developed by Player One Astronomy uses a scientific and technological regular hexagon to construct the main body line, supplemented by round chamfers to achieve both rigidity and flexibility. The positive red, which is like a summer fire, is matched with the low-key and steady black, and the super-fine frosting process on the entire surface makes the camera look luxurious and cool, highlighting the style of high-end players, can’t take my eyes off 😀

2nd Gen – Sensor Tilt Plate

When taking deepsky objects, using sensor tilt plate can get a much smaller field curvature of the telescope.


The built-in high-density sponge shading pad can block the light from the side slits without any side leakage.

Passive Cooling System

Player One add a new feature called Passive Cooling System to conduct the heat from the sensor out.

256M DDR3 Cache

Player One Astronomy cameras are the first one who adopts the DDR3 cache in all planetary cameras in the world! It helps stabilize and secure data transmission, it effectively avoids frame dropping and greatly reduces readout noise.

With the DDR3 cache, the camera does not have high demands on computing needs any longer, it will still has excellent performance even if it is connected to a USB 2.0 port.

DPS technology

The planetary cameras from Player One Astronomy have DPS (Dead Pixel Suppression) technology. The DPS is anaylse many dark frames to find out thoes fixed abnormal pixel and record the map in camera memory. In imaging, each exposure frames, thoes position of dead pixels will be given a median value according to the active pixels around that abnormal pixel.

Overvoltage and overcurrent protection mechanism

Player One cameras produced by us ensures the safety of your camera and other equipment through overvoltage and overcurrent protection mechanisms.

Data Port

When the camera is connected to the USB3.0 interface and full-resolution preview is used, it can reach 43 FPS in RAW8 mode (10bit ADC). When recording images, since the actual writing speed will be affected by the writing speed of the hard disk itself, when the hard disk writing speed is slow, the recording may not reach the theoretical speed. It is recommended that you use a high-quality solid state drive to record data to give full play to the performance of the camera.

Use the ST4 guide cable to connect the camera and the AUTO GUIDE port of the equatorial mount to do guiding.


HCG open at gain=125. Saturn SQR series has dual sampling mode, Normal mode has faster fps, LRN (low readout noise) mode has lower readout noise and higher dynamic range.


Readout Noise

Regarding readout noise, we solemnly promise that all values are obtained from actual tests.  And for users, you could use Sharpcap 4 for testing. SC4 has a function called Sensor Analysis, provide a very simple way to test readout noise.

We wrote a tutorial on our website:

If you are interested in readout noise testing, you may try it yourself, which is very simple.

Absolute QE Curve

Mechanical Drawing


New SONY IMX533 1" CMOS (mono)



Total Pixels

9 Mega Pixels

Max Resolution


Pixel Size


Chip Size


Frame Rate



Rolling shutter

Exposure Range


Readout Noise


QE Peak


Full Well

73k e


14 bit

Data Port



1.25″ / M42X0.75

Back Focal Length


Protective Window

D32*2MM High Quality AR Plus (Anti Reflection) Multi-Layer Coating





Resolution and FPS

Under USB3.0 mode
Resolution 10bit ADC 14bit ADC
3008×3008 43FPS 19.5FPS
2560×1440 95FPS 40FPS
1920×1080 125FPS 53FPS
1280×720 185FPS 79FPS
800×600 220FPS 93FPS
640×480 272FPS 115FPS
More resolution options could be setup in capture softewares!

Purchase Option


Software & Manual

Before the first usage of this product read Manuals and install correct Drivers and Softwares.

Warranty & Shipping Policy

Payment method

We provide Paypal and Paypal checkout on our website.

Shipping and Delivery

Shipping Fee:

  • Amount >= 299USD : free express shipping
  • Amount < 299USD : 29.9USD for express shipping

Shipping Services:

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If customer wants to designate a shipping company or has special requirement, please send an email to and tell us your detailed requirement.

Shipping time:

  • Usually 7-14 days.
  • Tracking number will be updated in 3 days after paid.

For orders from areas where transportation is not easy, such as islands, town in mountainous regions, delivery time will be slightly longer.

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  • Shipping delayed or has some abnormal information.
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For best experiences, we recommend customers to purchase our products form local dealers.

After-sales Service

Warranty Policy

2-year free warranty (time start from delivered) for Player One products. If the product has any issue, please send the image or video and description to for further check to confirm.

  • Purchase from Player One official online store, we will provide warranty service directly.
  • Purchase form dealer, we will provide warranty service through dealer.

Repair in warranty, customer only pay the shipping fee of shipping back the product to us or dealer, and no other extra fees.

Replacement Policy

You can request our Replacement Service:
√ Within 30 calendar days of receiving the product if the product does not match the original description of the product in one or more significant respects.
√ Within 30 calendar days of receiving the product if the product suffers performance failure.

Please contact our After-Sales team by email to within 30 calendar days of receiving the products. Player One shall be responsible for the two-way replacement freight for any products sent in for replacement due to performance faults.

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× A product sent to Player One for replacement does not include all original accessories, attachments and packaging, or contains items damaged by user error.
× A product is found to have no defects after all appropriate tests are conducted by Player One.
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× Proof of damage during transit issued by the carrier cannot be provided.
× Other circumstances stated in this policy.

In those situations, repair the product might have extra cost, we will estimate cost and email customer to know the information before send product back.

9 reviews for Saturn-M SQR USB3.0 Mono Camera (IMX533)

  1. lordzurp

    You should restrict review to real customer who have the camera, not the random guys who find it great on photo 🙂

    • Player One Astronomy

      Hi lordzurp,
      We will review and filter spam comments, thank you for your suggestion 🙂

  2. Edmondo678

    I finally ordered this new camera for lunar and solar imaging. It’s really excited to see the uncooled camera of IMX533 sensor. They said the camera will start shipping from June, 10th.

    • Player One Astronomy

      We see your order yesterday, Edmondo. We are prepare Saturn camera in this week, I’m sure shipping will start very soon 🙂

  3. Ben_allstars

    When I first saw this, I know it’s what I want 🙂 Waiting for tracking number!

    • Player One Astronomy

      Thank you for choose Saturn camera, Ben. We will start shipping on June 10th.

  4. Ben_allstars

    Thank you, Player One team! You doing great job!!

    • Player One Astronomy

      You are welcome, Ben. Thank you!

  5. Cullen_astro

    I ordered one yesterday, when will start shipping? I’m waiting to do some lunar mosaic recently, seeing is great in this season.

    • Player One Astronomy

      Hi Cullen, camera will start shipping on June 10th. It will arrival in two weeks.

  6. Royd1978

    I got my new 16DOB recently, and this camera is the best choice for me, 91% QE will be great for planetary 🙂 I’ll put an order tomorrow.

    • Player One Astronomy

      Hi Royd1978, 16DOB and Saturn camera would be the most powerful combination in planetary gear 🙂

  7. Victor Orlando (verified owner)

    Can’t wait to get the camera.
    (so much so that I took the express delivery!)
    Thanks for your work

    • Player One Astronomy

      Hi Victor,
      Thank you for purchase from us. We will ship the camera on June 10th. Have a nice day and clear sky!

  8. Peter Woods (verified owner)

    just got the camera today waited a little for the update of sharpcap to be released expected on new products, wow so far the sensor analysis is excellent matching or slightly better than advertised at ~74Ke but the dual sampling LRN mode is genius and perfect for even more targets although it can get bit hot indoors 14c above ambient peaking at 43c at high fps noise was well below that of my 183c cooled camera + no amp glow which is awesome can’t wait to get it in some clear skies Thank You Player One Astronomy Team 5*

    • Player One Astronomy

      Thank you, Peter. We did our best to make the camera. After a few weeks, we will release a cooler for planetary cameras, it will give better temperature control in hot summer.

  9. Petr Semenec

    Firecapture v. 2.7 – the camera does not work at all.
    SharpCap 4/64 bit works unreliable. Only 20 FPS in 16 bit.
    Promises, Promises.

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