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IVideoSensorName Property
Sensor name.

Namespace: ASCOM.DeviceInterface
Assembly: ASCOM.DeviceInterfaces (in ASCOM.DeviceInterfaces.dll) Version: (
string SensorName { get; }

Return Value

Type: String
The name of sensor used within the camera.
NotConnectedExceptionMust throw an exception if the information is not available. (Some drivers may require an active connection in order to retrieve necessary information from the camera.)
PropertyNotImplementedExceptionMust throw exception if not implemented.
Returns the name (datasheet part number) of the sensor, e.g. ICX285AL. The format is to be exactly as shown on manufacturer data sheet, subject to the following rules. All letter shall be uppercase. Spaces shall not be included.

Any extra suffixes that define region codes, package types, temperature range, coatings, grading, color/monochrome, etc. shall not be included. For color sensors, if a suffix differentiates different Bayer matrix encodings, it shall be included.


  • ICX285AL-F shall be reported as ICX285
  • KAF-8300-AXC-CD-AA shall be reported as KAF-8300


The most common usage of this property is to select approximate color balance parameters to be applied to the Bayer matrix of one-shot color sensors. Application authors should assume that an appropriate IR cutoff filter is in place for color sensors.

It is recommended that this function be called only after a connection is established with the camera hardware, to ensure that the driver is aware of the capabilities of the specific camera model.

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