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Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Endless Opportunities for Cameras and Sensors

4-Megapixel Adimec-4150m.
Adimec (Phoenix, Ariz.) announces the Adimec-4150m, a 4-Megapixel camera for fast machine vision applications. The Adimec-4150m is a unique CMOS camera with the superior image quality of comparable CCD cameras and extremely low power consumption through Adimec's proprietary electronics design. Using the latest technology rolling-shutter CMOS sensor, the Adimec-4150m operates at speeds up to 140 full-resolution frames per second in continuous readout mode. Programmable regions of interest, NIR sensitivity, and full asynchronous capture provide flexible imaging for your applications. Like all of Adimec's machine vision cameras, this model offers exceptional reliability, reproducibility, and the smallest form factor. The Adimec-4150m enables the important performance parameters of throughput and accuracy for state-of-the-art machine vision systems. At speeds unparalleled by competing products, the Adimec-4150m generates high-quality, 4-Megapixel, blemish-free images. The Adimec-4150m offers a high pixel count and exceptional image quality allowing the detection of the smallest possible defects. This camera enhances the capabilities of high-end machine vision systems for various applications, including AOI, wafer inspection, semiconductor inspection, and metrology. The Adimec-4150m is the latest addition to the successful Adimec-1000m family of high resolution cameras. Unlike general purpose cameras, they combine the highest possible speed, image quality, and reliability to support OEM customers with demanding applications whose goal is to be product leader in their market.
Interlaced Guppy camera models from Allied Vision Technologies.
New cameras with interlaced sensors from Allied Vision Technologies (Newburyport, Mass.) clear the way for the transition from analog to digital Even today, most industrial image-processing systems still use analog interfaces. This sensor type providing a very high sensitivity was, until now, only available for cameras with analog interfaces. With the new interlaced Guppy camera models, Allied Vision Technologies now forges a link between interlaced technology and digital FireWire interface and makes the transition from analog to digital simpler than ever before.The new cameras are equipped with the same interlaced sensors as the majority of analog systems. So the migration to a digital interface can be performed without any changes to the other system components such as sensors, lenses and software.
Luca EMCCD cameras from Andor Technology.
Andor Technology (Belfast, N. Ireland) unveils the latest in their range of Luca EMCCD cameras. Andor has led the way with EMCCD innovation and the LucaEM range represents a new performance standard in "workhorse" cameras, making EMCCD technology now available to every laboratory. The LucaEM R is the latest EMCCD innovation from the company and is a highly cost effective, yet powerful megapixel EMCCD camera. The LucaEM R is particularly ideal for fluorescence microscopy across a range of signal levels. The camera's EM gain can be turned on when photons become scarce, while for brighter conditions, "gain off" operation can be selected. With a 1 Megapixel sensor and 8 x 8µm pixels, the LucaEM R offers high resolution over a large field of view. This latest EMCCD camera utilizes a monochrome megapixel frame transfer EMCCD sensor, providing single photon detection sensitivity and unrestrained QE up to 65 percent (with enhanced red response) at rapid frame rates, in a TE cooled, compact, USB 2.0 camera platform. Andor's exclusive RealGain™ EM gain control offers enhanced user-friendliness and quantitative reproducibility, setting a new precedent in day-to-day EMCCD use. Andor's well established Baseline Clamp feature facilitates unprecedented quantitative EMCCD performance.
Digital matrix cameras from Baumer
Baumer (Southington, Conn.) extends its product range of digital matrix cameras by introducing several powerful new models. The new cameras are equipped with a 5 megapixel progressive scan CCD sensor and FireWire or Gigabit Ethernet interface. The camera design makes optimal use of the 5 megapixel monochrome CCD sensor in the Baumer cameras of the TX and F series. This new imaging sensor and the 12-bit signal processor are the basis for excellent image quality and performance. The new cameras are especially well-suited for applications that require high frame rates in combination with high resolutions. In high-speed mode the cameras support up to 15 full frames/sec and can be used in many new industrial applications. The 2/3-inch sensor format allows the use of commonly available standard lenses. As with all Baumer cameras, the new models also provide extensive functions such as gain, exposure time settings, as well as the implementation of customized "smart features." Settings such as "binning" and "true partial scan" (ROI) readout modes are available to improve the sensitivity for low-light applications or to increase the frame rate for high-speed applications. Exact synchronization with the process is accomplished by using standard industrial trigger and flash interfaces. The image data buffer has been upgraded and ensures that all image data is transmitted securely, reliably and at high speeds. The new cameras are fully suitable for industrial environments.

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By Stacey Meacham

Cameras and sensors are the foundation of the imaging industry. Those in the market for machine vision solutions are looking for cameras with high megapixel resolution and ultra-fast interface while those in the field of microscopy may be on the lookout for cameras with low noise and increased dynamic range. The demands on the cameras and sensors markets are as endless as the applications themselves.

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