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JAI ADDS GIGE VISION INTERFACE TO 2-CCD HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE CAMERA
JAI (San Jose, Calif.) announces the AD-081GE high dynamic range (HDR) camera, a new 2-CCD camera with a GigE Vision interface and a variety of advanced operating modes. The AD-081GE is a follow-up to the Camera Link model (AD-081CL) which was launched last year. Like the AD-081CL, the new camera features an innovative 2-CCD design with two standard ICX204AL one-third-inch monochrome progressive scan sensors mounted to a custom-designed optical prism. The prism-based design enables the camera to simultaneously capture two channels of 30 fps video, with each channel having 1024 x 768 resolution, 8- or 10-bit pixel depth, and precise alignment to the same optical axis. Typical HDR applications for the AD-081GE include inspection tasks where incident light or bright reflections are present, such as LED inspection, welding, and various types of lighting or glass inspections. The camera is also ideal for a wide range of automotive applications, microscopy, or high-end surveillance uses. The parameters of each CCD can be adjusted by the user to provide maximum dynamic range or maximum contrast/sensitivity within a narrower lighting range, depending on the application. www.jai.com
RELEASE 2.2 EXPANDS THE BASLER PYLON DRIVER TO INCLUDE ANY KIND OF VISION APPLICATION
Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germany) has released version 2.2 of its “pylon” camera driver package. The package can be downloaded for free from Basler’s website. This pylon release offers two main enhancements: it includes support for several additional programming languages, such as Visual Basic 6.0, C, and Microsoft .NET, and it is the first driver that allows comfortable Camera Link camera configuration via a GenICam compliant API. On the application programming interface (API) side, pylon’s C++ programming language support was expanded to include standard C and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0. In addition, Microsoft’s newer C# and VB.NET programming technologies are now supported by pylon 2.2. All of the new APIs have full access to all of the camera and grabbing features on Basler’s IEEE1394 and GigE Vision camera families such as pilot, scout, runner, and the new ace series. Each new programming language extension comes with its own comprehensive documentation and a set of code samples that demonstrate the main application tasks in a simple way and can be easily expanded to cover new customer applications. www.baslerweb.com
FUJINON INTRODUCES TWO NEW PL ZOOM LENSES
Fujinon (Wayne, N.J.) completes its family of four PL zoom lenses with the introduction of two additional models: the 24-180 mm T2.6 and 14.5-45 mm T2.0. The new lenses join two PL zooms previously introduced: the 18-85 mm T2.0 and 75-400 mm 2.8-T3.8. Designed for current and emerging 35mm format film and digital cinema motion picture cameras, Fujinon’s PL Series offer T-stop, focal range and optical performance previously unavailable in a family of PL zooms. With workable size, industry-inspired functionality and focal range from 14.5 mm to 400 mm, these zooms provide top performance and cost efficiency. All four Fujinon PL zooms have 136 mm front diameters. Focus, zoom, and iris gears are all in the same position — which speeds up lens changes, since follow focus accessories and lens motors can stay in the same position on the rods. Focus barrel rotation is a uniform 280 degrees on all four lenses. www.fujinon.com