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Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

New Ultra-Compact 5-Megapixel CCD Camera Uses GigE Interface

Some key features include programmable exposure controls, area-of-interest readout, and advanced binning modes
GC2450 Gigabit Ethernet camera
GC2450 Gigabit Ethernet camera

Responding to demand for higher resolution cameras at affordable prices, Prosilica (Vancouver, B.C.) has released the new GC2450 Gigabit Ethernet camera. The ultra-compact GC2450 runs 15 frames per second at 2456 x 2048 resolution over a GigE Vision-compliant interface. The camera housing measures only 33 x 46 x 43 mm making the GC2450 the smallest camera of its type.The GC2450 uses Sony's new 5-megapixel ICX-625 progressive scan CCD sensor with global electronic shutter suitable for capturing high-speed motion events. Key features include programmable exposure controls, area-of-interest readout (AOI), advanced binning modes, 12-bit readout, asynchronous external trigger and sync I/O, auto-iris control, and RS-232 peripheral port. The GC2450 does not require a frame grabber because it connects directly to the GigE port on the host computer. Applications for the GC2450 include electronics inspection, cell phone LCD inspection, glass bottle inspection, 3D measurement, food processing, aerial imaging, and general machine vision. It also is suited to traffic and specialized security applications because of its high-resolution, long cable length and special I/O features. The RS-232 port could be used to control a pan-zoom-tilt unit; and the auto-iris capability covers the wide range of outdoor lighting conditions. Prosilica's GigE Vision interface provides unprecedented ease of installation and use, even for multi-camera installations. To facilitate integration, Prosilica provides a free software development kit (SDK) for use on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, and QNX operating systems with support for both Intel- and Power PC-based platforms. Prosilica's GigE Vision cameras also are plug-and-play compatible with industry-leading imaging software from Matrox, National Instruments, and others.

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