Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

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

Cameras & Sensors

GigE interface technology ramps up in camera market segment
Sony’s new high-speed GigE camera— the XCG-SX99E
Affordable high-def CMOS camera from Toshiba
ISG’s camera family supports both GigE Vision and CameraLink interfaces
JAI introduces prism-based 4-CCD color line scan camera
The Prosilica GX3300 by Allied Vision Technologies
Sensors Unlimited’s new LDH2 camera
Photron’s Fastcam BC2 high-definition camera
New models for SVS-VISTEK’s SVCam-HR camera line
Basler starts series production of the ultra-compact “ace” GigE camera series
The Matrox Iris GT smart camera line
Toshiba Teli introduces GiantDragon GigE Vision industrial cameras
The new VDS Vosskühler CMC-4000 camera
FLIR’s Tau 640 is the new member of its Tau family of uncooled longwave camera cores
NIT starts sampling its new 5.6 μm pitch D1 sensor
The FastCamera-CCD series from FastVision
DALSA’s new high-resolution smart camera

By Kari O'Rourke

The Imaging Solutions Group (Rochester, N.Y.) introduces its new Finger Lakes Smart Camera Family. The camera family supports both GigE Vision and CameraLink interfaces. The Finger Lakes Smart Camera Family has a number of members. They initially support the Eastman Kodak KAI CCD family. Starting with a 16mp camera (7.4 micron pixel). The camera family supports all of Kodak’s 5.5 micron CCD sensors. Additional sensors from other manufactures may be used in the future. The cameras will have a workstation class high-performance Linux CPU and a large FPGA. External triggering and strobe functions are integrated along with a NTSC Composite Video Output and two USB2 interfaces. The Finger Lakes Smart Camera Family finds uses in traditional machine vision, security and surveillance and other government and military applications.  

JAI (San Jose, Calif.) releases the LQ-200CL— a new prism-based 4-CCD color line scan camera providing simultaneous separate imaging of red, green, blue, plus near-infrared light data. The camera, which is one of the only industrial-grade 4-CCD line scan cameras on the market, features a beam splitter prism with hard dichroic coatings incorporating four precisely pixel-to-pixel aligned CCD sensors. R, G, B and NIR light spectrum bands are captured simultaneously in four separate channels through the same optical path. By adding an NIR sensor, the new camera makes it possible to identify an even wider set of defects on inspected objects. Each of the four CCD sensors provides 2,048 linear pixels with a pixel size of 14 μm x 14 μm square. The camera runs at a maximum scan rate of 19,048 lines per second with a 40 MHz pixel clock, delivering a high signal-to-noise ratio of 58dB. Built-in functions include flat-field correction, gamma/gain correction, manual/automatic white balance, and a special noise reduction circuit able to improve the signal-to-noise ratio by up to 3 dB without losing spatial resolution. The camera outputs 4 x 8 bits or 4 x 10 bits through a CameraLink interface.  

The Prosilica GX3300 by Allied Vision Technologies (Stadtroda, Germany) is a groundbreaking camera that offers eight megapixel resolution and runs 240MB/second through its dual-link aggregate GigE interface. And, at 17 frames per second at full resolution, you no longer have to compromise resolution for speed. To achieve a rate of 240 MB/s the GX3300 uses Link Aggregate Groups (LAG), or IEEE 802.3ad, a networking mechanism that allows the grouping of multiple ethernet ports to increase bandwidth or provide redundancy. The GX3300 features the new quad-tap Kodak KAI-08050 CCD progressive scan sensor which provides exceptional image quality, high sensitivity and dynamic range, improved anti-blooming and reduced smear. Dividing the sensor into a four quadrant parallel readout allows this device to support an impressive 17 fps at eight MP. The Prosilica GX3300 comes in a compact, ribbed camera housing specially designed for heat dissipation. With its rugged enclosure and optimized thermal management, the GX3300 delivers high-quality images even in rugged environments, with up to 50° C (122° F) ambient temperature.  

Sensors Unlimited – Goodrich ISR Systems (Princeton, N.J.) announces the new SU1024LDH2, a high-speed, digital line scan SWIR-indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera. The second generation 1024-pixel, high-speed camera features an increased line rate to over 91,900 lines per second, making it ideal for spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging applications. In the 1.05 microns wavelength band, the new imager can capture detailed 3D SD-OCT volumes of the retina, choroidal vasculature and nerve head, offering important detail beyond the depth capability of current 0.84 micron systems. The compact camera housing features both metric and SAE mounting holes on multiple sides for easy configuration into existing systems or for other positioning purposes. Small (3 inches x 3 inches x 2.4 inches) and cost-effective, the LDH2 SWIR camera can be easily mounted to spectrometers. Optional adapters are also available for C-mount, or F-mount lenses for use with machine vision applications. Goodrich’s new high-speed camera has a wavelength response range from over 0.8 microns to 1.7 microns with a 25 micron pixel pitch and aperture heights of 25 microns or 500 microns.

Photron Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) announces the new Fastcam BC2, a high-quality, high-definition, high-speed video camera designed specifically for the broadcast market. Applications include television broadcast, commercials, sports, and big-screen motion picture production. Affordable and innovative, the Fastcam BC2 is designed by the same team that developed the Emmy-award-winning APX high-speed camera. With excellent 12-bit dynamic range and 4 megapixel (2,000 x 2,000 to 1,000 fps) resolution, the new CMOS sensor provides full 1080 high-definition resolution at 1,920 x 1,080 up to 2,000 fps and reduced resolution to over 86,000 fps. The new BC2 is compatible with the Sony HDVF-C30WR HD viewfinder, and PL, B4 and Nikon F-mount lenses, making it easy to interface with new and/or existing broadcast equipment. The camera features instant playback via the dual HD-SDI outputs on the camera’s rear panel.

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