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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Robot's camera opens up panoramic shots to close scrutiny

Robot's camera opens up panoramic shots to close scrutiny
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A digital camera attached to the Gigapan robot platform captured this panoramic photograph by Randy Sargent of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, park and bay, incorporating about 200 images.
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Digital cameras produce photographs electronically with high resolution. Most people already know that.

But a robot, expected to cost $200 or less, will turn those little silver boxes into powerful image-makers that belie their size. And the owner won't even have to point and shoot.

The Gigapan robot platform developed by Carnegie Mellon University and the NASA Ames Intelligent Robot Group promises to transform Clark Kent cameras into Super-cams. The project is part of the group's Global Connection Project.

A closer look at Randy Sargent's photo finds a sign surrounded by people. Because it is made of multiple photographs taken over time, some figures appear to be incomplete. An even closer view reveals the lettering on the sign.
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With a digital camera attached, the robot clicks snapshots that a software program then puts in ordered configuration to produce a panoramic tapestry. The result is a grand, scenic shot that also allows exploration deep into the photograph to reveal startling detail.

By providing both extremes -- big vistas and riveting detail -- the Gigapan represents the holy grail of photography.

Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics at CMU and head of its robotics master's program, said the Gigapan robot he helped develop takes as many as 300 photographs in 10 minutes to a half hour with any digital camera adjusted to the optical zoom setting. Software the team developed patches the photographs together in quilt-like fashion to create panoramic but highly detailed shots.

Gigapan photographs can be viewed on the new Web site,, that's being developed by CMU, NASA and Deeplocal of Pittsburgh. That site will become the place where people can share Gigapans once the robot is available for sale.

"Pictures are huge, so we need a special Web site dedicated to Gigapans," Dr. Nourbakhsh said.

The new visual medium could change the way people use cameras and enjoy photographs.

Darrell Sapp, Post-Gazette
Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics at CMU and head of its robotics master's program, talks about the Gigapan robot he helped to produce.
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"Obviously this picture is not something just to gaze at," he said. "It's something you can go inside and discover -- and discoveries are waiting to be found."

The term "Gigapan" uses the root word, "Giga," which is the Greek root for "gigantic" that's been adopted by the computer world to describe billions of bytes or pixels. "Pan" refers to panorama. The term "Gigapan" describes both robot and the photos it produces.

Its image-making potential is limited only by the user's imagination.

The Gigapan allows scientific, geographic and cultural exploration of regions. It permits one to see the sights, view architecture or study biodiversity.

Police could use it to record and study crime scenes. The new Web site includes a Gigapan of the Grand Canyon, but one also can zoom inside to see waves in the Colorado River and rock layers in sheer walls. Dr. Nourbakhsh said he even spotted a coyote.

Zooming into a Gigapan with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, one can see the 45-mph speed-limit sign on the bridge, details of bridge cables and people crossing the span.

A Gigapan of a Guatemalan flea market with buildings and mountains in the background also allows viewers to see skeins of yarn, fruit and vegetables, as well as what people are wearing and their expressions. Visible are stripes on men's hats and Guatemalan license plates.

It's a ready lesson in Guatemalan life and culture and fits in with the group's desire to create a global neighborhood.

"It generates conversation," Dr. Nourbakhsh said. "It creates a whole different world. This will give birth to a whole new community."

A new entry on features the Dublin Castle in Ireland and close-ups of stained glass windows and architectural detail that include gargoyles. It shows the potential of Gigapans to serve as an educational tool to study architecture, Dr. Nourbakhsh said.

The state also is preparing to use Gigapan technology to boost tourism.

Gigapans of Civil War trails will be placed on a Web site to provide photographs of monuments and allow people to see their placement and read their inscriptions.

Already BBC's "The World" includes Gigapans on its Web site,, to provide listeners with detailed visuals.

Gigapans also could be used for disaster rescue, Dr. Nourbakhsh said. One example is to use the technology to survey damaged buildings after earthquakes.

The Gigapan idea originated with Randy Sargent, formerly of NASA and now a CMU faculty member based in California. He, Dr. Nourbakhsh and their research team developed an earlier version of the imaging technology for the Mars Exploration Rovers that NASA used to explore panoramic images of the Martian surface.

That success inspired them to develop the technology for use on earth.

Darrell Sapp, Post-Gazette
The Gigapan robot platform shown with a mounted digital camera was developed by Carnegie Mellon University and the NASA Ames Intelligent Robot Group. The robot takes up to 300 photos in 10 to 30 minutes. Software then "quilts" them together, resulting in a panoramic scene that can be zoomed for amazing detail.
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The technology accommodates almost any digital camera, regardless of its resolution. With an optical zoom, cameras can produce Gigapans as large as 30 billion pixels. Dr. Nourbakhsh said the browsing software at will allow people to explore, annotate and share their photographs.

"This will change the rules for what photography can be used for," Dr. Nourbakhsh said. "These are pictures with massive detail."

As digital camera resolution improves, so will Gigapans and their uses. The team also has produced a time-lapse version for scientific and educational use. One example would be to take a photo every half-hour of a bird's nest.

Instructions on how to purchase the robots or build them will be available at the Web site as early as March.

"Hopefully it will sell out fast, with 10,000 people taking pictures and sharing them with each other," he said.

AXIS 215 PTZ Network Camera

Reliable, discreet surveillance

AXIS 215 PTZ Network Camera is a day and night camera that offers pan/tilt/zoom control over IP networks. It has a compact, tamper-proof design providing protection against tampering as all moving parts are inside the casing.

Overview as well as detailed inspections

The camera is the perfect choice for indoor environments such as shops, receptions, banks and other facilities, where you need both an overview and the possibility to zoom in for detailed inspections. The total zoom capacity of 48x increases the monitoring options with the ability to show a detailed and precise view of the zoomed in area.


Traditional PTZ cameras have a mechanical stop that prevents the cameras’ circular movement making it impossible to follow a person walking in a full circle around the camera. Thanks to the Auto-flip functionality developed by Axis, AXIS 215 PTZ can instantly flip the camera head 180 degrees and continue to pan beyond its zero point. The camera can then continue to follow a passing person or object, regardless of the direction.


When a person passes below the camera, the image will be upside-down after 90 degrees tilt. With other PTZ camera models, the operator must rotate the image 180 degrees but with the E-flip functionality, AXIS 215 PTZ can automatically flip the image electronically 180 degrees, and continue to follow the person in the correct orientation, without delay.

VisionScope Technologies - Vipaq TVP-5

Vipaq TVP-5

VisionScope Technologies

VisionScope Technologies in the UK is distributing the latest endoscope from Richard Wold - the Vipaq TVP-5. The Vipaq is a CCD-based endoscope that makes use of standard fibre optic lighting. It includes both s-video output and USB 2.0 output. The USB port can also be used to power the device.

The system is compatible with standard monitors or PCs, and the associated software package, supplied with the system, is Windows XP compliant. Windows Vista compatibility will be available in the near future. The package includes an image management program that can switch between NTSC and PAL signals at the same time as image capture. The Vipaq can be used in conjunction with the Moritex Palmscope to save and store the video clips.

The Vipaq has a diameter of 4.7mm, with two length options: 800mm and 1400mm. The small diameter lends itself well with more micro applications. Further upgrades scheduled for 2008 and 2009 include will increase the range of lengths and diameters available.

Cedip Infrared Systems - VILGA


Cedip Infrared Systems

Cedip Infrared Systems has introduced the VILGA – an advanced video tracking and image processing package for applications including maritime and aerial surveillance, missile evaluation and trajectory measurements.

Incorporating the latest image processing algorithms embedded in a compact and rugged package, the VILGA offers video tracking from multiple video sources installed in the optical payload. It is easily adapted to meet a wide range of applications and provides electronic stabilisation of images from external sensors. VILGA operates under a robust real time operating system (RTOS) with minimum latency time for critical tasks.

The VILGA highlights targets which are overlaid on screen during tracking. The user can select a given target amongst several proposed by the tracker. Once engaged, the video tracker will drive the turret to the target. The VILGA card offers a picture-in-picture mode (PIP) where two sensors can be displayed on a single display. The user can select which sensor to display as full screen when operating the PIP mode. The PIP mode feature is particularly useful when using a spotter scope in combination with a TV zoom camera.

Vision Components - VC4438 smart camera

VC4438 smart camera

Vision Components

Vision Components has released its VC4438 model, which extends its range of freely programmable, intelligent high-performance cameras whose key component is a 1GHz (8,000 MIPS) processor from Texas Instruments.

The VC4438 acts as a stand-alone image processing system and renders additional PC stations unnecessary. The VC4438 features a 1/3-inch CCD sensor with a 640 x 480 pixel resolution and offers a maximum frame rate of 63fps (126fps in binning mode).

Standard equipment also includes an RS232 and an Ethernet interface, a high-speed encoder interface and an external trigger input that enables jitter-free image recording even at high reading frequencies. Basic camera versions come with 4MB Flash EPROM and 64MB SDRAM for program and data picture storage, which can be optionally extended to 128MB. Featuring four digital PLC inputs and four outputs, the camera can be easily integrated into existing automation environments.

An external monitor can be connected to the camera's integrated SVGA video output for maintenance and testing purposes. Like all cameras from Vision Components, the VC4438 has a robust industrial housing which makes it suitable for rugged environments.

Turbo Inspector - PCO

Turbo Inspector


PCO AG has developed the Turbo Inspector, a mobile inspection system that resides in a special case, has its own energy supply via storage batteries, and can be transported and implemented directly at the suspected source of error.

Discovering disruptions is often not easy, especially if a fast production process is involved, and the human eye is forced to capitulate – such as in paper production. With brisk speeds of around 33 metres per second, the paper webs whip through rolling mills and press works, over drying cylinders, through the calendar and, finally, onto the bearing rolls. What can happen in this situation is that something gets stuck or the machines don’t run smoothly. In such cases, the observational capacity of a technical specialist on-site is insufficient because a human being can only differentiate up to 16 individual pictures per second. On the other hand, the artificial eye of the Turbo Inspector can achieve more than 1000. The Turbo Inspector case contains a heavy-duty, 10-Bit CMOS camera, the pco.1200 hs.

At a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels the nimble eye inspects at 636 images per second, and in VGA-resolution even 1357 images, all without any trouble. Up to 4Gb of storage capacity is available, and the camera communicates via a FireWire interface (IEEE 1394) with an integrated tablet PC in the case as the processing unit.

Super Optical Device 3 - Moritex

Super Optical Device 3


The Super Optical Device 3 from Moritex is a high performance unit optimised for vision and inspection applications that require mounted lens and lighting.

Available in three different versions, the Super Optical Device 3 (SOD-III) series includes an optical body that uses coaxial episcopic illumination to capture flat surfaces. When used in conjunction with metallurgical microscope lenses, the SOD-III produces images of the highest quality. To enhance the versatility of the SOD-III customers can choose from a suite of high performance peripherals including cameras and light guides.

Compatible with a wide variety of different manufacturers ‘bright field’ lenses and offering flexible mounting options the compact SOD-III is the perfect device for applications including LCD and wafer defect inspection and alignment, optical alignment and automated inspection of small components.

NorPix - StreamPix4-8x100



NorPix has introduced StreamPix4-8x100, a turnkey system providing simultaneous, synchronised image capture from eight cameras to a single computer using a GigE Vision interface. The setup includes StreamPix4 digital video recording software, a fully configured computer, and eight cameras with either CMOS or CCD sensors.

The camera is suitable for applications in the special effects industry by providing motion capture at multiple angles. The system can capture images at 90-12-fps at resolutions of 640 x 480 in 8-bit monochrome or raw Bayer colour. Each camera can record up to 400 minutes of footage. All images are individually time-stamped.

TM Robotics - Scara


TM Robotics

TM Robotics has launched a new Toshiba Machine Scara robot in the UK and European markets. Called the TH250A, it offers improved speed compared to existing robots in the range, providing quicker cycle times with high levels of accuracy. The new, more cost-effective, model has a much more advanced visual system than previous models.

The robot will find applications in electronics, plastics, packaging, pharmaceutical, automotive component handling. It could be used to place and package small components or to handle laboratory equipment.

The new SCARA features absolute encoders, eliminating the need for a home return function. It also includes a payload of up to 3kg and repeatability of +/-0.01mm. The robot is also attractive to look at, with a simple and clean design.

The TH250A features a built in PLC to control I/O equipment. It can be programmed using a ladder sequence program and, as an option, can feature devicenet or Profi-bus connectivity.

OmniView - Cognex



The OmniView system from Cognex uses four cameras to obtain a seamless 360° view of all the features on cylindrical surfaces. It can read barcodes, verify text, inspect graphics and measure features at production line speeds of up to 1,200 parts per minute.

Alternative methods, which make use of just one camera, would require the object to spin in front of the imaging system. However, this introduces complex mechanisms that slow down the production line.

The OmniView captures images from four area scan cameras positioned around the cylindrical object. These images are then mapped together to create an undistorted, 2D image of the complete surface, which can be inspected using image analysis software.

Nikon iNEXIV VMA-2520TP

Nikon iNEXIV VMA-2520TP


Nikon has launched its iNEXIV VMA-2520TP multi-sensor measuring system, which combines touch probe-based capability with its range of laser-based video measuring systems.

By adding the Renishaw TP20 touch-trigger probing system, 3D contact and non-contact measurements can both be made at the same time, thereby significantly reducing overall assessment times.

Nikon Instruments has also released a new concept that combines the versatility of a stereo with the resolution of a compound microscope. Called the AZ100 Multizoom, it offers the wide field of view and long working distance usually associated with macro imaging with the high degree of resolution that characterises advanced research microscopes.

Matrox Nexis - Matrox Imaging

Matrox Nexis

Matrox Imaging

Matrox Imaging has launched the Matrox Nexis, an integrated image acquisition sub-system. Featuring two remote camera heads combined with a dual camera control unit (CCU) and frame grabber on a single PC/104-Plus card, Matrox Nexis is intended for use and sold with the Matrox 4Sight M industrial vision computer.

Matrox Nexis supports simultaneous acquisition from two camera heads, which are available in a compact or ultra-compact body. The camera heads make use of interline transfer progressive-scan CCD image sensors with square pixels; the family of available sensors includes support for sub to megapixel resolutions, higher readout or frame rates, and monochrome or colour imaging. Matrox 4Sight M can accommodate up to two Matrox Nexis sub-systems for simultaneous acquisition from up to four independent camera heads.

Matrox 4Sight M is a self-contained imaging platform offering desktop PC performance in a compact, industrial enclosure. It provides the core functionality needed to build high-performance and cost-sensitive applications. Image capture, processing and display, along with networking and general purpose I/Os, are all integrated into a single unit.

Matrox Imaging - Matrox Morphis DVR-16

Matrox Morphis DVR-16

Matrox Imaging

Matrox Imaging has released the Matrox Morphis DVR-16, a scalable video capture card with real-time multi-channel compression specifically designed for digital video recorders (DVRs).

The Morphis DVR-16 captures from NTSC, PAL, RS-170 and CCIR video sources. A PCI/PCIe card, the Morphis DVR-16 is scalable and can record from four to 16 channels of compressed video and audio. Each channel supports motion, blind and night detection, as well as detection of video loss. The hardware engine can perform real-time compression in MJPEG, and MPEG-4 formats. The display overlay also supports region blanking.

Software support is available for Microsoft Windows XP, and consists of the hardware-independent Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)/ActiveMIL or MIL-Lite/ActiveMIL-Lite development toolkits for creating custom applications.

Moritex - Lightscope



The new expanded range of Lightscope video endoscopes from Moritex provides convenient micro-inspection in inaccessible spaces.

Incorporating a high-resolution CCD sensor and high quality optics, the Lightscope enables crystal clear, true-colour images, free of distortion to be displayed and studied on a TV monitor. The endoscopes are available in four different lengths (1m, 2m, 3m and 18m).

Offering a focus range from 40mm to infinity and flexible probe each compact and portable Video Lightscope can be used to image inside engines, air conditioners, pipes, exhaust openings, and storage tanks. Integral long-life rechargeable batteries ensure continuous operation for up to three hours.

Designed to work from -10 to +60C the Video Lightscope is covered with a protective metal sleeve and inert industrial grade polymer inner sleeve to provide high durability and waterproofing for a long operational lifetime.

Nikon Instruments - iNEXIV VMA-2520


Nikon Instruments

The iNEXIV VMA-2520 is a simple-to-use video measuring system for 3D work pieces, provided by Nikon Instruments. It is inexpensive and requires minimal bench space, yet combines a 250 x 200mm stage with a 200mm Z-axis stroke. With a working distance of 73.5mm, it is ideal for rapid QC checks and demanding R&D work on mechanical, pressed metal, plastic moulded parts, as well as medical devices and electronic components.

The camera provides excellent resolution at high magnifications and wide viewing fields at low magnifications, with 10x zoom optics. It includes an eight-segment LED ring light source and advanced autofocusing, providing significantly improved throughput while ensuring stable measurement accuracies. The illumination can be controlled from eight different directions, with an average incidence angle of 18°, providing visibility for low contrast edges that are usually invisible under standard episcopic illumination. If required, the iNEXIV VMA-2520 can also work in diascopic mode.

The new AutoMeasure software included with the system is intuitive and easy to use. Teaching wizards take the user through all the necessary steps required to set up a measuring routine, complete measuring processes and evaluate the results.

Moritex - Hawkeye Pro Precision

Hawkeye Pro Precision


Available from Moritex the new Hawkeye Pro Precision range of rigid borescopes provide bright, clear, detailed, high-contrast images with plug-and-play versatility for video and digital photography.

Hawkeye Pro Precision borescopes have been upgraded to improve performance and operational utility/durability. These improvements include a patented lens system that lowers chromatic dispersion, a new objective lens with a wider field of view, an improved mirror adaptor for seeing around corners, improved scratch resistant mirror technology in the 90° mirror adaptor, and improved multilayered, broadband antireflection coatings on the objective lenses for truer colour reproduction.

The new SuperNova light source and LightConcentrator light post provide brighter, even, illumination making even challenging applications routine. The borescopes come in a wide range of sizes.

Syngene - G:BOX Chemi XT16

G:BOX Chemi XT16


Syngene has introduced the new version of the G:BOX Chemi XT16 automated chemiluminescence and fluorescence imaging and analysis system.

The G:BOX Chemi XT16 includes a 16-bit camera with a new f0.95 variable aperture lens, making it possible to quickly and easily produce accurate images of large gels and blots. To save time, the G:BOX Chemi XT16 also has PC control of its motor driven stage, which allows the system to memorise and feedback set positions for specific applications.

The camera, which features a highly sensitive 6.3-Megapixel resolution, is ultra cooled to separate close band and spot images with virtually no background noise, even during the imaging of chemiluminescence blots for long exposure times.

Additionally, the new G:BOX Chemi XT16 darkroom comes with an overhead EPI white lighting module, a UV to visible light NovaGlo converter screen and a 20 x 20cm UV transilluminator (other sizes available) to allow rapid and accurate imaging of common DNA and protein stains.

Edmund Optics - video zoom microscope

VZM 100i

Edmund Optics

Edmund Optics has released the VZM 100i video zoom microscope. The VZM series are parafocal zoom lens systems for video cameras. The system is suitable for inspection systems that need to handle a wide range of object sizes without changing working distance.

The VZM 100i features a compact 28mm diameter removable mount with optional zoom lock adapter and works with camera sensors as large as 2/3-inch. It offers a 0.25x primary magnification, a 4:1 zoom ratio, and a horizontal field of view of 25.6mm when using a 2/3-inch sensor. Its working distance is 175mm with resolutions up to 70 lp/mm, and it offers a greater depth of field than other members of the VZM family.

As with other lenses in the family, the VZM 100i features a rack-and-pinion focusing movement and parafocal design to eliminate the need to refocus when changing zoom levels. The i-series also offers front threading for filters and a locking iris.

Edmund Optics - telecentric lenses


Edmund Optics

Edmund Optics now offers a new line of TML-HP (High Power) Telecentric Measuring Lenses. Telecentric lenses have been designed to replace lenses that give inaccurate or inconsistent readings due to perspective errors that yield variations in magnification through the depth of field. The lenses are ideal for both on-line and off-line production environments that require accurate measurements.

The telecentric lenses offer a quality, compact, cost-effective solution for replacing standard lenses with fixed focal lengths. They build on Edmund Optics’ established TML Telecentric series, offering additional features including smaller fields of view, a high numerical aperture, and higher magnifications of 1X, 2X, and 4X. The 2X and 4X models also feature a double-telecentric design, giving the sharpest image while minimising errors to give the most accurate measurements.

The simplified non-focusing mechanical design offers adjustable iris control. A standard C-Mount camera interface increases flexibility of use on half-inch camera sensors. They contain a front filter thread for the addition of filters, polarisers or various types of illumination.

Moritex - micromachine, telecentric lenses



As a result of the increasing need for telecentric lenses with high magnification, Moritex has developed a new micromachine lens, the SOD-10X.

Most 10x – 20x vision applications require microscopes. The new Super Optical Device (SOD-10X) delivers up to 20x magnification without affecting resolution or numerical aperture.

The SOD-10X has 1.5mm spatial resolution, five times the resolution of standard micromachine lenses. Additionally benefiting from a high numerical aperture (0.23) and long working distance the SOD-10X provides the perfect machine vision lens for demanding applications such as semiconductor or LCD alignment and inspection.

Moritex micromachine lenses maintain a constant view angle to the subject. This is achieved by keeping the optical ray paths parallel to each other. The new C-mountable SOD-10X is highly telecentric and provides the vision engineer with the best possible image for repeatable and accurate image processing.

Lens telecentricity is crucial in machine vision applications such as alignment or gauging where view angle and magnification errors need to be minimised. In such applications, the parts being inspected are subject to fluctuations in position. The lenses maintain magnification and view angle to the subject as long as the part stays within the lens's depth of field.

Sill Optics - precision LED condenser


Sill Optics

Sill Optics has released the S6IRI154x, a precision LED condenser with aspheric surfaces that is compatible with the reliable standard S6IRI153x condensers. This system replaces the standard version, which consisted of three components, with a single precision asphere, providing a higher transmission rate is achieved. The condenser works with an F-number 1.0 and has a clear aperture of 30mm. It is compatible with all standard LED types from blue to IR.

Sill Optics - large double-sided telecentric lens


Sill Optics

The new S5LPJ8210 from Sill Optics is a large double-sided telecentric lens. Due to its symmetrical setup, the lens has very low distortion (less than 0.01 per cent) , making it suitable for the inspection of glass and wafer surfaces. Its reproduction scale of 1x allows an object of 160mm to be reproduced on a sensor line of 160mm at a working distance of 320mm. Mounts and other accessories are available on request.

The Schneider Group - High Res, High Mag Lenses

MRV 4.5/85 CAS 0.5X-2.0X

The Schneider Group

The Schneider Group has introduced the MacroVaron 85mm f4.5 lens featuring new technology for high resolutions at high magnification.

The new MacroVaron lens (MRV 4.5/85 CAS 0.5X-2.0X) includes the proprietary Continuous Aberration Suppression technology, which can provide resolutions of 2.5μm over a magnification range of 0.5X-2.0X, with uniform performance over the entire range.

A 62mm image circle, with low distortion and excellent chromatic correction make the MacroVaron lens suitable for line scan applications with resolutions of up to 12k pixels.

The relative illumination of the lens is constant over the entire image height, enabling the whole sensor to be used. This eliminates the need for electronic compensation, minimising the noise of the camera signal. The 85mm focal length of the MacroVaron lens reduces the required working distance and decreases the space needed for the camera-lens assembly.

Like all Schneider-Kreuznach industrial macro lenses, the new MacroVaron lens features Schneider-Kreuznach’s unique iris locking mechanism and robust design, to ensure reliable and precise measurements in harsh manufacturing environments.

High precision reference flats - Optical Surfaces

High precision reference flats

Optical Surfaces

Optical Surfaces has launched its range of Reference Flats, which have an up to 600mm in diameter and can achieve a surface accuracy of lambda/20pv and surface roughness of 10A rms.

All reference flats from Optical Surfaces come with full quality testing assurance. Optics up to 450mm diameter are provided with a Fizeau interferometric test report, larger flats are quality assured using the Ritchey-Common test procedure.

Precision reference flats are versatile devices for measuring surface flatness of polished areas by determining the variations between work surfaces and the surface of the optical flat. Uses include high precision applications in astronomy, laser beam steering, inspecting gauge blocks for wear and accuracy and interferometric flatness testing of prisms, filters and optical windows.

Optical Surfaces ISO 9001-2000 approved manufacturing facility provides the flexible resources to supply from single specialist requirements to OEM quantities in sizes from 105 to 600mm.

CPN 4.5/90 lens - The Schneider Group

CPN 4.5/90 lens

The Schneider Group

The Schneider Group has introduced a 90mm f4.5 lens to its line of high-resolution line scan lenses. The CPN 4.5/90 lens provides magnification from 0.2x to 0.4x.

The focal length of the new Apo-Componon 90mm lens reduces the required working distance, decreasing the space required for the camera-lens assembly. It allows system designers to make their machines both smaller and more stable, because shorter distance optical assemblies are less sensitive to vibrations and temperature drift.

At f4.5, the lens speed helps to increase image brightness and reduces the system costs associated with illumination assemblies. Like all Schneider ultra‑high resolution l2k Line Scan lenses the new 90mm lens features Schneider iris-locking mechanism and robust design to ensure extremely reliable and precise measurements in high‑vibration manufacturing environments. To optimise lens performance to highest possible level, all Schneider 12k Line Scan lenses come with the position of ‘best average azimuth’ marked right on the lens body. System manufacturers can compensate for all residual asymmetric tolerances by using this mark to align the lens with the line sensor.

Each of Schneider's l2k Line Scan lenses features image circles of up to 90mm and is designed for 5μm pixel size cameras having up to a 62mm sensor. The large image circle and the low distortion of these lenses enable users to utilise the newest 8k and l2k cameras to improve productivity in surface and web inspection processes.

C-mount lenses - Tamron

C-mount lenses

Tamron Europe

Tamron Europe has introduced a new line-up of its 0.5-inch C-mount lenses. These include f=4-12mm F/1.2 (12VM412ASIR) and f=10-40mm F/1.4 (12VM1040ASIR), which can be used for 0.5-inch size sensor cameras. These lenses adopt asphercial elements inside, and achieve high resolution from the total focal length. These are also provided with near infrared correction, which can correct the focus shift under visible light and infrared light. These lenses can maintain superb picture quality up to 1,000nm, and ideal for users who use longer infrared wavelengths.

Lock screws are provided for focus, iris, and zoom to fix the positions. But because these lenses are normally designed for security surveillance, it is not suitable to be used under applications that have vibrations or shocks.

Smart LEDs - Firstsight Vision

Smart LEDs

Firstsight Vision

The Stemmer Imaging Group has been appointed by VCubed as the European distribution channel for its entire range of intelligent light sources. Firstsight Vision, part of the Stemmer group, will be selling the components in the UK.

These high intensity light sources can be used in a host of industrial vision applications, and as well as the standard product range, customized versions can be built for special applications.

The comprehensive range of area, linear, strobe and ultra high output LED light sources feature intensity and thermal management to ensure efficient, reliable and consistent operation and fast warm up time. All the control electronics are integrated into the unit so no external controllers are required. Powerful on-board intelligence includes detailed diagnostic feedback, detection of LED device failure and advanced strobe timing control, with remote control of all operations and settings available via Ethernet, Serial or USB interfaces.

High-intensity light sources can be used in a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including web inspection, glass and metal sheet, road surfaces, railway tracks and PCBs.

LightScope - Moritex



Moritex has introduced a range of four battery handle light sources for industrial endoscopes to suit different applications and budgets.

The range now includes a simple, low cost Maglite-style handle, halogen and xenon lamp handles as well as a high performance LED handle for the most demanding applications. An adapter is available for the LED handle enabling it to additionally be used as a torch.

Moritex also provides the LightScope industrial endoscopes. Easy to use and cost-effective, the LightScopes are suitable for remote viewing and limited access inspection applications including machinery repairs as well as aircraft, automotive and diesel engine inspections.

The endoscopes are available with rigid or flexible probes, and include integral battery-powered illumination. They are equipped with high quality optics to ensure distortion-free viewing with true colour reproduction. The focus range is adjustable from 10mm to infinity.

With c/mount compatibility all LightScopes may be interfaced to mobile video or digital recording systems. Rotational side view adapters are provided with the probes. The endoscopes are waterproof and constructed of stainless steel and inert industrial grade polymers to ensure long operational lifetime.

LED Spot Projectors -StockerYale

LED Spot Projectors


StockerYale’s LED Spot Projectors are high-intensity LED spotlights that are designed to replace conventional halogen point-sources as well as fibre optic illumination solutions. Compact and lightweight in design, these illuminators offer long lifetimes and low power consumption when compared to traditional light sources.

Available in a wide range of wavelengths including red, blue, green, amber, and broadband white, the LED Spot Projectors provide light at divergence angles of 10 or 25 degrees. The optional fibre-coupled configurations enable users to bring light to the desired target using industry standard fibre components. These products offer the high-intensity illumination required in many machine vision, microscopy, and biomedical applications.

LDR2/SQR - Firstsight Vision


Firstsight Vision

Firstsight Vision offers a comprehensive range of LED illumination sources at competitive prices to industrial and scientific OEMs, system Integrators and resellers. This includes the range of LED sources from CCS.

The LDR2/SQR series of LEDs from CCS have a high intensity light output creating crisp vivid images with a choice of heat dissipation characteristics and cost. With favourable exchange rates and lower cost options, there has never been a better time to buy this premium LED brand.

The LDR2 series features high-density LED arrays arranged in an umbrella configuration, creating an extremely bright concentration of light at the centre of the illumination area. They use a special heat dissipating enclosure for harsh environments and heat sensitive applications. This prevents the heat from building up in the LEDs and increases both the life expectancy and the uniformity of the unit.

The SQR is a compact low-cost version of the popular LDR2 series, ideally suited to applications where heat dissipation is less critical. The LEDs are mounted perpendicularly on a flat base for high performance.

Lasiris SNF -StockerYale

Lasiris SNF


StockerYale has unveiled the new 660nm, 100 mW option for the Lasiris SNF Laser. The laser, widely known for its versatility in machine vision applications, now operates at powers of up to 100mW at 660nm with an automatic power control (APC) circuit. This compact laser uses a laser diode drive circuit that is based on a photodiode feedback loop that maintains output power stability over long periods of time and during possible temperature fluctuations. The availability of this new 100mW power option provides machine vision users with a higher power alternative for their specialised high speed inspection, positioning and mapping applications.

Lasiris -StockerYale



StockerYale’s Lasiris laser line generators are able to project from three to 99 parallel lines with a high degree of uniformity across the lines. Multi-line patterns are compatible with all Lasiris lasers that emit from 375 to 1550nm. The line lasers are focusable and offer a wide range of fan angles and inter-beam angles. Micro multi-line patterns are also available. Applications include machine vision, high-speed inspection, 3D contour mapping, and biomedical.

Labsphere Spectralon and Spectraflect

Labsphere Spectralon and Spectraflect


With 96 to 98 per cent reflectance, Labsphere’s Spectralon and Spectraflect provide a high level of uniform light integration for maximum efficiency in light collection tubes and light guides used in medical imaging equipment.

The near-Lambertian properties of Spectralon and Spectraflect deliver a uniform dispersion of light that integrates light and reduces hotspots better than other materials in coated cavity applications. A high reflectance over a broad spectral range of 250 to 2500nm increases optical efficiency.

With increased efficiency, less light input is required for performance, lowering energy and design costs. Since light collection and reflectance are not dependent on the geometry of light input, design flexibility is increased. Inert, thermally stable and UV-resistant, Labsphere’s materials ensure consistent optical stability and long term performance reliability.

HEML laser modules (Frankfurt Laser Company)

HEML laser modules

Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company is providing a new line of temperature-stabilised laser diode modules. The HEML laser modules provide high output power for machine vision applications in harsh environments. They provide crisp, uniform line illumination with sharp ends.

The modules can be equipped with various optics including Gaussian line and diffractive optics. The module offers stable power output (less than 1 per cent) and wavelength (less than 0.5nm) over a wide temperature band (0°C to +40°C), with good pointing stability and alignment.

The modules are supplied with high-power laser diodes up to 3W or green DPSS laser up to 200mW. The focus can be adjusted by the user. Both TTL modulation up to 1MHz (532nm up to 10kHz) and analogue modulation up to 10kHz are possible.

Fiber-Lite DC950H - Dolan Jenner

Fiber-Lite DC950H

Dolan Jenner

Dolan-Jenner Industries has introduced the new Fiber-Lite DC950H machine vision fibre optic illuminator.

The DC950H is a 150W quartz halogen regulated illuminator, which features a higher output and greater reliability than previous models. It is now RoHS compliant. It features DC regulated output, fast lamp response, and a 0-5 VDC remote intensity control interface with linear voltage adjustment (8-bit D/A module available). The DC950H can be operated remotely and offers remote notification of lamp failure to decrease downtime.

The DC950H is made of stackable heavy-duty steel housing with a mounting capability. The front panel can be accessed easily for fast lamp changes. Several illuminating options are available with the DC950H, including: colour filtering, manual iris (for intensity adjustment at a constant colour temperature), and an analogue or digital remote interface. The nosepiece is compatible with all standard Dolan-Jenner fibre optic configurations.

ColdVision MaVi-S - Schott

ColdVision MaVi-S


Schott has introduced a new addition to its ColdVision family of products, the MaVi-S, a machine vision strobe light source for use in industrial image processing. Combined with fibre optics and user supplied cameras, the MaVi-S is designed to be used in machine vision applications where very brief, intense light pulses are needed to create bright, high contrast images.

The MaVi-S features a xenon bulb and is easily operated with touch pad control. The unit can be used in conjunction with Schott ColdVision fibre optics. With its lock-down input, it also accepts a variety of fibre ferrules sizes.

For optimal control, the MaVi-S is designed with a touch pad with a variable trigger, intensity, frequency and burst controls. The unit can also be remotely controlled through an RS-232 interface.

In addition, the Schott LLS, a small footprint LED based light source for fibre optic based illumination, is available. It offers a long lifetime of 50,000 hours, and therefore requires less scheduled maintenance than non-LED fibre optic light sources. The LLS is available in a variety of wavelength bands including red, white, amber, green, blue and UV.

The LLS features an external triggered strobe mode with a maximum 1KHz pulse rate, maximum pulse width of 1m/sec, and a duty of 1/10. The unit also possesses a non-volatile memory for storing operating parameters, which allows it to automatically restore operating conditions on power up.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sony - XCL-5005/XCL-5005CR


Sony Europe

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions Division has introduced two additions to its XCL-5000 family of high-resolution industry-standard Camera Link camera modules - the XCL-5005 and XCL-5005CR.

The XCL-5005CR adds 5-Megapixel colour image capture to the product family. Designed for machine vision applications, they now feature selectable Power on Camera Link (PoCL) capability. Units can be powered using PoCL or by a separate 12V DC supply. Using the PoCL function, the compact cameras can be installed in physically small spaces such as inside robotic arms and semiconductor pick-and-place machines.

The XCL-5000 series cameras provide high quality, 1600 x 1200 UXGA resolution and deliver up to 15fps. Using 2/3-inch 12-bit CCD, progressive scan and interline transfer technology, they are suitable for production quality applications such as precision inspection, item recognition and detailed object measurement. The units could also be used with existing systems to further improve output resolution.

The cameras are compact, C mount designs measuring just 44 x 44 x 57.5mm. Operating temperate ranges from -5 to +45°C. They have been designed for use in industrial environments and have a shock resistance of 70G and a vibration tolerance of 10G. These new models also benefit from an improved signal-to-noise ratio and the ability to use longer cable lengths.

Sony - XCI series

XCI series

Sony Europe

The new additions to the XCI series of intelligent cameras from Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions Division will offer a more powerful 1GHz processor with MMX and SSE support. Designed to run an enhanced Windows XP embedded operating system, the units are suitable for software-based machine vision, security and traffic control applications.

Two cameras will be added to the XCI family, a 1,280 x 1,024 SXGA and a 640 x 480 VGA model, available in both monochrome and colour variants. An open FPGA processor allows a high-level of custom image processing. The image output is selectable between grabbed or pre-processed image.

The XCI series employ high-resolution, progressive scan interline transfer monochrome CCD sensors from Sony Semiconductor. Depending on the model, either a 1/2-inch or 1/3-inch type sensor is used. These sensors have been designed for industrial machine vision applications.

The cameras can provide output via Gigabit Ethernet and dual USB 2.0 interfaces. Opto-coupled I/O is provided by four input and eight output ports. The camera is housed in a robust enclosure measuring just 55 x 70 x 110mm.

A software development kit (SDK) supplied with the camera allows users to customise the operating system environment, build image processing applications and control camera parameters. The SDK also includes an example application and comprehensive programming and reference guides.

JAI - TM-2040GE



JAI has expanded its line of high-resolution, high performance GigE cameras with the TM-2040GE. It offers two-Megapixel UXGA resolution and software-selectable operation that allows users to choose between dual tap mode at 34fps (with automatic channel balancing) or single tap mode operating at 17fps. Using a one-inch Kodak progressive scan IT CCD sensor (KAI-2020), the TM-2040GE produces 12-bit linear images, or 10-bit/8-bit images that are modifiable by a user-defined look-up table (LUT) for use in difficult lighting situations.

The TM-2040GE camera features JAI’s high-fidelity front-end circuitry and low-noise power supply to produce exceptional sensitivity and a typical signal-to-noise ratio of greater than 58dB.

All TM-2040GE cameras include image centre partial scanning (600, 300, or 150 lines), as well as variable partial scanning where the user can choose both the starting point and the specific number of lines to be scanned.

Other high performance features include a PIV mode enabling the capture of pairs of images separated by only a few microseconds, and a defective pixel compensation feature that uses neighbouring pixels to adjust for bad ones.

Uses for the TM-2040GE cameras span a wide range of machine vision, medical, and intelligent transportation system applications, where high speed and high resolution are required.

JAI Pulnix - TM-1327GE


JAI Pulnix

JAI Pulnix has added a new member to its growing line of Gigabit Ethernet cameras. The TM-1327GE is a compact progressive scan CCD camera, featuring a 2/3-inch image sensor and the ability to capture 30fps at a full 1.4-Megapixel resolution. The camera is contained in 50.8 x 50.8 x 84.8mm housing. It offers a wide dynamic range with high sensitivity over both visible and near IR portions of the spectrum, making it well suited to applications involving widely varying light conditions.

JAI Pulnix’s patented look-up table (LUT) allows full dynamic range control of the CCD by externally selectable knee slopes. An extensive software kit, provided with the camera, includes a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) for controlling LUT settings and other camera functions, as well as an integrated API and a set of C++ classes for controlling the grabbing of images, and configuring local I/Os.

Applications include machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, fruit inspection, medical imaging, gauging, character recognition, surveillance, and failure analysis.

JAI Pulnix - TM-2016-8


JAI Pulnix

The TM-2016-8, a member of JAI Pulnix’s AccuPiXEL line of cameras, is a 2.1 Megapixel camera with a one-inch progressive scan CCD. This machine vision camera features a Kodak KAI-2093M imager and is available in two versions: Camera Link and LVDS (RS-644). Featuring 1920 x 1080 resolution and with large 7.4µm square pixels, the camera includes 8-bit output with lookup table. Similar to HDTV, the pixels are arranged in a 2K x 1K, 16:9 aspect ratio.

The TM-2016-8’s progressive scan provides full vertical and horizontal resolution at up to 8fps. Two-row binning can be used to achieve 16fps. The TM-2016-8 features full asynchronous reset with electronic shutter up to 1/10,000 sec or pulse-width exposure control, which allows triggered image capture and processing. The housing measures 44mm x 44mm x 64mm and accepts standard C-mount lenses. The TM-2016-8’s 2:1 aspect ratio makes it suited to a variety of machine vision applications, especially those requiring a wide field of view. These include airborne imaging, head-up displays, ITS (intelligent transportation systems), online inspection, defence, microscopy, medical imaging, PIV/measurement, and motion analysis.

Imperx - TEC Series

TEC Series


Imperx has released its TEC family of cameras for applications requiring the lowest possible thermal noise. The cameras are equipped with thermo-electric cooling of the image sensor and provide a housing designed to maximise heat removal. Resolutions of 4- 11-, and 16-Megapixel are available in standard housing 100mm on a side.

The TEC series cameras use thermo-electric cooling elements attached to the sensor and are housed in a larger-than-average enclosure with integral heat-sink to help dissipate thermal energy efficiently and reduce thermal noise. In addition, the housing encloses the sensor in a sealed chamber equipped with a fill/purge valve to prevent condensation.

The TEC series cameras are available in either monochrome or colour configurations, offering 8-, 10-, or 12-bit pixel data under software configuration control. Electronic shutter control offers features such as pre-exposure and double exposure and speeds as fast as 1/12000 of a second to as long as ten seconds. The shutters can be triggered under software control or use external trigger signals in addition to providing programmed exposure times. Automatic iris control is optionally available.

Software support includes Windows and Linux drivers, development kits for C++ and Visual Basic, and support for a variety of instrument control packages. For command and data communications, the cameras are available with an RS-232 port and either a CameraLink or a Gigabit Ethernet connection. The Ethernet connection allows network-controlled installations using the Internet Protocol (IP).

SVS-Vistek - svs414



SVS-Vistek has introduced the svs414, a new model in its SVCam series. It is a progressive-scan camera with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixel and Camera Link interface. It uses a ½-inch CCD and is optimised for high sensitivity and low noise. The output is digitised with a 12-Bit AD converter.

The svs414 is reversible and delivers 30 respectively 60 full images per second. In partial scan mode higher frame rates can be achieved with reduced spatial resolution. Binning with 2 x 2 pixels is also possible.

Camera parameters such as gain, offset and exposure time can be adjusted using SVS-Vistek’s camera configuration software. Variable operation modes like ‘free-running’ or ‘triggered’ modes enable the user to integrate the camera into his specific application.

Because of its small size of only 50 x 55 x 43mm this camera is especially suitable for applications under confined conditions. The svs414 is available as monochrome and colour version (Bayer pattern) and can be used in the scientific instruments market for high-precision metrology.

SVS-Vistek - SVCam-GigE



SVS-Vistek has introduced its camera family SVCam-GigE, designed according to the new international GigE Vision standard. The cameras are available in various resolutions from VGA, XVGA, one, two, four up to 11 Megapixel. Their small size (e.g. 51 x 55 x 65mm) means these cameras can be used in limited-space environments.

The use of Gigabit Ethernet reduces the need for frame grabber boards. Transferring image data over standard Gigabit Ethernet components makes transmission to distances of more than 100m possible.

The SVCam-GigE family uses progressive scan CCD sensors from Sony and Kodak. Each camera model is available in a monochrome or colour version. Due to the progressive scan abilities, applications can be realised where jitter-free images are needed. Cameras of the GigE line possess a hardware trigger input as well as a strobe output. Both can be flexibly configured.

A special feature of the SVCam-GigE line is the high-precision timestamp that is assigned automatically to each image. Suitable software tools for system integration and camera configuration are provided, including: network packet filter, camera driver, SDK and an application to acquire images and control the camera.

Multipix - Runner



Multipix has introduced the new Basler Runner GigE Vision line scan camera series. The Runner series features seven models with up to 2k pixels in monochrome or colour, 1,024 or 2,098 pixels and a range of line rates up to 59kHz.

The leading member of this series is a tri-linear CCD colour line scan camera. The camera features three independent CCD lines with 2,098 pixels per line to collect colour information at a 9.2kHz line rate.

The software features compact housing and Basler’s easy-to-use Pylon software. Former Camera Link lines can camera users will experience a quick and easy setup process that lets them see their first images within minutes.

Basler - Pilot



Basler's Pilot series of CCD cameras is now commercially available. The Pilot family consists of 10 camera models from VGA to 5 Megapixels in resolution and up to 210fps in speed. They are equipped with Kodak or Sony CCD image sensors to ensure the best mixture of speed, resolution and an attractive price.

All Basler Pilot cameras feature Basler's robust and easy to use GigE Vision compliant interface that has proven its industrial reliability in the successful Basler Scout series.

All image quality parameters for the new Basler Pilot series are measured according to the EMVA1288 standard. This includes measurements for noise, full well capacity, dynamic range, quantum efficiency, linearity and many others.

Basler-VC designs and manufactures advanced vision components for industrial users. Products include colour and monochrome line scan, area scan, and intelligent area scan digital cameras ideal for high-speed and/or high-resolution applications. Product designs are driven by industry requirements and offer easy interfacing, compact size, and a strong price/performance ratio.

Leutron Vision - PicSight


Leutron Vision

Leutron Vision is providing an extensive range versatile digital camera with the PicSight digital camera series. The modular nature of the PicSight series enables cameras to be tailored to suit the user’s individual requirements and to be supplied at very short notice. A variety of sensors, interfaces and processor modules can all be combined with each other to generate a range of 300 different types of camera. This means that the application engineer has a selection of 28 different types of sensors available to him, whether CCD monochrome or colour, ranging from VGA resolution up to 1628 x 1236 (UXGA) pixels, or CMOS with resolutions of more than 5 Megapixels. Digital interfaces such as Gigabit-Ethernet, Camera Link and USB 2.0 are all available for data transfer.

PicSight includes on-board image storage as well as pre-processing capabilities such as Bayer decoding for colour models. Digital input and output enable external trigger and stroboscopic operation. In this highly diverse offer, the OEM user can also find smart-camera versions of PicSight with high performance RISC-processors. This enables PicSight to be operated entirely autonomously, as an intelligent camera quite independent of a PC, at very high cost efficiency. The industrial housing with a cross-section of 44 x 31mm and a length of 29 or 86mm is optionally available with a right-angled lens mount.

Adimec - OPAL-1000m



Adimec has introduced a new CCD camera for fast inspection applications. The OPAL-1000m offers high spatial resolution at high speeds. Combined with Adimec’s electronics, this provides excellent linearity over the full dynamic range through optimised embedded video processing. Other important performance parameters include channel matching to below noise level, automatic black and shading, and defect-pixel correction.

The OPAL-1000m uses a ½-inch CCD area array sensor with 1024 x 1024, 5.5µm square pixels. It can deliver up to 120fps at full resolution, with good image quality and high signal to noise ratio. To enable high frame rate image acquisition in combination with standard frame grabbers, the cameras have a built-in frame memory that decouples the asynchronous image acquisition and image readout. The image readout and Camera Link interface of these cameras allow for software configuration and easy integration.

Lumenera - Lx11059



Lumenera has released the Lw11059 series of CCD Megapixel USB 2.0 cameras, designed for use in a variety of industrial and scientific applications that require high resolution and good performance in low light conditions.

With a 4008 x 2672 resolution and on-board processing, the cameras deliver excellent image quality at a low price. Ideal applications include display and document inspection where optical performance is important throughout the entire image including its edges.

Uncompressed images such as streaming video and still image capture can be streamed using a USB 2.0 digital interface, requiring no frame grabber. Advanced camera control is available through a complete Software Developer’s Kit (SDK), with sample code available to quickly integrate camera functions into OEM applications.

This camera series includes a hardware- and software-based synchronisation trigger, and is available with three different lens mount options: Lw11059 with a Canon Bayonet-Style Mount; Lw11058 with a K-Mount; and the Lw11057 with an F-Mount.

Andor Technology - Luca EMCCD


Andor Technology

Andor Technology is introducing the latest in its range of Luca EMCCD cameras. The LucaEM R is a cost effective yet powerful Megapixel EMCCD camera, particularly suitable for use in 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 8mm pixels, the LucaEM R offers high resolution over a large field of view.

This camera uses a monochrome Megapixel frame transfer EMCCD sensor, providing single photon detection sensitivity and unrestrained QE up to 65 per cent (with enhanced red response) at rapid frame rates, in a TE-cooled, compact, USB 2.0 camera platform. Andor’s RealGain EM gain control offers enhanced user-friendliness and quantitative reproducibility.

Lumenera - Lm family

Lm family


Lumenera has launched the Lm family of cameras – a mini CCD USB 2.0 camera line aimed at industrial markets. Offering the same performance as Lumenera’s USB 2.0 cameras, the Lm075, Lm135 and Lm165 are ideal for applications with low light conditions and/or tight space constraints.

Lm cameras measure 44 x 44 x 56mm, offer fast frame rates at VGA through Megapixel resolution, and include such features as a new industrial locking USB and GPI/O connector, eight mounting points, electronic global shutter for capturing objects in high-speed motion, and onboard processing and sensitivity for outstanding image quality. Higher frame rates are available at lower resolution, with full sub-window control and live focusing modes. As with the entire line of Lumenera cameras, no framegrabber is required. Both colour and monochrome product models are fully supported by the Lumenera Software Developer’s Kit with an application programming interface compatible with C++ and Visual Basic.

Eastman Kodak - KAI-04022


Eastman Kodak

Eastman Kodak has introduced the KAI-04022 image sensor - a low-noise four-Megapixel interline transfer CCD that is optimised for low-light imaging.

With a 2048 x 2048 array of 7.4μm pixels, dual outputs with up to 15fps readout speed, and fast line dump to facilitate region-of-interest (ROI) imaging, the KAI-04022 shares key design and performance features of the existing KAI-4021 image sensor. However, a new amplifier has reduced the read noise by 25 per cent, making the product particularly suitable for fluorescence microscopy.

To facilitate adoption of the new sensor, the KAI-04022 shares the same package and pin-out configuration as the current KAI-4021, allowing existing designs to be easily modified with the new model.

Imperx - IPX-16M3-G & IPX-16M3-L

IPX-16M3-G & IPX-16M3-L


Imperx has added two new members to its Lynx digital camera line, the IPX-16M3-G and the IPX-16M3-L. Both cameras offer fully programmable resolution, frame rate, and exposure control, allowing users to tailor the camera’s operation to the application’s needs.

The new cameras utilise a 16 Megapixel Kodak KAI-16000 interline-transfer CCD sensor to deliver up to 4872 x 3248-pixel resolution. High-speed data clocks allow full-resolution images to transfer at rates up to 3fps using dual output. In area-of-interest (AOI) mode, the output frame rates can reach as high as 29fps for the 16M3-L and 16M3-G.

The 16M3-L offers a standard RS-232 port for control and the base Camera Link interface for the image data. The 16M3-G offers a Gigabit Ethernet connection for both control and data, allowing network-controlled installations using the Internet Protocol (IP). Software support for the 16M3-G includes Windows and Linux drivers, development kits for C++ and Visual Basic, and support for a variety of instrument control packages, including LabView, MIL, Image Pro, Halcon, and Video Savant. Software tools for data acquisition and display, camera configuration, and triggering waveform generation are built in.

Toshiba Imaging Systems - 3CCD HDTV Camera


Toshiba Imaging Systems

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division has released a small high-definition camera head and ultra-compact control unit, the IK-HD1 3CCD HDTV Camera. Small (1.6 inches) and lightweight, the HD colour camera system is ideal for applications where size and weight are critical.

The affordable 3CCD (1/3-inch chip) interlace HD camera uses Toshiba’s sophisticated 3CCD prism block imaging technology, delivering true colour with sharp detail and bright contrast from the remarkably small camera head. Features include a C-mount lens flange, RS 232C serial interface, and multiple outputs including HD-SDI (SMPTE 292M), analog RGB or Y/Pb/Pr, making it very easy for integration.

It delivers 30fps for reality TV, specialty broadcast, scientific imaging and diagnostics, homeland security, and industrial video inspection applications.

Other features include 1920 x 1080 resolution, power requirements of 12 V DC and power consumption of only 10.3W, making this new IK-HD1 camera system an ideal solution for a variety of imaging needs. Accessories for the camera system include a 4mm or 15mm lens and camera cables in 3, 6, 10 or 30-meter lengths. Toshiba’s new, lightweight HD camera head is easy to mount on a performer, a helmet or hat, or in a confined space or tight corner. It can also be integrated into a larger system for imaging applications that require the flexibility of a very small HDTV camera package.

Andor Technology - iCam


Andor Technology

Andor Technology has launched its new iCam technology, a combined firmware and software innovation that will be incorporated into Andor’s EMCCD imaging cameras, starting with the iXonEM and LucaEM product lines.

iCam technology encompasses a set of new developments that allow the EMCCD camera to operate with high acquisition efficiency through multi-dimensional microscopy software, such as Andor’s own iQ imaging suite. The technology will improve tightly synchronised and complex multi-dimensional microscopy experiments.

Prosilica - GE4900



Prosilica has released its highest resolution camera ever. The 16-Megapixel GE4900 runs at 3fps at 4872 x 3248 pixel resolution over a GigE Vision interface. The industrial digital camera incorporates a Kodak KAI-16000 progressive scan CCD sensor with an electronic global shutter suitable for capturing high-speed motion events. Exposure times are programmable from 1/100,000 to 60 seconds.

The GE4900 offers advanced functionality including asynchronous external trigger and sync, automatic exposure and white-balance, region of interest read-out, binning modes to 8 x 8, and a wide range of other features suitable for machine vision and image processing. Applications include LCD panel inspection, aerial imaging, industrial inspection, 3D measurement, specialised traffic and public security.

Available in either monochrome or colour models, the GE4900 provides uncompressed digital output in Mono8, Mono16, Bayer8, or Bayer16 image formats. The 12-bit A-to-D provides very high-quality images to meet the most demanding applications.

Prosilica - GC2450



Prosilica has released the new GC2450 GigE Vision camera. The compact GC2450 runs at 15fps with 2456 x 2048 resolution. The camera housing measures just 33 x 46 x 43mm.

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 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. Applications for the GC2450 include inspection applications, 3D measurement, food processing, aerial imaging, machine vision, and security applications.

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.

Baumer Optronics - FWX401D


Baumer Optronics

With the CCD FireWire camera FWX401D, Baumer Optronic has launched a four million pixel matrix camera with an IEEE1394a interface. The matrix camera, with a resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixels and well suited for precise measuring applications, features a high frame rate and outstanding image quality. The available bandwidth of the IEEE1394a standard is optimally used and allows up to 10fps at full resolution in excellent image quality.

As with all Baumer camera models, the FWX401D provides numerous functions such as gain, offset and exposure time settings as well as ‘binning’ and ‘true partial scan’ (ROI) readout modes to improve the sensitivity or to increase the frame rate. Exact synchronisation with the process is accomplished by using the proven trigger-and-flash interface directly on the camera. A 16Mb image memory, integrated in the camera, ensures that all image data is transmitted reliably and at the highest speed, even in multi-camera solutions.

With regard to its housing, stability and immunity to interference, the camera is developed specifically for industrial use. The software driver for the FireWire interface offered by Baumer (FCAM1394) is based on the OHCI standard for Windows and also supports Linux. Together with the Software Development Kit (SDK), powerful functions are available to the programmer for an optimum and quick integration of the camera in existing application software.

FOculus Tiny

FOculus Tiny


The FOculus Tiny IEEE1394 camera series comes in monochrome and colour and includes a 1/3-inch CCD image sensor. The two models are available in VGA/XGA resolution. The lens mount can be a C-/CS-mount. The FOculus Tiny series completes the FOculus line and is IIDC 1.31 compliant.

The FOculus S-series has been completed by the FO442SB/SC with a 2/3-inch CCD image sensor. The S- and T- series are available with a lockable IEEE1394 connector via lock screws.

After completing the FOculus Series, NET is able to offer the ideal camera for many applications given their range of casings, image sensor sizes, resolutions and frame rates. The main fields of application are machine vision, positioning, microscopy, semiconductor inspection, barcode, matrix code, OCR, and OVC.




NET GmbH continues to expand its range of monochrome and colour IEEE1394 cameras. The new FOculus models offer the advantage of a user-friendly small body along with other additional features.

The new S-series (e.g. FO124SC) measures 29 x 44 x 63mm and is equipped with Sony CCD Matrix image sensors from 1/3” to 1/1.8”, as with the standard series (64 x 64 x 60mm). The cameras achieve resolutions from VGA (640 x 480) with up to 86fps, UXGA (1600 x 1200) with 16fps. The IEEE1394 connector can be locked with screws to withhold every environment.

Higher frame rates can be achieved by setting a ROI (Region of Interest) under Format 7 (e.g. selecting a window of 60 x 60 pixels to obtain 300 fps). Binning modes are also available (2 x 2 and 1 x 2). Binning is a useful option to obtain noise reduction or explicit light sensitivity. Furthermore, the camera runs two to four times faster with the reduced resolution.

All previous characteristics of the FOculus series like C-mount, progressive scan, external trigger, low smear, excellent anti-blooming, high sensitivity, variable shutter speed, as well as an adjustable low frame rate, sub-sampling and electronic shutter are still effective.

Point Grey Research - Flea2


Point Grey Research

Point Grey Research has introduced the new 2.0-Megapixel version of its Flea2 camera. This high-resolution model of the Flea2 series of ultra-compact FireWire b cameras incorporates the Sony ICX274 1/1.8-inch progressive scan CCD image sensor with a square pixel array. The new camera can deliver full resolution 1624 x 1224 images at 14fps, and contains all the core features of the Flea2 family, including jack screw connectors for secure locking, pixel binning and regions of interest modes via Format_7 and in-field firmware upgrades.

Additional features include on-camera colour processing and white balancing. It includes the automatic synchronisation of multiple cameras, an external trigger and strobe output, and low power consumption.

Firstsight Vision - A10, A70 and M9

Firstsight Vision

A10, A70 and M9

Firstsight Vision can now offer GigE versions of the popular A10, A70 and M9 cameras, manufactured by JAI at its Japanese facility. These new cameras can be readily interfaced to external factory automation equipment such as PLCs. New sequencing functions have been added to all three cameras. The A10GE is a monochrome unit, the A70GE offers a raw Bayer colour output while the M9GE has an RGB colour output.

The A10GE and A70GE cameras feature a 1⁄2-inch CCD with 782 x 582 pixels running at 60fps. This high frame rate makes them ideally suited for use in fast production processes. Selectable partial scan allows even higher frame rates at reduced vertical resolution. The large pixel size brings high sensitivity with less dependency on the optical performance of the lens used. These cameras also benefit from auto iris lens control, auto shutter, auto gain and a reset continuous trigger mode, which allows the camera iris to be continuously adjusted, even when the camera is waiting for a trigger.

The M9GE 3 CCD 1/3-inch colour camera provides an upgrade path from TV-standard 3-chip cameras by offering higher resolution and progressive scan imaging. With XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) resolution and chromatic shading reduction, the M9GE is aimed at automated imaging markets such as colour LCD inspection, food inspection and colour verification.




Net has released the FireDragon line of progressive scan cameras. The cameras are available in eight FireWire b camera models. In addition to increasing transfer rates, FireWire b enables the cameras to achieve excellent imaging results with less signal distortion and increased throughput. They are available in four monochrome and four colour versions.

Many models deliver full-frame images at up to 90fps, with resolutions ranging from VGA (640 x 480) to UXGA (1600 x 1200). Monochrome output can be set for 8 or 10 bit, while colour output at either RGB 24 bit, YUV422 or YUV411. Camera CCD sizes are 1/3-inch, 1/2-inch or 1/1.8-inch.

Other performance features shared by the eight cameras include full frame shutter even at random trigger shutter operations to provide vertical resolution without degradation; and tetragonal lattice layout of CCD pixels to facilitate faster image processing. All cameras are RoHS compliant and according to the IIDC 1.31 standard.

Baumer Optronic - FGX series

FGX series

Baumer Optronic

Baumer has released the FGX series of GigE cameras, with resolutions from VGA up to 4 Megapixels in monochrome and colour.

The cameras’ robust housing enables them to operate under demanding conditions. High quality progressive scan CCD sensors, minimal noise level and structure-free image information guarantee excellent image quality for repeatable and highly precise measurements.

The new Gigabit Ethernet cameras offer customisable gain, offset and exposure time settings, as well as binning and true partial scan (ROI) readout modes for enhanced sensitivity or higher frame rates. The precise process synchronisation takes place via the trigger and flash interface located directly on the camera housing, which can be extended by additional digital inputs/outputs. The internal 32Mb memory guarantees that image data is transferred safely.

Baumer offers a generic software interface which can support GigE and FireWire. Conformity with future 64-bit PC architecture and platforms such as .NET will be provided.

Nikon - DS-Fi1



Nikon has added its DS-Fi1 digital camera head and DS-L2 and DS-U2 control units to its popular Digital Sight Series. The new camera head improves resolution, expands dynamic range and reduces noise, while the control units provide improved platforms for viewing and processing images in industrial and research applications.

Thanks to the accelerated frame rate of the new DS-Fi1, positioning and focusing have become easier. With its interline CCD solid-state image sensor providing a resolution of 5.0 Megapixels, it produces high-quality phase contrast, DIC and fluorescence images. The Nikon DS-Fi1 also incorporates a newly-designed IR filter on the camera head to improve red colour reproduction.

Nikon has also introduced two new control units, giving the user the choice of a simple-to-use standalone system, or a hub controller for connection to a PC, which facilitates more complex image analysis.

Live images can be captured and printed using the new standalone DS-L2 controller without being connected to a PC. The large LCD monitor can be split to compare a still alongside a live image.

With the new DS-U2 control, every step from advanced image capture to image processing and analysis can be made through connection to a PC with NIS-Elements software. A USB 2.0 device port enables the transfer of image files to a PC at twice the speed of the previous model.

Point Grey Research - DragonFly2


Point Grey Research

Point Grey Research has added four remote head models to its line of its Dragonfly2 (FireWire) digital cameras.

The new models’ tiny 20 x 30mm sensor board is extended from the main camera board using a six-inch shielded ribbon cable, making it suitable for space-limited applications

They offer several improvements on previous models, including an improved electrical design that minimises the effects of electromagnetic interference (EMI) between multiple remote head units, and double the full resolution frame rate.

Monochrome and colour CCD sensor options for the Dragonfly2 remote head include the 0.3MP 1/3-inch ICX424 (648 x 488 at 60fps) and 0.8MP 1/3-inch ICX204 (1032 x 776 at 30fps). Each model comes fully equipped with a smaller and more streamlined cast metal CS-mount lens holder (C-mount adapter included), and general purpose I/O connector for trigger, strobe, and serial I/O. The Dragonfly2 also fully complies with RoHS, FCC and CE regulations.

Key features of the Dragonfly2 camera line include auto iris lens support, a high-speed 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter, memory channels for defining custom power-up settings, gamma and programmable LUT, on-camera colour processing, and a data flash for non-volatile memory storage. Other standard features include multiple trigger and strobe modes, regions of interest and pixel binning, and in-field-updatable FPGA that controls all camera functions.

JAI - CV-M9 GE - GigE



JAI has released a new, innovative digital 3CCD industrial progressive scan RGB colour camera (CV-M9 GE) featuring GigE Vision interface.

The design of the CV-M9 GE is based on JAI’s 3CCD CV-M9 CL camera for machine vision applications across a range of industries. It is suitable for use in semiconductor production, food sorting, print inspection and flat panel quality verification, as well as in medical devices for patient diagnostics.

The GigE Vision standard interface, together with programmable GPIO (General purpose input/output ports) provides easy integration. The CV-M9 GE provides full XGA (1024 x 768) resolution for each of the red, green and blue colour bands. The camera features both manual and automatic one-push white balance adjustment, making it easy to achieve the correct setting for a wide range of colour temperatures and under difficult lighting conditions.

The CV-M9 GE can be operated in continuous (free-run) mode at 30fps or in external trigger mode. The Edge Pre-Select trigger mode uses a pre-defined exposure time whereas the Pulse Width Control trigger mode sets the exposure time based on the width of the trigger pulse.

The CV-M9 GE also features a sequencer trigger mode that permits on-the-fly change of a combination of gain, offset and region of interest (ROI). Another useful function is delayed readout where images from simultaneously triggered cameras are read out in sequence to avoid congestion on the Ethernet interface.




JAI's CV-L107CL is a 3CCD, prism-based colour line scan camera that targets industrial inspection applications. The CV-L107CL line scan camera is suitable for high-speed inspection of large flat objects or webs, such as flat-panel displays, ceramic tiles, printed matter or woven fabric, as well as food and fruit sorting and other applications requiring quality colour inspection.

The CV-L107CL camera is an RGB camera and incorporates three line-scan sensors each with 2048 pixels. It operates with 40MHz pixel frequency, which results in a scan rate of just above 19kHz. The camera delivers 24- or 30-bit digital RGB output via a standard Camera Link interface.

It features among other things flat-field (two point) correction, shading correction, auto white balance, automatic line rate setting and individual exposure on R, B and G channels. Other features include continuous mode, edge pre-select and pulse width control trigger modes. All built-in functions including the white balance functions are controlled by short ASCII commands or by the Camera Control Tool Software provided by JAI.

The camera comes standard with a Nikon F-mount lens adapter, but can also be equipped with an optional P-mount.

JAI - CM-140 MCL/CB-140 MCL

CM-140 MCL/CB-140 MCL/CM-200 MCL/CB-200MCL


JAI has released four new digital progressive scan CCD cameras: CM-140 MCL, CB-140 MCL, CM-200 MCL and CB-200 MCL. The cameras are digital Mini Camera Link (Mini-CL) versions of JAI’s analogue CV-A1 and CV-A2 cameras, used in machine vision applications and other demanding applications.

Due to the Mini-CL interface standard, the camera housing is very small at 29 x 44 x 66mm. They are the same size as the CV-A1 and CV-A2 analogue models, making them an ideal digital replacement.

With a 1.45-Megapixel resolution, the CM-140 MCL/CB-140 MCL cameras operate at a maximum 31fps, while the CM-200 MCL/CB-200 MCL have a 2-Megapixel resolution and operate at a maximum 25fps. Thanks to JAI’s advanced antilog front-end circuit design, this high frame is achievable at full resolution without sacrificing image quality.

Both monochrome (CM-variants) and Bayer mosaic colour (CB-variant) versions are available, allowing designers to switch easily between monochrome and colour as required by the application.

The Camera Link interface now also supports the (Power over Camera Link) interface.