Point Grey launches world’s smallest GigE Vision cameras
Point Grey Research Inc, a Canadian company that specialises in machine vision, industrial imaging and computer vision applications, has announced the launch of its Flea3 FL3-GE series of GigE Vision digital cameras.
Measuring 29 mm x 29 mm x 30 mm they are thought to be world’s smallest cameras of this type. The first available models use monochrome and colour versions of the Sony ICX445 CCD - a high sensitivity 1.3-megapixel 1/3-inch EXview HAD image sensor that runs at 30 fps.
The Flea3 offers superior imaging performance, unbeatable price-performance and a host of new features, including opto-isolated GPIO for industrial triggering and strobe output, non-volatile flash memory for storing users’ data and on-camera frame buffer, says the firm.
“We are excited about launching the Flea3 GigE series, which will provide customers with a unique combination of size, performance and price,” commented Vladimir Tucakov, Director of Sales and Marketing, Point Grey.
“Point Grey has a history of bringing innovative and ground-breaking products to market. This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the world’s first and smallest FireWire-b cameras. With Flea3 we are pushing technology boundaries again by providing three different interfaces - FireWire, GigE and soon USB 3.0 - in the same small, ‘ice-cube form factor’.”
Every Flea3 GigE camera is equipped with an industry-standard C-mount lens holder, removable IR cut filter (colour models)/optical window (monochrome models) and a 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter.
Additional features include automatic control of most of the cameras’ functions, such as gain, exposure and white balance; user configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; gamma and programmable look-up table; region of interest settings that can be customised; and pixel binning.
The Flea3 systems also comply with version 1.2 of the GigE Vision specification, which enables them to be used with many third-party software packages. Included with every camera is the FlyCapture software development kit (SDK), a full software library that provides a common control interface for all Point Grey cameras under both Windows and Linux.
The company says that it is planning to launch additional GigE Vision models throughout 2011.
Point Grey Research Inc
12051 Riverside Way
Richmond, British Columbia
Canada V6W 1K7