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.

Contact:
Point Grey Research Inc
12051 Riverside Way
Richmond, British Columbia
Canada V6W 1K7

Phone: +1-604-242-9937
Fax: +1-604-242-9938
Email: sales@ptgrey.com
Web: http://www.ptgrey.com
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