The Generic Interface for Cameras standard is the base for plug & play handling of cameras and devices.


Today’s digital cameras are packed with much more functionality than just delivering an image. Processing the image and appending the results to the image data stream, controlling external hardware, and doing the real-time part of the application have become common tasks for machine vision cameras. As a result, the programming interface for cameras has become more and more complex.


The goal of GenICamTM is to provide a generic programming interface for all kinds of cameras and devices. No matter what interface technology (GigE Vision, USB3 Vision, CoaXPress, Camera Link HS, Camera Link, 1394 DCAM, etc.) they are using or ... read more


The latest releases of the different GenICamTM standards and modules are: GenICamTM GenApi Standard (often simply called GenICamTM Standard) GenApi Standard version 2.1.1 (released in January 2016) GenApi reference implementation version 3.0.2 (released in March 2017) CLProtocol standard version 1.1 ... read more


The official public releases of the GenICamTM standard are available for download below. Complete GenICamTM downloads GenICamTM Package Version 3.0.2 consists of GenApi 3.0.2, GenTL 1.5, SFNC 2.3, GenTL SFNC 1.1.1, GenCP 1.2 and CLProtocol 1.1, refer to individual module ... read more

Group Members

How to join the GenICamTM standard group? Any company can become an associated member of the GenICamTM group (individuals and organizations are not accepted). The membership application form is part of the GenICamTM license. It has to be filled in ... read more


GenICamTM contributors, meetings and milestones Starting with a kick-off meeting in June 2003 many actively contributing companies pushed the standard's development forward realizing a true success story. The following list shows the attendees of the GenICamTM meetings held up to ... read more

Compliant products

There are basically three types of GenICamTM compliant products: cameras, transport layers, and software libraries. The rules specifying which products are considered to be GenICamTM compliant are listed in the GenICamTM license document. The GenICamTM standard committee will provide a ... read more