3D Cameras

The second generation of Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) 3D cameras is ready to launch. Thanks to the latest Sony DepthSense™ ToF technology, the Basler blaze with GigE interface and VGA resolution is particularly suitable for measuring the position, location and volume of objects and for detecting obstacles. Equipped with the latest laser diode technology (VCSEL), the camera operates in the near-infrared spectrum, i.e. in the wavelength range around 940 nm, and is therefore also suitable for use under daylight conditions without compromise. With a multipart image consisting of a distance, intensity and confidence map and a frame rate of 30 frames per second (fps), it generates 3D point clouds and 2D gray images in real time within the camera, reducing the processor load of the host system.

The integrated Sony DepthSense™ IMX556PLR-C sensor with CAPD (Current Assisted Photonic Demodulator) pixel structure, together with the back-illuminated CMOS sensor architecture, enables a much more precise and sensitive scanning of reflected light. This enables the Basler blaze 3D camera, independent of light and contrast and with a resolution of 640 pixels × 480 pixels, to measure optical values almost to the millimeter over a large measuring range of up to ten meters.

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CoaXPress 2.0 Camera

Mikrotron (Poway, CA) launched its first camera to feature the ultra-fast CoaXPress 2.0 (CXP 2.0) interface: the EoSens® 1.1CXP2. Featuring four CXP-12 connections, the EoSens 1.1CXP2 delivers a maximum data transfer rate of 50 Gbit/s (4 × 12.5 Gbit/s), or 5 GByte/s. This incredible bandwidth translates into a staggering 3,600 frames-per-second (fps) at full 1280 × 864 resolution with no latency, or as high as 150,000 fps at reduced resolution. Precise triggering and control, made possible by CXP 2.0's 42 Mbps uplink, eliminates the need for a separate I/O cable, and helps make the EoSens 1.1CXP2 a cost-effective, single-cable solution, complete with Power-over-CXP for the ultimate in design flexibility.

Contained within an 80 × 80 × 53 mm fanless metal housing, the EoSens 1.1CXP2 is both rugged and compact to simplify system integration. It offers a full feature set with extreme sensitivity of 20 V/lux-s @ 550nm to ensure high-contrast images in very low light, along with built-in Gamma Correction, FPN Correction, Noise Reduction, and Sequencer.

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20x Optical Zoom Cameras

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) has introduced the first in a new family of GigE zoom cameras featuring 20× optical zoom, autofocus and autoiris with Power over Ethernet (PoE). The cameras are available as color and monochrome variants and feature the Sony Pregius 3.1 MP IMX265 sensor. This sensor's global shutter ensures distortion-free imaging for even fast-moving objects and delivers high frame rates as well as high dynamic range and brilliant color reproduction.

The cameras’ precise stepper motors quickly adjust zoom and focus with complete zoom transition (i.e. from fully zoomed-out to fully zoomed-in) in under 6 seconds. Furthermore, the cameras feature autoiris as well as a mechanical IR cut filter switch with all functionalities being conveniently controlled via the supplied software.

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Fixed Focal Length Lenses

Edmund Optics® (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has introduced the TECHSPEC®HPi (High Performance Instrumentation) Series for instrumentation imaging applications and the TECHSPEC® HPr (High Performance Ruggedized) Series of stability ruggedized lenses.

The TECHSPEC® HPr Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses are high performance, ruggedized version of the HP Series Lenses. Featuring up to 9 MegaPixel resolution, these lenses are stability ruggedized to maintain pointing stability, even after shock and vibration. All of the individual optics are glued into place to reduce pixel shift on the image. TECHSPEC® HPr Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses feature robust mechanical components with a simplified focus and a stainless steel locking C-Mount clamp.

Utilizing the same design and internal optics as the HP Series, the HPi Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses are designed for instrumentation imaging applications. These industrial ruggedized lenses offer a wide variety of fixed aperture options, with up to 9 MegaPixel resolution across the field. Using the same adjustable, lockable focus iris as the HP series lenses, the user may set and lock the best focus position for instrumentation integration

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Time of Flight Camera

LUCID Vision Labs, Inc. (Richmond, BC, Canada) announced that its Helios™ Time of Flight (ToF) camera is now in series production. Helios is a compact, high precision, industrial 3D camera that integrates Sony's new DepthSense™ IMX556PLR back-illuminated ToF image sensor. The camera delivers 640 × 480 depth resolution at a 6m working distance using four 850nm VCSEL laser diodes. On-camera processing provides range, intensity and confidence data which reduces the need for expensive host system components. A robust design with an M12 Ethernet connector and up to 100m cable length makes the camera ideal for a variety of factory and warehouse environments.

LUCID's own Arena SDK includes easy to use controls for the Helios ToF camera. The ArenaView GUI can show the intensity and depth of a scene in either a 2D view or a 3D point cloud view, which can be manipulated and oriented in real-time. Additionally, settings can be adjusted and seen in real-time, including false color overlay and depth range. All LUCID cameras conform to the GigE Vision 2.0 and GenICam3 standards and are supported by LUCID's own Arena software development kit. The SDK supports Windows, Linux 64bit and Linux ARM operating systems, and C, C++, C# and Python programming languages.

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