Monday 23 September 2013

Miniature, lightweight USB industrial vision camera

Weighing just 12 grams and around 23 x 26.5 x 21.5 mm in size with a robust magnesium housing, the new IDS uEYE XS industrial vision camera from Stemmer combines high quality, 5 Mpixel colour imaging with a range of automatic functions normally only found in digital cameras for the consumer market. The robust construction, small size, USB 2.0 interface, Mini B USB 2.0 connector and integrated power supply allow easy interface even into harsh industrial environments.

Automatic image control functions, including auto white balance, auto gain and auto exposure time, are performed in the camera itself. This considerably reduces demands on the CPU, while also enabling easy processing of images captured independently of the PC system. With exposure compensation, backlight compensation, photometry and anti-flicker function options, there is huge scope for adapting the automatic image control, making the XS perfect for ATM, kiosk and embedded systems as well as medical engineering, microscopy, and access control.

The XS offers a choice of seven image formats: 5 Mpixel (2592 x 1944), 3 Mpixel, Full HD, UXGA (1600 x 1200), 1.2 Mpixel, 720p and VGA. The frame rate is freely adjustable (e.g. for long exposures), and 15 frames per second can be captured in JPEG mode at full resolution. Frame rates as high as 30 fps can be achieved using binning or subsampling. There is also a live video capability operating at 15 frames per second at full 5 Mpixel resolution.

The integrated auto focus operates at any distance above 10 cm, either automatically or manually using the software. The current focus position can also be read using the associated API function. A digital zoom is also provided.

The comprehensive, well-proven IDS Software Suite including drivers, tools and interfaces is supplied with the uEYE XS. This makes it quick and easy to integrate the camera into a huge range of different applications

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