10 Megapixel cameras
IDS Imaging Development Systems has launched USB and GigE cameras designed around a newly released 10.6 Megapixel CMOS sensor from Aptina. This sensor provides four times the resolution of High Definition Television (HDTV) and with a 1/2-inch optical format, it can capture tiny details with a high level of accuracy even with a large field of view. The 10 Megapixel models – like all uEye cameras from IDS – are supplied with an easy-to-use software package for integration with existing vision applications.
The USB 2.0 camera models achieve a frame rate of more than 3fps in 10 Megapixel mode, while the powerful GigE models deliver up to 8fps and can transfer full 12-bit colour depth. All camera models also provide AOI (area of interest), binning and sub-sampling modes for quick previews and live image acquisition. HDTV 1080p resolution is also achievable and so are frame rates of over 100fps at smaller image sizes.
The cameras are supplied with built-in scaling that allows image size reduction in real time. In this mode the sensor can scale the image size in factors from 1.0 to 8.0.
Cameras with the new sensor are available in all camera series from IDS. The extensive portfolio covers a broad range of USB 2.0 and GigE models, board-level and housing versions, and even splash-water resistant cameras that meet the IP65/IP67 standards.
As the included software package is the same for all uEye cameras, users can quickly and easily upgrade to the 10 Megapixel models and integrate them within their own applications. The cameras can be implemented easily by adjusting a few camera-specific parameters. The high-resolution models are supported from uEye software version 3.50 onwards. The software can be downloaded for free from IDS's website in 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7) and Linux.