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JAI has launched a 5 Megapixel progressive scan camera in the Basic tier of the company's new 3-tier C3 Camera Suite - a complete camera range based on JAI's core camera concept (C3).

The camera, equipped with a Camera Link (CL) interface, is available in two versions: BM-500CL (monochrome) and BB-500CL (raw Bayer colour). Both models are built around the Sony ICX625 2/3-inch CCD sensor (2448 x 2050 pixels - QSXGA).

This versatile and flexible mid-range camera offers superb thermal management and pre-processing to give optimal sensor operation. Potential applications for the BM-500CL/BB-500CL include automotive parts inspection, glass inspection, traffic enforcement, fruit sorting on broad conveyer belts, and facial recognition at security checkpoints.

The camera's analogue front end design enables it to operate at 15fps with full 5 Megapixel resolution. Partial scanning and binning modes are also provided for increased flexibility and performance.

In-camera pre-processing functions include automatic white balance, LUT for dealing with difficult lighting conditions, and a blemish compensation function, which eliminates pixels with extremely low or high output characteristics by interpolating the neighbouring pixels.

The BM-500CL/BB-500CL also features auto-iris lens control, making the camera ideal for outdoor applications with wide ranging lighting conditions, such as intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and surveillance. The Camera Link interface offers a choice of 12, 10 or 8-bit output.

The BM-500CL/BB-500CL has the same uniform design philosophy shared by all cameras in JAI's C3 Camera Suite, making it easy for system integrators and OEMs installing diverse and complex machine vision solutions to adapt to varying camera demands by simply switching between models across the three tiers

The BM-500CL/BB-500CL camera is supported by JAI's SDK and Control Tool.


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