Dart and Beat cameras

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Camera manufacturer Basler has introduced a board-level series of cameras called Dart, and a new cost-effective area scan family of cameras called Beat.

The Dart cameras use various Aptina CMOS sensors with 1.2 to 5 MP resolution and deliver up to 54 images per second through the USB 3.0 interface. Customers can choose among three mount models: S mount, CS mount and bare board without mount, which offers them great flexibility during system setup. The bare board variant measures just 27 mm x 27 mm and weighs 5 g, while the two mount versions measure only 29 mm x 29 mm and weigh about 15 g. These mechanical design parameters and compliance with the USB3 Vision standard simplify integration of both hardware and software. Like all Basler products the Basler dart also offers an extremely appealing price-performance ratio: it is available from 99 €.

Basler Product Manager Marc Oliver Nehmke explains: "The dart series is a real all-rounder and is very flexible. And it is currently one of the smallest and most cost-effective USB3 Vision cameras. With the product launch we are already seeing an extremely high level of interest from conventional industrial sectors but also, for example, from microscopy and the ITS industry. The combination of small size, very good image quality, easy integration thanks to USB3 Vision compliance and the favorable prices has been very well received."

The Basler beat series is available with a  very  sensitive CMOS sensor CMV12000 by CMOSIS and a Camera Link interface. It features both a mono (beA4000-60km) and a color model (beA4000-60kc) with a full resolution of 12 megapixels with progressive scan and global shutter technology. The new series offers high speed with more than 60 frames per second and high throughput through its Camera Link interface.

The Basler beat offers a compact and rugged housing for safe and simple integration, and comes with a range of reliable accessories. The cameras are an ideal fit for all kinds of metrology and identification tasks. Typical applications include semiconductor and electronics manufacturing. With their high resolution, they also shine in traffic applications (ITS) such as license plate recognition, being able to cover multiple lanes with only one camera.

Product Manager Björn Weber explains: ”The Basler beat impresses with superior image quality even at high image capture rates and high resolution. With its outstanding price/performance ratio it’s ideal for price-sensitive applications where high speed and high resolution are a must.”

Basler beat cameras are compliant with industry standards such as Camera Link and GenICam.  Based on the GenICam standard, Basler’s free pylon Camera Software Suite operates with all models of the beat series, allowing for quick access to all features and optimal operation of the camera.

Basler is also expanding its ace portfolio with new models equipped with the Sony IMX174 CMOS sensor as well as five sensors from the PYTHON family of ON Semiconductor. The cameras work with most modern global shutter technology and are available in resolutions of VGA to 5 megapixels. The new ace models stand out especially because of the combination of small design and large, high-performance sensors.

The cameras are available in the UK from Multipix Imaging.