Flea3 camera series

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Point Grey has launched the Flea3 series of ultra-compact IEEE 1394b and GigE Vision digital cameras.

The first available Flea3 models incorporate an 800Mbit/s 1394b (FireWire) interface and are based on mono and colour versions of the Sony ICX618, a 1/4-inch EXview HAD CCD that runs at 120fps, and ICX414, a 1/2-inch CCD that runs at 76fps. The Flea3 measures 29 x 29 x 30mm, and offers new features such as opto-isolated GPIO for industrial triggering and strobe output, non-volatile flash memory for user data storage, and on-camera frame buffer.

The camera is ideal for applications in 2D and 3D metrology, electronics, semiconductor inspection, medical, and bioscience.

Every Flea3 camera is equipped with an industry-standard C-mount lens holder, removable optical window for sensor dust protection, and 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter. Additional features include automatic control of most camera properties, such as gain, exposure, and white balance; user configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; gamma and programmable lookup table; customisable region of interest settings; and pixel binning. The Flea3 also complies with the IIDC v1.32 specification, which allows it to be used with many third-party software packages. Included with every camera is the FlyCapture SDK, a full software library that provides a common interface to control all Point Grey digital imaging products under both Windows and Linux.

The FL3-FW-03S1 (1/4-inch VGA 120fps) and the FL3-FW-03S3 (1/2-inch VGA 76fps) are available to order now from Point Grey and its distributors. The first GigE Vision models are planned to be released by the end of Q2 2010.