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Point Grey Research has added a 1.3 Megapixel USB 2.0 model to its Firefly MV line of FireWire and USB digital camera products.

The FMVU-13S2C model is designed around the colour version of the highly sensitive 1/3-inch Sony IMX035 CMOS image sensor, which features a 1328 x 1048 square pixel array, high signal-to-noise ratio, superior colour fidelity, rolling shutter, and no smear. The Firefly MV's easy-to-use USB 2.0 digital interface, small size, and low price further make this model an ideal choice for microscopy, bioscience, medical and visualisation applications.

The camera is housed in a small and lightweight 44 x 24 x 34mm plastic case, and is equipped with a CS-mount lens holder, removable IR cut filter, and a 7-pin general purpose I/O connector that can be used to synchronise the camera to external devices, such as an external trigger or light source. A board-level option, which measures 40 x 25mm, is available for qualified OEM's.

Like all Point Grey cameras, the Firefly MV complies with the IIDC v1.31 specification. Existing Point Grey camera users will benefit from the seamless software integration that is available using the FlyCapture Software Development Kit (SDK). The FlyCapture SDK is compatible with both FireWire and USB 2.0 cameras using the same API, and includes support for ActiveX, Twain and DirectShow.


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