Prosilica has released the GC780, a low cost camera with a GigE Vision compliant interface. The compact GC780 (33 x 46 x 38mm) features the 1/2-inch Sony ICX415 progressive scan CCD sensor and runs 64fps at full resolution (782 x 582). The ICX415 features low dark current, high sensitivity, continuous variable-speed shutter, low smear and excellent anti-blooming characteristics. The GC780 has a C-mount with adjustable back-focus and is available in monochrome and colour models. The camera is well suited for applications such as high-speed inspection, machine vision, optical character recognition, traffic imaging, robotics, and OEM applications.
The camera incorporates an advanced set of features including snapshot/global shutter, pixel binning, area of interest readout, video-type auto-iris support, external trigger and sync I/O, RS-232 peripheral port, exposure, and gain and offset controls, among others.
Due to the Gigabit Ethernet interface, the GC780 is plug-and-play and does not require a frame-grabber to operate. The GigE interface also allows cable lengths of up to 100m (300ft) long using conventional Ethernet cabling (Cat5e) and even longer lengths using fibre optic cables.
The Prosilica GigE sample viewer and SDK are both available free of charge. The SDK supports Windows, MAC OS, Linux and QNX operating systems on both Intel, Power PC and ARM9 platforms. For users that prefer third party imaging libraries and applications, Prosilica's GigE Vision cameras are plug-and-play compatible with software from Matrox, National Instruments, Cognex, Stemmer Imaging, Tordivel, Norpix, MVTec, and others.