Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-120S6

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Point Grey has added a new 12 megapixel CCD model to its Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision camera line, and a 1.3 megapixel global shutter CMOS model to its Chameleon3 family of cameras.

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-120S6 models are based on colour and monochrome versions of the 1-inch Sony ICX834 global shutter CCD sensor, which features 3.1µm pixels and 4,242 x 2,830 pixel image resolution running in dual-tap at 7fps. The ICX834 device uses Sony's EXview HAD CCD II pixel architecture with improved quantum efficiency and near infrared response.

EXview HAD CCD II also enables smaller pixel sizes while maintaining excellent imaging performance. This allows the ICX834 to be integrated into compact C-mount cameras like the Grasshopper3, and used with smaller, lower-cost C-mount lenses.

With its high-resolution CCD image quality, high dynamic range, and USB 3.0 interface, the Grasshopper3 is well suited for a wide variety of demanding applications including industrial inspection, 3D scanning, microscopy and mobile mapping.

Like all Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras, the Grasshopper3 uses a proprietary USB 3.0 link layer and frame buffer-based architecture for optimal performance and reliability. The Grasshopper3 has an advanced image processing pipeline to enable colour interpolation, look-up table, gamma correction, pixel binning and USB3 Vision support.

Now also available, the new Chameleon3 CM3-U3-13Y3 models are based on colour and monochrome versions of the On Semiconductor Python1300, a 1/2-inch global shutter CMOS sensor featuring 1,280 x 1,024 image resolution. The camera is capable of running at 149fps at full resolution and up to 470fps in pixel binning mode.