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With Starvis, Sony has introduced a new range of CMOS sensors. These rolling shutter sensors offer increased light sensitivity, as they are back-illuminated. This means that the light is absorbed directly by the photodiodes instead of first having to pass through several different layers of electronics. The high degree of light sensitivity coupled with an excellent dynamic range provide a new level of quality for applications involving challenging lighting conditions.

The 1/1.8” 6.4 megapixel (3,096 x 2,080) camera has been integrated into the mvBlueFOX3 USB3 Vision camera range as the mvBlueFOX3-2064 and is capable of achieving a frame rate of 50.1 fps at full resolution. An additional benefit is the possibility of triggering, which was not included by Sony, but has been achieved using this sensor by the Matrix Vision developers. Not only that, but the Matrix Vision developers have also implemented “mvRollingShutterFlash”, a special mode that makes it much easier to use the flash for applications.