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uEye XS

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IDS Imaging Development Systems is now shipping its uEye XS, a machine vision camera with autofocus measuring 23 x 26.5 x 21.5mm. The camera is simple to integrate into virtually any imaging system, ranging from interactive kiosks and embedded systems using the Raspberry Pi, to traditional applications in medical technology, industrial quality control, microscopy, and access control.

Thanks to the integrated autofocus optical system, the uEye XS delivers a crisp image from distances of just 10cm, either automatically or manually using software. The associated API function also enables the current focus position to be read. Digital zoom allows easy and almost continuous enlargement of smaller sections of the image.

A range of automatic image control functions, including auto white balance, auto gain and auto exposure time, are performed in the camera itself. This reduces CPU utilisation, while also enabling easy processing of the images captured independently from the PC system.

Featuring a 5 megapixel Aptina CMOS sensor with a pixel size of 1.4µm, the uEye XS camera delivers detailed, true colour images in a choice of seven fixed image formats ranging from 5 megapixels (2,592 x 1,944) to basic VGA (640 x 480). Frame rate is freely adjustable for long or short exposures, and at full 5 megapixel resolution the XS will capture 15fps. Binning can be used to achieve frame rates as high as 30fps.

It connects via standard USB 2.0 and a mini-B socket, with power supply provided by the bus cable. The reinforced magnesium housing helps the camera withstand heavy use and demanding industrial environments.

The camera comes complete with the IDS software suite, including drivers, tools and interfaces to simplify integration into a range of applications.

The cameras are available from Stemmer Imaging.

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