12MP USB3 camera delivers optimal performance & reliability

Posted By : Nat Bowers
12MP USB3 camera delivers optimal performance & reliability

Point Grey has expanded its Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision camera line with the addition of a 12MP CCD model. The GS3-U3-120S6 models are based on colour and monochrome versions of the 1" Sony ICX834 global shutter CCD sensor, which features 3.1μm pixels and 4242x2830 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 high resolution ICX834, with its 1" optical format, 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 suited for demanding applications including industrial inspection, 3D scanning, microscopy and mobile mapping. The camera uses a proprietary USB 3.0 link layer and frame buffer-based architecture for optimal performance and reliability. The Grasshopper3 uses an advanced image processing pipeline to enable colour interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning and USB3 Vision support.

Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing, Point Grey, commented: "We're excited to continue expanding our Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision family with even higher resolution sensors. This 12MP Grasshopper3 camera is Point Grey's highest resolution machine vision camera to date. The ultra HD 4K Sony ICX834 CCD sensor achieves a higher sensitivity in the near infrared range and offers better price performance than other high resolution cameras on the market."

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-120S6 is list priced at $3695/€2795 and is available to order now.

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