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A Review of Imaging Devices - Part 2, Standard Machine Vision Cameras

A 'standard machine vision camera' could be defined as follows; A medium resolution sensor in a small housing, with a C-mount for accommodating a lens and with an external trigger function. A longer description would define a standard machine vision camera for factory automation (for example) as a device built to…

A Review of Imaging Devices - Part 1, Low Cost Sensors

Part 1 - We have a special and unusual perspective when it comes to understanding industrial camera technology.As a business we work with mechanical handling partners to deliver factory automation systems that use sophisticated machine vision engineering. Obviously, our input is the machine vision aspect and this can take the…

Use an Industrial Digital Camera Without a PC

Sometimes we just want to see a camera image for monitoring or observation purposes with no image processing. The high quality image sensors and the wide selection of lenses available, make an industrial camera an ideal choice for this kind of use. But these cameras are primarily designed to be used…

Featured Manufacturer - The Imaging Source of Bremen

The Imaging Source (TIS) is an industrial camera manufacturer based in Bremen, northern Germany. It's been in business for over 25 years and we consider ourselves a proud and active partner of The Imaging Source. We've been working with them for just about 15 years and in that time have…

Ultra High Resolution Industrial Cameras - 24MP Four Thirds Sensor with Global Shutter

Today (29th September 2020), Pixelink announced the availability of their most impressive camera to date, the PL-X series with a 10 GigE interface which is required to drive the incredibly high resolution images that these cameras can generate.These new camera models use the 3rd generation of Sony Pregius Sensors  -…

HIK Robot Smart Camera - Case Study

We've been testing the new smartcamera series from HIK Robot. These are very capable, low cost smart camera devices that can be used for a multitude of automation applications. Read on to see how easy they are to set up.

The Raspberry Pi Camera Interface

Connecting a camera to a Raspberry Pi is not like connecting a camera to a USB port on a PC - there are additional considerations.The first of which is that there are two kinds of Raspberry Pi CSI camera connectors: 15-pin and 22-pin.Our friends at Arducam have taken the time…

Low Cost Imaging Devices for Prototyping

A good Covid-19 Lockdown activity might be testing and prototyping in your 'home lab'. The challenge with that, is of course immediate availability of components and the overall cost of such an exercise. However, we have an answer for that! We stock a range of camera modules which can be used with…

Computar releases new lens series for ⅔” sensors

Computar has released a new lens series MPW3 designed for ⅔” sensors. Following the existing lens series MPW2 which covers up to 5 MP ⅔” sensors the new MPW3 series offers coverage for up to 8 MP on ⅔” sensors (~2.74 micron pixel size). In combination with the Sony IMX178…

Stereo Vision for Jetson Nano with External Trigger Sync

The Jetson Nano offers a powerful computing platform for advanced imaging applications. Using third party camera modules from Arducam, a stereo vision configuration can be achieved using the CSi interface to connect two B0165 1MP cameras with the Jetson Nano. The cameras can be synchronised with an external trigger derived…