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e-con Systems rolls out full color USB 3.0 camera

Posted: 04 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:e-con Systems  industrial camera  USB  Windows  Linux 

e-con Systems Inc. has unveiled the See3CAM_11CUG, 1.3MP UVC compliant color USB 3.0 camera as the latest member of its See3CAM family of industrial cameras. The cameras are plug and play on Windows and Linux with no additional device driver software required and the cameras work with standard Windows (DirectShow) and Linux (V4L2 ) software, stated the firm.

The color USB 3.0 camera is targeted for entry level machine vision applications, object detection/recognition such as pharmaceutical capsule inspection and food/beverage sorting based on colors and other high-speed image capture applications. With an optically isolated external trigger input, the camera can be used in a variety of industrial automation and scientific applications.

The See3CAM_11CUG camera is based on Aptina's MT9M031 color image sensor. Its USB 3.0 connectivity enables it to capture images at 720p(HD) @ 30fps and 1280x960(Full Resolution) @ 20fps. Also 640x480(VGA) resolution at 60fps (Cropped) and 640x480 resolution at 30fps (with full FOV and binning) is supported. See3CAM_11CUG has an on board ISP that converts the RAW Bayer RGB data received from the sensor to the processed color YUV2 Image. With the ISP, gain adjustments, manual exposure control and adjustments in white balance with individual RGB gains can be supported. The camera has a CS-mount lens holder and is compatible with C-mount, CS-mount or even S-mount lenses, enabling the users to choose the lens as per their requirements. The camera has an external flash LED strobe output.

Building applications with the See3CAM_11CUG is simple. Any DirectShow compatible application can use the camera; much like any other UVC compliant webcam. The camera implements DirectShow capture filter pins for both preview/capture and still image capture. Still image capture can be triggered from PC software (user controlled), external switch (user controlled) and a trigger (external event controlled) signal from an external trigger source. The sample camera application demonstrates each of these use cases alongside common camera controls such as preview, auto-exposure and manual exposure control from 111us to 1.45s allowing customers to capture both fast-moving images and meet long exposure requirements.

The See3CAM_11CUG is available on the e-con Systems Webstore.

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