Point Grey has added new five megapixel models to its Flea3 GigE Vision digital camera line. The new Flea3 FL3-GE-50S5 camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of the popular Sony ICX655 CCD and are capable of streaming high quality 2448 x 2048 images at 8 FPS over Gigabit Ethernet. The Flea3 measures just 29 x 29 x30 mm (1.14 x 1.14 x 1.18in.) in size and offers a variety of the industry’s most popular Sony CCDs, ranging from VGA to 5 MP. The Flea3 complies with version 1.2 of the GigE Vision specification, which allows the camera to work seamlessly with software from Cognex, Mathworks, Matrox, MVTec, and NI, as well as with Point Grey’s own FlyCapture SDK.
The Flea3 offers a host of features unique in its class, including an 8-pin opto-isolated GPIO for industrial triggering and strobe output; 1 MB non-volatile flash memory for user data storage; and on-camera frame buffer for retransmitting images. Point Grey’s director of product marketing, Michael Gibbons, said, “The new 5 MP Flea3 offers an unbeatable combination of small size and high resolution. Its small ‘ice-cube’ form factor and GigE interface, make it an ideal analog camera replacement, and because it uses a 16.7mm (2/3 in.) global shutter Sony CCD the imaging performance is far superior to that of other 5 MP rolling shutter CMOS-based cameras.” The company says further GigE Vision models are planned to be released within the next month.
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