Cameras with links

Sony Electronics has launched a new range of digital cameras that conform to the Camera Link industry-standard digital video interface.

Designed for a range of industrial imaging applications, the four Camera Link-compatible C-mount cameras in the XCL range come in a variety of resolutions and sensitivity. In addition, the cameras are equipped with features such as partial scan and external trigger functions to allow for the clear capture of fast-moving objects or for applications such as automated inspection and process control.

The top-of-line models, the XCL-U1000 black-and-white camera and the XCL-U1000C colour camera measure only 2 ½ inches x 1 ¾ inches x 3 ¾ inches and incorporate a 1/1.8-type progressive scan CCD that produces detailed Ultra Extended Graphics Array (UXGA) resolution images (1,600 x 1,200 pixels) at 15 frames per second. Both cameras offer partial scan mode for fast frame rates and external trigger shutter speeds of 1/15 to 1/10,000 seconds.

The XCL-U1000C adds a colour “mask” to the CCD, commonly known as a “Bayer filter” and a Digital Signal Processor to provide uncompressed, high-resolution colour images. The XCL-U1000C also has a binning function, white balance and a matrix function.

The XCL-V500 and the XCL-X700 black-and-white cameras feature a 1/3-type progressive scan CCD that captures high-quality monochrome images in square pixels. Both models feature partial scan and a binning function to further increase the frame rate. The XCL-V500 offers a VGA image (648 x 494 pixels) captured at 60 frames per second, and the XCL-X700 offers an XGA image (1,024 x 768 pixels) captured at 29.2 frames per second. The external trigger shutter speed is ¼ to 1/100,000 seconds.

The XCL-V500 and XCL-X700 cameras measure only 1 3/16 inches cubed and weigh only two ounces. Both offer a choice of internal and external synchronization (HD/VD).

All four of the XCL series cameras will be available starting this month through Sony-authorized distributors at the following suggested list prices: XCL-U1000 and XCL-U1000C: $3,607.00, XCL-X700: $1,443.00, and XCL-V500: $1,082.00.

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