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JAI has announced the release of two 16-megapixel cameras equipped with standard GigE Vision digital interfaces.

The new models join the Camera Link versions introduced in December as part of the Advanced series of the company’s multi-tiered C3 Camera Suite.

Like the previous models, the new GigE Vision cameras incorporate the Kodak KAI-16000 dual-tap progressive scan CCD to deliver full 4,872 x 3,248 pixel resolution at 3fps.

The AM-1600GE provides monochrome output, while the AB-1600GE produces raw Bayer colour output for host-based interpolation.

Both models feature user-selectable 8-bit, 10-bit, or 12-bit output.

A series of pre-processing functions are built into the camera to achieve high image quality while offloading these tasks from the user’s host PC.

Available functions include a look-up table to adjust image contrast (gamma correction), a built-in blemish-compensation function to correct for defective pixels, automatic channel balancing, and a flat-field compensation function (available in monochrome models only) to correct for non-uniform sensor response using per-pixel gain and offset adjustments or image subtraction.

To ensure reliable performance in industrial environments, JAI subjects its 16-megapixel cameras to the same shock and vibration testing as lower-resolution models.

This includes shock testing to 70G, and vibration testing to specifications of 10G at 20Hz to 200Hz in all three directions (X, Y and Z).

The camera also features a specialised internal heat sink and a ridged housing design, which combine to produce good thermal management and low-noise operation.

The new models include the same standard features as the Camera Link models, including multiple trigger modes, pre-set or programmable electronic shutter, partial scanning, and 2X2 binning (monochrome models only).

In addition, the GigE models feature a programmable GPIO module with opto-isolated inputs and outputs, and a Sequence Trigger mode that lets users pre-program the cameras for on-the-fly changing of gain, exposure, and region-of-interest.

The cameras are compatible with any GigE Vision/GenICam-compliant application-development tools, and are also supported by JAI’s camera control tool and SDK package.

Core applications for the AM-1600GE and AB-1600GE include flat-panel LCD inspection, solar-panel inspection, PCB inspection, 3D metrology, biometrics, and microscopy, among others.

The cameras are also suitable for numerous high-end outdoor uses including security/surveillance, aerial imaging, and traffic applications.

AM-1600GE and AB-1600GE cameras can be ordered with either P-mount or F-mount lens mounts.

Custom lens-mount designs are also possible for large quantity orders.

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