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JAI has added a 16-megapixel CCD camera to its multi-tiered C3 Camera Suite.

This progressive scan camera incorporates the Kodak KAI-16000 dual-tap sensor to deliver full 4872 x 3248 pixel resolution at three frames a second.

The new high resolution camera is available in two models: AM-1600CL (monochrome) and AB-1600CL (raw Bayer colour).

Both models feature Camera Link interfaces, offering user-selectable 8-bit, 10-bit or 12-bit output.

A series of pre-processing functions is 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 (LUT) 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.

Image quality also benefits from JAI’s precise alignment of the large 43.3mm diagonal sensor.

JAI uses a variety of alignment procedures to ensure that the camera’s CCD is centred on the optical path with less than +/-0.1mm variance in the X and Y directions, +/-0.05mm in the Z direction and +/-1 degree of rotation.

The camera receives the same extensive shock and vibration testing as lower resolution models to maximise its ability to withstand the rigors of industrial environments (70G shock, 10G vibration – 20Hz to 200Hz in XYZ axes).

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

Standard operating features of the AM-1600CL and AB-1600CL models include pre-select and pulse-width trigger modes and an electronic shutter with 10 preset speeds or user-programmable settings from 1/3 to 1/3378 seconds in increments of 98.66 microseconds.

Partial scan modes are available on both models, while the monochrome model also features 2X binning modes in horizontal and vertical directions.

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

The cameras also include analogue video output for controlling auto-iris lenses, making them suitable for numerous high-end outdoor uses including surveillance, aerial imaging and homeland security applications.

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

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

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