HD cameras target 3D measurement

8th July 2014
Siobhan O'Gorman

A family of high resolution digital cameras has been released by Point Grey. Signalling an expansion of the existing Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision product line, the Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-23S6 and Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-60S6 feature Sony CMOS and CCD global shutter devices.


The Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-23S6 models use color and monochrome versions of the 1/1.2" Sony IMX174 Exmor global shutter CMOS sensor and offer image resolution of 1920x1200 pixels and frame rates up to 46 FPS. The IMX174 is the first global shutter sensor from Sony, and delivers dynamic range performance of 73dB while maximising sensitivity and low light response with a peak quantum efficiency of 76%. The sensor's region of interest functionality can also be used to enable high-definition HD 1080p format.

The Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-60S6 models use color and monochrome versions of the 1" Sony ICX694 global shutter CCD sensor, and offer image resolution of 2736x2192 pixels and frame rates up to 13 FPS. The high resolution ICX694 device uses Sony's ExVIEW HAD CCD II technology, which is targeted for improved near infrared response.

"The large format, high-performance CCD and CMOS Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision camera family has been very successful in a wide range of applications such as 3D measurement, scientific imaging and factory automation," explains Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing, Point Grey. "With the new Grasshopper3 GigE Vision PoE models, we now offer more choice to support applications that require long cable length, such as intelligent traffic systems (ITS), at a highly competitive price point."

The Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-23S6 is priced at $1295/€945 and the Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-60S6 $2995/€2295. Both models are available to order now from Point Grey and further Grasshopper3 models, including a 9.1 MP CCD version, wil be released throughout 2014.


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