USB 3.0 NI cameras supports 720p at 60fps

14th October 2014
Siobhan O'Gorman

Supporting 720p at 60fps and a resolution of 1280x960 at 45fps, the See3CAM_12CUNIR camera solution has been released by e-con Systems. The small form-factor pluggable solution, which is part of the See3CAM family of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed cameras, houses the e-CAM10_CU0130_MOD with M12 lens mount.

Based on Aptina’s AR0130 CMOS image sensor, which has an S-mount lens holder attached to it, the e-CAM10_CU0130_MOD is a 1.3 MP UVC-compliant USB 3.0 monochrome camera. Providing enhanced sensitivity in the NI region and superior low light performance, the AR0130 is a 1/3” Electronic Rolling Shutter CMOS sensor. The S-mount lens holder and optional CS-mount holder are suitable for custom high-volume applications, allowing users to work with various lenses and optical filters to meet their application requirements. As per their requirements, users can choose optical filters such as IR-pass filters, IR band-pass filters and NIR notch filters. In both Linux and Windows, the UVC compliant camera is plug-and-play. In Linux, the camera is exposed as a V4L2 capture source, while in Windows it is exposed as a DirectShow device.

Due to the See3CAM_12CUNIR's enhanced NIR sensitivity, it is suitable for applications which require lens flexibility. Such applications include surveillance cameras for night vision and day/night vision applications, license plate recognition in parking lots, iris recognition and eye tracking.

When interfaced to a USB 3.0 host port, the See3CAM_12CUNIR is capable of streaming a resolution of 1280x720 at 60fps, 1280x960 at 45fps and 640x480 binned at 45fps with the pixel depth of 12-bit monochrome data. On receiving an external trigger, an external trigger pin synchronises the exposure of all the pixels. When interfaced to a USB 2.0 host port, the See3CAM_12CUNIR can stream a resolution of 1280x720 at 12fps, 1280x960 at 9fps and 640x480 resolution binned from 1280x960 at 30fps.

To access the camera controls, e-con Systems’ sample Linux and Windows applications use the standard UVC protocol. Controls such as gain, exposure and external trigger modes are enabled by the e-CAMView, a sample Windows DirectShow based sample video viewer application.
The See3CAM_12CUNIR is available with or without the lens. Two lens options are provided by e-con: one with a full spectrum including NIR, and one with an IR Band-pass filter for the NIR spectrum.

“Our customers have been asking for camera solutions with enhanced NIR sensitivity and I am glad with the launch of See3CAM_12CUNIR. The See3CAM_12CUNIR camera supports full12-bits per pixel and is ideally suited for applications such as eye-tracking for gesture control, iris recognition and security applications such as Day/Night vision etc.” said Mr. Ashok Babu, President, e-con Systems. “Customers can also engage e-con to customise the camera to meet their mechanical form-factor and other customisation requirements”, he added.

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