Charlotte, United States (January 23, 2014) - The Imaging Source, an international manufacturer of industrial cameras for machine vision, has just announced a new series of GigE cameras with integrated 12x and 30x optical zoom and Power over Ethernet (PoE).
The GigE zoom cameras ship with a high quality megapixel zoom lens, which is powered by a precise stepper motor. Zoom, focus, iris and a mechanical IR cut filter, which can be switched in and out of the camera's view, can be manually controlled by the included software. Furthermore, focus and iris can be driven automatically. The cameras can zoom from f= 4.8 to 57 mm (12x) and f= 4.3 to 129 mm (30x) in only two seconds. A trigger and digital I/Os are available via the trigger input on the rear of the camera.
The 5 megapixel CMOS sensor is integrated into the color, monochrome and bayer models. The sensor provides a number of image formats, frame rates and binning modes. This enables the cameras to output 33 frames per second in full HD mode (1920 x 1080 pixel), up to 132 frames per second in VGA mode (640 x 480 pixel) and up to 15 frames per second in 5 megapixel mode (2592 x 1944 pixel). As a result, the cameras are ideally suited to a variety of machine vision applications in the fields of automation, traffic surveillance, quality assurance, medicine, logistics and CCTV.
The software support of the cameras leaves nothing to be desired: Both programmers and end-users immediately feel at home. Getting started with the cameras takes only a matter of minutes and integrating them into existing applications takes only a few lines of code. Drivers for LabView, HALCON, Cognex, VisionPro, DirectX, Twain and WDM are included. All camera parameters and settings can be set via the shipped software. Furthermore, a number of automatic modes are available, which guarantee optimal image quality in varying light conditions. The cameras ship with drivers for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, the SDK IC Imaging Control 3.2 (.NET and C++ class library) and IC Capture. The latter is a powerful end-user application, which allows all camera parameters to be set, live video to be displayed, singular images and image sequences to be captured.