5-megapixel Spark camera from JAI is first to utilize new high performance CMOS imager




COPENHAGEN 6 November, 2013 – JAI today introduced the Spark SP-5000M-PMCL and Spark SP-5000C-PMCL, a pair of new 5-megapixel industrial cameras in JAI’s high performance Spark Series. The cameras feature a Mini Camera Link interface and can provide full resolution output at up to 134 frames per second for 8-bit monochrome or raw Bayer images, or 120 frames per second for 10-bit images. 12-bit output is also supported at up to 61 fps. 

Driving this high performance output is a new 2560 x 2048 pixel CMOS imager which has been developed by Anafocus (Lince5M250) and is initially available exclusively from JAI. The SP-5000 cameras take advantage of a mixture of on-chip and in-camera capabilities to deliver a rare combination of ultra-fast output and high image quality.

For example, the SP-5000’s imager features an auto-scaling front end function that uses the full well capacity even in lower light conditions to more accurately quantize noise and improve dynamic range. On the color model (SP-5000C-PMCL), an on-chip 4-channel analog gain control is provided to allow individual adjustment of R, G1, G2, and B information for better white balancing with reduced noise.

JAI has added in-camera pattern correction algorithms to provide lower noise and better low-light performance than with standard on-chip pattern correction alone. Also included is JAI’s Auto Level Control (ALC) that combines auto gain, auto shutter, and auto iris capabilities in an integrated function to let users optimize their auto exposure control for lowest noise, fastest shutter, or other priorities.

The cameras are equipped with an auxiliary lens control circuit that supports P-iris control, as well as  programmable 3-axis control of  motorized zoom lenses or other analog accessories.

The dual Mini Camera Link interface can be configured to support different data rate requirements using Base, Medium or Full configurations. Power can also be supplied through the Camera Link connectors using a dual-channel-powered frame grabber, or can be provided via the separate 12-pin connector.

The combination of speed and resolution makes the SP-5000-PMCL cameras ideal for high-speed production line inspection, as well as process monitoring and event capture. ROI and binning capabilities, available for both monochrome and color models, provide added flexibility for utilizing both the high frame rate and pixel resolution of the camera.

Outdoor applications benefit from the cameras’ automatic level control (ALC) capabilities, built-in high dynamic range mode (monochrome), and extended temperature rating enabling the camera to operate in conditions ranging from -45°C to +70°C.

The SP-5000-PMCL accepts standard C-mount lenses. Overall dimensions are 62 x 62 x 55.5 mm (HxWxL).

JAI also plans to offer SP-5000 models with CoaXPress, dual GigE Vision, and USB3 Vision interfaces.

About JAI

JAI is a manufacturer of high quality, industrial-grade cameras for the machine vision, transportation, aerospace, homeland security, medical and scientific markets.

JAI’s broad product line features high performance progressive scan CCD cameras with spatial resolutions from VGA to 20 megapixels; traditional interlaced video cameras; intensified cameras with sensitivity to light levels as low as .00001 lux, and a range of innovative multi-imager prism-block cameras including both area scan and line scan models.  

Physical interfaces include the Camera Link®, GigE Vision®, CoaXPress, and USB3 Vision high performance digital standards, as well as both TV-standard and analog progressive scan output.

JAI cameras help improve customer businesses in a variety of ways, whether by improving quality and accuracy, lowering costs, increasing yields, or simply enabling better service. In addition to cameras, JAI’s traffic solutions group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized traffic systems. Solutions are based on JAI-developed hardware and software, which is often integrated with third-party products.