Point Grey’s Latest Blackfly® GigE Vision Camera Features 1.3 MP CCD, Sets New Standard for Price-Performance

Blackfly® GigE Vision Camera

Blackfly® GigE Vision Camera


July 30, 2013 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of new 1.3 megapixel CCD models to the value-packed Blackfly® family of GigE Vision cameras – the smallest cameras in the world to support Power over Ethernet (PoE).

The Blackfly line now offers a total of 10 different monochrome and color models designed to address a wide variety of machine vision, scientific, and traffic applications, including 2D and 3D metrology, electronics and semiconductor inspection, microscopy, and automated license plate recognition. The new Blackfly camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of the Sony ICX445 EXview HAD CCD® and are capable of streaming high quality 1288x964 images at 22 FPS over PoE GigE.

The Blackfly measures just 29x29x30 mm in size and offers a smorgasbord of unique features, including temperature, power, and status monitoring; a powerful image processing pipeline for color interpolation, look up table, and gamma; and a 16 MByte frame buffer for retransmitting images. Like all Point Grey Gigabit Ethernet cameras the Blackfly complies with version 1.2 of the GigE Vision specification. This allows cameras to work seamlessly with third-party software packages such as Cognex VisionPro, Mathworks Image Acquisition Toolbox, Matrox Imaging Library, MVTec HALCON, and NI LabVIEW, as well as with Point Grey's own FlyCapture SDK.

"The Sony ICX445 is one of the industry’s most popular 1.3 MP image sensors and is widely known for its low read noise, excellent near-IR response, and high quantum efficiency," says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. "By integrating it into the Blackfly we provide a new and compelling option to customers. Analog camera users will be motivated by the Blackfly’s form factor and sensor options to make the move to digital, while cost savings of up to 40% over competing products will give digital users the freedom of choice they are looking for.”

The BFLY-PGE-13S2 (1/3-inch 1.3 MP CCD 22 FPS) is list priced at $395/€299 and is available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American customers). Additional CMOS and CCD-based Blackfly models are planned to be released throughout 2013.

About Point Grey
Point Grey Research, Inc. is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, life science, and traffic applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive portfolio of USB 3.0, GigE, FireWire, USB 2.0 and Camera Link products known for their outstanding quality, ease of use, and unbeatable price-performance.
Point Grey was founded in 1997 and is based in Richmond, Canada. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills under one roof has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many innovative and ground-breaking products to market.  This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the world’s first and smallest 1394b digital camera, the smallest GigE camera, and the first USB 3.0 machine vision camera.  Point Grey currently employs over 160 people and has international offices in Germany, China, Japan, and Italy. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit www.ptgrey.com.

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