CMOS sensors for industrial cameras

Paul Boughton

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has announced revised versions of its popular USB 3.0 CP industrial cameras featuring either an 18 MP/4K sensor from Aptina or the highly acclaimed 2.3 MP IMX174 sensor from Sony, together with an integrated image memory. These new sensors bring outstanding imaging performance.

The Sony IMX174 CMOS sensor is said to set new standards in terms of light sensitivity, dynamic range, and colour reproduction, and combines these features with exceptionally high frame rates of up to 180 frames per second. Available in monochrome or colour versions, the sensor provides a resolution of 1936 x 1216 pixels.

The new CP camera with the 18 MPixel (4912 x 3684 pixels) Aptina sensor is currently the highest resolution USB 3.0 industrial camera available. At full 4K resolution it allows frame rates of 20 fps and even 90 fps at full HD. This high resolution sensor delivers extremely detailed images making it well suited to microscopy applications as well as many industrial ones.

The IMX174 sensor has an analog memory allowing the capture pin sharp images of fast moving objects, which effectively prevents focal plane blur by reading out all pixel signals simultaneously. It achieves frame rates of up to 180 fps. It also supports a dual frame output mode with various exposure times. The combination of the two images increases the dynamic range to 73 dB (12 bits), with the addition of high sensitivity and extremely low readout noise. The camera is therefore ideal for use in poor lighting conditions.

With its industry standard dimensions of 29 x 29mm, an exceptionally robust magnesium housing and screw-on Micro USB 3.0 and Hirose connections, the CP camera range is suitable for a broad range of applications, in both industrial and non-industrial environments. The CP cameras are available with the proven IDS Software Suite, which supports all the features of the new sensors. It also includes adjustable pixel rate and black level, multi-AOI, long exposure, and many other functions. A USB3 Vision compliant version is also being developed.