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Q-4A150 Quartz CMOS Camera

Photonics.com
May 2011
Adimec Advanced Image Systems BVRequest Info
 
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 13, 2011 — Adimec Advanced Image Systems bv has introduced the Q-4A150 camera, the latest member of its CMOS image sensor-based Quartz series. The 4-megapixel camera combines the performance benefits of CMOS technology with proprietary True Accurate Imaging quality while reducing overall systems cost.

Designed for inspection and metrology applications that require high frame rates without loss of measurement accuracy, it has a sustained frame rate of 157 fps, using an eight-tap Camera Link frame grabber, and reaches 180 fps in burst acquisition mode. This enables 10-tap frame rates in Camera Link eight-tap configurations, eliminating the cost and implementation issues of moving to a new configuration.

The camera delivers CCD-like image quality with 4-megapixel images at 157 fps sustained. While Camera Link Full is limited by 157 fps at 4 megapixels, the burst mode delivers up to 180 full frames per second. This buffered pipeline architecture provides the flexibility to optimize on speed, field of view and image quality.

Image-enhancing processing features include flat field correction and shot noise improvement. The flat field correction has advanced capabilities for better image uniformity, such as color support, in-field calibration and multiple stored flat field correction sets for multiple lens system calibrations. The added shot noise reduction delivers an improvement of up to 12 dB compared to the CMOS image sensor performance.

The camera also offers a high-dynamic-range mode (90 dB) for large-scene dynamic capture capabilities. All image processing is done in real time to enable measurement accuracy without affecting the frame rate.

Available in monochrome and color models, it offers optional near-infrared capabilities. Solutions with antireflection coatings are supported to maximize application accuracy.


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GLOSSARY
camera
A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
color
The attribute of visual experience that can be described as having quantitatively specifiable dimensions of hue, saturation, and brightness or lightness. The visual experience, not including aspects of extent (e.g., size, shape, texture, etc.) and duration (e.g., movement, flicker, etc.).
metrology
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
monochrome
Made up of a single color.
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