RICHMOND, British Columbia, Canada, June 1, 2011 — The Flea3 FL3-GE series Gigabit Ethernet Vision digital cameras have been launched by Point Grey Research Inc. The models are ultracompact, measuring 29 × 29 × 30 mm. The first available ones use monochrome and color versions of the Sony ICX445 CCD, a high-sensitivity, 1.3-megapixel, 1/3-in. EXview HAD image sensor that runs at 30 fps. The cameras feature optoisolated general-purpose input/output for industrial triggering and strobe output, nonvolatile flash memory for user data storage, and an on-camera frame buffer. They are supplied with FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet and, soon, USB 3.0 interfaces. They are equipped with a C-mount lens holder, a removable IR cut filter (color models), an optical window (monochrome models) and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter. Additional features include automatic control of most camera properties, such as gain, exposure and white balance; user configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; gamma and programmable lookup table; customizable region-of-interest settings; and pixel binning. The Flea3 complies with version 1.2 of the GigE Vision specification, which allows it to be used with many third-party software packages. Included with every camera is the FlyCapture software development kit, a full software library that provides a common control interface for all of the company’s cameras under both Windows and Linux.