Point Grey's latest Grasshopper FireWire camera captures images at twice the speed of previous model

The GS2-FW-14S5 FireWire (IEEE 1394b) Grasshopper2 camera uses the Sony ICX285 2/3-in. EXview HAD CCD and a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter to generate 1.4-Mpixel images at 30 frames/s, double the rate of the previous model.

Sep 14th, 2011
Point Grey Research GS2-FW-14S5 FireWire camera
Point Grey Research GS2-FW-14S5 FireWire camera

The GS2-FW-14S5FireWire (IEEE 1394b) Grasshopper2 camera uses the Sony ICX285 2/3-in. EXview HAD CCD and a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter to generate 1.4-Mpixel images at 30 frames/s, double the rate of the previous model. The 44 × 29 × 58-mm camera’s new features include optoisolated GPIO for industrial triggering and strobe output, and optimized performance imaging modes. The device is equipped with a 32-Mbyte frame buffer, 512-kbyte nonvolatile flash memory, and on-board temperature and power sensors to monitor camera status.
Point Grey Research
Richmond, BC, Canada

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Point Grey Grasshopper2 1.4 Megapixel FireWire Camera Doubles Frame Rates, Reduces Noise

Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a provider of advanced digital imaging products, has announced the launch of its new 1.4 megapixel IEEE 1394b high-performance Grasshopper2 camera.

The next-generation Grasshopper2 camera uses the Sony ICX285 2/3" EXview HAD CCD and a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter to generate high quality 1.4 megapixel images at 30 FPS – double the rate of the previous Grasshopper. The compact Grasshopper2 measures just 44 x 29 x 58 mm in size, and offers new features such as opto-isolated GPIO for industrial triggering and strobe output, and optimized performance imaging modes.

"The Sony ICX285 continues to be one of the industry's most popular sensors for high-sensitivity imaging," says Vladimir Tucakov, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. "With Grasshopper2 we have added special enhanced imaging modes that minimize noise, maximize dynamic range, and provide very long exposures, making it ideal for medical and bioscience applications. We have also doubled the maximum frame rate to 30 FPS – made possible by the 800 Mbit/s FireWire interface – to address the needs of more demanding machine vision applications, and made it all available at an industry-leading price."

Every Grasshopper2 GS2-FW camera is equipped with a 32 MByte frame buffer, 512 KByte non-volatile flash memory, and on-board temperature and power sensors to monitor camera status. Like all Point Grey cameras, every model provides automatic control of most camera properties, such as gain, exposure, and white balance; user configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; and customizable region of interest and binning modes. Mechanical features of the Grasshopper2 GS2-FW include an industry-standard C-mount lens holder, removable optical window (monochrome models) or IR cut filter (color models), and IEEE 1394b connector with screw locks.

Point Grey introduced GigE Vision models of the Grasshopper2 in September 2010. All Grasshopper2 models benefit from the seamless software integration that is available using the FlyCapture Software Development Kit (SDK). The FlyCapture SDK is compatible with Point Grey FireWire, USB 2.0, and GigE cameras using the same API, and includes support for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Linux. The Grasshopper2 complies with v1.32 of the IIDC specification, which also allows it to be used with many third-party software packages.

The GS2-FW-14S5 (2/3-inch 1384x1036 at 30 FPS), list priced at USD $1,945, is available to order now from Point Grey and its network of distributors.

SOURCE:Point Grey Research

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