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Latest 1.4 MP Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision™ Camera Features New Sony ICX825 CCD for High Sensitivity Imaging

April 29, 2015 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of a new 1.4 megapixel global shutter CCD model to its Grasshopper3 family of USB3 Vision™ cameras.

The new Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-15S5 camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of the Sony ICX825, a 2/3" EXview HAD CCD II sensor capable of streaming 1384 x 1032 resolution images at 45 FPS. This sensor is the next generation of the popular ICX285 CCD, which has been the industry standard for scientific imaging due to its large pixel size, high saturation capacity, and excellent dynamic range. The new ICX825 continues this legacy and maintains the same optical format and pixel size while improving upon the imaging performance and frame rate. This new Grasshopper3 model is ideal for scientific and industrial applications such as fluorescent microscopy, electronics assembly, and inspection.

Like all Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras, the Grasshopper3 uses a proprietary USB 3.0 link layer and frame buffer-based architecture for optimal performance and reliability. The Grasshopper3 uses an advanced image processing pipeline to enable color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning and USB3 Vision support.

“There are many applications, particularly in the scientific and biomedical markets, where CCD is still preferred over CMOS,” says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “CCDs like the ICX285 and ICX825, for example, have lower dark current, which is important for doing longer exposures in order to reduce noise. We’re very excited to introduce this new sensor from Sony, and happy to continue supporting our customers with new CCD-based products.”

The GS3-U3-15S5 is list priced at $1,595/€1225 and is available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American, Australian, and EU customers).

About Point Grey

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, scientific, medical, traffic, and security applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive portfolio of USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, FireWire and USB 2.0 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 200 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.


Media Contact

Renata Sprencz
Marketing Communications Manager
Email: press@ptgrey.com
Telephone: +1.604.242.9937 or +1.866.765.0827 (toll free within North America)
Fax: +1.604.242.9938

English Abstract

Latest 1.4 MP Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision™ Camera Features New Sony ICX825 CCD for
High Sensitivity Imaging

The new Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-15S5 camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of the Sony ICX825, a 2/3" EXview HAD CCD II sensor capable of streaming 1384 x 1032 resolution images at 45 FPS. This sensor is the next generation of the popular ICX285 CCD, which has been the industry standard for scientific imaging due to its large pixel size, high saturation capacity, and excellent dynamic range. The new ICX825 continues this legacy and maintains the same optical format and pixel size while improving upon the imaging performance and frame rate. This new Grasshopper3 model is ideal for scientific and industrial applications such as fluorescent microscopy, electronics assembly, and inspection.

German Abstract

Point Grey’s neueste 1.4 MP Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision Kamera zeichnet sich durch Sony’s hochempfindlichen ICX825 aus

Die neuen Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-15S5 Modelle basieren auf die Monochrom- und Farbvariante des Sony ICX825, ein 2/3“ EXview HAD CCD II Sensor mit einer 1384 x 1032 Auflösung bei 45 FPS. Dieser Sensor ist die nächste Generation der beliebten ICX285 CCD, welcher sich aufgrund seiner grossen Pixelgrösse, hohe Sättigungskapazität und ausgezeichnetem Dynamikbereich als Industriestandard in wissenschaftlichen Anwendungen bewährt hat. Die neue ICX825 setzt diese Tradition fort und bietet das gleiche optische Format und Pixelgrösse, bei verbesserter Bildqualität und Bildrate. Diese neue Grasshopper3 Kamera ist ideal für wissenschaftliche und industrielle Anwendungen wie zum Beispiel Fluoreszenz-Mikroskopie, Elektronik-Montage und Inspektion.

Additional Resources

Product datasheets, photos and press material can be accessed via FTP. To obtain an FTP login account, please contact Renata Sprencz at press@ptgrey.com.