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New High-Speed 1.3 MP Chameleon®3 USB3 Vision™ Camera Features Python Global Shutter CMOS from ON Semiconductor

June 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 1.3 MP global shutter CMOS to its Chameleon®3 family of USB3 Vision™ cameras.

The new Chameleon3 CM3-U3-13Y3 models are based on color and monochrome versions of the ON Semiconductor PYTHON1300, a ½" global shutter CMOS sensor featuring 1280 x 1024 image resolution. The camera is capable of running at 149 FPS at full resolution and up to 470 FPS in pixel binning mode. The PYTHON1300 sensor continues the legacy of its predecessor the VITA1300, maintaining the same ½" optical format, while improving on imaging performance such as temporal dark noise.

The Chameleon3 camera line combines the ease-of-use of USB 3.0, the small size and flexibility of board-level, and the most popular CCD and CMOS image sensors into an affordable package. Available in a compact 44 x 35 x 19.5 mm case or as a 40 x 31 mm board stack, the Chameleon3 is well-suited to a wide range of space-constrained applications. Other standard features include an on-camera frame buffer for image retransmission, opto-isolated GPIO with locking connection, and a hassle-free 3-year warranty.

"We are very excited about adding this new, highly competitive global shutter CMOS sensor to our Chameleon3 portfolio," says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. "This new model targets applications that benefit from high speed and global shutter imaging performance, making it ideal for 3D scanning, factory automation, such as bar code reading, and tracking applications such as eye, object, and gesture tracking."

The CM3-U3-13Y3 is list priced at $350/€269 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

New High-Speed 1.3 MP Chameleon®3 USB3 Vision™ Camera Features Python Global Shutter CMOS from ON Semiconductor

The new Chameleon3 CM3-U3-13Y3 models are based on color and monochrome versions of the On Semiconductor PYTHON1300, a ½" global shutter CMOS sensor featuring 1280 x 1024 image resolution. The camera is capable of running at 149 FPS at full resolution and up to 470 FPS in pixel binning mode. The PYTHON1300 sensor continues the legacy of its predecessor the VITA1300, maintaining the same ½" optical format, while improving on imaging performance such as temporal dark noise. This new model targets applications that benefit from high speed and global shutter imaging performance, making it ideal for 3D scanning, factory automation, such as bar code reading, and tracking applications such as eye, object, and gesture tracking. The CM3-U3-13Y3 is list priced at $350/€269.

German Abstract

Neue Chameleon®3 USB3 Vision Hochgeschwindigkeitskamera zeichnet sich durch den Python Global Shutter CMOS von ON Semiconductor aus

Die neuen Chameleon3 CM3-U3-13Y3 Modelle zeichnen sich durch die Monochrom- und Farbvariante des PYTHON1300 Sensors von ON Semiconductor aus, ein ½" Global Shutter CMOS mit einer Auflösung von 1280 x 1024. Die Kamera schafft eine Bildrate von 149 FPS bei voller Auflösung und bis zu 470 FPS in Pixel Binning Modus. Der PYTHON1300 Sensor knüpft an dem Vorgängermodell, dem VITA1300 an, mit dem selben ½" optischen Format, jedoch verbesserter Bildgebungsleistung wie z.B. Dunkelrauschen. Dieses neue Modell eignet sich bestens für Anwendungen, die hohe Geschwindigkeit und Global Shutter Bildgebung erfordern wie zum Beispiel 3D Scanning , Fabrikautomation, wie Bar Code Reading und Tracking wie Auge-, Objekt- und Gestenerkennung. Die CM3-U3-13Y3 ist zum Preis von $350/€269 erhältlich.

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.