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Firefly MV USB FireWire Camera


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Firefly® MV Buy now!
The small and affordable Firefly MV line offers 11 different combinations of CMOS image sensor (0.3 and 1.3 MP), form factor (board-level and housed) and interface (FireWire and USB 2.0) that are designed to address a wide variety of applications in industrial and non-industrial imaging.
Sensor: Micron 1/3" global shutter CMOS, color/mono (0.3MP)
              Sony 1/3" rolling shutter CMOS, color (1.3MP)
Interface: IEEE 1394a or USB 2.0 (1.3MP only USB 2.0)
Resolution: 752x480, 1328x1048
Frame Rates: 752x480 at 60 FPS, 1328x1048 at 23 FPS
Partial Image Modes: Pixel binning and region of interest
Trigger In / Strobe Out : Trigger Modes 0 and 3, strobe output
PDF Firefly MV Product Datasheet

 "C/M" indicates both monochrome and color sensor options are available for this part number. Full part numbers are available here http://www.ptgrey.com/sales/models.asp.

Image Sensor Type 1/3 progressive scan CMOS
Shutter Type Global shutter using Micron TrueSNAP™ technology Rolling shutter
Image Sensor Model Micron MT9V022 Sony IMX035LQR-C
Maximum Resolution 752 (H) x 480 (V) 1328 (H) x 1048 (V)
Pixel Size 6.0 m x 6.0 m 3.63 m x 3.63 m
Analog-to-Digital Converter On-chip 10-bit ADC On-chip 10 / 12-bit ADC
Video Data Output 8 and 16-bit digital data
Image Data Formats Y8, Y16 (monochrome), 8-bit and 16-bit raw Bayer data (color models)
Digital Interface 6-pin IEEE 1394a for camera control, video data, power 5-pin Mini-B USB 2.0 for camera control, video data, power
Transfer Rates 400 Mb/s                                 480 Mb/s
Maximum Frame Rate 752x480 at 60 FPS
320x240 at 112 FPS (region of interest) 320x240 at 122 FPS (2 x 2 pixel binning)
Free-running acquisition: 1328x1048 at 23FPS, 664x524 at 60 FPS (2x2 pixel binning), 640x480 at 60 FPS (center cut-out mode) Triggered acquisition: Frame rate is half the specified rate. Maximum frame rate in external trigger mode: 30FPS
Partial Image Modes pixel binning and region of interest modes via Format_7 pixel binning or center cut-out (640x480) mode via Format_7
General Purpose I/O Ports 7-pin JST GPIO connector, 4 pins for trigger and strobe, 1 pin +3.3 V, 1 Vext pin for external power
Gain Control automatic / manual, 0 dB to 12 dB automatic / manual, 0 dB to 24 dB
Shutter Speed automatic / manual, 0.12 ms to 512 ms automatic / manual, 0.03 ms to 8000 ms
Gamma 0 to 1 (enables 12-bit to 10-bit companding) 0.5 to 4.00
Synchronization via external trigger, software trigger (on same bus only), or free-running* via external trigger
External Trigger Modes IIDC v1.31 Trigger Modes 0 and 3
Power Requirements 8 to 30 V via IEEE-1394, less than one (1) Watt 4.75 to 5.25 V via the Mini-B USB 2.0 or GPIO connector, less than one (1) Watt
Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.4 x 44 x 34 mm
Mass 37 g (including tripod adapter)
Camera Specifications IIDC 1394-based Digital Camera Specification v1.31
Memory Storage three memory channels for user configurable power-up settings
Lens Mount CS-mount (5mm C-mount adapter included) M12 microlense mount
Compliance CE, FCC Class B, RoHS
Operating Temp 0 to 45C
Storage Temperature -30 to 60C
Warranty 1 year
Configuration Options board-level** microlens** mini 1394 connector** metal case
*Using standard non-Format_7 video formats and modes operating at 30 FPS and 60 FPS only.
**For qualified OEMs

Development Kit Contents
The following items are included in the Firefly MV FireWire Development Accessory Kit DEVKIT-01-0005:

  • ACC-01-2002: 2 meter, 6-pin to 6-pin, ultra-thin IEEE-1394 cable
  • ACC-01-1000: IEEE-1394 OHCI PCI Host Adapter 3 port-400 Mbps card
  • ACC-01-3002: Male GPIO connector pre-wired for quick and easy access
The following items are included in the Development Accessory Kit DEVKIT-01-0003:

  • 2 meter USB 2.0 cable (Type A to Mini-B 5-pin)
  • ACC-01-3002: GPIO wiring harness
  • Firefly MV and Chameleon Getting Started Manuals

Emissions and RoHS Compliance

FCC / CE Compliance
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off or on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

RoHS / WEEE Compliance

This product is RoHS and WEEE compliant.

Technical Documents White Papers

pdf Product Datasheet
pdf Getting Started Manual IEEE-1394a
pdf Getting Started Manual USB2.0
Tech Ref Technical Reference Manual (Login Required)

White Paper FFMV High Dynamic Range Mode

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Product Change Notifications
PDF PCN2009007A - Change to CS-Mount Lens Holder Exterior Appearance
PDF PCN2009001A - Discontinuation - Firefly MV Board-Level 1394a w/ CS Lens Mount
PDF PCN2009002A - Discontinuation - Firefly MV Board-Level 1394a w/ M12 Lens Mount
PDF PCN2009003A - Discontinuation - Firefly MV 1394a Development Accessory Kit
PDF PCN2009006A - Printed Circuit Board Revision to Add Physical Layer Port Protection
PDF PCN2010009A - USB2 vertical connector change
PDF PCN2011003A - Change to ACC-01-0003 Tripod Mounts
PDF PCN2011011A - IR Filter Vendor Change

Technical Application Notes / White Papers
PDF TAN2009004 - Storing data in flash memory
PDF TAN2009003 - Getting Started with FlyCapture 2.0 and Linux
PDF TAN2004003 - PGR FlyCapture SDK Color Processing Algorithm Performance
PDF TAN2004004 - Synchronizing to an external signal using DCAM 1.31 Trigger Mode_0
PDF TAN2006007 - Wiring specification for Firefly MV mini 1394 connector
PDF TAN2007001 - Exceeding bandwidth limitations when using Format 7
PDF TAN2007003 - Developing DirectShow applications with FlyCapture
PDF TAN2008001 - Factors to consider with multiple camera arrays
PDF TAN2008002 - High dynamic range modes in the Firefly MV
PDF TAN2008009 - Extending the distance between camera and host
PDF TAN2008011 - Working with embedded image information
PDF TAN2008013 - White blemish pixel defects
PDF TAN2009001 - Creating a board-level multiple camera array for OEM applications
PDF TAN2010002 - Selecting a Lens for your Camera
PDF TAN2010003 - Image Tearing Causes and Solutions

Knowledge Base Articles
Click here to view Firefly MV knowledge base articles

Part Number Description
FFMV-03M2C-CS 0.3 MP Firefly MV, 1394a Camera, CS-Mount, color
FFMV-03M2M-CS 0.3 MP Firefly MV, 1394a Camera, CS-Mount, mono
FMVU-03MTC-CS 0.3 MP Firefly MV, USB 2.0, CS-Mount, color
FMVU-03MTM-CS 0.3 MP Firefly MV, USB 2.0, CS-Mount, mono
FMVU-13S2C-CS 1.3 MP Firefly MV, USB 2.0, plastic case, CS-mount, color
OEM Mini Connector 0.3 MP board-level Firefly MV, mini 1394a, CS-mount, mono/color
OEM Board-Level 0.3 MP board-level Firefly MV, USB 2.0, CS-mount, mono/color
ACC-01-0005 Tripod mounting adapter (board-level)
ACC-01-0010 Firefly MV Case Enclosure
DEVKIT-01-0005 Firefly MV IEEE 1394a Development Accessory Kit
DEVKIT-01-0003 Firefly MV USB 2.0 Development Accessory Kit
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