September 25, 2008 - he Chameleon camera, designed and manufactured by Point Grey Research, is an easy, cost effective, and reliable imaging solution. Featuring a high sensitivity 1.3 megapixel Sony EXview HAD CCD™, hi-speed USB 2.0 digital interface, and ultra-compact size, the Chameleon is an ideal choice for demanding imaging applications such as object and gesture tracking, test and measurement, bioscience, augmented reality, security, biometrics, and robot guidance.
"We are very excited to launch the Chameleon, a truly one of a kind product," says Vladimir Tucakov, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey Research. "No other digital camera can match the Chameleon's unique combination of CCD image quality, small and lightweight housing, and affordable price point. It is extremely easy to use, and the USB 2.0 480 Mb/s interface allows the camera to be connected to virtually any computer system without adding an interface card. Also, because the image sensor is a 1/3" CCD, existing users of VGA or XGA 1/3” sensors can increase the number of available pixels without changing optics."
The Chameleon camera uses the exceptionally sensitive Sony ICX445 EXview HAD CCD and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter to generate high quality 1296(W) x 964(H) monochrome or raw Bayer color images at 18 FPS. The camera is equipped with a CS-mount lens holder with removable glass/IR filter system, and is housed in a small and lightweight 25.5 x 41 x 44 mm plastic case. A board-level option is available for qualified OEM's. A 7-pin general purpose I/O connector can be used to synchronize the camera to external devices, such as an external trigger or light source, and its 5-pin Mini-B USB 2.0 connector enables the USB 2.0 cable (included in the Development Accessory Kit) to transfer both data and power.
A key feature of the Chameleon is the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip that controls all camera functionality, including gain, exposure, gamma, resolution and frame rate, user memory channels, and more. The FPGA can be updated with new functionality in the field. Other standard features include multiple trigger and strobe modes, regions of interest and pixel binning.
Like all Point Grey cameras, the Chameleon complies with the IIDC v1.31 specification. Existing Point Grey camera users will benefit from the seamless software integration that is available using the FlyCapture® Software Development Kit (SDK). The FlyCapture SDK is compatible with both FireWire and USB 2.0 cameras using the same API, and includes support for ActiveX, TWAIN and DirectShow.
The Chameleon camera, part number CMLN-13S2M/C-CS (mono/color), is priced at USD $375 (single quantity) and is available now from Point Grey Research and its network of distributors.
About Point Grey Research, Inc.
Point Grey Research, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products for machine vision, industrial imaging, and computer vision applications. Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 (FireWire) and USB 2.0 cameras that are known for their excellent quality, performance, and ease of use. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills 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 first and smallest 1394b digital camera.
Since being founded in January of 1997, the company's approach to product pricing, quality control, and customer service has attracted thousands of customers worldwide, and its organic growth through product sales has enabled the company to expand significantly without any outside investment. Point Grey currently employs more than 70 people worldwide, and has a wholly-owned German subsidiary that provides sales and support services to customers in Europe, Africa and Israel. The company has also established a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan.
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