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Latest Blackfly Models Feature New 1.2 and 2 Megapixel Global Shutter CMOS Sensors from Aptina and e2v

January 29, 2014 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced two new models to the Blackfly family of ultra-compact PoE GigE Vision cameras.  

The latest Blackfly models utilize leading-edge global shutter CMOS technology to capture crisp, distortion-free images of objects in motion, a critical requirement for applications such as factory automation or open road tolling.  The BFLY-PGE-12A2 camera uses the new AR0134 from Aptina, a 1.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of capturing images at 50 FPS.  The AR0134 uses Aptina’s latest 3.75-micron global shutter pixel technology to deliver exceptional low light performance and quantum efficiency of over 70%.  The sensor’s 1/3-inch optical format enables analog camera users to easily switch to digital without changing optics, while offering higher resolution and faster frame rates.

The new BFLY-PGE-20E4 model utilizes the new EV76C570 sensor from e2V, a 1/1.8-inch 2 megapixel sensor that supports frame rates up to 47 FPS.  The higher resolution EV76C570 is the latest addition to e2v’s Sapphire family of high sensitivity global shutter CMOS sensors, which also includes the 1.3 MP EV76560 device used in other Point Grey cameras.

Like other Blackfly models, these new cameras support cable lengths of up 100 meters using Gigabit Ethernet, are compatible with third-party imaging libraries via the GigE Vision standard, and provide a host of features including Power over Ethernet, temperature and status monitoring, in-field updatable firmware, color interpolation, look up table and gamma, and much more.  With their unique combination of imaging performance, 29 x 29 x 30 mm size, and low price, the new Blackfly models are perfectly suited for applications in machine vision and factory automation.

“CMOS global shutter performance and customer demand continues to climb, favoring lower power consumption, no blooming or smearing artifacts, along with a very attractive price point,” says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “We are very excited to release two new models featuring this technology, enabling our customers to take advantage of CMOS global shutter with more model selection and higher resolution.” 

The Blackfly BFLY-PGE-12A2 list price is $315 (€235) and the BFLY-PGE-20E4 is priced at $595 (€449). Both are available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and its North American, European and Australian web store.

About Point Grey

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, life science, traffic, and surveillance applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive portfolio of USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, FireWire, USB 2.0 and Camera Link 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 170 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


Richmond, BC, CANADA