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Point Grey's Latest 2.3 MP Blackfly Camera Features the New Sony IMX249 Pregius® Global Shutter CMOS

January 15, 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 2.3 megapixel Sony Pregius global shutter CMOS model to its Blackfly family of GigE Vision™ cameras.

The latest Blackfly BFLY-PGE-23S6 camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of the new Sony IMX249, a 1/1.2" global shutter CMOS sensor capable of streaming 1920 x 1200 resolution images at 41 FPS. This sensor combines Sony Exmor® and Pregius technology to provide exceptional imaging performance. The Exmor technology brings high-speed performance of Sony CMOS, while the Pregius technology uses an innovative analog memory pixel design that enables global shutter and low read noise. The new IMX249 sensor offers the same optical format, pixel size and imaging performance as the Sony IMX174, and supports many features required for industrial, scientific and traffic applications, such as high-speed triggering and region of interest (ROI) functionality.

The Blackfly supports cable lengths of up to 100 meters using Gigabit Ethernet, is compatible with third-party imaging libraries via the GigE Vision standard and provides a host of features including Power over Ethernet, temperature and status monitoring, in-field updatable firmware, color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning functionality, and much more.

“We’re very excited about the expansion of Sony’s global shutter CMOS sensor line-up”, says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “We’ve seen huge success with the Sony IMX174 in the Grasshopper3 GigE and USB3 Vision cameras. The IMX249 offers the same impressive imaging performance as the higher-speed IMX174, but at much lower cost, making this new Blackfly model the ideal combination of imaging performance, compact size and unbeatable price”.  

The BFLY-PGE-23S6 is list priced at $495/€379 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, 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 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


Richmond, BC, Canada