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Point Grey Adds Next-Generation Sony Global Shutter CMOS to Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision™ Series

September 25, 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 new 3.2 and 5 MP CMOS models to its Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision™ camera line. 

The latest Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision models feature Sony’s second generation Pregius global shutter CMOS sensors. The IMX250 and IMX252 sensors set new benchmarks for global shutter CMOS imaging performance by dramatically reducing pixel size and significantly lowering temporal dark noise. The smaller 3.45 µm pixel size allows more pixels to be packed into a smaller optical format, allowing a wider variety of more compact and lower-cost lenses to be used. 

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-32S4M-C model is based on the monochrome version of the 1/1.8” Sony IMX252 global shutter CMOS sensor, which features 2048 x 1536 image resolution and runs at 121 FPS. The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-51S5M-C model is based on the monochrome version of the 2/3” Sony IMX250 global shutter CMOS sensor, which features 2448 x 2048 image resolution and runs at 75 FPS.

“We’re very excited about Sony’s next generation of Pregius global shutter CMOS technology,” says Michael Gibbons, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “Their roadmap includes a wide range of sensors from 1.6 to 12 MP – many of which are excellent alternatives to existing Sony CCD sensors – as well as cost-reduced variants of many of the models. We’re proud to be one of the first to market with this new technology in our Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision camera line.”

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-32S4M-C is list priced at $975/€735 and the Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-51S5M-C is list priced at $1425/€1095. Both models are available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American, EU and Australian customers). Color models are scheduled to be released in Q4 2015.

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

Point Grey Adds Next-Generation Sony Pregius Global Shutter CMOS to Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision™ Camera Series

Point Grey announced the addition of new 3.2 and 5 MP CMOS models to its Grasshopper®3 USB3 Vision™ camera line. The latest Grasshopper3 models feature Sony’s second generation Pregius global shutter CMOS sensors. The IMX250 and IMX252 sensors set new benchmarks for global shutter CMOS imaging performance by dramatically reducing pixel size to 3.45 µm and significantly lowering temporal dark noise. The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-32S4M-C model is based on the monochrome version of the 1/1.8” Sony IMX252 global shutter CMOS sensor, which features 2048 x 1536 image resolution and runs at 121 FPS. The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-51S5M-C model is based on the monochrome version of the 2/3” Sony IMX250 global shutter CMOS sensor, which features 2448 x 2048 image resolution and runs at 75 FPS. Color models are scheduled to be released in Q4 2015.

Deutsche Kurzfassung

Point Grey erweitert  die Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision Kamerafamilie durch die neueste Generation von Sony Global Shutter CMOS

Point Grey verkündete die Einführung neuer 3.2 MP und 5 MP CMOS Modelle zu der bestehenden Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision Produktlinie. Die neuesten Grasshopper3 Kameras zeichnen sich durch Sony’s zweite Generation Pregius Global Shutter CMOS Sensoren aus. Die IMX250 und IMX252 Sensoren setzen neue Maßstäbe für die Leistungsfähigkeit von Global Shutter CMOS, in dem die Pixelgrösse drastisch auf 3.45 µm reduziert und das Dunkelrauschen deutlich minimiert wurde. Das Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-32S4M-C Modell verwendet die Monochromvariante des 1/1.8” Sony IMX252 Global Shutter CMOS Sensors und bietet eine Bildauflösung von 2048 x 1536 Pixeln bei 121 FPS. Das Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-51S5M-C Modell verwendet die Monochromvariante des 2/3” Sony IMX250 Global Shutter CMOS Sensors und bietet eine Bildauflösung von 2448 x 2048 Pixeln bei 75 FPS. Farbmodelle werden voraussichtlich in Q4 2015 verfügbar sein.

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.