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Top Camera Picks for Machine Vision Guided Robotics

Top Camera Picks for High-Speed Tracking and Sorting

Here we present our top picks for high frame rate imaging. In creating this particular list, we not only considered frame rate specifications but also resolution, EMVA 1288 imaging quality and price. If you're looking to push the maximum frame rates even higher we've included each model's ROI (region of interest) chart.

 


Grasshopper3 IMX174


GS3-U3-23S6M-C 
  • 1920 x 1200 at 163 FPS
  • Sony IMX174 CMOS
  • Global shutter
  • Mono / Color
  • C-mount
  • USB 3.0
  • $995USD / €745



Why? It has the perfect combination: very fast frame rates, great resolution and excellent EMVA 1288 imaging quality. It is one of our fastest cameras at 163 FPS and the 2.3 MP resolution allows for more image detail and image data to be captured than a 1.3 MP sensor. Its excellent imaging quality ensures an accurate read-rate in challenging lighting conditions. For those who want the best high speed camera that Point Grey can offer this is our top choice.

 

Chameleon3 Python 1300

CM3-U3-13Y3M-CS /
CM3-U3-13Y3M-S-BD

  • 1280 x 1024 at 149 FPS
  • ON Semi P1300 CMOS
  • Global Shutter
  • Mono / Color
  • CS-mount / S-mount
  • USB 3.0
  • $350USD / €269

Why? This low cost 1.3 MP camera clocks in at a very high 149 FPS. This camera is our #2 pick as its unique case and slim board level flexiblity allows users to get high speed imaging into tight spaces. The 1.3 MP Python1300 global shutter sensor also improves imaging performance over its older cousin the Vita1300 on the Flea3. While its imaging performance isn't as high as the Sony Pregius senors, its low cost, compact design and high frame rate make it a very attractive contender.

 

Grasshopper3 IMX252


GS3-U3-32S4M-C


  • 2048 x 1536 at 121 FPS
  • Sony IMX252 CMOS
  • Global shutter
  • Mono / Color
  • C-mount
  • USB 3.0
  • $975USD / €735

Why? This model offers the same benefits as our first top pick but is intended for those who need to track and sort much larger imaging targets. Large, fast moving objects that need to be imaged accurately will benefit from the 2048 x 1536 resolution. As with all Sony Pregius sensors this model has excellent EMVA 1288 imaging performance. If you need more resolution than a 1.3 MP or 2.3 MP sensor at the fastest frame rates possible, this model is your choice.



Special Mention:
Grasshopper3 2.3 MP, 1920 x 1200 at 45 FPS
(GigE Vision)
Tracking and sorting Grasshopper3 IMX174 GigE Vision


GS3-PGE-23S6C-C


  • 1920 x 1200 at 45 FPS
  • Sony IMX174 CMOS
  • Global shutter
  • Mono / Color
  • C-mount
  • GigE Vision
  • $995USD / €745

Why? For those users that need long cable lengths, this Grasshopper3 GigE model uses the same exact sensor as our #1 pick but at a reduced frame rate. The lower bandwidth of the Ethernet interface restricts the frame rate to 45 FPS but the long cable length (100m) allows for more camera placement flexibility. Also, if you don't need the high resolution, the frame rate scales up nicely as you reduce your resolution size.

Note: The frame rate results shown in the above charts might be slightly different from other individual results. This is because from time to time we release new firmware for our camera models. New firmware might affect the frame rate results as well as your computer system setup. 




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