Point Grey Adds High Resolution 12 MP CCD Model to Grasshopper(R)3 USB3 Vision Camera Line

by | Jun 26, 2015

Richmond, BC, Canada, June 26, 2015 ” Point Grey, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of a new 12 MP CCD model to its Grasshopper®3 USB3 Visionâ„¢ camera line.

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-120S6 models are based on color and monochrome versions of the 1″ Sony ICX834 global shutter CCD sensor, which features 3.1 micron pixels and 4242 x 2830 image resolution running in dual-tap at 7 FPS. The ICX834 device utilizes Sony’s EXview HAD CCD II pixel architecture with improved quantum efficiency and near infrared response (NIR). EXview HAD CCD II also enables smaller pixel sizes while maintaining excellent imaging performance. This allows the high resolution ICX834, with its 1-inch optical format, to be integrated into compact C-mount cameras like the Grasshopper3, and used with smaller, lower-cost C-mount lenses. With its high resolution CCD image quality, high dynamic range, and USB 3.0 interface, the Grasshopper3 is well suited for a wide variety of demanding applications including industrial inspection, 3D scanning, microscopy and mobile mapping.

Like all Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras, the Grasshopper3 uses a proprietary USB 3.0 link layer and frame buffer-based architecture for optimal performance and reliability. The Grasshopper3 uses an advanced image processing pipeline to enable color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning and USB3 Vision support. “We’re excited to continue expanding our Grasshopper3 USB3 Vision family with even higher resolution sensors,” says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “This new 12 MP Grasshopper3 camera is Point Grey’s highest resolution machine vision camera to date. The ultra HD 4K Sony ICX834 CCD sensor achieves a higher sensitivity in the near infrared range (NIR) and offers better price performance than other high resolution cameras on the market.”

The Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-120S6 is list priced at $3695/€2795 and is available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American, EU and Australian 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 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


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