The ace series of cameras offer fantastic value. This model is built on the Sony Starvis IMX178 1/1.8" sensor. It offers 6.4 MP (3088 x 2064) resolution with excellent quantum efficiency and dynamic range, making it ideal for outdoor installations such as traffic monitoring and aerial imaging.
Using a Power over Ethernet (“PoE”) configuration, a single cable may be used to apply camera power and to transfer data between this camera and a PC, keeping cable runs to a minimum. An auxiliary connector is provided for terminating the optically isolated input and output signals – there is one of each. The input may be configured to trigger image acquisition, reset the frame counter, or reset the software trigger count. The output may be configured to indicate acquisition trigger wait, exposure active, flash window, or timer active. Or the output may be controlled via a PC. This camera also has one TTL line that may be configured either as an input or an output. The auxiliary connector may be used to power the camera if PoE is not available.
The Basler ace provides a full set of features to address a wide range of applications. Pixel data can be output in 8 or 12 bit depth. You may adjust the camera’s black level, gain, area of interest, input debounce, and trigger delay. It features automatic exposure control, pixel binning, horizontal image mirroring, event reporting, sending of test images, and a programmable lookup table. There are also “chunk” features that include a frame counter, time stamp, trigger input counter, and CRC checksum calculator. Note that not all features may be available when using third-party software.
This camera has a rolling shutter that enables superior quantum efficiency. However, without careful coordination of a strobe light, image artifacts may be visible when imaging objects in motion.
Because this camera is GigE Vision and GenICam complaint, there are many third party software applications and API’s that are compatible. Basler offers their royalty-free Pylon SDK for 32 and 64 bit Windows, Linux and OS X platforms.
|Sensor Resolution:||3088 (h) x 2064 (v) pixels|
|Sensor Size:||8.93 mm (1/1.8")|
|Sensor Model:||Sony IMX178LLJ|
|Frame Rate (full resolution):||16 frames/second|
|Quantum Efficiency:||81.0 %|
|Dark Noise:||3.2 e-|
|Saturation Capacity:||14.3 ke-|
|Dynamic Range:||72.8 dB|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio:||41.6 dB|
|Test Method:||EMVA 1288|
|Data Interface:||Ethernet Gig-E Vision|
|Conformance||CE, RoHS, GenICam, GigE Vision, IP30, FCC, UL (pending)|