USB3 Vision Technology Center

Offering over fifty USB3 Vision camera models, Machine Vision Store likely has the camera you need. And we're introducing new models all the time. Certainly contact us for help choosing the best camera for your project.

USB 3 Vision Cameras

USB3 Vision is the recognized standard for communicating with USB industrial cameras. This international standard is hosted by the Automated Imaging Association, and is supported by major camera manufacturers. The USB3 Vision standard expands upon the USB 3.0 standard. Specifically, the standard:

  • Defines the computer-to-camera communication protocol.
  • Standardizes camera connectors.
  • Draws from the GenICam standard, which is the common programming interface for all modern machine vision interfaces.

You may be familiar with other camera communication standards, such as GigE Vision, Camera Link and IEEE-1394 IIDC (Firewire). Compared to these standards, USB3 Vision:

  • Offers bandwidth sufficient for high resolution images to be transferred at higher frame rates. Maximum bandwidth is about 350 MB/s, which exceeds both GigE Vision (assuming a single link at gigabit speed) and Camera Link Base.
  • Builds on the ubiquitous USB standard to drive down component costs.
  • No expensive frame grabber is needed.
  • Supports relatively short cable lengths. The longest passive USB cable we offer is 7 meters.

If your computer will be located near the camera, USB3 Vision is the leading candidate. But if you need a long cable length, consider one of our GigE Vision cameras. Note we also offer active USB3 cables up to 100 meters in length, for when you need both cable length and a greater bandwidth.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an open standard originally developed in 1994. It defines the cables, connectors and communication protocols used in a bus for connection, communication and power between electronic devices. With the advent of version 3.0 with "SuperSpeed", this bus now has more than enough bandwidth for typical machine vision projects.

The USB3 Vision standard blends together USB with the GenICam standard. GenICam defines a generic programming interface common to GigE Vision, Camera Link, and some Firewire cameras. Software developers can therefore write code that communicates with any USB3 Vision camera, without paying much attention to which camera model is connected at the other end of the cable. Because of this standard, companies can create near universal drivers for all USB3 Vision cameras. And these drivers can be much the same as drivers for GigE Vision, Camera Link, and Firewire cameras.

One word of caution. There are some companies selling cameras that are USB 3.0 compliant, but are not USB3 Vision compliant. To use these cameras, you must use proprietary software. If you develop software around such a camera's API, your software may be of little use if you change to a different camera manufacturer in the future.

USB3 Vision beats IEEE-1394 IIDC ("Firewire") in nearly all regards. USB3 Vision cameras offer:

  • Much greater bandwidth (350 MB/s vs. 64 MB/s for 1394B)
  • Support for modern components (new image sensors, more powerful computers, more current operating systems)
  • Standardized GenICam API (many Firewire cameras still use proprietary drivers and APIs)

Like Firewire, USB3 Vision offers efficient image transfer to host memory. And, like Firewire, cable lengths are limited.

Here's Basler's white paper comparing USB3 Vision with Firewire.

Ordered by horizontal resolution, then frame rate. Contact us for information on additional models.

Catalog # Manufacturer Model Resolution Frames/Sec Sensor Price
CABR131 Basler Ace acA640-750um 640 x 480 750 ON Semi Python 300 $ 402
CABR120 Basler Ace acA640-90um 659 x 494 90 Sony ICX424AL $ 533
CABR121 Basler Ace acA640-120um 659 x 494 120 Sony ICX618ALA $ 444
CABR132 Basler Ace acA800-510um 800 x 600 510 ON Semi Python 500 $ 419
CABR183 Basler Dart daA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 Aptina AR0134 $ 214
CABR650 Basler Pulse puA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 Aptina AR0134 $ 183
CABR133 Basler Ace acA1300-200um 1280 x 1024 200 ON Semi Python 1300 $ 443
CABR122 Basler Ace acA1300-30um 1296 x 966 30 Sony ICX445ALA $ 578
CABR653 Basler Pulse puA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 54 e2v EV76C570ABT6 $ 309
CABR184 Basler Dart daA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 60 e2v EV76C570ABT6 $ 351
CABR123 Basler Ace acA1600-20um 1620 x 1220 20 Sony ICX274AL $ 979
CASK151 SVS-Vistek exo249MU3 1920 x 1200 31 Sony IMX249LLJ $ 594
CABR137 Basler Ace acA1920-40um 1920 x 1200 40 Sony IMX249LLJ $ 499
CABR134 Basler Ace acA1920-150um 1920 x 1200 150 ON Semi Python 2000 $ 575
CABR128 Basler Ace acA1920-155um 1920 x 1200 155 Sony IMX174LLJ $ 887
CASK150 SVS-Vistek exo174MU3 1920 x 1200 155 Sony IMX174LLJ $ 879
CASK153 SVS-Vistek exo265MU3 2048 x 1536 55 Sony IMX265LLR $ 860
CABR138 Basler Ace acA2040-55um 2048 x 1536 55 Sony IMX265LLR $ 588
CASK154 SVS-Vistek exo4000MU3 2048 x 2048 74 CMOSIS CMV4000 $ 1,199
CABR130 Basler Ace acA2040-90um 2048 x 2048 90 CMOSIS CMV4000 $ 1,526
CABR741 Basler Ace acA2040-90umNIR 2048 x 2048 90 CMOSIS CMV4000-_E12M1PP $ 1,806
CASK152 SVS-Vistek exo252MU3 2048 x 1536 115 Sony IMX252LLR $ 980
CABR139 Basler Ace acA2040-120um 2048 x 1536 120 Sony IMX252LLR $ 828
CABR129 Basler Ace acA2000-165um 2048 x 1088 165 CMOSIS CMV2000 $ 1,246
CABR740 Basler Ace acA2000-165umNIR 2048 x 1088 165 CMOSIS CMV2000-2E12M1PP $ 1,526
CABR140 Basler Ace acA2440-35um 2448 x 2048 35 Sony IMX264LLR $ 876
CASK156 SVS-Vistek exo264MU3 2448 x 2048 35 Sony IMX264LLR $ 1,056
CASK155 SVS-Vistek exo250MU3 2448 x 2048 72 Sony IMX250LLR $ 1,529
CABR141 Basler Ace acA2440-75um 2448 x 2048 75 Sony IMX250LLR $ 1,260
CABR180 Basler Dart daA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 Aptina MT9P031 $ 214
CABR651 Basler Pulse puA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 Aptina MT9P031 $ 183
CABR126 Basler Ace acA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 Aptina MT9P031 $ 474
CABR181 Basler Dart daA1920-15um 2592 x 1944 15 Aptina MT9P031 $ 142
CABR125 Basler Ace acA1920-25um 2592 x 1944 25 Aptina MT9P031 $ 306
CABR182 Basler Dart daA1920-30um 2592 x 1944 30 Aptina MT9P031 $ 200
CABR652 Basler Pulse puA1920-30um 2592 x 1944 30 Aptina MT9P031 $ 171
CABR135 Basler Ace acA2500-60um 2592 x 2048 60 ON Semi Python 5000 $ 899
CASK158 SVS-Vistek exo694MU3 2752 x 2200 25 Sony ICX694ALG $ 2,915
CASK161 SVS-Vistek exo814MU3 3360 x 2712 18 Sony ICX814ALA $ 3,465
CABR127 Basler Ace acA3800-14um 3856 x 2764 14 Aptina MT9J003 $ 584
CASK164 SVS-Vistek exo304MU3 4096 x 3000 23 Sony IMX304LLR $ 3,476
CASK163 SVS-Vistek exo253MU3 4096 x 3000 29 Sony IMX253LLR $ 4,389
CASK160 SVS-Vistek exo267MU3 4096 x 2160 32 Sony IMX267LLR $ 2,695
CASK159 SVS-Vistek exo255MU3 4096 x 2160 42 Sony IMX255LLR $ 3,025

Ordered by horizontal resolution, then frame rate. Contact us for information on additional models.

Catalog # Manufacturer Model Resolution Frames/Sec Sensor Price
CABR232 Basler Ace acA640-750uc 640 x 480 750 ON Semi Python 300 $ 426
CABR220 Basler Ace acA640-90uc 659 x 494 90 Sony ICX424AQ $ 563
CABR221 Basler Ace acA640-120uc 659 x 494 120 Sony ICX618AQA $ 474
CABR233 Basler Ace acA800-510uc 800 x 600 510 ON Semi Python 500 $ 443
CASK258 SVS-Vistek exo694CU3 1280 x 720 25 Sony ICX692AQA $ 2,915
CABR282 Basler Dart daA1280-54uc 1280 x 960 54 Aptina AR0134 call
CABR670 Basler Pulse puA1280-54uc 1280 x 960 54 Aptina AR0134 $ 194
CABR234 Basler Ace acA1300-200uc 1280 x 1024 200 ON Semi Python 1300 $ 467
CABR222 Basler Ace acA1300-30uc 1296 x 966 30 Sony ICX445AQA $ 607
CABR673 Basler Pulse puA1600-60uc 1600 x 1200 54 e2v EV76C570ACT6 $ 321
CABR284 Basler Dart daA1600-60uc 1600 x 1200 60 e2v EV76C570ACT6 $ 364
CABR223 Basler Ace acA1600-20uc 1620 x 1220 20 Sony ICX274AQ $ 1,008
CASK251 SVS-Vistek exo249CU3 1920 x 1200 31 Sony IMX249LQJ $ 594
CABR237 Basler Ace acA1920-40uc 1920 x 1200 40 Sony IMX249LQJ $ 524
CABR235 Basler Ace acA1920-150uc 1920 x 1200 150 ON Semi Python 2000 $ 599
CASK250 SVS-Vistek exo174CU3 1920 x 1200 155 Sony IMX174LQJ $ 879
CABR229 Basler Ace acA1920-155uc 1920 x 1200 155 Sony IMX174LQJ $ 911
CABR238 Basler Ace acA2040-55uc 2048 x 1536 55 Sony IMX265LQR $ 612
CASK253 SVS-Vistek exo265CU3 2048 x 1536 55 Sony IMX265LQR $ 860
CASK254 SVS-Vistek exo4000CU3 2048 x 2048 74 CMOSIS CMV4000-2E5M1PP $ 1,199
CABR231 Basler Ace acA2040-90uc 2048 x 2048 90 CMOSIS CMV4000-2E5M1PP $ 1,554
CASK252 SVS-Vistek exo252CU3 2048 x 1536 115 Sony IMX252LQR $ 980
CABR239 Basler Ace acA2040-120uc 2048 x 1536 120 Sony IMX252LQR $ 852
CABR230 Basler Ace acA2000-165uc 2048 x 1088 165 CMOSIS CMV2000-2E5C1PP $ 1,274
CABR240 Basler Ace acA2440-35uc 2448 x 2048 35 Sony IMX264LQR $ 900
CASK256 SVS-Vistek exo264CU3 2448 x 2048 35 Sony IMX264LQR $ 1,056
CASK255 SVS-Vistek exo250CU3 2448 x 2048 72 Sony IMX250LQR $ 1,529
CABR241 Basler Ace acA2440-75uc 2448 x 2048 75 Sony IMX250LQR $ 1,284
CABR226 Basler Ace acA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 Aptina MT9P031 $ 503
CABR671 Basler Pulse puA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 Aptina MT9P031 $ 194
CABR280 Basler Dart daA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 Aptina MT9P031 call
CABR225 Basler Ace acA1920-25uc 2592 x 1944 25 Aptina MT9P031 $ 337
CABR281 Basler Dart daA1920-30uc 2592 x 1944 30 Aptina MT9P031 call
CABR672 Basler Pulse puA1920-30uc 2592 x 1944 30 Aptina MT9P031 $ 183
CABR236 Basler Ace acA2500-60uc 2592 x 2048 60 ON Semi Python 5000 $ 923
CASK261 SVS-Vistek exo814CU3 3360 x 2712 18 Sony ICX814AQA $ 3,465
CABR227 Basler Ace acA3800-14uc 3856 x 2764 14 Aptina MT9J003 $ 614
CASK264 SVS-Vistek exo304CU3 4096 x 3000 23 Sony IMX304LQR $ 3,476
CASK263 SVS-Vistek exo253CU3 4096 x 3000 29 Sony IMX253LQR $ 4,389
CASK260 SVS-Vistek exo267CU3 4096 x 2160 32 Sony IMX267LQR $ 2,695
CASK259 SVS-Vistek exo255CU3 4096 x 2160 42 Sony IMX255LQR $ 3,025
CABR228 Basler Ace acA4600-10uc 4608 x 3288 10 Aptina MT9F002 $ 676

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