USB3 Vision Technology Center

Offering over eighty USB3 Vision camera models, Machine Vision Store likely has the camera you need. 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. (Active USB extension cables are also an option.)

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.

Item Model Resolution FPS Price
CABR131 Ace U acA640-750um 640 x 480 750 $ 402
CABR120 Ace acA640-90um 659 x 494 90 $ 533
CABR121 Ace acA640-120um 659 x 494 120 $ 444
CABR132 Ace U acA800-510um 800 x 600 510 $ 419
CABR183 Dart daA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 $ 214
CABR650 Pulse puA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 $ 183
CABR133 Ace U acA1300-200um 1280 x 1024 200 $ 443
CABR122 Ace acA1300-30um 1296 x 966 30 $ 578
CABR653 Pulse puA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 54 $ 309
CABR184 Dart daA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 60 $ 351
CABR123 Ace acA1600-20um 1620 x 1220 20 $ 979
CABR181 Dart daA1920-15um 1920 x 1080 15 $ 142
CABR125 Ace acA1920-25um 1920 x 1080 25 $ 306
CABR182 Dart daA1920-30um 1920 x 1080 30 $ 200
CABR652 Pulse puA1920-30um 1920 x 1080 30 $ 171
CASK151 exo249MU3 1920 x 1200 31 $ 594
CABR137 Ace U acA1920-40um 1920 x 1200 40 $ 499
CABR134 Ace U acA1920-150um 1920 x 1200 150 $ 575
CASK150 exo174MU3 1920 x 1200 155 $ 879
CABR128 Ace U acA1920-155um 1920 x 1200 164 $ 887
CASK153 exo265MU3 2048 x 1536 55 $ 860
CABR138 Ace U acA2040-55um 2048 x 1536 55 $ 588
CASK154 exo4000MU3 2048 x 2048 74 $ 1,199
CABR130 Ace acA2040-90um 2048 x 2048 90 $ 1,526
CABR741 Ace acA2040-90umNIR 2048 x 2048 90 $ 1,806
CASK152 exo252MU3 2048 x 1536 115 $ 980
CABR139 Ace U acA2040-120um 2048 x 1536 120 $ 828
CABR129 Ace acA2000-165um 2048 x 1088 165 $ 1,246
CABR740 Ace acA2000-165umNIR 2048 x 1088 165 $ 1,526
CABR140 Ace U acA2440-35um 2448 x 2048 35 $ 876
CASK156 exo264MU3 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,056
CASK155 exo250MU3 2448 x 2048 72 $ 1,529
CABR141 Ace U acA2440-75um 2448 x 2048 75 $ 1,260
CABR126 Ace acA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 474
CABR651 Pulse puA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 183
CABR180 Dart daA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 214
CABR135 Ace U acA2500-60um 2592 x 2048 60 $ 899
CASK158 exo694MU3 2752 x 2200 25 $ 2,915
CASK161 exo814MU3 3360 x 2712 18 $ 3,465
CABR127 Ace acA3800-14um 3856 x 2764 14 $ 584
CASK164 exo304MU3 4096 x 3000 23 $ 3,476
CASK163 exo253MU3 4096 x 3000 29 $ 4,389
CASK160 exo267MU3 4096 x 2160 32 $ 2,695
CASK159 exo255MU3 4096 x 2160 42 $ 3,025

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

Item Model Resolution FPS Price
CABR232 Ace U acA640-750uc 640 x 480 750 $ 426
CABR220 Ace acA640-90uc 659 x 494 90 $ 563
CABR221 Ace acA640-120uc 659 x 494 120 $ 474
CABR233 Ace U acA800-510uc 800 x 600 510 $ 443
CASK258 exo694CU3 1280 x 720 25 $ 2,915
CABR670 Pulse puA1280-54uc 1280 x 960 54 $ 194
CABR282 Dart daA1280-54uc 1280 x 960 54 call
CABR234 Ace U acA1300-200uc 1280 x 1024 200 $ 467
CABR222 Ace acA1300-30uc 1296 x 966 30 $ 607
CABR673 Pulse puA1600-60uc 1600 x 1200 54 $ 321
CABR284 Dart daA1600-60uc 1600 x 1200 60 $ 364
CABR223 Ace acA1600-20uc 1620 x 1220 20 $ 1,008
CABR225 Ace acA1920-25uc 1920 x 1080 25 $ 337
CABR281 Dart daA1920-30uc 1920 x 1080 30 $ 192
CABR672 Pulse puA1920-30uc 1920 x 1080 30 $ 183
CASK251 exo249CU3 1920 x 1200 31 $ 594
CABR237 Ace U acA1920-40uc 1920 x 1200 40 $ 524
CABR235 Ace U acA1920-150uc 1920 x 1200 150 $ 599
CASK250 exo174CU3 1920 x 1200 155 $ 879
CABR229 Ace U acA1920-155uc 1920 x 1200 155 $ 911
CABR238 Ace U acA2040-55uc 2048 x 1536 55 $ 612
CASK253 exo265CU3 2048 x 1536 55 $ 860
CASK254 exo4000CU3 2048 x 2048 74 $ 1,199
CASA221 STC-MCCM401U3V 2048 x 2048 89 call
CABR231 Ace acA2040-90uc 2048 x 2048 90 $ 1,554
CASK252 exo252CU3 2048 x 1536 115 $ 980
CABR239 Ace U acA2040-120uc 2048 x 1536 120 $ 852
CABR230 Ace acA2000-165uc 2048 x 1088 165 $ 1,274
CABR240 Ace U acA2440-35uc 2448 x 2048 35 $ 900
CASK256 exo264CU3 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,056
CASK255 exo250CU3 2448 x 2048 72 $ 1,529
CABR241 Ace U acA2440-75uc 2448 x 2048 75 $ 1,284
CABR226 Ace acA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 503
CABR671 Pulse puA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 194
CABR280 Dart daA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 229
CABR236 Ace U acA2500-60uc 2592 x 2048 60 $ 923
CASK261 exo814CU3 3360 x 2712 18 $ 3,465
CABR227 Ace acA3800-14uc 3856 x 2764 14 $ 614
CASK264 exo304CU3 4096 x 3000 23 $ 3,476
CASK263 exo253CU3 4096 x 3000 29 $ 4,389
CASK260 exo267CU3 4096 x 2160 32 $ 2,695
CASK259 exo255CU3 4096 x 2160 42 $ 3,025
CABR228 Ace acA4600-10uc 4608 x 3288 10 $ 676

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