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4024 x 3036 Color CMOS USB3 Camera

Basler Ace U acA4024-29uc

$ 563.00 each

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12.2 MP color images at 31 frames per second
Excellent quantum efficiency and dynamic range
Sony Starvis IMX226 sensor
Compact 42 x 29 x 29 mm footprint
Power over Ethernet (PoE) support
PGI image enhancement

The ace series of cameras offer fantastic value. This model is built on the Sony Starvis IMX26 1/1.7" sensor. It offers 12.2 MP (4024x 3036) resolution with excellent quantum efficiency and dynamic range, making it ideal for outdoor installations such as traffic monitoring and aerial imaging.

This color camera includes Basler's PGI algorithms, including 5x5 debayering, color-anti-aliasing, denoising, and sharpening filter.

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 USB3 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: 4024 (h) x 3036 (v) pixels
Sensor Size: 9.41 mm
Sensor Model: Sony IMX226LQJ
Shutter Type: Rolling
Frame Rate (full resolution): 31 frames/second
Quantum Efficiency: 80.0 %
Dark Noise: 3.2 e-
Saturation Capacity: 11.0 ke-
Dynamic Range: 71.0 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 40.4 dB
Test Method: EMVA 1288
Lens Mount: C-Mount
Data Interface: USB


Conformance CE, RoHS, GenICam, USB3 Vision, IP30, FCC, UL (pending)

The EMVA data above is for the monochrome version. Nonetheless, it is indicative of the relative performance of this camera.