USB3 Vision Technology Center

Offering over a hundred 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 copper USB cable we offer is 7 meters. (Fiber-optic USB extension cables are 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.

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.

We occasionally hear from customers having problems achieving a camera's maximum frame rate. Images may be dropped. Or, even worse, communication with the camera may stop, necessitating cycling power to the computer and camera. This is most common with high-resolution and high-frame-rate cameras that need to transfer more than around 200 MB/s.

The issue is not the Basler or SVS-Vistek camera. It has been factory tested and will perform to specifications. The problem is:

The USB Cable

We always recommend using a high-quality shielded USB cable. Even shielded cables over five meters in length may have problems in electrically noisy environments. In such cases, we recommend one of our fiber-optic extenders.

The USB Controller

The most common problem is the computer's USB controller. Many controllers fail to handle anywhere near the data load specified by USB 3.0, even though they are marketed as USB 3.0 devices. Basler's white paper provides some rather disconcerting test results. This issue is typical of the USB controllers built in to many computers today, especially notebooks and embedded computers. To avoid this problem, see our USB 3.0 PCIe cards that have been tested under full data load.

Furthermore, most computers and USB cards have multiple ports connected to a single USB controller, requiring a camera to share bandwidth with other devices. Some of our USB cards have a USB controller dedicated to each port so that each camera receives the full bandwidth, without interference from other devices.

The Computer

And finally, the problem may be the computer itself. Not all computers are created equal. Some just are not up to the task, especially when multiple cameras are grabbing simultaneously. For your convenience, we offer several industrial computers designed especially for imaging.

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 480 751 $ 439
CABR120 Ace acA640-90um 659 x 494 90 $ 579
CABR179 Ace U acA720-520um 720 x 540 520 $ 349
CABR132 Ace U acA800-510um 800 x 600 510 $ 459
CABR183 Dart daA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 $ 189
CABR650 Pulse puA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 $ 199
CABR133 Ace U acA1300-200um 1280 x 1024 203 $ 479
CABR148 Ace U acA1440-220um 1440 x 1080 227 $ 379
CABR653 Pulse puA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 54 $ 339
CABR184 Dart daA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 60 $ 339
CABR181 Dart daA1920-15um 1920 x 1080 15 $ 129
CABR125 Ace acA1920-25um 1920 x 1080 25 $ 329
CABR182 Dart daA1920-30um 1920 x 1080 30 $ 179
CABR652 Pulse puA1920-30um 1920 x 1080 30 $ 189
CASK151 exo249MU3 1920 x 1200 31 $ 794
CABR137 Ace U acA1920-40um 1920 x 1200 40 $ 539
CABR134 Ace U acA1920-150um 1920 x 1200 150 $ 629
CASK150 exo174MU3 1920 x 1200 155 $ 978
CABR1200 Ace 2 a2A1920-160umBAS 1920 x 1200 160 $ 359
CABR1600 Ace 2 PRO a2A1920-160umPRO 1920 x 1200 160 $ 479
CABR128 Ace U acA1920-155um 1920 x 1200 164 $ 969
CABR138 Ace U acA2040-55um 2048 x 1536 55 $ 649
CASK153 exo265MU3 2048 x 1536 55 $ 978
CASK154 exo4000MU3 2048 x 2048 74 $ 1,254
CABR130 Ace acA2040-90um 2048 x 2048 90 $ 1,669
CABR741 Ace acA2040-90umNIR 2048 x 2048 90 $ 1,969
CASK152 exo252MU3 2048 x 1536 115 $ 1,139
CABR139 Ace U acA2040-120um 2048 x 1536 120 $ 909
CABR129 Ace acA2000-165um 2048 x 1088 165 $ 1,359
CABR740 Ace acA2000-165umNIR 2048 x 1088 165 $ 1,669
CABR140 Ace U acA2440-35um 2448 x 2048 35 $ 819
CABR4103 Med Ace acA2440-35umMED 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,050
CASK156 exo264MU3 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,139
CASK155 exo250MU3 2448 x 2048 72 $ 1,380
CASK195 exo250ZU3 2448 x 2049 75 $ 2,588
CABR1606 Ace 2 a2A2448-75umPRO 2448 x 2048 75 $ 879
CABR141 Ace U acA2440-75um 2448 x 2048 75 $ 1,379
CABR1206 Ace 2 a2A2448-75umBAS 2448 x 2048 75 $ 739
CABR126 Ace acA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 519
CABR651 Pulse puA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 199
CABR180 Dart daA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 189
CABR135 Ace U acA2500-60um 2592 x 2048 60 $ 979
CABR1201 Ace 2 a2A2590-60umBAS 2592 x 1944 60 $ 309
CABR1601 Ace 2 PRO a2A2590-60umPRO 2592 x 1944 60 $ 409
CABR1207 Ace 2 a2A2600-64umBAS 2600 x 2160 64 $ 569
CABR1607 Ace 2 a2A2600-64umPRO 2600 x 2160 64 $ 659
CASK158 exo694MU3 2752 x 2200 25 $ 3,207
CABR1208 Ace 2 a2A2840-48umBAS 2840 x 2840 48 $ 899
CABR1608 Ace 2 a2A2840-48umPRO 2840 x 2840 48 $ 1,129
CABR142 Ace U acA3088-57um 3088 x 2064 59 $ 389
CASK157 exo428MU3 3208 x 2200 51.4 $ 1,668
CASK161 exo814MU3 3360 x 2712 18 $ 3,328
CABR1602 Ace 2 PRO a2A3840-45umPRO 3840 x 2160 45 $ 449
CABR1202 Ace 2 a2A3840-45umBAS 3840 x 2160 45 $ 339
CABR144 Ace U acA4024-29um 4024 x 3036 31 $ 469
CABR145 Ace L acA4112-20um 4096 x 3000 23 $ 1,919
CASK164 exo304MU3 4096 x 3000 23 $ 1,599
CASK163 exo253MU3 4096 x 3000 29 $ 2,530
CABR147 Ace L acA4112-30um 4096 x 3000 30 $ 3,269
CABR1609 Ace 2 a2A4096-30umPRO 4096 x 3000 30 $ 1,659
CABR1209 Ace 2 a2A4096-30umBAS 4096 x 3000 30 $ 1,449
CABR143 Ace L acA4096-30um 4096 x 2168 32 $ 1,559
CASK160 exo267MU3 4096 x 2160 32 $ 1,495
CASK159 exo255MU3 4096 x 2160 42 $ 2,289
CABR146 Ace L acA4096-40um 4098 x 2160 42 $ 2,879
CABR1210 Ace 2 a2A4200-40umBAS 4200 x 2160 40 $ 789
CABR1610 Ace 2 a2A4200-40umPRO 4200 x 2160 40 $ 919
CABR1203 Ace 2 a2A4504-18umBAS 4504 x 4504 18 $ 1,939
CABR1603 Ace 2 PRO a2A4504-18umPRO 4504 x 4504 18 $ 2,149
CASK168 exo541MU3 4504 x 4504 18.4 $ 2,243
CABR1204 Ace 2 a2A5320-23umBAS 5320 x 3032 23 $ 1,539
CABR1604 Ace 2 PRO a2A5320-23umPRO 5320 x 3032 23 $ 1,689
CASK167 exo542MU3 5320 x 3032 23 $ 1,829
CABR1205 Ace 2 a2A5328-15umBAS 5328 x 4608 15 $ 2,359
CABR1605 Ace 2 PRO a2A5328-15umPRO 5328 x 4608 15 $ 2,599
CASK166 exo540MU3 5328 x 4608 15 $ 2,588
CASK266 exo540CU3 5328 x 4608 15 $ 2,588
CABR149 Ace U acA5472-17um 5472 x 3648 17 $ 679
CABR4110 Med Ace acA5472-17umMED 5496 x 3672 17 $ 949
CASK165 exo183MU3 5496 x 3672 17 $ 863

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 $ 459
CABR220 Ace acA640-90uc 659 x 494 90 $ 609
CABR279 Ace U acA720-520uc 720 x 540 520 $ 369
CABR233 Ace U acA800-510uc 800 x 600 510 $ 479
CASK258 exo694CU3 1280 x 720 25 $ 3,207
CABR670 Pulse puA1280-54uc 1280 x 960 54 $ 219
CABR282 Dart daA1280-54uc 1280 x 960 54 $ 209
CABR234 Ace U acA1300-200uc 1280 x 1024 200 $ 509
CABR248 Ace U acA1440-220uc 1440 x 1080 220 $ 399
CABR673 Pulse puA1600-60uc 1600 x 1200 54 $ 349
CABR284 Dart daA1600-60uc 1600 x 1200 60 $ 349
CABR223 Ace acA1600-20uc 1620 x 1220 20 $ 1,099
CABR225 Ace acA1920-25uc 1920 x 1080 25 $ 369
CABR281 Dart daA1920-30uc 1920 x 1080 30 $ 189
CABR672 Pulse puA1920-30uc 1920 x 1080 30 $ 199
CASK251 exo249CU3 1920 x 1200 31 $ 794
CABR237 Ace U acA1920-40uc 1920 x 1200 40 $ 569
CABR235 Ace U acA1920-150uc 1920 x 1200 150 $ 649
CASK250 exo174CU3 1920 x 1200 155 $ 978
CABR2200 Ace 2 a2A1920-160ucBAS 1920 x 1200 160 $ 389
CABR2600 Ace 2 PRO a2A1920-160ucPRO 1920 x 1200 160 $ 509
CABR229 Ace U acA1920-155uc 1920 x 1200 164 $ 999
CABR238 Ace U acA2040-55uc 2048 x 1536 55 $ 669
CASK253 exo265CU3 2048 x 1536 55 $ 978
CASK254 exo4000CU3 2048 x 2048 74 $ 1,254
CASA221 STC-MCCM401U3V 2048 x 2048 89 call
CABR231 Ace acA2040-90uc 2048 x 2048 90 $ 1,699
CASK252 exo252CU3 2048 x 1536 115 $ 1,139
CABR239 Ace U acA2040-120uc 2048 x 1536 120 $ 929
CABR230 Ace acA2000-165uc 2048 x 1088 165 $ 1,389
CABR4203 Med Ace acA2440-35ucMED 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,080
CABR240 Ace U acA2440-35uc 2448 x 2048 35 $ 839
CASK256 exo264CU3 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,139
CASK255 exo250CU3 2448 x 2048 72 $ 1,380
CABR241 Ace U acA2440-75uc 2448 x 2048 75 $ 1,399
CABR2206 Ace 2 a2A2448-75ucBAS 2448 x 2048 75 $ 759
CABR2606 Ace 2 a2A2448-75ucPRO 2448 x 2048 75 $ 899
CABR226 Ace acA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 549
CABR671 Pulse puA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 219
CABR280 Dart daA2500-14uc 2592 x 1944 14 $ 209
CABR236 Ace U acA2500-60uc 2592 x 2048 60 $ 1,009
CABR2201 Ace 2 a2A2590-60ucBAS 2592 x 1944 60 $ 329
CABR2601 Ace 2 PRO a2A2590-60ucPRO 2592 x 1944 60 $ 429
CABR2207 Ace 2 a2A2600-64ucBAS 2600 x 2160 64 $ 589
CABR2607 Ace 2 a2A2600-64ucPRO 2600 x 2160 64 $ 689
CABR2208 Ace 2 a2A2840-48ucBAS 2840 x 2840 48 $ 919
CABR2608 Ace 2 a2A2840-48ucPRO 2840 x 2840 48 $ 1,149
CABR242 Ace U acA3088-57uc 3088 x 2064 59 $ 409
CASK257 exo428CU3 3208 x 2200 51.4 $ 1,688
CASK261 exo814CU3 3360 x 2712 18 $ 3,328
CABR2202 Ace 2 a2A3840-45ucBAS 3840 x 2160 45 $ 359
CABR2602 Ace 2 PRO a2A3840-45ucPRO 3840 x 2160 45 $ 469
CABR227 Ace acA3800-14uc 3856 x 2764 14 $ 669
CABR244 Ace U acA4024-29uc 4024 x 3036 31 $ 489
CABR245 Ace L acA4112-20uc 4096 x 3000 23 $ 1,939
CASK264 exo304CU3 4096 x 3000 23 $ 1,599
CASK263 exo253CU3 4096 x 3000 29 $ 2,530
CABR247 Ace L acA4112-30uc 4096 x 3000 30 $ 3,299
CABR2209 Ace 2 a2A4096-30ucBAS 4096 x 3000 30 $ 1,479
CABR2609 Ace 2 a2A4096-30ucPRO 4096 x 3000 30 $ 1,679
CASK260 exo267CU3 4096 x 2160 32 $ 1,495
CABR243 Ace L acA4096-30uc 4096 x 2168 32 $ 1,579
CASK259 exo255CU3 4096 x 2160 42 $ 2,289
CABR246 Ace L acA4096-40uc 4098 x 2160 42 $ 2,909
CABR2210 Ace 2 a2A4200-40ucBAS 4200 x 2160 40 $ 809
CABR2610 Ace 2 a2A4200-40ucPRO 4200 x 2160 40 $ 949
CABR2203 Ace 2 a2A4504-18ucBAS 4504 x 4504 18 $ 1,969
CABR2603 Ace 2 PRO a2A4504-18ucPRO 4504 x 4504 18 $ 2,169
CASK268 exo541CU3 4504 x 4504 18.4 $ 2,243
CABR228 Ace acA4600-10uc 4608 x 3288 10 $ 739
CABR2204 Ace 2 a2A5320-23ucBAS 5320 x 3032 23 $ 1,559
CASK267 exo542CU3 5320 x 3032 23 $ 1,829
CABR2604 Ace 2 PRO a2A5320-23ucPRO 5320 x 3032 23 $ 1,719
CABR2205 Ace 2 a2A5328-15ucBAS 5328 x 4608 15 $ 2,379
CABR2605 Ace 2 PRO a2A5328-15ucPRO 5328 x 4608 15 $ 2,619
CABR249 Ace U acA5472-17uc 5472 x 3648 17 $ 699
CABR4210 Med Ace acA5472-17ucMED 5496 x 3672 17 $ 999
CASK265 exo183CU3 5496 x 3672 17 $ 863

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