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
CABR860 ToF640-20gm_850nm 640 x 480 20 $ 2,340
CABR861 blaze-101 640 x 480 30 $ 1,650
CABR610 Pilot piA640-210gm 640 x 480 210 $ 2,129
CASK501 CF svs340MUCP 640 x 480 250 $ 1,940
CASK520 CF svs340MUGE 640 x 480 264.5 $ 2,080
CAMX101 Iris GTR300 640 x 480 293 call
CABR118 Ace U acA640-300gm 640 x 480 376 $ 402
CASK502 CF svs340MTRCPC 640 x 480 400 $ 2,250
CABR131 Ace U acA640-750um 640 x 480 751 $ 402
CABR150 Scout scA640-70gm 659 x 494 70 $ 922
CABR601 Scout scA640-70fm 659 x 494 71 $ 769
CABR602 Scout scA640-74fm 659 x 494 74 $ 1,063
CABR100 Ace acA640-90gm 659 x 494 90 $ 614
CASA300 659 x 494 90 call
CABR120 Ace acA640-90um 659 x 494 90 $ 533
CABR101 Ace acA640-100gm 659 x 494 100 $ 508
CABR105 Ace acA645-100gm 659 x 494 100 $ 738
CASK500 CF svs424MFCP 659 x 494 115 $ 740
CABR115 Ace acA640-120gm 659 x 494 120 $ 507
CABR600 Scout 659 x 494 120 call
CABR121 Ace acA640-120um 659 x 494 120 $ 444
CABR161 Ace U acA720-290gm 720 x 540 291 $ 319
CABR179 Ace U acA720-520um 720 x 540 520 $ 319
CABR107 Ace acA750-30gm 752 x 582 30 $ 460
CABR110 Ace acA780-75gm 782 x 582 75 $ 768
CABR119 Ace U acA800-200gm 800 x 600 240 $ 419
CABR132 Ace U acA800-510um 800 x 600 510 $ 419
CABR611 Pilot piA1000-48gm 1000 x 1000 48 $ 2,826
CABR612 Pilot piA1000-60gm 1000 x 1000 60 $ 2,968
CASK504 CF svs1050MTHCPC 1024 x 1024 90 $ 2,630
CABR830 Aviator avA1000-100gm 1024 x 1024 101 $ 2,226
CABR810 Aviator avA1000-120km 1024 x 1024 120 $ 2,506
CASK351 EVO "Tracer" evo1050MFLGEC67TR 1024 x 1024 121 $ 3,616
CASK326 EVO evo1050MFLGEC 1024 x 1024 121 $ 2,916
CASK376 EVO Blackline evo1050MFLGEC67 1024 x 1024 121 $ 3,116
CASK350 EVO "Tracer" evo1050MFLGEA67TR 1024 x 1024 147 $ 3,724
CASK325 EVO evo1050MFLGEA 1024 x 1024 147 $ 2,916
CASK375 EVO Blackline evo1050MFLGEA67 1024 x 1024 147 $ 3,116
CABR300 Runner 1024 x 1 18700 $ 2,170
CABR301 Runner 1024 x 1 35700 $ 2,590
CABR302 Runner 1024 x 1 56100 $ 3,010
CABR606 Scout scA1000-30fm 1034 x 779 30 $ 1,119
CASK503 CF svs204MFCP 1034 x 779 50 $ 880
CABR183 Dart daA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 $ 179
CABR650 Pulse puA1280-54um 1280 x 960 54 $ 183
CABR104 Ace acA1300-60gm 1280 x 1024 60 $ 445
CABR720 Ace acA1300-60gmNIR 1280 x 1024 60 $ 753
CABR113 Ace acA1280-60gm 1280 x 1024 60 $ 327
CAMX102 Iris GTR1300 1280 x 1024 85 call
CABR170 Ace U acA1300-75gm 1280 x 1024 88 $ 443
CABR133 Ace U acA1300-200um 1280 x 1024 200 $ 443
CABR114 Ace acA1300-22gm 1296 x 966 22 $ 460
CABR102 Ace acA1300-30gm 1296 x 966 30 $ 661
CABR122 Ace acA1300-30um 1296 x 966 30 $ 578
CABR151 Scout scA1300-32gm 1296 x 966 32 $ 1,119
CABR157 Scout scA1390-17gm 1392 x 1040 17 $ 1,959
CASK505 CF svs285MUCP 1392 x 1040 33 $ 1,950
CABR160 Ace U acA1440-73gm 1440 x 1080 73 $ 349
CABR148 Ace U acA1440-220um 1440 x 1080 220 $ 349
CASK110 exo273MGE 1456 x 1088 79 $ 880
CABR613 Pilot piA1600-35gm 1600 x 1200 35 $ 3,394
CABR653 Pulse puA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 54 $ 309
CABR831 Aviator avA1600-50gm 1600 x 1200 55 $ 2,506
CABR111 Ace acA1600-60gm 1600 x 1200 60 $ 667
CABR184 Dart daA1600-60um 1600 x 1200 60 $ 299
CABR811 Aviator avA1600-65km 1600 x 1200 65 $ 2,786
CASK353 EVO "Tracer" evo2050MFLGEC67TR 1600 x 1200 65.4 $ 3,785
CASK328 EVO evo2050MFLGEC 1600 x 1200 65.4 $ 2,981
CASK378 EVO Blackline evo2050MFGEC67 1600 x 1200 65.4 $ 3,452
CASK352 EVO "Tracer" evo2050MFLGEA67TR 1600 x 1200 81.8 $ 3,880
CASK327 EVO evo2050MFLGEA 1600 x 1200 81.8 $ 2,981
CASK377 EVO Blackline evo2050MFLGEA67 1600 x 1200 81.8 $ 3,452
CABR603 Scout scA1600-14fm 1620 x 1220 14 $ 2,057
CABR103 Ace acA1600-20gm 1620 x 1220 20 $ 1,123
CABR123 Ace acA1600-20um 1620 x 1220 20 $ 979
CASK506 CF svs274MUCP 1620 x 1220 25 $ 2,130
CABR181 Dart daA1920-15um 1920 x 1080 15 $ 119
CABR112 Ace acA1920-25gm 1920 x 1080 25 $ 285
CABR125 Ace acA1920-25um 1920 x 1080 25 $ 306
CABR182 Dart daA1920-30um 1920 x 1080 30 $ 167
CABR652 Pulse puA1920-30um 1920 x 1080 30 $ 171
CASK151 exo249MU3 1920 x 1200 31 $ 595
CASK101 exo249MGE 1920 x 1200 31 $ 595
CABR614 Pilot piA1900-32gm 1920 x 1080 32 $ 3,394
CABR173 Ace U acA1920-40gm 1920 x 1200 40 $ 499
CABR137 Ace U acA1920-40um 1920 x 1200 40 $ 499
CAMX103 Iris GTR2000 1920 x 1200 45 call
CABR724 Ace acA1920-48gmNIR 1920 x 1200 48 call
CASK100 exo174MGE 1920 x 1200 49 $ 966
CABR116 Ace U acA1920-50gm 1920 x 1200 50 $ 975
CABR171 Ace U acA1920-48gm 1920 x 1200 50 $ 575
CABR1000 Ace 2 a2A1920-51gmBAS 1920 x 1200 51 $ 419
CABR1400 Ace 2 a2A1920-51gmPRO 1920 x 1200 51 $ 519
CABR832 Aviator avA1900-50gm 1920 x 1080 51 $ 2,506
CABR812 Aviator avA1900-62km 1920 x 1080 62 $ 2,786
CASK355 EVO "Tracer" evo2150MFLGEC67TR 1920 x 1080 62.4 $ 3,785
CASK330 EVO evo2150MFLGEC 1920 x 1080 62.4 $ 2,981
CASK380 EVO Blackline evo2150MFGELC67 1920 x 1080 62.4 $ 3,452
CASK354 EVO "Tracer" evo2150MFLGEA67TR 1920 x 1080 78 $ 3,785
CASK329 EVO evo2150MFLGEA 1920 x 1080 78 $ 2,981
CASK379 EVO Blackline evo2150MFGELA67 1920 x 1080 78 $ 3,452
CABR742 Ace acA1920-150umNIR 1920 x 1200 150 call
CABR134 Ace U acA1920-150um 1920 x 1200 150 $ 575
CASK150 exo174MU3 1920 x 1200 155 $ 880
CABR1600 Ace 2 a2A1920-160umPRO 1920 x 1200 160 $ 519
CABR1200 Ace 2 a2A1920-160umBAS 1920 x 1200 160 $ 419
CABR128 Ace U acA1920-155um 1920 x 1200 164 $ 887
CASK521 CF svs4022MOGE 2048 x 2048 8 $ 4,800
CASK522 CF svs4022MFGE 2048 x 2048 15.7 $ 4,800
CASK523 CF svs4022MTLGEA 2048 x 2048 19.2 $ 5,030
CASK507 CF svs4022MTHCPC 2048 x 2048 25 $ 4,710
CABR723 Ace acA2040-25gmNIR 2048 x 2048 25 $ 2,148
CABR109 Ace acA2040-25gm 2048 x 2048 25 $ 1,908
CASK103 exo4000MGE 2048 x 2048 28 $ 1,089
CASK334 EVO evo4070MFLGEC 2048 x 2048 33.2 $ 4,125
CASK102 exo265MGE 2048 x 1536 34 $ 765
CABR175 Ace U acA2040-35gm 2048 x 1536 35 $ 489
CASK333 EVO evo4070MFLGEA 2048 x 2048 41.6 $ 4,125
CABR722 Ace acA2000-50gmNIR 2048 x 1088 50 $ 1,548
CABR108 Ace acA2000-50gm 2048 x 1088 50 $ 1,308
CABR138 Ace U acA2040-55um 2048 x 1536 55 $ 489
CASK153 exo265MU3 2048 x 1536 55 $ 860
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
CABR501 Ace acA2040-180km 2048 x 2048 180 $ 2,226
CABR701 Ace acA2040-180kmNIR 2048 x 2048 180 $ 2,506
CABR700 Ace acA2000-340kmNIR 2048 x 1088 340 $ 1,806
CABR500 Ace acA2000-340km 2048 x 1088 340 $ 1,526
CABR303 Runner ruL2048-10gm 2048 x 1 9500 $ 2,590
CABR304 Runner ruL2048-19gm 2048 x 1 18700 $ 2,870
CABR305 Runner ruL2048-30gm 2048 x 1 29200 $ 3,430
CABR410 Sprint spL2048-50km 2048 x 2 50000 $ 1,877
CABR310 Racer raL2048-48gm 2048 x 1 51000 $ 1,120
CABR411 Sprint spL2048-70km 2048 x 2 70000 $ 2,417
CABR360 Racer raL2048-80km 2048 x 1 80000 $ 1,120
CABR412 Sprint spL2048-140km 2048 x 2 140000 $ 2,957
CABR833 Aviator avA2300-25gm 2330 x 1750 26 $ 3,066
CABR813 Aviator avA2300-30km 2330 x 1750 30 $ 3,346
CASK357 EVO "Tracer" evo4050MFLGEC67TR 2330 x 1750 33.2 $ 4,224
CASK382 EVO Blackline evo4050MFLGEC67 2330 x 1750 33.2 $ 3,968
CASK332 EVO evo4050MFLGEC 2330 x 1750 33.2 $ 3,768
CASK356 EVO "Tracer" evo4050MFLGEA67TR 2330 x 1750 41.6 $ 4,224
CASK381 EVO Blackline evo4050MFGELA67 2330 x 1750 41.6 $ 3,968
CASK331 EVO evo4050MFLGEA 2330 x 1750 41.6 $ 3,454
CASK524 CF svs625MFGE 2448 x 2050 15.1 $ 2,470
CABR615 Pilot piA2400-17gm 2448 x 2050 17 $ 3,039
CASK508 CF svs625MTHCPC 2448 x 2050 20 $ 2,550
CABR176 Ace U acA2440-20gm 2448 x 2048 23 $ 749
CASK104 exo250MGE 2448 x 2048 23 $ 1,375
CASK105 exo264MGE 2448 x 2048 23 $ 1,056
CASK156 exo264MU3 2448 x 2048 35 $ 1,056
CABR140 Ace U acA2440-35um 2448 x 2048 35 $ 749
CASK155 exo250MU3 2448 x 2048 72 $ 1,375
CABR141 Ace U acA2440-75um 2448 x 2048 75 $ 1,260
CASK190 exo250ZU3 2448 x 2049 75 $ 2,550
CABR106 Ace acA2500-14gm 2592 x 1944 14 $ 461
CABR180 Dart daA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 179
CABR126 Ace acA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 474
CABR651 Pulse puA2500-14um 2592 x 1944 14 $ 183
CABR725 Ace acA2500-20gmNIR 2592 x 2048 20 call
CAMX104 Iris GTR5000 2592 x 2048 21 call
CABR172 Ace U acA2500-20gm 2592 x 2048 21 $ 899
CABR1401 Ace 2 a2A2590-22gmPRO 2592 x 1944 22 $ 369
CABR2401 Ace 2 a2A2590-22gcPRO 2592 x 1944 22 $ 389
CABR1001 Ace 2 a2A2590-22gmBAS 2592 x 1944 22 $ 312
CABR135 Ace U acA2500-60um 2592 x 2048 60 $ 899
CABR1201 Ace 2 a2A2590-60umBAS 2592 x 1944 60 $ 312
CABR1601 Ace 2 a2A2590-60umPRO 2592 x 1944 60 $ 369
CABR743 Ace acA2500-60umNIR 2592 x 2048 60 call
CASK158 exo694MU3 2752 x 2200 25 $ 2,915
CABR177 Ace U acA3088-16gm 3088 x 2064 16 $ 359
CABR142 Ace U acA3088-57um 3088 x 2064 59 $ 359
CASK384 EVO Blackline evo8051MFGELC67 3296 x 2472 17.5 $ 5,148
CASK359 EVO "Tracer" evo8051MFLGEC67TR 3296 x 2472 17.5 $ 5,214
CASK336 EVO evo8051MFLGEC 3296 x 2472 17.5 $ 4,290
CASK383 EVO Blackline evo8051MFGELA67 3296 x 2472 21.8 $ 5,256
CASK358 EVO "Tracer" evo8051MFLGEA67TR 3296 x 2472 21.8 $ 5,214
CASK335 EVO evo8051MFLGEA 3296 x 2472 21.8 $ 4,290
CASK161 exo814MU3 3360 x 2712 18 $ 3,465
CABR1402 Ace 2 a2A3840-13gmPRO 3840 x 2160 13 $ 409
CABR1002 Ace 2 a2A3840-13gmBAS 3840 x 2160 13 $ 357
CABR1602 Ace 2 a2A3840-45umPRO 3840 x 2160 45 $ 357
CABR1202 Ace 2 a2A3840-45umBAS 3840 x 2160 45 $ 357
CABR117 Ace acA3800-10gm 3856 x 2764 10 $ 500
CABR127 Ace acA3800-14um 3856 x 2764 14 $ 584
CASK337 EVO evo12040MBGEB 4000 x 3000 15 $ 4,345
CASK721 HR svs11002MFGEV2 4008 x 2672 4.7 $ 8,376
CASK722 HR svs11002MUGEV2 4008 x 2672 6.1 $ 8,676
CASK700 hr11002MTHCPC 4008 x 2672 6.5 $ 8,268
CASK720 hr11002MTLGEC 4008 x 2672 6.5 $ 8,376
CASK701 HR svs11002MTHCPC 4008 x 2672 10 $ 8,868
CABR178 Ace U acA4024-8gm 4024 x 3036 8 $ 429
CABR144 Ace U acA4024-29um 4024 x 3036 31 $ 429
CABR191 Ace L acA4112-8gm 4096 x 3000 8 $ 1,759
CASK108 exo304MGE 4096 x 3000 9 $ 2,475
CASK107 exo267MGE 4096 x 2160 12 $ 2,190
CABR190 Ace L acA4096-11gm 4096 x 2160 12 $ 1,429
CASK164 exo304MU3 4096 x 3000 23 $ 2,475
CABR145 Ace L acA4112-20um 4096 x 3000 23 $ 1,759
CASK163 exo253MU3 4096 x 3000 29 $ 3,245
CABR147 Ace L acA4112-30um 4096 x 3000 30 $ 2,999
CASK160 exo267MU3 4096 x 2160 32 $ 2,190
CABR143 Ace L acA4096-30um 4096 x 2168 32 $ 1,429
CASK159 exo255MU3 4096 x 2160 42 $ 2,475
CABR199 Beat beA4000-62km 4096 x 3072 62 $ 4,079
CABR3002 Boost boA4112-68cm 4096 x 2160 68 $ 3,120
CABR3003 Boost boA4112-68cc 4096 x 2160 68 $ 3,180
CABR3000 Boost boA4096-93cm 4096 x 2160 93 $ 2,760
CABR413 Sprint spL4096-39km 4096 x 2 38600 $ 3,362
CABR414 Sprint spL4096-50km 4096 x 2 50000 $ 2,417
CABR415 Sprint spL4096-70km 4096 x 2 70000 $ 3,902
CABR361 Racer raL4096-80km 4096 x 1 80000 $ 1,400
CABR416 Sprint spL4096-140km 4096 x 2 140000 $ 4,118
CABR146 Ace L acA4096-40um 4098 x 2160 42 $ 2,639
CASK728 hr16070MFLGEC 4864 x 3232 8.8 $ 10,912
CASK705 hr16070MFLCPC 4864 x 3232 10.2 $ 10,868
CASK727 hr16070MFLGEA 4864 x 3232 11 $ 10,912
CASK702 HR svs16000MOLCPC2 4872 x 3248 2.6 $ 10,584
CASK723 HR svs16000MFGE 4872 x 3248 3.3 $ 10,476
CASK724 hr16000MTLGEC 4872 x 3248 4 $ 9,713
CASK703 hr16000MTLCPC 4872 x 3248 4.6 $ 9,713
CASK726 hr16050MFLGEC 4896 x 3264 8 $ 8,767
CASK704 HR hr16050MFLCPC 4896 x 3264 10 $ 8,723
CASK725 hr16050MFLGEA 4896 x 3264 10.8 $ 8,767
CASK731 hr16050MFLGEA Class 2 4896 x 3264 10.8 $ 6,958
CASK760 hr25000MCX 5120 x 5120 80 $ 9,400
CABR162 Ace U acA5472-5gm 5472 x 3648 5 $ 619
CABR149 Ace U acA5472-17um 5472 x 3648 17 $ 619
CASK109 exo183MGE 5496 x 3672 5 $ 780
CABR312 Racer raL6144-16gm 6144 x 1 17000 $ 1,820
CABR362 Racer raL6144-80km 6144 x 1 80000 $ 1,820
CASK730 hr29050MFLGEC 6576 x 4384 4.9 $ 12,980
CASK706 hr29050MFLCPC 6576 x 4384 5.9 $ 12,980
CASK729 hr29050MFLGEA 6576 x 4384 6.2 $ 12,980
CABR417 Sprint spL8192-50km 8192 x 2 50000 $ 5,387
CABR418 Sprint spL8192-70km 8192 x 2 70000 $ 7,682
CABR363 Racer raL8192-80km 8192 x 1 80000 $ 1,960
CABR364 Racer raL12288-66km 12288 x 1 66000 $ 2,660

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

Item Model Resolution FPS Price

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