Basler Integrates CMOS Sensors From Gpixel
The new combination offers what Basler calls "a good mix of performance and price for cost-conscious" factory automation applications amongst other applications.
As one of the first computer vision providers, Basler is expanding its portfolio of digital industrial cameras to include models with CMOS sensors from the manufacturer Gpixel. The 16 new models in the Basler ace 2 camera family, in combination with the matching Basler Lenses, offers customers what the company calls “a good mix of performance and price for cost-conscious” factory automation applications, robotics, and automated optical inspection.
Basler claims that it continues to pursue the approach of “impressive performance at competitive prices” with the latest addition of CMOS sensors from the manufacturer Gpixel. The two sensor models GMAX2505 and GMAX2509, with resolutions of 5 and 9 megapixels, offer a compact solution in the ace 2 Basic product line, together with the matching Basler Lenses, coordinated accessories, and the pylon Camera Software Suite.
The maximum benefit of this camera-sensor combination is delivered by the ace 2 Pro models with their Beyond features, Compression Beyond and Pixel Beyond. Basler’s Pixel Beyond involves “binning”, which summarizes the values of neighbouring pixels of a sensor.
The benefits of binning include the increase of brightness in images, higher frame rates and reducing the amount of data. However, where conventional binning only allows integer multiples to be reduced in large leaps such as 2×2 or 3×3, Basler’s Pixel Beyond method allows the use of decimal numbers in addition to integer factors, the result of which is more flexibility.
High-performance small pixels allow ever-higher resolutions to be achieved on smaller sensor formats. Basler says it’s pushing this trend further with the new ace 2 Gpixel cameras, which start at a price of €429 for the 5-megapixel global shutter version.
The 16 new models expand the portfolio of Basler’s ace 2 camera series with its two product lines ace 2 Basic and ace 2 Pro to a total of about 90 models, with sensors from Gpixel and Sony providing resolutions from 2.3 to 24 megapixels and frame rates up to 160 frames per second. The eight models are equipped with a USB 3.0 or GigE interface and global shutter sensor and deliver frame rates from 12 to 64 frames per second.
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