Sony’s XCL-C Digital Cubic camera series eases industry switch from analogue

Sony Europe”s Image Sensing Solutions division has announced the XCL-C series of digital cameras, designed to simplify the switchover from analogue industrial camera networks.

The cameras use a Super HAD CCD dual channel sensor, deliver class-leading frame rates of up to 130fps at 1/3 type VGA, output video at up to 5MP resolution and integrate Sony”s new Sensitivity Mode(TM) functionality, which gives the ability to increase the sensitivity via the sensor”s firmware.

By using the same housing as its popular cubic (29x29x30mm) range of analogue cameras Sony has enabled its customers to simply replace existing cameras and more easily access the benefits of switching to digital.

The Digital Cubic cameras will use the CameraLink transmission standard, with PoCL (power over CameraLink) v1.2 compliance. Five colour / black and white modules are available for sampling immediately and high volume shipping will begin in November.

The modules deliver 8, 10 or 12-bit digital output, enable normal, binning (b/w models) or partial scan readouts and come with multiple trigger modes, a flexible I/O management, full auto exposure and picture enhancement functions. Additionally, to reduce the image processing tact time the cameras all come with shading and defective pixel cancellation and internal temerature readouts.

Myriam Beraneck of Sony said: “The camera is well suited to a wide range of applications and its compact housing as well as its high image processing speed mean the cameras are ideal in machine vision, ITS [intelligent transport] and even sports applications.”


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