„We designed the Flea3 to build on the success of the Flea2,“ says Vladimir Tucakov, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. „It has the same form factor as many industry-standard analog cameras, adds new CCD image sensors, enhanced functionality, and even better imaging performance, making it ideal for applications in 2D and 3D metrology, electronics, semiconductor inspection, medical, and bioscience. The new models will also give users more alternatives. The Sony ICX618-based model offers an unbeatable price-to-performance ratio, while the ICX414 model, with its large pixels, boasts high sensitivity for high-precision imaging.“
Every Flea3 camera is equipped with an industry-standard C-mount lens holder, removable optical window for sensor dust protection, and 12-bit analog-to-digital converter. Additional features include automatic control of most camera properties, such as gain, exposure, and white balance; user configuration sets for defining custom power-up settings; gamma and programmable lookup table; customizable region of interest settings; and pixel binning. The Flea3 also complies with the new IIDC v1.32 specification, which allows it to be used with many third-party software packages. Included with every camera is the FlyCapture® SDK, a full software library that provides a common interface to control all Point Grey digital imaging products under both Windows and Linux.
„Point Grey’s plan is to introduce sixteen Flea3 FireWire models, made up of 8 monochrome and color Sony CCD sensor options, by the end of Q3 2010,“ adds Mr. Tucakov. „We also plan to provide the first GigE Vision-compliant models this year, which at just over 1 cubic inch will make the Flea3 the smallest GigE camera in the world.“
The FL3-FW-03S1 (1/4-inch VGA 120 FPS), list priced at USD $595, and the FL3-FW-03S3 (1/2-inch VGA 76 FPS), list priced at USD $845, are available to order now from Point Grey and its network of distributors. The first GigE Vision models are planned to be released to production and available to order by the end of Q2 2010.