Munich, Germany - The Chameleon camera, designed and manufactured by Point Grey Research, is an easy, cost effective, and reliable imaging solution. Featuring a high sensitivity 1.3 megapixel Sony EXview HAD CCD, Hi-speed USB 2.0 digital interface, and ultra-compact size, it is a well suited choice for demanding imaging applications such as object and gesture tracking, test and measurement, bioscience, augmented reality, security, biometrics, and robot guidance.
The camera is housed in a small and lightweight plastic case
The camera uses the sensitive Sony ICX445 EXview HAD CCD and a 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter to generate high quality 1296(W) x 964(H) monochrome or raw Bayer colour images at 18 fps. The camera is equipped with a CS-mount lens holder with removable glass/IR filter system, and is housed in a small and lightweight 25.5x41x44mm plastic case. A board-level option is available for qualified OEM's. A 7-pin general purpose I/O connector can be used to synchronize the camera to external devices, such as an external trigger or light source, and its 5-pin Mini-B USB 2.0 connector enables the USB 2.0 cable (included in the Development Accessory Kit) to transfer both data and power.
A key feature of the camera is the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip that controls all camera functionality, including gain, exposure, gamma, resolution and frame rate, user memory channels, and more. The FPGA can be updated with new functionality in the field. Other standard features include multiple trigger and strobe modes, regions of interest and pixel binning.
The Chameleon complies with the IIDC v1.31 specification. Existing Point Grey camera users will benefit from the seamless software integration that is available using the FlyCapture Software Development Kit (SDK). The FlyCapture SDK is compatible with both FireWire and USB 2.0 cameras using the same API, and includes support for ActiveX, TWAIN and DirectShow.