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The Flying Eye: Camera makes currents visible in gliding flight

For a glider to glide as long as possible, air has to flow perfectly around the airfoils. To find out if it does, you need either a multi-million Euro wind tunnel or some 3 meter wool threads and a USB camera.


CAM101: AVT SDK considerations

AVT offers several software packages. This tool helps you find the right AVT package for integrating AVT cameras into your application

CAM102: Bayer filter camera tutorial

Users of single chip color digital cameras have lots of choices in camera features. This whitepaper discusses some issues to consider when choosing a camera.

CAM103: Camera Chaos

Written to provide users with an objective overview of the various interfaces for all the new digital cameras. Pros and Cons for each interface are described. We wrote this paper in response to the questions we receive as an independent distributor. A large percentage of that call about one interface purchase another interface after getting more information on camera features and benefits.

CAM104: CMOS vs. CCD sensors

A comparison of CMOS and CCD image sensors: the architecture, limitations and strengths.

CAM105: Deciphering labels on AVT cameras

The AVT camera label is explained in pictorial format.

CAM106: IDS DirectShow WDM interface

uEye DirectShow (WDM), camera initialization with a source code example, shows how the uEye DirectShow interface can be embedded into your application.

CAM107: IDS camera shuttering tips

Sensor technology information and examples including rolling shutter, global shutter, flash output and parameters.

CAM108: IDS uEyeLE series USB camera dimensions

Diagrams and dimensions for the USB camera IDS uEye series.

CAM109: IDS uEyeLE USB cameras overview

An overview of the uEye LE USB 2.0 CMOS camera family.

CAM110: Selecting a digital area scan camera

The choice of a digital area scan camera encompasses many questions about your application and requirements. This guide is designed to help you in your choice.

CAM111: USB 2.0 in machine vision

USB 2.0 - a serious machine vision interface. A technical paper on USB technology.

CAM112: USB interfacing considerations

Machine vision interfaces: A technical paper on USB 2.0 interface considerations.

CAM113: Using IOs with AVT Marlin firewire camera

This document explains the hardware implementation of the optocoupled Inputs/Outputs available on the Marlin firewire camera from AVT.

CAM114: Imperx Lynx camera overview Flash presentation

Imperx Lynx cameras, based on the Kodak KAI sensors, have many unique features differentiating them from competitive models. This 3 part series explains the basics of the Lynx series, then goes into details of the features - A Flash presentation.

CAM115: Imperx Lynx camera overview II Flash presentation

Imperx Lynx cameras, based on the Kodak KAI sensors, have many unique features differentiating them from competitive models. Part 2 of the series. An in depth presentation using the Lynx configurator as an example - A Flash presentation.

CAM116: What has changed from AVT Marlin to Stingray?

This document describes the major differences between the AVT Marlin and the AVT Stingray families.

CAM117: GigE Cameras: Myths and Facts

In this whitepaper we explore the technical reasons why certain camera interfaces are not appropriate for certain types of applications. Manufacturers of cameras with a specific interface (e.g., Firewire, CameraLink, USB2.0) would have you believe otherwise. What you might end up with is analogous to trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole!

CAM118: How to use GigE Cameras: Dalsa Genie GigE

Presentation on how to use GigE cameras: Dalsa Genie GigE

CAM119: Line Scan Primer

This Line Scan Primer with diagrams describes the advantages and tradeoffs of line scan cameras

CAM120: IDS uEye Camera Overviews, Tutorials and more

An IDS uEye camera resource page with videos, presentations, and articles. The topics include product overviews, "how to guides", and tutorials.

CAM121: e2V vs. CCD

CMOS leaps ahead of CCD: Comparing the e2V sensor with the CCD sensor. Information and images, comparing light sensitivity of images taken with the e2V sensor and Sony Exview sensor.

CAM122: Everything you need to know about PoE

This page answers the many 'what', 'why', 'how' questions that we are about Power over Ethernet (PoE).

CAM123: Tech Tip: IDS Multi AOI (Area of Interest) Function

You need a larger field of view for your inspection, but you just need single parts of your image while processing at high speed? The multi AOI function allows defining more than one AOI in an image and transferring these AOIs all at the same time.

CAM124: Calculate your Camera resolution

This spreadsheet will calculate the required camera resolution based on a known feature size, field of view and desired # of pixels across the feature. It will provide the results in camera resolution required based on the input.

CAM125: User Guide: Optimizing network adapters for Dalsa Genie cameras

This user guide describes how to optimize performance when using Intel network adapters and Teledyne Dalsa Genie cameras.

Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) cameras offer new application fields in machine vision

Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) cameras open up numerous possibilities for machine vision solutions. SWIR cameras detect invisible product flaws as well as specific features not seen by the human eye and CCD / CMOS cameras.


GL101: 1stVision glossary of imaging machine vision terms

This Glossary was written to provide users with an objective overview of the various interfaces for all the new digital cameras. Pros and Cons for each interface are described, and answers many of the questions we receive as an independent distributor machine vision products.

A large percentage of clients that call about one interface often purchase a camera with a different interface after getting a better a understanding of the various camera features and how they apply to the requirements of their digital imaging application.

GL102: AVT glossary of camera terms

A glossary of common machine vision terminology - provided by AVT.

Machine Vision Lenses

OPTl01: Lens calculator by FOV sensor size

A focal length / FOV calculator.

OPT102: Lens considerations for AVT Pike 421 cameras

Optics for the AVT Pike 421 Series.

OPT103: How to choose a Lens

In this whitepaper we don't focus on how to choose lens size, or what f-stop you need, but rather on how to choose the quality of the lens, which category of lens, and how much you should spend on the lens!
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OPT104: Introduction to Telecentric Lenses

Basic overview of telecentric lenses. Read this primer prior to downloading info on telecentric lenses.
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OPT105: Opto Engineering: Why you need telecentric lens

Discussion of when to use telecentric lenses, and the differences between various types of telecentric lenses.
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OPT106: Which lens to buy?

This lens page includes a webcast, downloadable slideshow, and whitepaper to help you decide who makes the best lens for your machine vision application.


STD101: EMVA Standard-1288 Release 3.0

Standard for characterization and presentation of specification data for image sensors and cameras.

Machine Vision Lighting

LHT101: Lighting optics for machine vision

A comprehensive guide on lighting and optics for machine vision applications.

LHT102: Machine Vision Lighting Considerations

A 58 page machine vision lighting seminar - topics include: lighting source, machine vision illumination principles / techniques, sample applications, imaging beyond the "visible" - near IR and UV "pass" and polarizing filters.

LHT103: A machine vision lighting tutorial

A practical guide to machine vision lighting.