Sony’s image sensors are trusted across industries all over the world. It is because of Sony’s long history of working at the heart of innovation to bring its customers the best value through its image sensors and other products.
The latest Sony Pregius CMOS image sensors are one such example of the Japanese giant’s cutting-edge innovation. They come with global shutter function, which allows distortion-free imaging of fast-moving objects in real-time situations and production environments. The new Pregius series also uses Sony’s low-noise CCD structure technology to capture clearer and more crisp images under low-light conditions.
The Sony IMX253 – a class of its own
One of the latest sensors to come out of the Sony Pregius series is the Sony IMX253, a 12.3-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor which offers excellent resolution for subjects and scenes requiring crisp detail. The IMX253 is great for industrial use.
Being a member of the Sony Pregius family, the IMX253 offers global shutter function which makes it great for industrial use in environments requiring in-depth detail of fast-moving and high-paced objects.
The IMX253 also comes with Sony Exmor technology, which is Sony’s trademark for its high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensors that provide highly efficient power consumption through column-parallel A/D conversion.
Modern machine vision applications also have specific needs for higher frame rates for faster processing. The Sony IMX253 serves this requirement well by offering a frame rate of 68.3 fps, which adds up to the global shutter function of the Pregius sensor.
Another great feature of the Sony IMX253 is its range of shooting modes that allow to provide machine vision to a range of scenarios. Firstly, there is an ROI mode on the IMX253, which lets machine vision applications cut a desired region out of the image for output. The ROI is dynamic, which means any region of the image can be cut for processing. Secondly, the IMX253 comes with a Fast Trigger mode, which reduces the time it takes for trigger input until exposure begins. There are a lot of other trigger modes as well as other shooting modes too, all built to serve specific needs for machine vision applications.
Compatibility with GigE and USB 3.0 Vision
Another important factor that makes the Sony Pregius IMX253 CMOS sensor stand out is its compatibility with the latest machine vision communication protocols. The GigE Vision and USB 3.0 Vision are the most widely adopted communications protocols. They offer ruthless efficiency and high performance for faster image processing, which results in higher level of detail being captured by the sensor.
Combining Sony IMX253 and the 10 GigE Vision
GigE Vision compliance sounds great, but here at Emergent Vision Technologies, we like to stay at the forefront of technology and innovation. We have built the HR-12000 S and the HT-12000 S machine vision systems that use Sony’s IMX253 image sensor. The HR-12000 S and HT-12000 S are our first of many products to come that sport Sony’s high quality, high performance imaging sensors.
At full resolution, the HR-12000 S and the HT-12000 S by EVT give 80 fps, which is best suited for real time imaging of fast moving objects. The global shutter function the Sony Pregius image sensor gives our systems a shutter speed of less than 1µs.
The HR-12000 S uses SFP+ transceivers for extreme cable lengths. The SFP+ transceivers are made of copper or fiber based on your needs. The HT-12000 S machine vision system with Sony IMX253 uses CAT6A cable for data transmission at ultra-high speeds and has an RJ45 interface.
Products such as the new EVT HT-12000 S and the HR-12000 S prove that Sony’s image sensors can serve imaging and machine vision application requirements in a range of scenarios and can provide efficient, faster and ruthless performance without compromising on image quality.