Machine vision has seen significant growth over the past decade. What once was used in specialized environments by a few businesses is now integrated in numerous business processes. Machine vision has revolutionized the world does business. And this has scaled the demand for new and innovative technology.
The performance of a machine vision system is dependent on a range of different factors. One of the important ones in the imaging sensor in place. Talking about imaging sensors, Sony Pregius camera series consists of some of the latest CMOS sensors for industrial use.
Sony Pregius cameras deliver best-in-class performance for the best budget. The latest CMOS sensors from Sony also make use of its low-noise CCD structure, which allows less noise under low light conditions.
Global shutter technology for high-speed precision imaging.
Modern day machine vision needs extend to very high-speed environments where there are a lot of moving objects at ultra-high speeds. This poses a challenge for precision imaging. OEMs such as Sony have addressed this by introducing the global shutter technology to their CMOS imaging sensors.
The global shutter technology used in Sony Pregius sensors lets the sensor capture the image simultaneously, unlike the rolling shutter technology that used a phased approach for the sensors. This simultaneous approach captures the entire image at the same time, allowing for extreme precision in high-speed environments.
Sony Pregius CMOS sensors – now GigE Vision compliant
The latest Sony Pregius sensors such as the Sony IMX250 and Sony IMX253 sensors are GigE Vision compliant. This provides them ruthless efficiency and high-speed performance for high-speed environments. GigE Vision is the latest standard in machine vision applications, with 10 GigE Vision the latest communications protocol being used by cutting-edge machine vision systems of today.
The future with Sony Pregius cameras
Sony held a Corporate Strategy meeting earlier this year in which the future implications of its latest CMOS image sensor technology was discussed. Sony plans to continue working at the heart of innovation to produce cutting-edge machine vision image sensors that can aid security and surveillance, robotics, automation, live events and more.
This along with the tireless innovation in image processing and machine vision standards will enable Sony Pregius to provide superior imaging performance. At present, the Sony IMX253 and Sony IMX255 are the best for machine vision applications out of the series. While the IMX253 allows for HD imaging at 30 FPS and 8-bit imaging at more than 60 FPS, the IMX255 enables 4K video recording for ultra HD performance.
Sony Pregius cameras – true machine vision performance at scale
The Sony Pregius image sensors come with great shooting modes that are best suited to modern day business requirements. Modes such as the Fast Trigger Mode present in the Sony IMX253 enable minimal lag between time taken to release the shutter and exposure, ensuring each microsecond is preserved for the best imaging possibility.
For flexible area scan imaging, Sony Pregius CMOS sensors now allow Region of Interest mode, which crops region of image needed on a dynamic 8-by-8 grid, allowing cropping of regions overlapping two standard regions on the grid.
The latest CMOS sensors from Sony are also compatible with a range of existing Sony products and 3rd party machine vision systems. One such example is the new HR/HT 12000-S uses the new Sony IMX253 12 MP image sensor and 10 GigE Vision for benchmark performance in its class. It offers great agility and a range of possibilities for ultra-fast data transmission and image processing.
While the low-noise CCD structure from Sony allows for clear, crisp images under low light conditions, the global shutter function captures fast-moving objects, making Sony Pregius camera sensors a great choice for industrial applications.
Sony continues to be a leader in machine vision imaging sensors and the new Pregius sensor series is proof of its cutting-edge innovation delivering great value in terms of performance.