Sony is trusted by industry leaders worldwide for their machine vision application needs. Its image sensors are some of the best in the world and provide a range of possibilities for machine vision to complete automate processes, ensure product/process quality and save operational cost.
Being an innovation leader for machine vision imaging sensors, Sony continuously introduces new sensors into the market that are meant to serve varying needs. This article covers some of the latest Sony IMX Pregius image sensors that are being used by businesses all over the world for their machine vision needs.
Sony Pregius IMX273, IMX287, IMX296 and IMX297 CMOS image sensors
Sony’s most recent Pregius line of CMOS image sensors are developed for industrial applications and machine vision systems. These sensors come with either 1.58M effective pixels with high-speed distortion-free imaging or 0.4M effective pixels achieving even higher resolution and processing rate by increasing the pixel size.
The Sony IMX273, IMX287, IMX296 and the IMX297 all come with global shutter function that preserves details and enables high-speed distortion-free imaging, as standard in the Sony Pregius family. These sensors also sport very high frame rates for faster image processing as “column-parallel A/D conversion technology of Sony's CMOS image sensors was used to realize a frame rate of up to 226.5 frame/s (ADC 10-bit) for the IMX273LLR/LQR, and up to 436.9 frame/s (ADC 10-bit) for the IMX287LLR/LQR.”
Sony also posted a video using its 4 latest Pregius line of CMOS image sensors vs. the rolling shutter technology.
Here are Sony’s four latest Pregius sensors put side by side:
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Sony Pregius IMX250, IMX252, IMX253 and IMX255 CMOS image sensors
While the latest series provides powerful machine vision image sensors for 0.4 and 1.5-megapixel families, this might not be enough for a range of business use cases. As industries evolve, production environments become faster and faster and require higher levels of detail to be captured at higher speeds, taking far lesser time to process.
The Sony IMX250 and the IMX252 are among the best image sensors and became very popular and were widely adopted for industrial use because of their global shutter function when they were released earlier last year. They offer 5 and 3 megapixels for machine vision imaging respectively, enabling higher level of detail to be captured in industrial production and inspection environments.
While the IMX250 and IMX252 provide an entry-level megapixel count, the later variants – IMX253 and IMX255 stack up 12.3 and 8.9 megapixels for advanced machine vision applications requiring greater field of depth, higher performance and wider possibilities for use.
Here is a side-by-side comparison:
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About Sony Pregius
The Pregius is Sony’s trademark for its active-pixel CMOS image sensors that use the global shutter function and Sony’s low-noise CCD structure for high-performance imaging. For more information, visit the Sony Pregius webpage.