Photonfocus has recently upgraded the MV1-D2048x1088-3D03-760-G2-8 laser triangulation camera product through updates to firmware and software. This backwards compatible Release 2.0 introduces a number of new features and significant improvements.

The most noticeable improvement is the increase of the scan rate to 10,000 light sections per second and an improved line scan mode. The line scan function has been enhanced by adding independent settings for gain and offset, which are no longer dependent on the laser triangulation settings or require additional FPN correction leading to better quality 2D images.
The trigger interface has been expanded through new functions to support system implementation and test images have been added for the detection of failures in 3D machine vision applications rounds out the new firmware release. The new firmware release is accompanied by a more expansive and improved PF3D software suite. The most important update in version V2.34 is the addition of several new data viewing options such as integrated zoom and the display of pixel and sub-pixel information.  In addition, Dual peak mode of the 3D03 has been implemented and is supported by all camera features and users have real-time access to the status information of the camera.

In order to simplify the implementation, calibration, spatial transformation and analysis of the 3D03 camera measured data into your application, Photonfocus offers the camera bundled with Aqsense Sal3D and 3D Express software.

If you would like to test the new release of the 3D camera in your application we can offer an evaluation camera to test these new features.  Our 3D camera products are also available as OEM modules or board level cameras. On demand we can also offer to you customer specific features.

AuthorWilliam Carson


MV1-D1312-3D02-160-G2-8: The new 3D02 camera extends Photonfocus’ 3D camera line with a GigE interface, a Photonfocus A1312 high dynamic CMOS imager and proven peak detection technology. The 3D02 camera features scan rates up to 3,260fps (Link). 

MV1-D2048x1088(I/C)-80-G2-10: Photonfocus presents their first 2 Megapixel GigE camera series for standard applications this is based on the popular CMOSIS CMV2000 sensor.  Cameras are available with a NIR sensor with higher NIR sensitivity (I-version) or with a colour sensor (C-Version) (Link).

MV1-D1312C-40/80-G2-12: Due to the increased demand for colour cameras with reduced colour noise and a GigE interface, Photonfocus has developed its own A1312C colour sensor and now offers two camera models featuring 27fps(-40) and 54fps(-80) (Link).

HD1-D1312-160-CL-12 / 80-G2-12: The new HD1 CMOS camera features independent exposure control of the sensor’s odd and even fields and using interpolation produces high dynamic range images.  In contrast to the LinLog® technology, which is based on a logarithmic compression of the top intensity values, the HD1 technology is based on an interpolation method with linear characteristic curves.  Both features can be used in conjunction with each other.  The HD1 camera is available with a Camera Link (108fps) or GigE (54fps) interface (Link). 

DR1-D1312IE-200-G2-8: The DR1-D1312IE-200-G2-8 camera is released for motion analysis applications with NIR markers (Link).



MV1-D1312(I/IE)-CL series ASCII Control: All Camera Link (-CL) models of the MV1-D1312(I/IE) series can now be controlled via ASCII protocols (Link). 

Binning-IP module for Photonfocus CMOS image sensors: Photonfocus has developed a binning module specifically for cameras using the A1312 and A2080 CMOS image sensors, further enhancing these cameras for hyperspectral imaging applications.  With the binning feature the user can further increase the already very high full well capacity of Photonfocus sensors herewith the sensor can provide the high dynamic range needed in spectroscopical applications. Combined with the MROI (multiple regions of interest) feature, the user gets quality and characteristics which are tailored for hyperspectral imaging. The module is available in cameras with a Camera Link or GigE interface as well as an OEM module. 



3D-Suite: The new 3D02 camera was added to the existing 3D Suite. The 3D Suite fully supports the line scan functionality with various SDK examples (Link).

PFInstaller: The new Photonfocus PF Installer now features all Photonfocus camera software environments, allowing the user to easily implement their software (Link). 

ASCII Protocol: The ASCII protocol for the alternative control of the Photonfocus cameras, originally available on the 4 Megapixel camera series MV1-D2080 is now also available for the MV1-D1312 and the MV1-D2048x1088 series (Link). 

Integration of the DR1-D1312-200-G2-8 in MATLAB: The fast GigE camera DR1-D1312-200-G2 with up to 585 fps @ VGA resolution is now integrated into the MATLAB environment. MathWorks’ MATLAB CENTRAL features examples integrating the demodulation of the double rate images allowing the use of the DR1 camera in combination with their acquisition tool box. You can find the examples here:

MATLAB Central Example

CameraLink Base 3 Tap Mode: Silicon Software has implemented the Camera Link Standard for the 3-tap monochrome mode used in all Photonfocus -240 cameras.










HD1-D1312-160-CL-12 / HD1-D1312-80-G2-12


MV1-D1312(IE/C)-G2 Series



ISO 9000 Certificate

Photonfocus has recertified through TÜV Nord Germany its corporate quality policy in CMOS camera design and development. Special attention was placed on the development process and order fulfilment of customer solutions.  This certification demonstrates Photonfocus’ continued commitment to the quality standards put in place by corporate quality policy in 2003.

Photonfocus presence at fairs and vision shows

Photonfocus exhibited products last month at the Control in Stuttgart and at the Vision Show in Boston.  The new 3D and Smart Camera Series generated a lot of interest at both shows.  In early June these new products were also exhibited by our longstanding sales partners at the Vision & Robotics Show in the Netherlands and the Image Sensing Show Yokohama, Japan.  Photonfocus is currently preparing to showcase new and exciting products at this year’s Vision Show in Stuttgart, Germany.

Contact us directly if you have any questions regarding this exciting new information from Photonfocus.

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Photonfocus releases new 3D camera MV1-D2048x1088-3D03-760-G2-8

Photonfocus extends its 3D product portfolio with the new 3D03 camera designed for high speed triangulation rates. The MV1-D2048x1088-3D03-760-G2-8 camera is based on the 2048x1088 CMOSIS CMV2000 CMOS sensor and follows the highly successful Photonfocus 3D01 and 3D02 3D cameras by implementing the Aqsense peak algorithm to ensure a sub pixel precision for the determination of the triangulation line and accurate transmission to the FPGA in the camera.  In addition to triangulation rates of up to 8450 profiles per second (2048x32 pixels) and simultaneously capturing 2 elevation profiles, the 3D03 camera can also output 2D frame data.  This allows the user considerable flexibility with configuring the lasers and cameras and ultimately reduces the cost of a triangulation system because only one camera is required for both laser line peak extraction and 2D image capture.

The new 3D03 camera features a GigE Vision and GenICam compliant interface which allows for an efficient and cost-effective set-up of high performance multi-camera 3D systems. The new 3D03 camera is fully supported by an updated version of the Photonfocus 3D Suite software and SDK offering numerous new features.  The 3D03 GigE-Vision and GenICam compatible interface allows the users to build their application using popular machine vision libraries that support GigE-Vision and GenICam standard devices. A short user guide gives you a quick introduction on how to process the 3D data with machine vision libraries.

The 3D03 is also available as an OEM module or smaller form-factor Board Level camera allowing you to easily integrate it directly into your application.  A flex adapter is available to support applications requiring custom angles (Scheimpflug principle). Both form-factors are fully supported by the 3D suite software.

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AuthorWilliam Carson