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 the new G2 series GigE Vision cameras based on the MV1 camera platform and Photonfocus A1312 and A1312IE (NIR Enhanced) CMOS sensors. The MV1-D1312-xx-G2 camera is available in four models offering speeds of 27(-40), 55(-80), 68(-100) and 135(-200) frames per second allowing for application flexibility. 

The -40 and -80 models are well suited for standard and multiple camera applications and systems. The -100 model pushes the limit of the GigE interface. When used with powerful computer hardware and high-performance drivers the -100 provides a convenient solution even for challenging machine vision applications. Applications requiring multiple high-speed GigE Vision cameras can use multi-channel GigE cards or GigE frame grabbers designed to reduce the load of the computer hardware. The recently released DR1-D1312-200-G2-8 model completes the new G2 product series and offers a GigE Vision compliant solution with twice the frame rate performance of other GigE Vision cameras on the market using the Photonfocus proprietary Double Speed technology.

SDK’s for Windows 32 and 64-bit and RedHat Linux 32 and 64-bit operating systems are available for download on the Photonfocus website at no charge. Photonfocus also offers a GigE support package if necessary. The updated camera manual now offers guidance on how to use Photonfocus GigE Vision CMOS cameras with popular 3rd party software libraries.

AuthorWilliam Carson

Vivid Engineering has just released several new products extending their industry leading line of Camera Link accessory products.

CLV-401A Camera Link Video Splitter | Brochure

Compact 2-port base-configuration splitter with 85-MHz performance.  Works with any base camera.

CLT-303 Camera Link TranslatorsBrochure

Adapters enable use of LVDS and RS-422 cameras with Camera Link frame grabbers.  Support cameras with pixel clock rates as low as 2.5 MHz and as high as 85 MHz. 

CLB-501B Camera Link Breakout Box | Brochure

Debug breakout box with full 85-MHz performance. Works with any base camera.

AuthorWilliam Carson

At the Vision 2011 exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, Photonfocus presented a new CMOS camera based on their Double Rate (DR) technology.  Featuring data rates 100% faster than a typical GigE interface and approximately 25% faster than a dual-tap Camera Link interface over a single Ethernet cable while still maintaining GigE Vision and GenICam compliance, users can simplify their system architecture and reduce implementation costs associated with link aggregation-based camera solutions.

The Photonfocus DR1-D1312-200-G2-8 camera is capable of 577fps at VGA and 135fps at 1.4MP resolution which makes it a perfect fit for applications such as motion analysis and failure detection while offering a simpler, more cost-effective solution for demanding high-speed machine vision applications.  Recently companies such as NorPix (Montreal, Canada –, have implemented complete support for the DR1 camera into their popular StreamPix capture software and successfully integrated and deployed the camera into their multi-camera turnkey systems.

“The Photon Focus DR1 gives us the ability to use a single GigE port to record 500 fps at VGA resolution.  With our TroublePix software for high speed troubleshooting, we can now use a laptop for applications requiring portability and needing over 500 fps at VGA resolution from one or two cameras.  In the past, this type of application was only do-able using cameras with on board memory.“ says Luc Nocente of NorPix.

Since the initial release, Photonfocus has continued to expand support for the DR1 camera.  In order to evaluate the DR technology users can download the DR1-Evaluator program and test performance with their own sample images prior to purchasing a camera.  A user manual is available with information on how to use the DR1 camera with today’s popular software libraries.

Contact Systematic Vision today to discuss how the DR1 camera can fit your application requirements.

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