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GET racing - GeT Cameras Collaboration

  Machine vision market & applications     26-02-2024  

GET racing, the Formula Student team of the Technical University Dortmund, joined a collaboration with GeT Cameras to enhance their autonomous racing capabilities. GET racing started competing in early 2022,  they spent their first years competing with combustion vehicles and have since then transitioned to electric racing cars. To improve their performance on the race track, two cameras from GeT Cameras were installed on top of the car. The team implemented two highspeed MER2-160-75GC-P cameras with the SONY IMX273 sensor . The Formula Student competition Formula Student is an international engineering competition where university teams design and build race cars to compete in different disciplines. The GET racing student team has been taking part in this competition since 2005. With a total of eleven cars built, 2023...

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UMD Racing - GeT Cameras Collaboration

  Machine vision market & applications     16-02-2024  

UMD Racing, a student-run organization dedicated to the development of electric race cars, they have been actively participating in the Formula Student competitions. During multiple yearly events, the team aims to design and manufacture a high performance car to compete against other student teams. The team’s vision to compete in the driverless category encouraged them to reach out to GeT Cameras for camera hardware. Their focus on innovation and performance made them choose the MER2-041-528U3C camera , equipped with the SONY IMX287 sensor . Sponsorship The decision to collaborate with GeT Cameras was affected by the clear and transparent website and competitive pricing. As well, the students of UMD Racing were looking for specific requirements such as a high frame rate. One of the highspeed machine vision cameras of GeT...

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How the European Vision camera market got disrupted

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Many years the European camera manufacturers dominated the machine vision camera market worldwide. Time is changing and Chinese camera manufacturers are entering the European market. Only a few Chinese camera manufacturers, like Daheng Imaging , can offer high quality products for a low price. European vision camera manufacturers can’t compete on price because the Chinese camera manufacturer have the following competitive advantages: No overhead features. Most Chinese vision cameras have standard features like exposure, gain, white balance control, etc, but no advanced features like pixel binning and skipping. By reducing the amount of advanced features, less development time and less expensive FPGA's (Hardware) is needed. This results in lower cost price per camera Scale of Economy. China is the largest...

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Quality mark to safely purchase machine vision cameras online

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Quality mark to safely purchase machine vision camera s online GeT Cameras, the webshop for industrial machine vision cameras , is now associated with the webshop quality mark WebwinkelKeur and EMOTA (European eCommerce & Omni-Channel Trade Association). This is beneficial for both GeT Cameras and for you as our customer. With this quality mark we are creating a trustworthy environment for the purchase of a machine vision camera. Namely, the quality mark offers different guarantees and the option for you, as the customer, to leave a review about your experience with our machine vision camera and our services. Your opinion about our machine vision camera is valued As aforementioned gives the quality mark the option to the customer to leave his/ her review regarding our services and their experiences with our...

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Upcoming Exhibitions 2020

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

One of the Key values of GeT-Cameras is contributing to technological projects by offering fair priced machine vision and provide you with excellent service. To show our devotion to this key value we would like to meet you on the following Machine Vision events: UKIVA: 14 May 2020 (Cancelled) Due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, the organisation of UKIVA has announced to cancel this congress. This means that we will not be meeting you the 14 th of May. Luckily, there is still a chance to see the presentation of our managing director Gaspar van Elmbt. We will be uploading this presentation to the technology presentation hub of UKIVA, and on the 14 th of May, this presentation will be visible for your viewing. The presentation is also available here . Vision, Robotics & Motion...

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Protect your hardware with our newest waterproof aluminium camera enclosure

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Protect your machine vision camera against moisture and dust with GeT Cameras’ newest aluminium camera enclosure . Why is it important to protect your machine vision hardware? With an industrial camera enclosure, your machine vision solution will be more robust. A camera enclosure protects your machine vision cameras and lenses from harsh environmental conditions. Water and dust can damage your camera and taint the image quality. A camera enclosure provides a protective barrier which prevents the camera from damage.  Features of the GeT Cameras aluminium camera enclosure •    Designed to comply with IP67 standards •    Supports machine vision cameras (29x29mm) from a variation of well-known manufacturers •    The modular design supports...

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Machine-Vision-Applications

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Machine Vision Application in the Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical industry is a quality critical industry because it has close ties with people's life and health. A Vision inspecting system is often applied on the assembly line. The typical inspected objects usually include capsule, injection, bubble cap, label of the package and etc. All Daheng Imaging cameras undergo thorough critical tests to ensure that they can meet the industrial and professional requirements under the tough conditions. Pharmaceutical production usually does not take place in a comfortable lab, but reliable inspection results in a tough environment are a guarantee for the drug quality. To get the reliable inspection results, Daheng Imaging cameras offer outstanding quality images with high-performance digital interfaces , as well as rapid trigger...

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Formula Electric driverless competition

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

. Formula Electric Belgium is preparing for driverless competition with dual head stereo vision camera from GeT-Cameras. Competition The Formula Electric Belgium team, consisting of 25 Belgian university students, are building their first autonomous Formula car. In the previous years, the team joined in the electric competition along with more than 50 other competitors. This year they decided to enroll in the autonomous competition once more to inspire people with the possibilities of electric and driverless cars. Their Formula racecar competes in multiple disciplines, acceleration, grip strength and endurance. With exactly 1000 collectable points, the team strives to win this year’s competition. For acceleration, the car has to get from standstill to the 75-meter finish line as quickly as possible; Next, the car gets...

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World Creativity and Innovation Day 2021

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

The United Nations marks April 21 st as World Creativity and Innovation Day . World Creativity and Innovation Day originated in 2002 because both creativity and innovation have been acknowledged as true wealth of nations in the 21 st century. Creativity and innovation are the cornerstones of the digital revolution which characterizes itself by technology quickly advancing and replacing older tech at an exponential rate. During World Creativity and Innovation Day we would like to thank all of you, who use our industrial cameras to create awesome vision solution all around the world. It excites us that our customers find many creative ways to use our machine vision products. You inspire us to push ourselves to create affordable and unique machine vision components to make your workflow easier and quicker. We have designed some...

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Upcoming machine vision exhibitions 2022

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Now that the situation regarding the pandemic seems to be improving, we are able to meet you at some exhibitions this year. We hope to see you there.   UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2022 April 28th, Milton Keynes, UK Last time we were going to be exhibiting the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference, the event got cancelled due to the global pandemic. This year we are optimistic that we have a shot at redeeming ourselves. Come find us the 28th and see our newest machine vision cameras on display Vision, Robotics & Motion 2022 June 8th & 9th, Den Bosch, NL At Vision, Robotics & Motion 2022, themes like vision, optics, robotic, motion control and data science are getting highlighted. Vision 2022 October 4th, 5th &6th, Stuttgart, DE Last year, we were happy to be able to go to the Vision Conference in...

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GeT Cameras official member of SPIE

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the scientific research and engineering applications of optics and photonics. From now on GeT Cameras is officially a member of SPIE. What does SPIE do? Founded in 1955, SPIE has the advancement of light-based technologies as purpose. They achieve this by interdisciplinary information exchange and educating by hosting and sponsoring of technical forums, trade shows and educational programs. They will host the SPIE Photonics West vision fair. GeT Cameras will exhibit at this vision fair in San Francisco, California from January 31st until the 2nd of February.  

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Upcoming Machine Vision Exhibitions 2023

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

GeT Cameras attends multiple machine vision exhibitions and trade fairs ever year. This year we will be able to meet with you and discuss camera requirements for machine vision applications at 5 different exhibitions. SPIE Photonics West 28 January – 2 February | San Francisco, CA - United States of America Meet our Philadelphia office on their first trade fair at SPIE Photonics West. We will be displaying our latest camera models, lens portfolio and machine vision lights. Our booth number is 158! Automate Detroit 22 May – 25 May | Detroit, MI - United States of America For the first time, GeT Cameras will attend “Automate” in Detroit, MI. We hope to meet you there and talk to you about industrial automation. Vision, Robotics & Motion 7 June – 8 June | Den Bosch, The Netherlands...

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GeT Cameras official Member of A3 Automate

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

GeT Cameras is officially a member of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). A3 is North America’s largest automation trade association with a focus on Machine Vision. GeT Cameras is now part of the 1,100 members of the A3. What does A3 do? A3 sponsors trade shows, conferences, and other networking events. It collects industry statistics; generate market research and they develop market standards and certifications. A3 host the Automate Show in Detroit, USA and The Vision Show in Boston. Both shows display many machine vision products and competences. We are happy to meet you on these trade shows to discuss your products and show you our strong and reliable industrial cameras.   

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Penn Electric Racing - GeT Cameras collaboration

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Penn Electric Racing is a student run organization dedicated to building electric racecars. Every year, the team competes with other student-built racecars in the Formula SAE , an international competition for university teams to design and manufacture the best performing racecars.   Their ambition is to gain experience and compete in the autonomous competition in the future as well. To achieve these ambitions, Penn Electric Racing reached out to GeT Cameras. They were looking for compact industrial cameras online and came across our global shutter MER2-160-227U3C with the SONY IMX273 image sensor. Sponsorship Penn Electric Racing got in touch with GeT Cameras because of the clear website and competitive pricing. “GeT Cameras had the camera prices displayed on the website which was nice for orientation. Because...

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Smart camera vs. PC-connected industrial camera

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

Are you looking for the right camera system for your industrial automation or visual inspection application? GeT Cameras offers a wide portfolio with more than 200 industrial cameras.  Our cameras should be connected with a cable to a PC. Compared to smart cameras, industrial cameras are a better solution. There are 3 main advantages:  1.    Cost-effective solution PC-connected industrial cameras offer a much more affordable solution, especially for projects where multiple cameras are being used. Our PC-connected industrial cameras start at € 115 per piece. In contrast, smart cameras often come with a high price tag because of their specialized hardware. 2.    Rapid image processing When it comes to image processing, an industrial PC is much more powerful than a smart camera. PCs have...

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Explanation USB3 Vision camera protocol | Top 5 reasons why to use an industrial USB3.0 camera

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

USB3 Vision standard is an imaging interface standard for industrial USB3 vision cameras. The majority of camera manufacturers have already adopted this standard, and the number of compatible accessories is growing quickly. A big advantage of the USB3 interface is that, any of the PCs, laptops and smartphones have a USB 3.0 interface built in nowadays. In the field of vision technology, USB 3.0 is also replacing dated interfaces such as the FireWire, Cameralink and USB2.0. The speed of the USB3 vision camera interface The USB 3.0 interface, also known as Super-Speed USB, is the following line of the well-known plug and play Universal Serial Bus spec that builds on the assets of USB 2.0 and washed out its weaknesses. The operative bandwidth accessible with the use of USB 3.0 when transferring bulks of data totals 350-450 MB/s,...

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NEW Custom machine vision lens filters

  Machine vision market & applications     19-12-2023  

We have expanded our lens filter portfolio with many new custom-made lens filters for your machine vision application. Choose from a wide variety of lens filters such as longpass, bandpass and polarizing filters:  Lens filter portfolio . What are machine vision lens filters? Lens filters can be used to improve the quality and accuracy of your image processing. We offer a variety of filters, each serving a different purpose. For example, bandpass filters are being used when only a specific wavelength should pass the light filter. Each special filter allows a specific range of wavelengths to pass and block. These could be used in applications where for example glare reduction, colour correction or UV/ IR filtering is required.   How to order your lens filters? 1.    Go to our  custom...

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Industrial polarization camera whitepaper

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

Daheng Imaging is familliar in the industrial polarized camera   segment by implementing the Sony-IMX250MZR monochrome image-sensor . Recently the IMX264MZR has also been added to the portfolio. The Industrial polarization camera   systems are able to capture information which a normal line or area industrial camera is not able to obtain. A polarization camera conducts a two-dimensional analysis. It measures both the degree and direction of the polarization of the light. As a result the final image has almost none reflections from external lightsources. A polarized camera is ideal for applications like the inspection of glossy products and transparent products. Standard Machine vision camera versus polarized camera The following examples show on the left hand side an image captured with a standard machine vision...

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Raspberry Pi with 20MP industrial camera

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

Arm embedded platforms are very popular for embedded vision. Many of these platforms have a USB2, USB3 and or GigE ethernet port. Our USB3 and GigE Vision Cameras work with these ARM embedded platforms. The Raspberry Pi, that has a USB2 port, even works with our USB3 cameras on reduced frame-rate . Which embedded board to select with a USB3 Vision Camera There are many embedded boards available in the market that work with our USB3 Vision Cameras. The following ARM platforms were extensively tested with our machine vision cameras: NVIDIA Jetson TX1/TX2 NVIDIA Tegra TK1 Toradex Apalis TK1 on Ixora Carrier Board Raspberry Pi 3B, incl. support of the camera module. However other popular embedded boards are: - Odroid XU4 - NanoPi M4 - NVIDIA Jetson Nano - Firefly The Raspberry Pi is prefered...

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Product life cycle of industrial cameras

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

All our industrial cameras have a minimum life cycle of 7 years after market introduction. The graph below shows the typical product life cycle stages of an industrial camera. Market introduction of an industrial camera When a camera is released it has the latest generation sensor. In almost all cases the latest generation sensor is more light senstive and has less noise than previous generation sensors. Therefore a better image quality can be achieved. Check for newer alternatives After 3-7 years, sensor manufacturers will release a new version of the sensor or a sensor from a different brand might have better imaging performance. Therefore during this period it's important to check if there are other camera types available that have a newer image sensor. EOL Notification Unfortunately cameras do go End of Life...

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Vision hardware design rules to reduce the cost price of your project

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

Gaspar van Elmbt, the managing director of GeT-Cameras, had planned to give a presentation about cost reducing vision hardware design at the UKIVA this month. However, due to the Covid’19 virus this event got cancelled. The organization of this event managed to provide the visitors with all the presentations, included ours, on the ‘presentation hub’.   If you want to learn how to reduce the cost price of your project, make sure to take a look at the presentation in the video below.    

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What does ‘GeT Cameras Choice’ mean?

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

You might have noticed that some of our cameras are marked as ‘GeT-Cameras Choice’. There are a few reasons why we recommend these cameras, like recommendation for new indesign, the newest image sensors and shorter lead times.   Recommended for new indesigns The main reason why a camera is marked as ‘GeT Cameras Choice’ is because we recommend this camera for your new development. The camera is in an early stage of its product life cycle. Every camera is at least available for 7 years after market introduction. Our track record shows an average availability of 12-15 years. Read more about product life cycle on our machine vision knowledge center: Product life cycle of industrial cameras. Newest image sensors Additionally the image sensors of the cameras are one of the latest generations. Using the...

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How to select camera and software for Barcode and DMC code reading

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

This article explains how to read barcodes and DMC codes (Datamatrix codes) with the most cost-effective machine vision camera solution. Additionally, we clarify the difference between Barcodes and DMC codes by discussing the pros and cons. We also provide a formula that helps you to calculate the required resolution, and give practical examples reading barcodes and DMC codes. Barcode versus DMC codes The best choice for code reading with industrial machine vision cameras is to use DMC codes instead of Barcodes. DMC codes can be read using lower resolution cameras while using the same field of view as Barcodes. Therefore, when reading DMC codes, you can use cheaper cameras. This also means that with DMC codes you can inspect a bigger field of view with the same hardware and price. DMC code is a matrix of dots, also called a...

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How to avoid motion blur

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

Motion blur can cause the industrial camera to capture unsharp / blurry images. Unsharp images result in inaccurate measurements, bad fault detection or wrong classifications. Motion blur is caused by movement or vibration during the exposure time of the industrial camera. When the object moves for more than 0.5 pixel during the exposure time, the image will have motion blur. To avoid motion blur, the shutter speed must freeze the scene, so the object does not move more than 0.5 pixel during exposure time. This can be done by reducing the exposure time of the camera. However, reducing the exposure time will also make the image darker (as there is less time to capture light). Illustration of the effect of motion blur How to make your setup more light sensitive  If your image is too dark you can check one of...

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Should you upgrade your webcam to an industrial camera?

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

Upgrading from a webcam to an industrial machine vision camera brings a lot of benefits in terms of image quality, performance, and functionality. In this article, we will discuss the advantages of using an industrial machine vision camera and how it differs from a webcam. The differences between a webcam and an area scan camera Webcams are common in many applications, from video conferencing to streaming. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, but they have limited functionality and lower image quality compared to industrial machine vision cameras. Industrial machine vision cameras are designed for applications that require high-quality images, high-speed imaging, and advanced features. They are widely used in industries such as manufacturing, automation, robotics, and quality control. The purpose of a webcam is to...

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Exploring Telecentric Lighting in Machine Vision Systems

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

In the world of machine vision systems, achieving accurate and reproduceable image quality is crucial for tasks such as inspection, measurement, and quality control. Telecentric lenses and telecentric lighting play vital roles in enhancing imaging precision. In this article, we will give a brief introduction to telecentric lenses, then delve into the advantages and disadvantages of telecentric lighting. Additionally, we will explore the parallel backlight as an alternative lighting solution in certain scenarios. If you need any support, or you are interested in our telecentric lenses and lighting, please contact us below. Our website only shows a limited part of our complete portfolio of telecentric lenses and lighting, which can be found here: Telecentric lens portfolio . hbspt.forms.create({ region: "na1",...

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Polarization in your machine vision application

  Vision Hardware Selection     19-12-2023  

This article explores the basics of polarization and how it can be applied in diverse machine vision applications. Additionally, it places focus on cross-polarization; an advanced technique that enhances image quality by minimizing glare and revealing hidden details. Are you currently working on an application involving surface inspection, experiencing issues with glare or needing some advice on a similar application? We can assist with the selection of the right polarization hardware.  What exactly is polarization in machine vision? Polarization aligns the orientation of light waves towards a specific direction. It offers machine vision systems a unique tool that can extract information from a scene that is invisible when using conventional imaging methods. Polarization-based techniques add a new layer of contrast and detail,...

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Quickstart, 5 steps to trigger LED from Vision Camera using strobe controller

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

How to connect and trigger a LED light source with a machine vision camera from Daheng Imaging using an industrial strobe controller . This is applicable to both USB3 and GigE machine vision cameras that have a trigger output. As additional hardware we have used a 12V powersupply, a Power LED and a triggerable industrial strobe controller, the ACC-MV-LED-STROBECONTROLLER-V1 . We have recently renewed this article on the product page of the industrial strobe controler .   Step 1: Program the triggerable industrial strobe controller We are using in our example an ACC-MV-LED-STROBECONTROLLER-V1 industrial strobe controller that can be triggered. A nice feature of this strobe controller is that you can program it, using the dipswitches, without the need of connecting the strobe controller to a pc....

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Connecting multiple GigE cameras to one ethernet port

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

How do I connect multiple GigE industrial cameras to a single network port? We will explain how to connect 4 industrial GigE cameras. Therefore we have used the following material: 4x MER-630-16GC-P, 6.3MP industrial GigE camera 5 Port PoE switch 1000mbit / 1Gbit PC with windows 10 and a 1000mbit / 1Gbit networkcard Please double check that your connection is 1000mbit / 1Gbit and not 100mbit. Some PoE switches are only 100mbit and we see more often that customer think they have 1Gbit connection but in reality they have a 100mbit connection. This article explains how you can check if you have a 1 Gbit connection. You can only check this when the industrial GigE camera is connected. Step 1,  connect all GigE cameras to the PoE switch Connect the GigE cameras to the PoE switch and check if the LED on the...

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Hardware trigger cameras, master and slave(s)

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

How to synchronize industrial machine vision cameras? To synchronize industrial machine vision cameras the I/O port of the industrial camera is required. A master camera will hardware trigger it’s slave cameras to assure perfect synchronization between all cameras. In this example we explain how to connect 1 master camera to 3 slave cameras. As a result the setup will have 4 industrial cameras perfect synchronized. Technical schematic of a synchronized camera setup: The schematic below shows how to trigger 3 slave cameras from 1 master camera. An external power supply is always required. The external power supply voltage range should be between 5 and 24V. In our example we will use a 12V external power supply for the synchronized camera setup. The power Line 1 output can withstand 25 mA max. A Line 0 input(s) needs...

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How to save the camera parameters in 3 steps

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

When you have set the parameters of your camera according to your application requirements, you can store these settings into the camera. When you reboot the camera, or reapply power to the camera, the camera will now start with your saved settings. STEP 1: CAMERA “UserSetControl” SETTINGS Open the GalaxyView software and connect to the camera. Go to the menu UserSetControl. When the camera is connected for the first time, the “Default” usersetting is already selected. You can change the following parameters: UserSetSelector -> choose which usersettings you want to select UserSetLoad -> load the selected usersettings UserSetSave -> Save the current camera settings into the selected usersetting UserSetDefault -> select which usersetting starts at camera boot STEP 2: SAVE YOUR...

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How to use Power over Ethernet (PoE) with a GigE camera?

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

This article will explain 4 different ways to power a GigE camera. We talk about powering the industrial camera via a PoE Switch, PoE Injector, GigE Power adapter and via an external power source. The MER2 series power specifications are: PoE (Power over Ethernet, IEEE802.3af compliant) or 12VDC-10% ~ 24VDC+10% supplied via the camera's 8-pin Hirose connector. The MER series power specifications are: PoE (Power over Ethernet, IEEE802.3af compliant) or 12VDC-10%  supplied via the camera's 8-pin Hirose connector.   How to use Power over Ethernet with a PoE switch and a GigE PoE industrial Camera? A Power over Ethernet switch transmits power and data via a CAT6 network cable. This means that if your machine vision application has a GigE industrial camera with PoE, you do not need an extra external power...

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How to set a Region of Interest (R.O.I.) inside an industrial camera in 3 steps

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

This guide will explain how to set and use the Region of interest function of the industrial camera, how to resize an image and how to capture only a defined area. This is commonly used to: -    reduce the amount of collected data -    reduce the required bandwidth -    increase the framerate of an industrial camera -    isolate the view on a certain area In this article we will set a Region of Interest and offset it from the top left corner to the centre of our image. Using these 3 steps you can define the size and position of the industrial cameras Region of Interest. STEP 1: CHECK THE IMAGE SIZE AND DEFINE REGION OF INTEREST Check the maximum image size (resolution) of your industrial camera and define your desired Region of Interest. For this...

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How to control the bandwidth use of an industrial USB3 camera by limiting its framerate

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

Bandwidth is the amount of data which can be transmitted over a certain interface (USB3 / GigE / 5GigE) during a certain period. The higher the bandwidth of the interface, the more and faster data can be received or sent. This article will explain multiple options for bandwidth control and how to calculate the required framerate for your industrial USB3 camera. To control the bandwidth of industrial USB3 cameras, we need to understand how the USB3 connection works and how to determine which framerate values we need. USB3 INDUSTRIAL VISION CAMERA ADVANTAGES USB3 is a suitable interface for high resolution and high-speed cameras. The USB3 connection has a maximum bandwidth of 480 megabytes per second. This is 10 times faster than USB2 and 4 times faster than GigE. Every computer and almost all developer boards come with USB3...

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How to use the frame rate calculator for industrial cameras

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

To calculate the framerate of an industrial camera, a framerate calculator is available. This doc used to be available after installing the SDK . The frame rate calculator (an excel file) was located in the folder C:\Program Files\Daheng Imaging\GalaxySDK\Doc. Currently you can download the frame rate calculator from our download area . For this example, we are using the frame rate calculator for the USB3 camera MARS-1230-23U3X explaining the different options available. Afterwards we will highlight the few differences between a USB3 camera and Gigabit Ethernet framerate calculator. For the Gigabit Ethernet camera we will use the MER-131-75Gx camera as example. Step 1: Open the frame rate calculator USB3 camera Open the correct frame rate calculator. Each camera series has it own calculator. The screenshots...

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I/O Control: How to hardware trigger a machine vision camera using a trigger sensor and how to trigger machine vision lights

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

Industrial machine vision cameras are reliable and robust, so must be the external triggering system. When fast operation is needed, the trigger sensor needs to react very quickly. The trigger sensor will change the voltage (electricity) on the specified pins of the camera’s I/O connector. This system works with the so-called rising edge or falling edge, voltage going from a low value to high (rising edge), or from high to low (falling edge). By doing so the camera will respond very fast on the trigger sensor triggers.   Programming the camera to accept triggers from trigger sensor You can program a machine vision camera to accept triggers from the trigger sensor. Using our cameras, you will need to use our Galaxy SDK software. When you are connected to the camera you can program your trigger source: Step...

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Pixel Binning, Decimation (pixel skipping), Gamma and Digital Shift explained

  Camera & Vision techniques     19-12-2023  

Pixel binning and Decimation are advanced camera features that are available on a selected cameras. To check if this feature is available for your camera, open the framerate calculator as explained in this article https://www.get-cameras.com/How-to-use-the-frame-calculator-for-industrial-cameras and check if you have the BinningHorizontal, BinningVertical, DecimationHorizontal and DecimationVertical field visible in the framerate calculator for your camera model. Pixel binning is used to increase light sensitivity and reduce image resolution. Decimation, also known as pixel skipping is used to reduce the image resolution while not changing the size of the field of view. PIXEL BINNING  Pixel binning is used to increase light sensitivity and reduce the image resolution. When setting the camera in pixel binning mode,...

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How to save images and videos with an industrial camera & Galaxy SDK

  Camera & Vision techniques     18-12-2023  

Within our free Galaxy SDK for our industrial cameras, we offer a basic plugin to save captured images to the hard drive or to save the captured images as a video.In this article we explain the different settings and the settings we advise for capturing and saving images and videos using our industrial camera. Videos and Images Save Plugin Install our GalaxySDK ( Download drivers and manuals ) Run the program Daheng Galaxy Viewer(x64) Go to Plugin->Videos and Images Save Plugin as shown in the screenshot below.  With this plugin captured images can be saved as images in different formats or even as a video file.   Base parameter for videos and Images Save Plugin The following parameters can be set: -    Number of memory, the amount of images that are buffered into the...

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How to install your industrial camera to the MVEC167 industrial camera enclosure

  Camera & Vision techniques     18-12-2023  

Welcome to the step-by-step instruction for installing an industrial camera to the MVec167 industrial camera enclosure. If at any moment during the instruction, you have questions, make sure to give us a call or email us at cs@get-cameras.com and our team will help you out. We wish you good luck with the installation. GeT Cameras support: Select the housing suitable for your machine vision application hbspt.forms.create({ region: "na1", portalId: "7372172", formId: "fec74822-b8b0-4920-92a8-ce596b5738a6" });   Step 1: Preparations Unpack the MVEC167 in a secure location as it contains screws and loose parts. Get a Torx T10 screwdriver, your industrial camera, the lens and cables. Step 2: Remove the lens tube To remove the lens tube, lift the blue pin on the top of the enclosure. You can...

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Optimize camera parameters for moving object detection

  Camera & Vision techniques     18-12-2023  

Applications with fast moving objects, often need a high framerate and short exposure time. Short exposure time comes with less light, meaning a light sensitive lens and image sensor are required. Here is an overview of settings that will help you find the optimal settings in your high-speed application. You can use this as a guideline. Set the correct Exposure Time The first setting to optimize is the exposure time. The maximum exposure time is 1/framerate. If you want to achieve 200fps, the maximum exposure time is 1/200= 5ms. The lower the exposure time, the darker the image, therefore you want your exposure time to be as long as possible to increase the brightness. However, it is limited by the calculated maximum exposure as shown above. Another important limitation you need to be aware of is the maximum exposure time to...

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How to use depth of field to your advantage

  Camera & Vision techniques     18-12-2023  

Depth of field is important for acquiring a sharp image of an object you are inspecting. With the right use of depth of field, you can ensure that the object you inspect is in focus, while the background and foreground are not in focus. That way it is easier for your vision software to recognize your object. Depth of field is an important factor that you can use to your advantage. This article will explain what depth of field is, and how to use it. What is depth of field? Technically, the depth of field is the distance between the nearest and furthest object of the image that is in focus during acquisition. In the image below, the working distance is 250mm. The closest object to the lens is 190 mm away. The furthest object is 250mm away and in between is an object 210mm away from the lens.  If your camera set up has a...

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How to use Gamma to your advantage

  Camera & Vision techniques     15-12-2023  

Gamma is a machine vision technique used to correct the difference between the digital image readout and the perception of the human eye. It can also be used to correct over illuminated spots. This is a detailed article about Gamma correction. What is Gamma Correction? A camera sensor converts light intensity of a pixel into equivalent digital value. The digital value is directly proportional to the light intensity of a pixel and hence has a linear relationship. However, a human eye perceives the images as a logarithmic function of intensity instead of a linear function. If the images from a camera sensor are directly displayed on a display device, then the scene will appear unnatural because of the differences between the camera sensor and human eye perception. To compensate this, the image from the camera sensor goes through the...

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How to Export and import industrial camera settings

  Camera & Vision techniques     15-12-2023  

This article explains how to export your cameras parameter settings into a text file. The exported data can be used as backup, record of different settings during testing or to program multiple cameras with the same parameters. Why importing or exporting camera settings? The GalaxyViewer has the option to save the cameras current settings into a text file. This function comes handy in some situations, for example when you test different camera setups and want to document it or if you need technical support. The text file can be imported into Excel for further analysis.   Another usage of the text file is as a backup, in case the camera needs to be replaced. Or if you want to configure multiple cameras with the same settings. E.g., slave cameras. How to export the industrial camera settings The export of the industrial...

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How to download install and run the Linux Galaxy SDK suitable for ARM based hardware such as Raspberry PI or Nvidia Jetson

  Camera installation instructions     14-12-2023  

This article will explain how to download, install and use the Linux Galaxy Software Development Kit (SDK) for ARM based hardware. With this SDK you can modify industrial camera parameters and acquire images from our USB3 and GigE cameras. Small development boards like the Nvidia Jetson series and the Raspberry Pi have been tested with our cameras. The pictures in this article are from different development boards running Linux. The appearance on your machine may vary. After following these 3 steps, you can download, install and use the Galaxy View SDK on Linux for ARM based hardware. STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE LINUX GALAXY SDK On our download page are multiple versions of the Linux Galaxy SDK available. Make sure you choose the right download link, suitable to your computer hardware architecture (see screenshot below). For ARM...

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How to download install and run the Linux Galaxy SDK suitable for your industrial camera hardware in 3 steps

  Camera installation instructions     14-12-2023  

This article will explain how to download, install and use the Linux Galaxy Software Development Kit (SDK). With this SDK you can modify industrial camera parameters and acquire images from our USB3 and GigE cameras. You can run this program on X86 or ARM hardware, like computers or small development boards like the Nvidia Jetson series and the Raspberry Pi. The pictures in this article are from an X86 industrial development board, running linux (Ubuntu 20.04). After following these 3 steps, you can download, install and use the Galaxy View SDK on Linux. Step 1: Download the Linux Galaxy SDK On our download page are multiple versions of the Linux Galaxy SDK available. Make sure you choose the right download link, suitable to your computer hardware architecture (see screenshot below). For X86 hardware, download number 4. For ARM...

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How to compile a C# example program to acquire images in Visual Studio

  Camera installation instructions     14-12-2023  

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs among many other software’s. The basic edition of Visual Studio, the Community edition, is available free of charge. Visual Studio supports 36 different programming languages and allows the code editor and debugger to support (to varying degrees) nearly any programming language. Built-in languages include C, C++, C++/CLI, Visual Basic .NET, C#. Support for other languages such as Python is available via plug-ins. Step 1: download visual studio community 2019 free. Go to https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/ Choose to download the Visual community 2019 free version, or use  the direct link: https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/thank-you-downloading-visual-studio/?sku=Community&rel=16...

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How to use a Python sample to acquire images with Python script using PyCharm

  Camera installation instructions     14-12-2023  

Python is a programming language you can use to create your machine vision program. In this article we show you how to download, install and use a python sample to acquire images. We are using the program PyCharm. Download and install required software: First follow this guide to make sure you have our windows SDK installed and you are able to acquire images from the camera using it: https://www.get-cameras.com/QuickStart-5-steps-to-easily-install-a-machine-vision-camera-and-acquire-an-image After installing the Daheng SDK several samples are provided, those are placed in the directory C:\Program Files\Daheng Imaging\GalaxySDK\Samples\Python SDK Download python 3.8 executable installer and install it. You can download Python 3.8 executable installer at the address below. Please make sure you select the “Windows...

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Daheng Galaxy Viewer to program our industrial cameras

  Camera installation instructions     14-12-2023  

The Daheng Galaxy Viewer program is the main tool to test and program the camera. With Galaxy viewer it is possible to change and store camera parameters and to capture and store images. It has multiple plugins for additional features like crosshair, grid and LUT. We are going to show you the possibilities and how to use the Daheng Galaxy Viewer. Step 1: Install the Daheng Camera machine vision SDK. **Please don't connect the Machine Vision Camera before or during the SDK's installation** You can find the latest version of our SDK in our download area . After downloading the SDK please install it, by running the file displayed to the right.   Once SDK is installed: The software Galaxy viewer will be installed. All camera documentation will be available in the folder: C:\Program Files\Daheng...

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How to install Aravis on Linux and acquire images from the machine vision camera

  Camera installation instructions     14-12-2023  

Aravis is a machine vision software kit developed to simultaneously use machine vision cameras of different manufacturers. Aravis is a GObject based vision library originally created for Linux to control and acquire images from digital industrial cameras. Aravis uses the GenICam API to operate the machine vision cameras and comes with a basic viewer interface. It is also built like any other Meson build. You can download Aravis for free at GitHub. In this article we describe how to install Aravis on Linux using Python and how to start acquiring images from the industrial camera. Step one: Install Python and Pip on your Linux computer Open the Linux terminal and put in the following lines to install Python and Pip: Select a Python version that is compatible with your Linux distribution, such as Python 3.8.   $...

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How to use Kinovea to capture/record & measure and annotate images with machine vision cameras

  Camera installation instructions     13-12-2023  

Kinovea is an open-source video recording, measurement and annotation tool, designed for image visualization, recording, measurement, annotation and (high-speed) motion analysis. It enables the user to capture, compare, annotate and measure motion in videos. It can record high speed cameras and play the recorded video back in slow motion. Kinovea is used in many markets such as: sports (tracking the movement of athletes to improve the athletics’ technique) labs (analysis of images made by a microscope) industrial automation (use the slow-motion feature to debug mechanical problems with a machine) This article is a step-by-step walkthrough explaining how to install Kinovea on your device, set up your recording parameters and take basic measurements and annotations. Please note that GeT Cameras does not provide...

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How to use 2ndLook machine vision software

  Camera installation instructions     13-12-2023  

2ndLook is a simple software to record videos with your industrial cameras. With its focus on a simple and easy to use design, it offers a user-friendly way to record and review videos. You can record videos in various file formats including MP4, RAW or its own format; 2ndLook Video Library. 2ndLook is compatible with all our cameras USB3 and GigE.  Download 2ndLook You can download 2ndLook on our download page . Click on the link to start the download. Save the download, once complete run the installer Getting started After installing 2ndLook on your PC, run it as an administrator. Follow the tutorial to get to know the software. Select USB3 Vision or GigE Vision as a driver depending on the kind of camera you want to use. If you have installed our SDK, there should appear a warning that no cameras are...

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How to use Micro Manager for Microscopy applications

  Camera installation instructions     12-12-2023  

Micro Manager is an open-source software developed to control and automate microscopic applications. Micro Manager was developed to serve as a complete image acquisition and microscope control package, available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Since it is Open Source, it is easy to extend for specific needs (e.g. your own camera drivers). It has a full integration of ImageJ, an image processing package. This article explains how to install and use Daheng cameras with Micro Manager. Installation Before installing micro manager, please make sure that you have installed our SDK first. Check our QuickStart article , for a detailed guide on how to install our SDK. Download micro manager from the official website and follow the instructions. Then Download the Daheng.dll from our download area and copy it to the Micro Manager...

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How to select the best lens resolution for the pixel size of your camera

  Vision Hardware Selection     14-12-2020  

When selecting a lens for your industrial camera, it is important to consider that the lens resolution matches with the pixel size of your industrial camera. The lens resolution is measured in line pairs per mm (lp/mm). This ensures the optimal performance of your industrial camera. This article explains the principal of the lens resolution in line pairs per mm (lp/mm) and how to calculate the compatibility with your industrial camera. The lens resolution in line pairs per mm (lp/mm) and camera   pixel size both have an important role in digital imaging. The amount of line pairs per mm allow you to measure the spatial resolution of a camera or lens system. Pixel size refers to the physical size of a single pixel on an image camera sensor. Please reach out to us if we can assist you in selecting a suitable lens for your...

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How to select a machine vision camera interface (USB3 / GigE / 5GigE / 10GigE Vision)?

  Vision Hardware Selection     02-11-2020  

Machine vision camera Interface whitepaper This article will provide a deeper inside in what the benefits and downsides are of each type of machine vision camera interface, so you can select the right interface for your machine vision application. It has to be noted that GeT cameras only supplies USB 2.0 , USB 3.0 , GigE , 5GigE and 10GigE machine vision cameras and the article will mainly be focused on these five industrial machine vision interfaces. However in the table below we have incorporated also other interfaces to make the overview of industrial machine vision camera interfaces complete.     USB2 USB3 FireWire GigE CameraLink Coaxpress 5GigE 10GigE Bandwidth (Megabyte/s) 40 400 80 100...

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Industrial GigE camera with or without Power over Ethernet?

  Vision Hardware Selection     28-09-2020  

When selecting the most suitable Gigabit Ethernet camera for your machine vision project, you should know the differences between industrial cameras with and without Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE means that the CAT6 network cable simultaneously works as communication and as the power supply for the camera. You can recognise a camera with PoE by the article number with a “-P” at the end. For example, the MER2-630-18GC-P is our 6,3 mega pixel camera with Power over Ethernet, while the MER2-630-18GC has the same image sensor but no Power over Ethernet. Both cameras with PoE and without PoE have their advantages and disadvantages. These are explained below. Why choose for a camera with Power over Ethernet Using a GigE camera with PoE is the most convenient way to power your industrial Gigabit Ethernet camera. You only...

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Rolling versus Global shutter

  Vision Hardware Selection     11-08-2020  

Global shutter is used for capturing moving objects, while rolling shutter is used for capturing still images. A rolling shutter camera is cheaper, especialy for resolutions above 1.6 Megapixel. For example, our 12MP rolling shutter camera costs approx. 200 euro: MER2-1220-32U3C . In contrast, our 12MP global shutter costs approx. 1000 euro: ME2P-1230-23U3C . A Global shutter has larger pixels, therefore a larger sensor as a rolling shutter camera. As a result, a global shutter camera is more light sensitive and produces sharper images. Exposure and Shutter Exposure time is a period of the shutter from open to close. During the period, the light exposing on the chip’s photosensitive array and Photoelectric effect occurs. After that, photoelectric charges are produced. By the A/D transformation, the...

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NEW! Waterproof aluminium camera housing

  Machine vision market & applications     02-06-2020  

The machine vision camera is a crucial part of industrial automation and protecting your camera in harsh environmental conditions is of great importance. IP67 water and dust proof enclosure Water and dust can not only damage your machine vision camera, but also taint the image quality. GeT Cameras has developed a fully aluminium IP67 camera enclosure: Waterproof Aluminium Camera Housing . This camera enclosure will make your machine vision camera IP67 proof while using GeT Cameras’ standard cables. There is no need for expensive cables with IP67 plugs. Price / Quality ratio This aluminium enclosure costs € 249 and just like other GeT Cameras products it has the most competitive price on the machine vision market. Harsh environmental condition damage will no longer damage your machine vision camera or corrupt the...

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How to use (color) C-mount lens filters?

  Camera & Vision techniques     12-05-2020  

The use of (color) C-mount lens filters is to be able to create contrast between colored parts of an object with a monochrome camera to easily detect and measure the specific part of the object. Additionally (color)C-mount lens filters are used to block external-environmental lighting. Why monochrome camera and not color? Because monochrome cameras  are up to 3 times more light sensitive and produce sharper images. (Color)C-mount lens filters can be applied to camera lenses without significant loss of light or image quality. Color lens filter principle Using a Color lens filter to add contrast works on subtraction idea. For this example we take a red bottle cap with red lens filter. The red Lens filters does not brighten up the cap. Instead, the complementary colors and the colors close to the complementary colors are...

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Why use industrial machine vision LED lights?

  Vision Hardware Selection     11-04-2020  

Machine vision industrial lights are reliable products which provide constant, non-fluctuating power/light output. They are designed to be used 24/7, providing the best light conditions and machine vision lights are available in many colours to create extra contrast. Our broad machine vision lighting portfolio has a long life cycle and therefore the same light with the same specs and output can be purchased at GeT Cameras for many years. Machine vision lights have a great batch repeatability and minimal led characteristic variations between batches that could cause quality deviations. Industrial lights are powered with constant DC voltage and reliable power sources, therefore there is no flickering. Additionally, it’s possible to over strobe the light, to achieve higher light intensity with the same light (for shorter...

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Install our USB3 / GigE industrial cameras with 3rd party software (Halcon | Labview | Cognex | Matlab | OpenCV)

  Camera installation instructions     05-02-2020  

Our USB3 / GigE industrial machine vision cameras work with many 3rd party machine vision software packages, like MvTec Halcon, NI Labview, Cognex Vision Pro, Matlab and OpenCV. We provide you with detailed manuals which explain how to install and operate our cameras with this software. The manuals are available for MvTec Halcon, NI Labview, Cognex Vision Pro, Matlab, OpenCV and Arm Boards software. Step 1: Request download access Go to menu and click on downloads. On this page, we ask you to enter your email address and you will be instantly redirected to our download page. Step 2: Download the zip file When you click on the 13th link, you will download a zip file. You can choose to save this file on your computer, or to unpack this folder. Unpack the zip file and you will see all the manuals available to...

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QuickStart, 5 steps to easily install a machine vision camera and acquire an image

  Camera installation instructions     19-01-2020  

In this QuickStart we explain in 5 simple steps how to install a machine vision camera from Daheng Imaging. This article is based on a setup with a windows pc and a USB3 or GigE Machine Vision Camera. For all other operating systems use the the manuals in our download section . Products needed: Machine vision camera, Lens, data cable. (external power if GigE non POE camera). Step 1: Install Windows SDK for Machine Vision Camera **Please don't connect the Machine Vision Camera before or during SDK's installation** Please download the SDK for our Machine Vision Cameras . You can find the latest version of our Windows SDK (Windows SDK USB2+USB3+GigE (including Directshow) Galaxy) in our download section. After downloading the SDK please install it. Once Sdk is installed: The software Galaxy viewer...

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