Point Grey Announce 5MP Addition to Their Blackfly GigE Vision Camera Line

Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the latest addition to its popular line of Blackfly GigE Vision cameras. The new Blackfly camera offers 5 megapixel resolution in an ultra-compact, low-cost package.

The BFLY-PGE-50A2 camera utilizes the popular MT9P031 (monochrome) and MT9P006 (color) CMOS sensors from Aptina and is capable of streaming full resolution 5 MP images at 13 fps. Region of interest functionality allows users to configure the sensor to output a smaller window of pixels at higher frame rate, such as HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 28 fps. The MT9P031 and MT9P006 sensors offer a 1/2.5" optical format, making it compatible with a wide variety of small format, low cost, CS-mount optics.

Like all other Blackfly camera models the BFLY-PGE-50A2 camera supports cable lengths of up to 100 meters using Gigabit Ethernet, third-party imaging library support using the GigE Vision standard, and a host of features including Power over Ethernet, temperature and status monitoring, in-field updatable firmware, color interpolation, look up table and gamma, and much more.

With its unique combination of imaging performance, small 29 x 29 x 30 mm size, and low price, this new Blackfly camera is perfectly suited for applications in machine vision and factory automation; scientific applications such as astronomy, microscopy and biophotonics; and visualization applications such as video conferencing and kiosk imaging.

“We are very excited to expand the Blackfly product family to higher resolution devices, while making the leap to 5 MP imaging very affordable” says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “The Blackfly is the smallest PoE GigE Vision camera family in the world, and has become a key differentiator for Point Grey in the GigE Vision product segment. This model will continue that trend with increased resolution and unbeatable price-performance.”

The Blackfly BFLY-PGE-50A2M/C-CS is priced at $325 (€245). Monochrome and color models are available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and its North American, Eurozone and Australian web store.

About Point Grey

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, life science, traffic, and surveillance applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive portfolio of USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, FireWire, USB 2.0 and Camera Link products known for their outstanding quality, ease of use, and unbeatable price-performance.

Point Grey was founded in 1997 and is based in Richmond, Canada. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills under one roof has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many innovative and ground-breaking products to market. This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the world's first and smallest 1394b digital camera, the smallest GigE camera, and the first USB 3.0 machine vision camera.

Point Grey currently employs over 170 people and has international offices in Germany, China, Japan, and Italy. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.ptgrey.com

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