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New Chameleon®3 USB3 Vision™ Board-Level Camera Series Offers Industrial Reliability and Low-Cost Flexibility

Point Grey, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the introduction of the Chameleon®3, a new family of USB3 Vision board-level cameras.

The Chameleon3 camera line combines the ease-of-use of USB 3.0, the small size and flexibility of board-level, and the most popular CCD and CMOS image sensors into an affordable package.

Available in a compact 44 x 35 x 19.5 mm case or as a 40 x 31 mm board stack, the Chameleon3 is well-suited to a wide range of space-constrained applications.

The Chameleon3’s lightweight metal case is designed for reliability and offers multiple mounting points and a locking USB 3.0 connection. The board-level version offers configuration flexibility and can be equipped with either a C/CS-mount lens holder or a smaller S-mount (M12) lens holder. Other standard features include an on-camera frame buffer for image retransmission, opto-isolated GPIO with locking connection, and a hassle-free 3-year warranty.

The first Chameleon3 CM3-U3-13S2 models are based on color and monochrome versions of the popular Sony ICX445, a 1/3" global shutter CCD sensor capable of 1288 x 964 image resolution at 30 FPS. The EXview HAD CCD sensor technology offers excellent imaging performance with high quantum efficiency and NIR sensitivity, in a cost-effective 1/3" optical format. Additional Chameleon3 models will be released throughout 2015, including the 1.3 megapixel On Semi Python 1300 global shutter CMOS, and the 2.8 megapixel Sony ICX818 global shutter CCD.

"We are very excited to introduce the Chameleon3, our next generation of board-level USB cameras," says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. "The Chameleon3 builds on the success of our popular Chameleon USB 2.0 cameras by offering enhanced functionality, a larger sensor selection, and a lower price point. Every design decision we made around Chameleon3, from the case and connectors to the camera architecture and image sensor line-up, has focused on reliability and performance, making it the perfect choice for both industrial and non-industrial applications."

The CM3-U3-13S2 is list priced at $295/€219 and is available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American, Australian, and EU customers).

About Point Grey

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, scientific, medical, traffic, and security 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 200 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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