Published on 27 April, 2011
After the series production start of their new CCD box camera models last December, two new Basler IP Camera models with CMOS sensors have followed suit. They feature 720p HD and 5 megapixel resolutions, and a third model with 1080p Full HD resolution is due to follow next month.
The BIP2-1280c-dn high definition model provides real-time video at a frame rate of up to 30 fps using MJPEG, MPEG-4, and H.264 compression. The BIP2-2500c-dn IP Fixed Box Camera model is equipped with a 5 megapixel sensor to record even the smallest image details at a frame rate of 9 fps.
Their attractive pricing makes Basler's new CMOS sensor camera models a great value for an entry level product. In addition, CMOS sensors exhibit a number of image quality related advantages such as the almost complete lack of smearing effects, i.e., stripes in the image caused by an extremely bright light source. Blooming, a condition where very bright image structures extend into the darker structures, is also a very rare effect in cameras equipped with CMOS sensors as compared to CCD sensor cameras.
All Basler IP camera models support multi-streaming and multi-encoding. They provide up to four image streams using any encoder type combination, e.g., one stream with H.264 compression, another stream with MJPEG compression, and a third and fourth stream with MPEG-4 compression. It is also possible to encode up to four streams using the same encoder type, such as H.264.
"Before our IP cameras enter series production, we perform careful quality tests to make sure that the cameras are best suited for surveillance tasks," states Gerrit Schreiber, Product Manager IP Components, Basler Vision Technologies. "And now that the cameras have entered series production, we have implemented a number of additional tests to ensure consistent quality and avoid camera failures."