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The Canon 120MXS Evaluation Kit includes a camera with a Monochrome, Color, or RGB-NIR sensor and a USB 3.1 interface for simple connectivity. Test high resolution capabilities today using Canon's 120 MP CMOS Sensor.

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The Canon 3U5MGXSBA Evaluation Kit includes a camera with a Monochrome, Color, or RGB-NIR sensor and a USB 3.1 interface for simple connectivity. Test global shutter capabilities using Canon's 5 MP CMOS sensor.

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3U5MGXSBA 5 MP CMOS Sensor Evaluation Kit

Order a Canon 3U5MGXSBA 5 MP Global Shutter
CMOS Sensor Evaluation Kit

The Canon 3U5MGXSBA Evaluation Kit allows integrators and end users to assess sensor performance and provides assets for image system designers to accelerate development time. The Evaluation Kit features a camera with a pre-installed 3U5MGXSBA 5 MP global shutter CMOS sensor with raw data serial output via a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) interface. The evaluation kit has an open architecture design and gives developers the option to embed processing and software with the on-board ARM and FPGA*.

The 3U5MGXSBA Evaluation Kit includes:

  • Evaluation camera with pre-installed sensor (mono, RGB, or RGB-NIR )
  • Accessory package for out-of-the-box operation (quick start guide, power supply, all necessary cables)
  • Embedded software to setup the sensor, acquire image data, and communicate over USB 3.1 interface with any USB 3 compliant UI
  • PC-based UI application available for download to communicate with the camera
  • Sensor board design files source code*
  • VHDL code for the FPGA*

*Source code and VHDL code only available upon request with an NDA

NOTE: A Lens is not included in this kit.

As the lens plays a critical role in any imaging system, it is imperative that a suitable lens is selected to properly evaluate sensor performance for your end application.

When selecting an appropriate lens, there are several key factors which must be considered: Lens Type, Lens Mount, Focal Length, Sensor Size, Resolving Power, and Aperture to name a few of the more important ones. Some of these factors are associated with your application, and some are directly tied to how the CMOS sensor will perform. Please read below to learn more.

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Technical Specifications

Sensor Specs
Color Filter RGB Monochrome RGB-NIR
Sensitivity (e/lx/sec) 30,000 (Green) 47,000 30,000 (Green)
Dark Random Noise 2.6e rms @ Analog gain x1
Saturation
(@ Analog gain 0 dB)
12,000e – Dynamic Range Priority Mode
7,000e – Frame Rate Priority Mode
Resolution 5 megapixels
Effective Pixels 2592 x 2056 (Horizontal xVertical)
Sensor Size Approx. 2/3 inch (8.8mm x 7.0mm)
Pixel Size 3.4µm x 3.4µm
Maximum Frame Rate 60fps – Dynamic Range Priority Mode
120fps – Frame Rate Priority Mode
Shutter Type Global electronic shutter function
Power Consumption (Type) 500mW (all pixels @ 60 fps)
Evaluation Kit Camera Specs
FPGA Intel Arria 10
FPGA Processor Dual Core A9 ARM
Interface USB 3.1 Gen 1
AIA Vision Protocol
Programmable General Purpose I/O 4 External FPGA GPIO Pins
3 Opto-Isolated Input Pins
Use as trigger / exposure inputs
Bit Rate/Maximum Frame Rate 8-Bit: 50 fps
12-Bit: 33 fps
ISP Functions Region of Interest
Exposure Control
Framerate Control
Bad Pixel Replacement
Trigger Mode External
Debug / Registry  Setting Control Peek / Poke Commands
Lens Mount C-Mount
Power Input 12 VDC

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Lens Selection

The Canon 3U5MGXSBAM, 3U5MGXSBAC, and 3U5MGXSBAI 5 MP Global Shutter Evaluation kits are provided without a lens in the box. As the lens plays a critical role in any imaging system, it is imperative that a suitable lens is selected to properly evaluate the sensor performance for your end application.

The 3U5MGXSBA 5 MP Global Shutter evaluation kit camera contains a C-Mount allowing a wide range of options for optics. When selecting an appropriate lens, there are several factors which must be considered: Lens Type, Lens Mount, Focal Length, Sensor Size, Resolving Power, and Aperture to name a few of the more important ones. Some of these factors are associated with your application, and some are directly tied to how the Canon sensor will perform.

Based on your application and imaging environment, you will need to consider the following factors:

  • The lens type (telecentric, entocentric, macro, fisheye, etc) will determine how you see the subject and what special features might be required in order to perform your analysis, testing, or meet your general imaging needs.
  • Given the lighting conditions in your imaging environment, you will need to select a lens with an adequate Aperture or F-Stop.  There are both positive and negative aspects to having either a very high or very low aperture.  Care should be taken to select a lens with an optimal F number for your specific application.
  • Depending on the distance from the subject to the lens, you will need to select a lens with the proper focal length to allow sharp clean images.

In order to get the best performance from the Canon sensor, you will need to select a lens with the following minimum specifications:

  • Since the evaluation kit camera is equipped with a C-Mount, you will need to look at available C-Mount lensing options.
  • The lens must be rated for at least a 2/3” sensor size.  Larger lenses will also work, however lenses rated for smaller sensor sizes will result in image projections which don’t cover the entire sensor surface.
  • The resolving power of a lens directly correlates to how well the lens can transfer detail to each pixel of the image sensor.  On many C-Mount lens specification sheets, this is expressed in terms of Megapixels (MP).  Selecting a lens rated for at least 5 MP will result in the lens delivering enough information to the sensor to create a sharp 5 MP image.
  • If you have purchased the 3U5MGXSBAI RGB-NIR Evaluation Kit, or the 3U5MGXSBAM monochrome evaluation kit and you need to detect in the NIR wavelengths (typically 650nm – 1000nm), you will need to select a lens which allows the transmission of NIR light.  In typical commercial photography these wavelengths are typically filtered out through coating on the lenses, coating on the image sensor cover glass, and filters in the optical path to produce more true-to-life color images.  Since these two Canon sensors are commonly used to also image in those wavelengths, selecting a lens suited for this application will produce the best results from the sensor.

We hope this brief explanation helps you in selecting the appropriate lens to get the best results from your Canon evaluation kit.  If you still have questions, please complete and submit the form here and a Canon Sensor specialist will be able to assist you further.