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Industrial Camera Guide

USB3 Vision

XIMEA’s camera lines include the USB3 Vision cameras, PCI Express high speed cameras, Thunderbolt™ technology enabled cameras, Scientific grade cameras with USB 3.0 or Firewire, USB 2.0 subminiature and board-level OEM cameras/sensors for imaging applications in fields of industrial factory automation, 3D scanning, motion capture and analysis, ITS intelligent transportation systems, video/broadcast, biometrics, scientific, medical, microscopy, UAV, security and surveillance, OCR/OCV, ANPR, flat panel and PCB inspection, Robotics (VGR), solar, electronics, food, packaging and printing industries among others.
USB3 Vision cameras smallest fastest CMOSIS e2V
XIMEA’s USB3 Vision line is called xiQ and includes extra fast models from VGA to 4 Mpix with speeds up to 500 fps. Cameras are incredibly small 26x26x21mm and can consume under 1 Watt.
Board level USB3 cameras smallest fastest CMOSIS e2V
Board level version of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed cameras is optimal for OEM applications, providing single planar board with 25x25 mm size, possibility of angled connectors and other customization options.

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Originating from Scientific field, these high end USB3 cameras based on newest Sony sensors with EXview HAD CCD II offer resolutions from 2.8 to 12 MPix with the fastest multi-tap readout.


WHAT makes xiQ line EXCEPTIONAL:


  1. Smallest USB3 Vision camera - 26x26x21 mm
  2. Lowest power consumption with under 1 Watt
  3. Fastest USB3 Vision camera with models providing 800+ fps at VGA
  4. Lowest heat dissipation
  5. First to provide board level with single planar board
  6. Lightest and extremely robust housing with under 30 grams
  7. The Most supported with Windows, Linux, ARM, Mac OSX and 30 Vision Libraries
  8. Widest interoperability of Accessories and overall vendors support
  9. Unmatched OEM customization options with adjusting of the connectors, enclosure etc.
  10. User-friendly with easy switch from C to CS mount, simple API control etc.



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World's first functional industrial Thunderbolt™ enabled cameras in small housing and support of Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and 30 Libraries. 
NO Frame Grabbers needed. At the moment this is a xiLab product.



MT023 model integrates Sony IMX174 featuring Pregius™ technology.

With the help of 10Gbit/s throughput this camera is capable to deliver full sensor resolution of 2.3Mpix at 12bit/pix 128fps, or 10bit/pix @165fps. Camera measures only 26x26x38mm and can be bus powered removing the necessity of power cables adding the Daisy chain ability.



MT200 model is based on the very popular CMOSIS CMV20000 sensor. 

Full resolution of 20 Mpix can be utilized at 30 frames per second in the 12 bit mode thanks to 20Gbit/s bandwidth. Camera is enhanced with the active EF-mount interface for control of dynamic aperture and focus. Use of dual-port Thunderbolt™ enables daisy chain interconnection.


What is xiLab?

Anything displayed with the reference „xiLab“ or in our xiLab space refers to technologies and prototypes that are developed and functional, but where XIMEA does not commit on release, time lines or final appearance.
We are keen to learn the markets reaction to items displayed or exposed under this label.
"Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries".



World's smallest Hyperspectral camera with size and weight: 26 x 26 x 31 mm, 31 grams.

Available with 3 sensors types - LinescanSnapshot Tiled and Snapshot Mosaic that have various Wavelengths and band count options.

Applications: Medical Imaging, Microscopy and Endoscopy, Precision Agriculture, Remote Sensing, Mineralogy, Environmental Monitoring, Life science instrumentation, Optical sorting, Food inspection, UAV and many others.


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What is xiLab?
Anything displayed with the reference „xiLab“ or in our xiLab space refers to technologies and prototypes that are developed and functional, but where XIMEA does not commit on release, time lines or final appearance.
We are keen to learn the markets reaction to items displayed or exposed under this label.

PCI Express

PCI Express Cameras                                                       Knowledge Base       
PCI Express CMOSIS cameras 20 Mpix                       


CMOSIS CMV120000 and CMV20000 sensors able to achieve 130 and 33 fps respectively with the help of 20 GBit/sec interface throughput (PCIe x4 Gen2). 

Compact 60x60x38mm housing (175 grams) compatible with active Canon EF-mount and interface that controls aperture and focus. 

With distances reach of 300m via fiber optics cable and power consumption of 6 Watt.

No Frame grabber needed, which with DMA (Direct Memory Access) helps to remove delays.


Other benefits: Daisy chain, lower latencies, periscopic design, special algorithms removing strong FPN, precision adjustment of the sensor, optional Peltier provision, GPU compression possibility




                              Miniature Cameras                                               Knowledge Base                             USB 5 Mpix GenTL GenICam mini Aptina camera                             


Extra small industrial camera line comes in miniature 15 x 15 x 9 mm housing or also available in micro 13 x 13 x 3 mm board level version.

Offering popular and proven Aptina MT9P031 sensor with 5 MPix resolution and supporting GenTL / GenICam.  

Running on WindowsLinux, Mac OSX or ARM platforms, these cameras are ideal for integration into tight spaces.

Perfectly suitable for Synchronizing several units into one solution or utilization in portable systems. ROI (region of interest) and binning increases speed.


With low power consumption (under 0.9 Watt), these are used in Applications like: 3D scanning, Robotics, Material and Life science Microscopy, Ophthalmology and Retinal imaging, Medical, Dental, Flat panel inspection, Dental, Kiosks and more.


Scientific grade

Scientific Cameras

These scientific-grade camera lines come in various resolutions starting at 1.4 to 29 Megapixels. All cameras are equipped with high-quality CCD sensors and USB3 Vision or FireWire interface to eliminate the need for a frame grabber. Optional Peltier cooling for low-light microscopy and related applications is also available.
CCD cooled scientific grade cameras
XIMEA’s scientific-grade cooled cameras with resolutions from 1.4 to 16 MP are based on high end CCD sensors. Peltier thermoelectric cooling and FireWire interface.
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XIMEA’s scientific-grade USB3 cameras with resolutions from 2.8 to 12 MPix, based on newest Sony CCD sensors with EXview HAD CCD II and TEC Peltier thermoelectric cooling.
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XIMEA’s X-Ray direct phosphor imaging cameras include resolutions of 11 and 16 Megapixel with 14 bit images. Ultra low readout noise and enhanced sensitivity. Uniquely small.
XIMEA’s high-end cameras are designed for a variety of life and material science applications, including Ophthalmology, Pathology, Histology, H & E Staining, Immuno - Fluorescence, Bright-field, Phase-Contrast & Darkfield microscopy, Metallurgical Microscopy (Metallography, Mineralogy, Petrography), Cytology, Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) applications, DNA and Forensic Analysis, FISH, CA++ Ratio and more. Also use in industrial fields like Flat panel and semiconductor inspection, Manufacturing Quality Control and Failure Analysis, Motility and Motion analysis, Biofilm imaging and Solar panel inspection.
Sony Kodak / Truesense / Onsemi

         IMX174 LLJ / LQJ


       ICX274 AQ / AL


       ICX285 AQ / AL

       ICX655 AQ / AL


       ICX674 AQ / AL

       ICX694 AQ / AL

        ICX814 AQ / AL 

       ICX834 AQ / AL








Specialties of XIMEA Scientific grade cameras are:

  1. High dynamic range – e.g. CCD sensor with 70 dB and 14 bit output
  2. Linearity below 1% and highest uniformity
  3. Special anti-blooming  functionality
  4. Anti noise functionality
  5. Real color truth due to high end unique debayering solutions
  6. Changing of all settings with zero switching time: e.g for ophthalmologists we can provide 5 Mpix with 25 fps feature
  7. High quality filters
  8. Economical power consumption
  9. Fastest speeds - using all available readout capability
  10. Peltier Cooling (TEC)


OEM - xiLab

xiLab - OEM and customized Products

What is xiLab?
Anything displayed with the reference „xiLab“ or in our xiLab space refers to technologies and prototypes that are developed and functional, but where XIMEA does not commit on release, time lines or final appearance.
We are keen to learn the market's reaction to items displayed or exposed under this label.

Custom Cameras and Products


XIMEA cameras tend to have single planar board and include straight or angled USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Firewire, PCI Express, Thunderbolt™ and other connectors. Span of resolutions starts at VGA and does not stop at 20 Mpix, color, monochrome or NIR versions, perfect for OEMs and system designers.
XIMEA's line of Custom and OEM cameras can be tailored to your tight space requirements or specific product needs. 
Choose from many different interface options like Thunderbolt™, Firewire, USB 2.0, PCI Express or USB 3.0
Decide if you need housed version or board level, Peltier cooled or NIR models, even if you require straight or angled connectors.
We can do whatever you need. To inquire about options please click HERE


Sensor Types

XIMEA’s wide array of industrial, scientific-grade, specialty and OEM cameras come both with CCD and CMOS sensors.

Time proven or completely new, they stem from various manufacturers like: Sony, Truesense, Aptina, CMOSIS, Imec, ON Semiconductor or e2V.


Industrial CCD Sensor Camera Scientific grade
XIMEA’s cameras with charge coupled device (CCD) sensors from Sony or Truesense (Kodak, now OnSemi) offer resolutions up to 29 Mpix and come in color or grayscale configurations with highest scientific grade image quality at real-time frame rates
Industrial CMOS Cameras and Sensors
XIMEA’s CMOS based cameras come with newest high-quality Global Shutter sensors from many different vendors like CMOSIS, e2V, Onsemi or Aptina. Extensive range of products includes resolutions of up to 20 Mpix in color, greyscale or Near Infrared (NIR)


Delivering crystal clear images in color, monochrome or Infrared enhanced: CMV300VITA1300, PYTHON 1300EV76C560EV76C661ICX285ICX274EV76C570CMV2000IMX174ICX674IMX252, ICX252KAI-4021

CMV4000ICX282MT9P031ICX655IMX250, ICX694, IMX255ICX814, IMX253KAI-11002CMV12000KAI-16000CMV20000 ..


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