Industrial Camera Guide

USB3 Vision

USB3 Vision USB 3.0 USB 3.1 cameras CMOS CCD Sony e2V CMOSIS On Semiconductor
XIMEA’s camera families include:
USB3 Vision cameras, PCI Express high speed cameras, Thunderbolt™ enabled cameras, Scientific grade cameras with USB 3.0 or Firewire, USB 2.0 subminiature and even USB 3.1 cameras. With flat ribbon flex cable option - these are ideal for Embedded vision systems.
USB3 Vision cameras smallest fastest CMOSIS e2V On Semiconducto
XIMEA’s USB3 Vision line is called xiQ and includes extra fast models from VGA to 4 Mpix with speeds up to 1000 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 ideal for OEM applications, providing a single planar board with 25x25 mm size and further options of angled connectors or other customization.

USB 3.0 CCD CamerasSony CCD Scientific grade camera ICX674 ICX694 ICX814 ICX834


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.


USB 3.1 CamerasSony CMOS Pregius USB3 USB 3.1 USB 3.0 cameras


New line of USB3.1 cameras with Sony CMOS sensors is called xiC and contains models with 2.3 up to 12.4 Mpix resolution that use Pregius™ technology, which offers impressive sensitivity in low light and high Dynamic range.

USB3 Hyperspectral CamerasUSB3 Hyperspectral imaging HSI cameras smallest


The xiSpec line of Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) cameras is equipped with compact sensors from IMEC. With its form factor, it is smallest and lightest in class, which together with low power consumption makes it ideal for UAV use.

USB3 Custom CamerasFlat Flex line custom OEM integrated aggregated industrial cameras


If any of these camera lines are suitable, but lack some element - there is always an option to check XIMEA’s customization abilities presented in a form of the xiX line, where the design allows it to easily switch sensors or connectors.


WHAT makes xiQ line EXCEPTIONAL:


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



Thunderbolt cameras fast Sony IMX174 CMOSIS CMV20000
World's first functional industrial Thunderbolt™ enabled cameras in small housing and support of Windows, Linux, macOS and 30 Libraries. 
NO Frame Grabbers needed. At the moment this is a xiLab product.



Sony IMX174 sensor CMOS Pregius camera Thunderbolt


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.



CMOSIS CMV20000 CMOS sensor camera Thunderbolt


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 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".


Smallest Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) cameras with USB3

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

Available with 2 sensors types from IMECLinescan and Snapshot Mosaic have various Wavelengths and amount of bands/channels.


Snapshot Mosaic camerasSnapshot Mosaic Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) camera smallest sensor



4 × 4 or 5 × 5 mosaic patterns are repeated continuously on the sensor surface:

  • 4 × 4 filter array, 16 HSI bands between 470-630 nm (MQ022HG-IM-SM4X4-VIS)
  • 5 × 5 filter array, 25 HSI bands between 600-975 nm (MQ022HG-IM-SM5X5-NIR)
The spatial resolution is approx. 512 × 272 pixels (4 × 4) or 409 × 217 pixels (5 × 5).  
The original sensor resolution can be interpolated.

Linescan camerasLinescan Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) camera smallest sensor


The different hyperspectral bands are realized vertically.
  • 100+ bands between 600 and 975 nm in 4 nm steps, each with a size of 2048 × 8 pixels (MQ022HG-IM-LS100-NIR)
  • 150+ bands between 470 and 900 nm in 3 nm steps, each with a size of 2048 × 5 pixels (MQ022HG-IM-LS150-VISNIR)

Using this camera requires a synchronized camera / object movement and image acquisition.
Applications: Precision Agriculture, Remote Sensing, Environmental Monitoring and protection, Archeology, Art Science, Food inspection, Medical Imaging, Microscopy and Endoscopy, Mineralogy, Life science instrumentation, Optical sorting, UAV and many others.

Airborne Hyperspectral imaging HSI payload smallest light weight USB3      


VISION 2014 Video     Presentation VISION 2014 Presentation

IMEC video


English videos:  

Miniaturized hyperspectral imaging camera modules

Miniature Hyperspectral imaging camera for material analysis

Use of hyperspectral cameras based on CMOS area scan sensors

Miniaturized Hyperspectral Imaging Cameras Usage, Data preparation and Application fields

Mobile smart hyperspectral cameras


German videos: 

High resolution USB2.0 and USB3.0 micro cameras for industrial quality control

Hyperspectral imaging data correction and standardization, mobile applications

Image acquiring and processing for area scan hyperspectral cameras with high resolution

Miniaturized hyperspectral imaging cameras


Advanced presentation

Food and HSI presentation

Press release

Image Sensors World entry

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PCI Express


PCI Express CamerasPCI Express CMOSIS cameras CMV12000 CMV20000 CMV50000 PCIe Gen3 Cameras PCI Express CMOSIS cameras CMV12000 CMV20000 CMV50000 Knowledge Base Lens accessories support CMV12000 CMV20000 CMV50000 camera


CMOSIS CMV120000 and CMV20000 and CMV50000 sensors able to achieve incredible speed with the help of 20 GBit/sec interface throughput (PCIe x4 Gen2) and astonishing 64 Gbit/sec with PCIe x8 Gen3.


Gen2 allows - 12 Mpix at 133 Fps, 20 Mpix at 33 Fps and 50 Mpix at 30 Fps.

Gen3 allows - 12 Mpix at 333 Fps and other sensors for example with 1.1 Mpix at 3500+ Fps.


Compact 60 x 60 x 38 mm housing (175 grams) compatible with active Canon EF-mount and interface that is able to control aperture and focus. 

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

No Frame grabber needed.

Offers DMA (Direct Memory Access) which helps with extremely low latency.


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


Applications examples include: Flat panel inspection, printed circuit board (PCB) examination, persistent stadium and border security, wide area surveillance, 360 panorama, cinematography, motion capture and aerial or city mapping




                         Miniature Cameras                                                     Knowledge Base                          USB 5 Mpix GenTL GenICam mini Aptina camera                             Board level small micro mini subminiature camera 5 Mpix


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

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

Running on WindowsLinux, macOS or ARM platforms, these compact 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 their low power consumption (under 0.9 Watt) and flat ribbon flex cable, they are ideal for Embedded vision systems and applications like:

3D scanning, Robotics, Material and Life science Microscopy, Ophthalmology and Retinal imaging, Medical, Dental, Flat panel inspection, UAV, 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.

Scientific Grade camerasSony CCD Kodak Truesense On Semicondactor cooled Scientific grade


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.

CCD with USB 3.0 CooledSony CCD ICX674 ICX694 ICX814 ICX834 cooled Scientific grade


Scientific class of USB3 cameras with resolutions from 2 to 29 MPix, based on Sony EXview HAD CCD II, KAI-04070, KAI-08052 and TEC Peltier thermoelectric cooling.

Scientific X-RAY camerasKodak Truesense On Semicondactor cooled Scientific grade X-RAY


X-Ray direct phosphor imaging cameras include resolutions of 8, 11 and 16 Megapixel with 14 bit images. Ultra low readout noise and enhanced sensitivity. Uniquely small.

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)
Sony Kodak / Truesense / ON Semiconductor



       ICX285 AQ / AL

       ICX655 AQ / AL

       ICX674 AQ / AL

       ICX694 AQ / AL

        ICX814 AQ / AL 

       ICX834 AQ / AL









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, In vivo bioluminescence (Biofilm imaging), 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 and Solar panel inspection.


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 a single planar board and include straight or angled USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Firewire, PCI Express or Thunderbolt™ connectors. Span of resolutions starts at VGA and goes up to 50 Mpix, color, monochrome, NIR and Hyperspectral versions, perfect for OEMs and system designers.
XIMEA's line of Custom OEM cameras can be tailored to your tight space requirements or specific needs. Exceptionally suitable for Embedded vision systems.
Choose from many different interface options like: PCIe, USB3 Vision,  IEEE 1394, Thunderbolt™ or USB 2.0.
Decide whether you need a housed version or board level, Peltier cooled or NIR models, even if you require straight or angled connectors.
We can adjust to your special demands. 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 or sCMOS sensors. Even in HSI and X-RAY form.

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


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 Sony, CMOSIS, e2V, Onsemi or Aptina. Extensive range of products includes resolutions from VGA up to 50 Mpix in color, greyscale or Near Infrared (NIR)


Delivering crystal clear images in color, monochrome or Infrared enhanced:

CMV300, PYTHON 1300EV76C560EV76C661ICX285, EV76C570CMV2000IMX174ICX674IMX252, ICX252KAI-4021, KAI-4022, KAI-04070CMV4000

ICX282MT9P031ICX655IMX250, ICX694, KAI-08052IMX255ICX814, IMX253KAI-11002, ICX834CMV12000KAI-16000CMV20000, CMV50000 ..


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