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Switching Cameras to USB3 Vision Mode

The factory default setting of the communication protocol for all XIMEA USB3 cameras is the standard XIMEA API Protocol.
The communication protocol of most xiQ cameras (list of compliant models) can be switched to USB3 Vision Protocol using the following guide:

How to Switch camera to USB3 Vision Mode

  • Download and install the latest release of the XIMEA API Software Package
  • Connect camera to PC with Compatible Hardware
  • Download the latest release of xiCOP
  • Start xiCOP
  • Click button Switch camera to USB3 Vision



  • When camera is switched to USB3 Vision Mode, it can operate with all USB3 Vision compliant applications (NI-MAX, MVTec-Halcon etc.) without installing any other drivers.

How to Switch camera back to XIMEA MQ Protocol

  • Connect camera to PC with Compatible Hardware
  • Ensure that camera is associated with the XIMEA USB3.0 driver.



    • If camera is associated with another driver - Download and install XIMEA API Software Package and update driver to XIMEA USB3.0 .
    • In some applications (e.g. NI-MAX) it is possible to switch driver to XIMEA USB3.0 driver.
  • If not already installed, download latest xiCOP
  • Start xiCOP
  • Click button Switch camera to XIMEA API



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