How low can you go with light?

Intensified CCD camera (ICCD) for low-light applications combines a high performance intensifier tube with a small, interlaced CCD camera.
By Control Engineering Staff March 27, 2008

JAI released its AG-7000 intensified CCD camera (ICCD) for low-light applications. The unit combines a high performance Gen III Ultra intensifier tube with a small, interlaced CCD camera offering standard RS-170 analog video output for easy connectivity to monitors and image acquisition cards. With its compact (45 mm X 51 mm X 87 mm) size, it is one of the smallest intensified cameras in its class, company says.
The camera’s intensifier tube, fiber-optically coupled to a large 2/3-in CCD, delivers can resolve images at 1 x 10-6 lux at the face plate, and 1 x 10-4 lux through an f/1.4 aperture. Full auto-gating is provided to automatically protect the sensor against bright environments for safe use in a variety of day/night applications.
The camera is also equipped with an integrated 3-axis lens controller for use with motorized lenses. Operators can use a software-based graphical user interface (GUI) to remotely control focus, zoom, or iris settings on standard motorized lenses. Camera and lens control is also available via RS-232 serial commands.
In addition to its small size, the unit requires only 2.2 watts under typical usage and temperature conditions. It has also undergone rigorous vibration testing to ensure that it will stand up to real-world application environments.
Target applications include industrial automation, as well as night-vision applications in defense, and homeland security markets, and selected applications in the fie lds of oceanography, medicine, and scientific research.
C.G. Masi , senior editor

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