Imperx - Industrial Cameras

CHEETAH is the first IMPERX high performance CMOS product line intended not only for machine vision, but also surveillance, reconnaissance, aerospace and intelligent traffic systems. These cameras have very fast frame rates, high resolution, low noise, wide dynamic range, excellent near-infrared sensitivity, and an extremely flexible architecture so one camera can do multiple jobs (for example, a low resolution video camera and a high resolution still camera). Cheetah cameras incorporate ‘smart’ wide dynamic range technology which monitors each pixel’s exposure and sets the exposure to one of three user selectable values based on the intensity of the source at the pixel. CMOS technology eliminates smear columns from areas of ultra-bright intensity and specular reflections in uncontrolled lighting applications.

Cheetah offers the ultimate in user flexibility with global or rolling shutter modes, selectable 8, 10 or 12-bit digitization, multiple decimation or pixel averaging modes, two configurable inputs, two configurable outputs, and Camera Link® Full (CLF) or CoaXPress (CXP) user interfaces. The configuration capabilities are endless utilizing our easy camera configuration tool with programmability for each input and output. Triggering options include rising or falling edge, de-bounce, internal, computer or external trigger. Output options include trigger mirror, pulse generator or strobe. Cheetah offers internal pre-image processing including auto-white balance, hot pixel correction, defective pixel correction and a look up table (dynamic transfer function correction) for gamma and knee-point corrections. Output options include image positive or image negative, horizontal or vertical image mirror or bit shift.

With virtually limitless capability to adapt to your changing requirements, the Cheetah C4080 and C2880 cameras change the game by providing unprecedented control and readout flexibility using our intuitive graphical user interface. The unique Frame A / Frame B feature allows the user to configure two independent camera frame configurations. Select the resolution, exposure, gain, dynamic range and decimation for each frame configuration then mix and match frames programmatically or by external trigger.

C4080 cmos camera
Some examples of the capabilities of the Cheetah CMOS camera line:

  • Set one frame to average color pixels 4:1 reducing a 3840 x 2160 area of interest down to 1080P at 30 fps, then capture full resolution frames upon trigger signal providing a low resolution video stream for contextual info and high resolution frames for analytics.
  • Set one frame to high sensitivity rolling shutter mode and one to wide dynamic range global then toggle between the frames and combine them in your software for the ultimate low noise wide dynamic range imagery.
  • Set up one frame as a low resolution video stream over the complete field of view, and define a smaller area of interest at full resolution in the second frame to easily track an object of interest.

The possibilities are endless. Bring us your requirements and we’ll help you craft a solution.

Find The CMOS Camera That is Right For You

Camera Selector

To see all the options of our line of cameras, please see our camera selector page.


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ModelTypeSensorResolutionMegapixelOpticalSensor OptionFPSAvailable Interfaces
C2880 CMOSKAC-060402832 x 21286 MP1”M,C135 fpsCamera Link® Full, CoaXPress
C4080 CMOSKAC-120404000 x 300012 MP4/3”M,C70 fpsCamera Link® Full, CoaXPress
CMOSPython NOIP1SN025KA5120 x 512025 MPAPS-HM,C26 fpsUSB3Vision (U3V), Camera Link® Deca, PoCL