By: Basler
Industrial Machine Vision And Network IP Cameras
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1/2" CMOS Firewire camera, 656x491, 60fps, color

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The Basler A601-FC cameras have an exceptional price/performance ratio and are designed to achieve the optimum in performance, durability, and value. Their compact size and the ease of integration associated with their FireWire interface make these cameras ideal for analog users seeking the advantages of digital video. They are a major force in the "analog goes digital" trend. With their flexible design, these high-performance cameras are a perfect fit for a wide range of vision applications.

Cameras in this family can capture up to 100 frames per second at VGA resolution, the fastest speed possible with a FireWire-a interface. This high image capture rate combined with fast I/O handling inside of the camera makes the A602f/fc ideal for demanding high speed applications.

FireWire, also known as IEEE 1394, has become a standard image data and camera command transmission mechanism in the machine vision industry. Its key benefit is real-time communication between your camera and remote computer at 400 Mbit/s (with FireWire-a). FireWire integration is easy, cost-effective, and standardized. It supports plug-and-play and there is no need for a frame grabber.

The A601 FC cameras let you use the 1394 bus to "trigger" image capture without the need for a hardware generated signal. In “one shot ” operating mode, the camera normally exposes and transmits a single image based on user defined parameters that are transmitted to the camera. This operating mode usually results in the start of image exposure within an acceptable amount of time. But to get an even quicker response, you can use a "software trigger" to start grabbing a single image exactly when it is needed by your application.

The Trigger Ready feature is a Basler patented innovation. It lets you optimize your image capture timing by monitoring the current camera settings and calculating the earliest moment each exposure can begin. By using the Trigger Ready signal, you can easily operate at the maximum frame rate allowed with the current camera settings. It also prevents you from running the camera faster than allowed and avoids dropping or losing images. The A601FC is available as a board level design for more versatility and cost-effectiveness.

The A601-FC color cameras feature various modes of color coding for maximum flexibility in color representation. YUV 4:2:2 color coding is done inside of the camera and YUV image data can be obtained directly via the 1394 bus. For individual processing, each pixel value can be read out separately in raw mode at 8 or 12 bit depth and can be processed as desired in your remote computer.

Ø¢ † ’ A small, rugged housing with a 29 x 44 mm footprint for easy integration
Ø¢ † ’ Up to 100 fps at VGA resolution
Ø¢ † ’ Up to 25 fps at 1.3 megapixel resolution
Ø¢ † ’ Selected CMOS global shutter image sensors
Ø¢ † ’ A plug-and-play IEEE 1394 interface combined with an easy-to-use Basler BCAM driver saves you time
Ø¢ † ’ Free download of our BCAM viewer
Ø¢ † ’ 100% quality checked and calibrated to give you consistent performance and reliability



Resolution 656 x 490
Sensor Type CMOS, global shutter, progressive scan
Pixel Size (؎ ¼m) 9.9 x 9.9
Frame Rate at Full Resolution 60 fps
Mono/Color Color
Video Output Type IEEE1394a
Video Output Format YUV 4:2:2: 16 bits/pixel; Raw 8: 8 bits/pixel (R,G, or B): Raw 16: 10 bits/pixel (R,G, or B)
Gain Control 0-12 dB
Synchronization Via external trigger, via the 1394 bus, or free run
Exposure Control Programmable via the 1394 bus




Housing Size (L x W x H) 67.3 mm x 44 mm x 29 mm without lens adapter
Housing Alternatives Board level version available Board level version available
Weight ca. 100 g
Power Requirements 8-36 VDC, max. 1.7 W (at 12 VDC) via 1394 cable
Mount Type C-mount
Conformity CE, FCC




Camera Features Freely programmable area of interest (AOI), trigger ready, look up tables (programmable), lossless compression, and many other included in the Smart Features Framework (SFF)
Software BCAM Driver, SDK Package, and SFF


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