Each model of camera is based on a sensor and electronics package and has a number of configuration options that include:
Target market and application;
Type of sensor (CMOS or CCD);
Resolution, pixel size, sensor size and speed;
FireWire, GigE, USB2.0 or USB3.0 interfaces;
Standard or right-angle enclosures or no enclosure at all (board level); and
Any special options specific to certain sensors.
Our product numbers are a simple combination of these options as follows:
Examples: PL-B741EF-R, PL-B955HU-BL
PL-: Each model starts with "PL-" to identify it as a Pixelink product.
B, D, E or H: We then add a series identifier which characterises the camera electronics and feature set. We currently have three series identifiers: B, D and E. PL-D series cameras provide a USB 3.0 interface. The B series expands on the A series with a modular architecture and the addition of a USB2.0 and GigE interface. The E series is a low-cost camera with reduced functionality and the H series is high resolution cameras.
400, 500, 600, 700, 800 or 900: The next three numbers identify the application area, sensor type and features. For PL-B cameras, the main families of cameras are:
- The 400 family represents CMOS microscopy cameras;
- The 500 family represents CMOS industrial cameras;
- The 600 family represents CMOS microscopy cameras;
- The 700 family represents CMOS industrial cameras;
- The 800 family represents CCD microscopy cameras; and
- The 900 family represents CCD industrial cameras.
C or M: Some cameras use C or M to indicate color or monochrome sensors. For some PL-B industrial cameras, this is part of the sensor type and feature code.
E: Some sensors have variants with extended IR sensitivity. If this option is included, the E is added following the family number. With PL-D cameras you may instead see NIR added, for example: PL-D734MU-NIR.
H: Some sensors have variants with higher speed pixel clocks but otherwise similar features. The H indicates the high speed model.
F, G, U or nothing: On the PL-B and PL-H series, the interface type is represented with an F for FireWire, G for Gigabit Ethernet or U for USB. The PL-A series is FireWire only and requires no code. GigE is available on industrial cameras only.
-: A hyphen to separate the camera type from the physical configuration codes.
CS, S or nothing: CS is used to indicate a CS mount and S is used to indicate an S mount. Otherwise, a standard C mount is used. CS mounts are stamped with the letters "CS" to distinguish them from regular C mounts.
R or BL or nothing: For industrial cameras only, the physical configuration of the camera follows the product number with a code of:
- R for right-angle which is useful in places where space is limited.
- BL for board level electronics. Board level cameras are intended for qualified OEMs who enclose the cameras in their own equipment. They require special handling to protect them from static electricity.
- The lack of a R or BL code indicates the standard configuration.