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.