AVT Bigeye
Technical Manual
Low-noise CCD camera with GigE interface and optional cooling
V2.2.0
30 April 2012
Allied Vision Technologies GmbH
Taschenweg 2a
D-07646 Stadtroda / Germany
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Contents
Contacting Allied Vision Technologies ................................................... 5
Introduction ............................................................................................................ 6
Document history............................................................................................................ 6
Manual overview ............................................................................................................. 8
Conventions used in this manual ........................................................................................ 8
Styles ....................................................................................................................... 8
Symbols .................................................................................................................... 9
Before operation............................................................................................................. 9
Safety warnings ............................................................................................................ 10
Conformity ..............................................................................................................11
CE .......................................................................................................................... 11
Specifications .......................................................................................................12
Bigeye P-132B .............................................................................................................. 12
Bigeye P-132B/C Cool / Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool.................................................................. 14
Bigeye P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool............................................................................... 16
Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool................................................................................................... 18
Spectral sensitivity ........................................................................................................ 20
Camera dimensions ..........................................................................................23
Bigeye P-132B .............................................................................................................. 23
Bigeye P-132B/C Cool and P-132B NIR Cool ........................................................................ 25
Bigeye P-629B Cool / NIR Cool ......................................................................................... 27
Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool................................................................................................... 29
Camera interfaces .............................................................................................31
Control junction............................................................................................................ 31
Camera I/O connector pin assignment (15-pin D-Sub jack)................................................ 31
Power supply (pin 1-4)............................................................................................... 33
Mode input (pin 9) .................................................................................................... 34
Trigger input (pin 10, 11) ........................................................................................... 35
Exposure output (pin 12, 13) ...................................................................................... 36
Line-sync output (pin 14) ........................................................................................... 37
Frame-sync output (pin 15) ........................................................................................ 38
GigE interface............................................................................................................... 39
Pin assignment of Gigabit Ethernet jack......................................................................... 39
Exposure control ...................................................................................................... 40
Mode setting............................................................................................................ 41
Binning .................................................................................................................. 42
Gain ....................................................................................................................... 43
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Appendix ..................................................................................................................44
GigE Vision feature description for AVT Bigeye cameras ......................................................... 44
DeviceInformation .................................................................................................... 44
ImageSizeControl ..................................................................................................... 45
AcquisitionControl .................................................................................................... 46
AnalogControls ........................................................................................................ 46
CameraSpecialFeatures .............................................................................................. 47
CameraSpecialFeatures\BackgroundCorrection............................................................... 47
Index...........................................................................................................................48
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Contacting Allied Vision Technologies
Contacting Allied Vision Technologies
Info
•
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Technical information:
http://www.alliedvisiontec.com
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Support:
support@alliedvisiontec.com
Allied Vision Technologies GmbH (Headquarters)
Taschenweg 2a
07646 Stadtroda, Germany
Tel.: +49 36428-677-0
Fax.: +49 36428-677-28
e-mail: info@alliedvisiontec.com
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101-3750 North Fraser Way
Burnaby, BC, V5J 5E9, Canada
Tel: +1 604-875-8855
Fax: +1 604-875-8856
e-mail: info@alliedvisiontec.com
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38 Washington Street
Newburyport, MA 01950, USA
Tel.: +1 978-225-2030
Fax: +1 978-225-2029
e-mail: info@alliedvisiontec.com
Allied Vision Technologies Asia Pte. Ltd.
82 Playfair Road
#07-02 D’Lithium
Singapore 368001
Tel: +65 6634-9027
Fax: +65 6634-902
e-mail: info@alliedvisiontec.com
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Introduction
Introduction
This Bigeye Technical Manual describes in depth the technical specifications,
dimensions, all pixel formats, bandwidth and frame rate related subjects.
Note
Please read through this manual carefully.

We assume that you have read already the How to install a GigE
camera (Bigeye/Pearleye/Goldeye) and that you have
installed the hardware and software on your PC or laptop (GigE
interface card, cables etc.).
http://www.alliedvisiontec.com/emea/support/downloads/
product-literature.html
Document history
Version
Date
Description
V2.0.0
03.11.11
New Bigeye Technical Manual
V2.1.0
23.01.12
Changed naming:
from Bigeye x-xxxx Solar Cool to Bigeye x-xxxx NIR Cool
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Chapter Bigeye P-132B/C Cool / Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool on
page 14
Chapter Bigeye P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool on page 16
Figure 3: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool on
page 21
Figure 4: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-629B Cool / P629B NIR Cool on page 21
Chapter Bigeye P-132B/C Cool and P-132B NIR Cool on
page 25ff.
Chapter Bigeye P-629B Cool / NIR Cool on page 27ff.
Chapter Camera I/O connector pin assignment (15-pin DSub jack) on page 31ff.
to be continued on next page
Table 1: Document history
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Introduction
Version
Date
Description
continued from last page
V2.1.0
23.01.12
Specifications data corrected
[continued]
[continued]
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Changed Power requirements and mass in Chapter
Specifications on page 12ff.
Added feature
•
Added Chapter
CameraSpecialFeatures\BackgroundCorrection on page 94
Changed values in Interface chapter
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Power supply values in Chapter Camera I/O connector pin
assignment (15-pin D-Sub jack) on page 31
Dropped 1.3 A (Power supply) in Figure 12: Camera I/O
connector pin assignment (Bigeye P-629B Cool/NIR Cool)
on page 32
Power supply values in Chapter Power supply (pin 1-4) on
page 33
Some minor corrections
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V2.2.0
30.04.12
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Changed values in Chapter Line-sync output (pin 14) on
page 37 and in Chapter Frame-sync output (pin 15) on page
38
Line instead of line in Figure 19: Frame-sync output (Bigeye
P-132) on page 38
Increased drawings for better readability in Chapter
Spectral sensitivity on page 20
Deleted uncooled camera photo on title page
Corrected frame rates for Bigeye P-629: see Chapter Bigeye
P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool on page 16
Added background correction for all Bigeye models: Chapter
Specifications on page 12ff.
Deleted binning and 1280 x 512 in frame rate feature in
Chapter Bigeye P-132B/C Cool / Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool on
page 14
Corrected wording: Stabilized to an absolute value of ... in
cooling feature in Chapter Specifications on page 12ff.
Added: adjustable in 658.29 μs steps (or 390.10 μs steps in
binning mode) in exposure time feature in Chapter Bigeye P629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool on page 16
Added: (rectangular, circle, ring, line) to analyze multiple
regions in smart features in Chapter Specifications on page
12ff.
Table 1: Document history
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Introduction
Manual overview
This manual overview outlines the contents of each chapter of this manual.
• Chapter Contacting Allied Vision Technologies on page 5 lists AVT contact
data (phone numbers and URLs) for both:
– Technical information / ordering
– Commercial information
• Chapter Introduction on page 6 (this chapter) gives you the document history, a manual overview (short description of each chapter) and conventions used in this manual (styles and symbols).
• Chapter Conformity on page 11 gives you information about conformity of
AVT cameras (CE, RoHS).
• Chapter Specifications on page 12 lists camera details and measured spectral sensitivity diagrams for each camera type.
• Chapter Camera dimensions on page 23 provides CAD drawings of standard housing models, tripod adapter.
• Chapter Camera interfaces on page 31 describes in general the inputs/
outputs of the cameras (incl. trigger features).
• Chapter Index on page 48 gives you quick access to all relevant data in
this manual.
Conventions used in this manual
To give this manual an easily understood layout and to emphasize important
information, the following typographical styles and symbols are used:
Styles
Style
Function
Example
Bold
Programs, inputs or highlighting bold
important things
Courier
Code listings etc.
Input
Upper case
Register
REGISTER
Italics
Modes, fields
Mode
Parentheses and/or blue
Links
(Link)
Table 2: Styles
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Introduction
Symbols
Note
This symbol highlights important information.
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Caution
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www
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This symbol highlights important instructions. You have to
follow these instructions to avoid malfunctions.
This symbol highlights URLs for further information. The URL
itself is shown in blue.
Example:
http://www.alliedvisiontec.com
Before operation
We place the highest demands for quality on our cameras.
Target group
This Technical Manual is the guide to detailed technical information of the
camera and is written for experts.
Note

Caution

Please read through this manual carefully before operating
the camera.
Before operating any AVT camera read the following safety
instructions and ESD warnings.
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Introduction
Safety warnings
Caution
Electrostatic discharge

The camera contains sensitive electronic components which
can be destroyed by means of electrostatic discharge.
Use sufficient grounding to minimize the risk of damage.
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Conformity
Conformity
Allied Vision Technologies declares under its sole responsibility that all standard cameras of the Bigeye family to which this declaration relates are in conformity with the following standard(s) or other normative document(s):
• CE, following the provisions of 2004/108/EG directive
• RoHS (2002/95/EC)
CE
We declare, under our sole responsibility, that the previously described Bigeye
cameras conform to the directives of the CE.
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Specifications
Specifications
Note
The warranty becomes void in case of unauthorized tampering
or any manipulations not approved by the manufacturer.
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Bigeye P-132B
Feature
Specification
Image device
Type 2/3, progressive scan, Sony ICX 285AL, interline transfer sensor (no
mechanical shutter required) EXView HAD
Effective chip size
8.26 mm (H) x 6.6 mm (V)
Cell size
6.45 μm x 6.45 μm
Picture size (max.)
1280 (H) x 1024 (V)
Lens mount
C-Mount
Pixel format
Mono8, Mono10, Mono12
Frame rate
up to 12.5 fps (full frame)
up to 25 fps (binning: 1280 x 512)
ADC
14 bits
Exposure time
100 μs ... 1000 seconds in 76.19 μs steps
Digital output
12 bit
I/Os
Two inputs (one optocoupled)
three outputs (one optocoupled)
Smart features
Vertical binning (1 x 2), switchable gain (+ 6 dB), continuous mode
(image acquisition with maximum frame rate), image-on-demand mode
(triggered image acquisition), background correction
With AVT AcquireControl: BCG LUT, auto contrast, auto brightness, analyze multiple regions within image, real-time statistics and histogram
Digital interface
IEEE 802.3 1000BASE-T (GigE Vision V1.2)
Power requirements
+ 12 V (+5 %), max. 0.85 A
Dimensions
89 mm x 90 mm x 71 mm (L x W x H);
incl. connectors, without tripod and lens
Mass
730 g (without lens)
Table 3: Specification Bigeye P-132B
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Specifications
Feature
Specification
Environmental air temperature 0 °C ... 35 °C
Regulations
CE, RoHS (2002/95/EC)
Table 3: Specification Bigeye P-132B
Note

The design and specifications for the products described above
may change without notice.
Note
•
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•
The right polarization of the 12 V supply voltage has to
be taken into consideration.
The warranty becomes void in case of unauthorized tampering or any manipulations not approved by the manufacturer.
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Specifications
Bigeye P-132B/C Cool / Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool
Feature
Specification
Image device
Type 2/3, progressive scan, Sony ICX 285AL, interline transfer sensor (no
mechanical shutter required) ExView HAD
Effective chip size
8.26 mm (H) x 6.6 mm (V)
Cell size
6.45 μm x 6.45 μm
Picture size (max.)
1280 (H) x 1024 (V)
Lens mount
C-Mount
ADC
14 bits
Pixel format
Mono8, Mono10, Mono12
Bigeye P-132C Cool: additional BayerGB8, BayerGB10, BayerGB12
Frame rate
up to 12.5 fps (full frame)
up to 25 fps (640 x 512)
Exposure time
100 μs ... 1000 seconds, adjustable in 76.19 μs steps
Cooling
Peltier cooling
Stabilized to an absoluet value of - 20 °C
(up to +25 °C ambient temperature)
Digital output
12 bit
I/Os
Two inputs (one optocoupled)
three outputs (one optocoupled)
Smart features
Binning (Cool: 1 x 2; NIR Cool: 2 x2) , Gain (+ 6 dB), continuous mode
(image acquisition with maximum frame rate), image-on-demand mode
(triggered image acquisition), background correction
With AVT AcquireControl: BCG LUT, auto contrast, auto brightness,
analyze multiple regions (rectangular, circle, ring, line) within image,
real-time statistics and histogram
Digital interface
IEEE 802.3 1000BASE-T (GigE Vision V1.2)
Power requirements
+ 12 V (+ 5 %), max. 2.8 A
Dimensions
111 mm x 90 mm x 99 mm (L x W x H);
incl. connectors, without tripod and lens
Mass
1340 g (without lens)
Operating temperature
0 °C ... 35 °C
Regulations
CE, RoHS (2002/95/EC)
Table 4: Specification Bigeye P-132B/C Cool, Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool
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Specifications
Note

The design and specifications for the products described above
may change without notice.
Note
•
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•
•
The right polarizat ion of the 12 V supply voltage has to
be taken into consideration.
The two hexagon socket screws (M 5) in the front plate
may in no case be loosened as otherwise the vacuum area
is getting leaky.
The warranty becomes void in case of unauthorized tampering or any manipulations not approved by the manufacturer.
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Specifications
Bigeye P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool
Feature
Specification
Image device
Type 35 mm, CCD progressive scan, Kodak KAF-6303E, full-frame transfer
sensor
Effective chip size
27.65 mm (H) x 18.43 mm (V)
Cell size
9.00 μm x 9.00 μm
Picture size (max.)
3072 (H) x 2048 (V)
Lens mount
F-Mount
Shutter
50 ms ... 30 min
(built-in electromechanical long-live shutter: min. 1 x 106 cycles)
Pixel format
Mono8, Mono10, Mono12, Mono14, Mono16
Frame rate
up to 0.67 fps (full frame)
up to 1.9 fps (binning: 1536 x 1024)
Readout time
1.35 s at 3072 x 2048
0.4 s at 1536 x 1024
Exposure time
50 ms ... 30 min, adjustable in 658.29 μs steps (or 390.10 μs steps in
binning mode)
Cooling
Peltier cooling
Stabilized to an absolute value of +5 °C
(up to +25 °C ambient temperature)
ADC
14 bit
Digital output
14 bit
I/Os
Two inputs (one optocoupled)
three outputs (one optocoupled)
Smart features
Binning (2 x 2), switchable gain (+ 6 dB),
continuous mode (image acquisition with maximum frame rate),
image-on-demand mode (triggered image acquisition), background
correction
With AVT AcquireControl: BCG LUT, auto contrast, auto brightness,
analyze multiple regions (rectangular, circle, ring, line) within image,
real-time statistics and histogram
Digital interface
IEEE 802.3 1000BASE-T (GigE Vision V1.2)
Power requirements
+ 12 V (+ 5 %), max. 2.8 A
Dimensions
141.75 mm x 90 mm x 109 mm (L x W x H); incl. connectors, without
tripod and lens
Mass
1460 g (without lens)
Table 5: Specification Bigeye P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool
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Specifications
Feature
Specification
Operating temperature
(ambient)
0 °C ... 35 °C
Regulations
CE, RoHS (2002/95/EC)
Table 5: Specification Bigeye P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool
Note

The design and specifications for the products described above
may change without notice.
Note
•
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•
The right polarization of the 12 V supply voltage has to
be taken into consideration.
The warranty becomes void in case of unauthorized tampering or any modifications not approved by the manufacturer.
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Specifications
Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool
Feature
Specification
Image device
Type 35 mm, CCD progressive scan, Kodak KAI11002, interline transfer
sensor (IT) (no mechanical shutter required) global shutter
Effective chip size
36.22 mm (H) x 24.12 mm (V)
Cell size
9.00 μm x 9.00 μm
Picture size (max.)
4024 (H) x 2680 (V)
Lens mount
F-Mount
Electronic shutter
Asynchronous up to 1/1000 s (image-on-demand), adjustable in 232 μs
steps
Pixel format
b/w: Mono8, Mono10, Mono12
color: Mono8, Mono10, Mono12, BayerRG8, BayerRG10, BayerRG12
Frame rate
up to 1.6 fps (full frame)
up to 3.2 fps (binning: 4024 x 1340)
Exposure time
1 ms ... 60 seconds, adjustable in 232.38 μs steps
Cooling
Peltier cooling
Stabilized to an absolute value of 0 °C
(up to +25 °C ambient temperature)
ADC
14 bit
Digital output
12 bit
I/Os
Two inputs (one optocoupled),
three outputs (one optocoupled)
Smart features
Vertical binning (1 x 2), switchable gain (+ 6 dB), continuous mode
(image acquisition with maximum frame rate), image-on-demand mode
(triggered image acquisition), background correction
With AVT AcquireControl: BCG LUT, auto contrast, auto brightness,
analyze multiple regions (rectangular, circle, ring, line) within image,
real-time statistics and histogram
Digital interface
IEEE 802.3 1000BASE-T (GigE Vision V1.2)
Power requirements
+ 12 V (+ 5 %), max. approx. 3.0 A
Dimensions
143 mm x 90 mm x 99 mm (L x W x H); incl. connectors, without tripod
and lens
Mass
1390 g (without lens)
Operating temperature
0 °C ... 40 °C
Regulations
CE, RoHS (2002/95/EC)
Table 6: Specification Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool
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Specifications
Note

The design and specifications for the products described above
may change without notice.
Note
•
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•
The right polarization of the 12 V supply voltage has to
be taken into consideration.
The warranty becomes void in case of unauthorized
tampering or any manipulations not approved by the
manufacturer.
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Specifications
Spectral sensitivity
Figure 1: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-132B / P-132B Cool
Figure 2: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-132C Cool
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Specifications
Figure 3: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool
Figure 4: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-629B Cool / P-629B NIR Cool
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Specifications
Figure 5: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-1100B Cool
Figure 6: Spectral sensitivity of Bigeye P-1100C Cool
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Camera dimensions
Camera dimensions
Bigeye P-132B
C-Mount
Connection
89
82
71
50
Ø90
UNC 1/4" UNC 1/4" M3
max. screw depth
7 mm 4,5 mm
3 mm
14
31
44
Gigabit Ethernet
connection
L2
71
L3
Power
L4
L5
Power / Control
connection
Ø90
Back view
Figure 7: Camera dimensions: Bigeye P-132B (front/side/back)
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Camera dimensions
LED
Color
Description
L2
Red
Camera is operational
L3
Red
Image-on-demand mode
Power
Green
Power indicator
L4
Red
Exposure input activity
L5
Red
Frame output activity
Table 7: Description of LEDs: Bigeye P-132B
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Camera dimensions
Bigeye P-132B/C Cool and P-132B NIR Cool
111
104
72
44
71
99
C-Mount Connection
Ø90
M6
7 mm
UNC 1/4"
UNC 1/4"
max. screw depth
7 mm
7 mm
M6
7 mm
12
31
53
66
Gigabit Ethernet
connection
Power / Control
connection
L2
L3
Power
L4
44
L5
Temp
Figure 8: Camera dimensions: Bigeye P-132B/C Cool and P-132B NIR Cool (front/side/back)
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Camera dimensions
LED
Color
Description
L2
Red
Camera is operational
L3
Red
Temperature state (same function as
Temp LED)
Power
Green
Power indicator
L4
Red
Exposure input activity
L5
Red
Frame output activity
Temp
Red
Indicates that cooling temperature
has not reached approx. -20 °C.
If this LED is permanently lit during
operation, then the temperature of
the camera might be too high: Check
the ambient temperature and ensure
unhindered air flow.
Table 8: Description of LEDs: Bigeye P-132B/C Cool and P-132B NIR Cool
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Camera dimensions
Bigeye P-629B Cool / NIR Cool
102,75
87
39
F-Mount Connection
71
109
40
Ø90
M6
UNC 1/4"
UNC 1/4"
max. screw depth
7 mm
7 mm
8 mm
M6
7 mm
12
32
31
53
37,5
82
Gigabit Ethernet
connection
Power / Control
connection
L2
L3
Power
L4
L5
44
R
M4 (4x)
depth 6mm
Temp
Figure 9: Camera dimensions: Bigeye P-629B Cool / NIR Cool (front/side/back)
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Camera dimensions
LED
Color
Description
L2
Red
Camera is operational
L3
Red
Temperature state (same function as
Temp LED)
Power
Green
Power indicator
L4
Red
Exposure input activity
L5
Red
Frame output activity
Temp
Red
Indicates that cooling temperature
has not reached approx. +5 °C.
If this LED is permanently lit during
operation, then the temperature of
the camera might be too high: Check
the ambient temperature and ensure
unhindered air flow.
Table 9: Description of LEDs: Bigeye P-629B Cool and Bigeye P-629B NIR Cool
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Camera dimensions
Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool
143
136
104
71
99
72
Ø90
F-Mount Connection
M6
7 mm
UNC 1/4"
UNC 1/4"
max. screw depth
7 mm
7 mm
M6
7 mm
12
31
53
66
Gigabit Ethernet
connection
Power / Control
connection
L2
L3
Power
L4
44
L5
Temp
Figure 10: Camera dimensions: Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool (front/side/back)
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Camera dimensions
LED
Color
Description
L2
Red
Camera is operational
L3
Red
Image-on-demand mode
Power
Green
Power indicator
L4
Red
Exposure input activity
L5
Red
Frame output activity
Temp
Red
Indicates that cooling temperature
has not reached approx. 0 °C.
If this LED is permanently lit during
operation, then the temperature of
the camera might be too high: Check
the ambient temperature and ensure
unhindered air flow.
Table 10: Description of LEDs: Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool
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Camera interfaces
Camera interfaces
This chapter gives you information on the control junction, inputs and outputs
and trigger features.
www
For accessories like cables see:

http://www.alliedvisiontec.com/emea/products/
accessories/gige-accessories.html
Control junction
Camera I/O connector pin assignment (15-pin
D-Sub jack)
This jack is intended for the power supply as well as for controlling the camera
by the user.
Bigeye P-132B / P-132B Cool / P-132B NIR Cool
Pin Signal
Direction Level
1
2
Description
Power supply
External Power
+12 V DC
max. 0.85 A for P-132B NIR Cool
max. 2.8 A for P-132B Cool and
P-132 NIR Cool
3
4
External GND
5
---
Reserved
6
---
Reserved
7
RXD
In
RS232
Serial control
8
TXD
Out
RS232
Serial control
9
Mode input
+
12V, 20 mA max.
Internal pull-up resistor
12V, 20 mA max.
Optocoupler input
12V, 20 mA max.
Optocoupler output
14 Line-sync output Out
5 V (at no load)
Active low
15 Frame-sync
output
5 V (at no load)
Active low
10
11
12
13
Trigger input
Exposure output
+
+
Out
Figure 11: Camera I/O connector pin assignment (Bigeye P-132B/Cool/NIR Cool)
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Camera interfaces
This jack is intended for the power supply as well as for controlling the camera
by the user.
Bigeye P-629B Cool/NIR Cool
Pin Signal
1
2
3
4
Direction Level
External Power
+12 V DC
Description
Power supply
max. 2.8 A
External GND
5
---
Reserved
6
---
Reserved
7
RXD
In
RS232
Serial control
8
TXD
Out
RS232
Serial control
9
Mode input
+
12 V, 20 mA max.
Internal pull-up resistor
12 V, 20 mA max.
Optocoupler input
12 V, 20 mA max.
Optocoupler output
14 Line-sync output Out
5 V (at no load)
Active low
15 Frame-sync
output
5 V (at no load)
Active low
10
11
12
13
Trigger input
Exposure output
+
+
Out
Figure 12: Camera I/O connector pin assignment (Bigeye P-629B Cool/NIR Cool)
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This jack is intended for the power supply as well as for controlling the camera
by the user.
Bigeye P-1100B Cool / P-1100C Cool
Pin Signal
1
2
3
4
Direction Level
External Power
+12 V DC
Description
Power supply
max. 3.0 A
External GND
5
---
Reserved
6
---
Reserved
7
RXD
In
RS232
Serial control
8
TXD
Out
RS232
Serial control
9
Mode input
+
12V, 20 mA max.
Internal pull-up resistor
12V, 20 mA max.
Optocoupler input
12V, 20 mA max.
Optocoupler output
14 Line-sync output Out
5 V (at no load)
Active low
15 Frame-sync
output
5 V (at no load)
Active low
10
11
12
13
Trigger input
Exposure output
+
+
Out
Figure 13: Camera I/O connector pin assignment (Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool)
Power supply (pin 1-4)
Bigeye P-132B/C (NIR) Cool
The camera requires 12 V +5% at a current capacity of maximum 2.8 A.
After attaining the end cooling temperature (- 20 °C) the current capacity goes
down to approx. 1.1 ... 1.5 A. The exact value also depends on the ambient temperature of the camera.
Bigeye P-629B/C (NIR) Cool
The camera requires 12 V +5% at a current capacity of maximum 2.8 A.
After attaining the end cooling temperature (+5 °C) the current capacity goes
down to approx. 0.8 ... 1.2 A. The exact value also depends on the ambient temperature of the camera.
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Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool
The camera requires 12 V +5% at a current capacity of maximum 3.0 A.
After attaining the end cooling temperature (0 °C) the current capacity goes
down to approx. 1.2 ... 1.6 A. The exact value also depends on the ambient temperature of the camera.
Mode input (pin 9)
The mode input provides a method for switching the camera between different
exposure control modes using an externally applied signal.
The indiviual function depends on the camera variant. The GigE Vision feature
AcquisitionControl/TriggerMode can be used to switch the mode via software.
Bigeye P-132
Note
•

•
For more information see Chapter Mode setting on page
41.
The active state (externally low or TriggerMode = On) is
dominant, thus image-on-demand mode is active, if one
of either settings is.
The mode input switches between the continuous free-running operation with
fixed 80 ms exposure time on the one hand and the image-on-demand mode
(IOD) on the other hand.
For long-term exposures the image-on-demand mode (IOD mode) generally has
to be activated. As a cooling of the sensor is only advantageous at longer exposure times, the cooling is generally only activated in the IOD mode. In the continuous mode the cooling is switched off. This feature allows to reduce the
power consumption of the camera during standby. After re-enabling the IOD
mode a cooling time of approx. 4 – 5 minutes is needed.
Input pin 9:
Bigeye P-629
open (or TTL high)
 continuous operation (cooling off)
GND (or TTL low)
 image-on-demand (cooling active)
This camera variant is always in image-on-demand mode and does not support
continuous mode. Instead, this signal controls the behavior of the mechanical
shutter.
The shutter is automatically closed during the read-out of the sensor, in order
that no smear will take place. In case a pulsed light source is used, the shutter
needs not to be closed. This can be forced by the corresponding mode setting.
Input pin 9:
Bigeye P-1100
open (or TTL high)
 shutter permanently open
GND (or TTL low)
 shutter closed during image output
The mode input switches between the continuous free-running operation with
fixed 635 ms exposure time on the one hand and the image-on-demand mode
(IOD mode) on the other hand.
For long-term exposures the image-on-demand mode (IOD mode) generally has
to be activated. As a cooling of the sensor is only advantageous at longer exposure times, the cooling is generally only activated in the IOD mode. In the con-
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tinuous mode the cooling is switched off. This feature allows to reduce the
power consumption of the camera during standby. After re-enabling the IOD
mode a cooling time of approx. 4 – 5 minutes is needed.
After switching to image-on-demand mode a break of at least 635 ms has to
occur before the first image exposure can take place.
Input pin 9:
open (or TTL high)
 continuous operation (cooling off)
GND (or TTL low)
 image-on-demand (cooling active)
Trigger input (pin 10, 11)
This input allows control of the electronic or electromechanical shutter by an
externally applied signal. It is necessary to switch the camera into image-ondemand mode to enable direct exposure control.
Note
For more information on image-on-demand mode: see Chapter
Mode setting on page 41.

The signal is level-sensitive, thus the HIGH duration directly dictates the exposure time of the camera.
Figure 14: Trigger input diagram
The current through the opto coupler (1) should be greater than 1 mA and not
exceed 20 mA:
5 … 12V (HIGH)
Active exposure (only valid during IOD mode)
<0.8 V (LOW)
Inactive (falling edge starts frame output)
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Exposure output (pin 12, 13)
Figure 15: Exposure output
Caution

Bigeye P-132
The current which flows through the optocoupler should not
exceed 20 mA (at 12 V Rv  600 ).
The exposure output indicates the active exposure time of the sensor.
Usage: synchronize an external strobe light source.
At the end of the exposure this output stays active approx. 76 μs (1 line) longer
than the real exposure. The active exposure is indicated in the image-ondemand operation also by the LED L4 on the backside of the camera. For using
the exposure output an external resistor Rv according to the drawing has to be
applied.
After the end of image exposure the 1024 active lines of the image are transmitted. This image output is displayed by LED L5 at the backside of the camera.
Bigeye P-629
The exposure output indicates the active exposure time of the sensor.
Usage: synchronize an external strobe light source.
At the end of the exposure this output stays active approx. 658 μs (1 line) longer than the real exposure. The active exposure is indicated in the image-ondemand operation also by the LED L4 on the backside of the camera. For using
the exposure output an external resistor Rv according to the drawing has to be
applied.
After the end of image exposure the 2048 active lines of the image are transmitted. This image output is displayed by LED L5 at the backside of the camera.
Bigeye P-1100
The exposure output indicates the active exposure time of the sensor.
Usage: synchronize an external strobe light source.
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At the end of the exposure this output stays active approx. 232 μs (1 line) longer than the real exposure. The active exposure is indicated in the image-ondemand operation also by the LED L4 on the backside of the camera. For using
the exposure output an external resistor Rv according to the drawing has to be
applied.
After the end of image exposure the 2680 active lines of the image are transmitted. This image output is displayed by LED L5 at the backside of the camera.
Line-sync output (pin 14)
6 μs
Bigeye P-132
5 Vss (no-load operation)
76.19 μs
Figure 16: Line-sync output (Bigeye P-132)
The line-sync output (active low) supplies approx. 1200 mV at a termination
with 75 .
Bigeye P-629
5 μs
5 Vss (no-load operation)
658.286 μs / 390.095 μs
Figure 17: Line-sync output (Bigeye P-629)
The line-sync output (active low) supplies approx. 900 mV at a termination with
75 .
5 μs
Bigeye P-1100
5 Vss (no-load operation)
232.381 μs
Figure 18: Line-sync output (Bigeye P-1100)
The line-sync output (active low) supplies approx. 1200 mV at a termination
with 75 .
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Frame-sync output (pin 15)
Bigeye P-132
The frame-sync output is only active in continuous operation.
1 line = 76.19 μs
5 Vss (no-load operation)
80 ms
1050 lines
(40 ms / 525 lines)
Figure 19: Frame-sync output (Bigeye P-132)
The frame-sync output (active low) supplies approx. 1200 mV at a termination
with 75 .
Bigeye P-629
The frame-sync output becomes active at the beginning of an image output.
1 line = 658.286 μs (390.095 μs for binning mode)
5 Vss (no-load operation)
1379.767 ms / 2096 lines
(424.424 ms / 1088 lines)
Figure 20: Frame-sync output (Bigeye P-629)
The frame-sync-output (active low) supplies approx. 900 mV at a termination
with 75 .
Bigeye P-1100
The frame-sync output is only active in continuous operation.
1 line = 232.381 μs
5 Vss (no-load operation)
634.865 ms / 2732 lines
(317.432 ms / 1366 lines)
Figure 21: Line-sync output (Bigeye P-1100)
The frame-sync-output (active low) supplies approx. 1200 mV at a termination
with 75 .
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GigE interface
The Bigeye cameras are equipped with a 1000Base-T Ethernet interface. The
data connection between camera and PC can be established via a standard
CAT5e patch cable to a 1000Base-T compatible Ethernet adapter card.
To control the Bigeye cameras use the AVT AcquireControl software or any GigE
Vision V1.2 compliant 3rd party software package.
Pin assignment of Gigabit Ethernet jack
The Bigeye P-008/032 cameras are equipped with a 1000Base-T Ethernet interface (RJ-45 connector). The data connection between camera and PC can be
established via a standard CAT5e patch cable.
Note

For more information see the Pleora iPORT PT1000-VB
Documentation.
Figure 22: Front view of the Gigabit Ethernet jack
Pin
Signal
1
D1+
2
D1–
3
D2+
4
D3+
5
D3-
6
D2-
7
D4+
8
D4–
Table 11: GigE jack: pin assignment
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Exposure control
Exposure time and dark time can be controlled using the features from the
branch AcquisitionControl of the GigE Vision feature tree.
tbd: More detailed explanation of timing constraints (regarding frame rate and
exposure time) of the individual camera models.
AcquisitionControl
Description
Feature
AcquisitionMode
This feature controls the acquisition mode of the software. This
feature works independently (!) of the chosen camera mode
(Continuous, IOD hardware trigger, IOD hardware timer). It
describes how many frames should be acquired.
AcquisitionStart
Starts the image acquisition of the camera.
AcquisitionStop
Stops the image acquisition of the camera.
TriggerMode
Modifies the trigger mode of the camera. When the trigger mode
is “Off”, the camera will generate frames independently. When
the trigger mode is “On” the camera is switched to the so called
IOD (Image On Demand) mode. In this mode the camera waits for
an external trigger signal or an timer pulse generated internally.
To control exposure and dark time trigger mode must be switched
to “On”.
ExposureMode
Start or stop the internal exposure signal timer.
ExposureTime
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in microseconds).
ExposureTimeAbs
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in microseconds).
ExposureTimeGranularity
Exposure time granularity
ExposureTimeAbsMs
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in milliseconds).
DarkTime
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in microseconds).
DarkTimeAbs
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in microseconds).
DarkTimeGranularity
Dark time granularity
DarkTimeAbsMs
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in milliseconds).
Table 12: Camera standard feature: AcquisitionControl
Note

Bigeye P-132, Bigeye P-1100: The TriggerMode feature has to
be set to On and the timer has to be enabled via ExposureMode
in order to control the exposure.
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Note

Bigeye P-629: The timer has to be enabled via the
ExposureMode feature in order to control the exposure. Set the
TriggerMode feature to On if the electromechanical shutter
operation is needed, otherwise it will stay permanently open.
Beside the internal exposure control capabilities also direct exposure control
by an externally applied signal is possible. In this case the ExposureMode has
to be configured to Off to deactivate the internal timer.
Mode setting
The GigE Vision feature AcquisitionControl/TriggerMode setting provides a
method for switching the camera between different exposure control modes.
The individual function depends on the camera variant.
The Mode input (pin 9) can be used to control this setting using an external signal.
Note

Note

For more information see Chapter Mode input (pin 9) on page
34.
The active state (externally low at pin 9 or TriggerMode = On) is
dominant, thus image-on-demand is active if one of either settings is.
Camera
TriggerMode
Description
Bigeye P-132B
On
Image-on-demand mode.
Exposure control via ExposureTime and DarkTime features
(ExposureMode = Timed) or externally (ExposureMode = Off).
Bigeye P-132x Cool
Off
Continuous mode with fixed exposure time and frame rate.
On
Image-on-demand mode.
Peltier cooling active.
Exposure control via ExposureTime and DarkTime features
(ExposureMode = Timed) or externally (ExposureMode = Off).
Off
Continuous mode with fixed exposure time and frame rate.
Peltier cooling inactive (power saving).
Table 13: TriggerMode
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Camera
TriggerMode
Description
Bigeye P-629
On
Image-on-demand mode.
Electromechanical shutter enabled.
Exposure control via ExposureTime and DarkTime features
(ExposureMode = Timed) or externally (ExposureMode = Off).
Off
Image-on-demand mode.
Electromechanical shutter always open.
Exposure control via ExposureTime and DarkTime features
(ExposureMode = Timed) or externally (ExposureMode = Off).
Bigeye P-1100
On
Image-on-deman mode.
Peltier cooling active.
Exposure control via ExposureTime and DarkTime features
(ExposureMode = Timed) or externally (ExposureMode = Off).
Off
Continuous mode with fixed exposure time and frame rate.
Peltier cooling inactive (power saving).
Table 13: TriggerMode
Binning
Each Bigeye camera variant supports one distinct binning configuration (either
1 x 2 or 2 x 2) which can be switched on or off.
This is controlled using the GigE Vision features BinningVertical and
BinningHorizontal from the ImageSizeControl branch of the feature tree.
In the case of 2 x 2 binning the two features are coupled. This if one of
BinningVertical or BinningHorizontal is changed, the counterpart is
automatically changed, too.
Feature
ImageSizeControl
Description
BinningHorizontal
Number of horizontal photo-sensitive cell pixels to combine
together. This increases the intensity (or signal-to-noise ratio)
of the pixels and reduces the horizontal resolution (width) of
the image.
BinningVertical
Number of vertical photo-sensitive cell pixels to combine
together. This increases the intensity (or signal-to-noise ratio)
of the pixels and reduces the vertical resolution (height) of the
image.
Table 14: Camera standard feature: ImageSizeControl
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Gain
Use the GigE Vision feature Gain from the feature branch AnalogControls to
change the analog gain setting.
Value 1 selects 0 dB gain and Value 2 switches to +6 dB gain.
Feature
Gain
AnalogControls
Description
This feature controls the selected gain as a raw integer value.
Table 15: Camera standard feature: AnalogControls
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Appendix
GigE Vision feature description for AVT Bigeye
cameras
DeviceInformation
Feature
Description
DeviceModeName
Name of the attached camera model.
DeviceID
Unique 32 bit device ID of the AVT camera model.
DeviceUserID
User ID field. This field can be accessed (R/W) by the user to store
an additional device identifier.
DeviceScanType
This feature specifies the scan type of the sensor (Areascan or
Linescan).
Table 16: Standard: DeviceInformation
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ImageSizeControl
Feature
Description
SensorWidth
Maximum width of the sensor in pixels.
SensorHeight
Maximum height of the sensor in pixels.
WidthMax
This feature represents the maximum width (in pixels) of the
image after horizontal binning, decimation or any other function
changing the horizontal dimensions of the image.
HeightMax
This feature represents the maximum height (in pixels) of the
image after vertical binning, decimation or any other function
changing the vertical dimensions of the image.
Width
This feature represents the actual image width expelled by the
camera (in pixels).
Height
This feature represents the actual image height expelled by the
camera (in pixels).
OffsetX
This feature represents the horizontal offset from the origin to
the AOI (in pixels).
OffsetY
This feature represents the vertical offset from the origin to the
AOI (in pixels).
BinningHorizontal
Number of horizontal photo-sensitive cells to combine together.
This increases the intensity (or signal-to-noise ratio) of the
pixels and reduces the horizontal resolution (width) of the
image.
BinningVertical
Number of vertical photo-sensitive cells to combine together.
This increases the intensity (or signal-to-noise ratio) of the
pixels and reduces the vertical resolution (height) of the image.
DecimationHorizontal
Not applicable
DecimationVertical
Not applicable
PixelFormat
List with all available pixel formats of the camera, e.g. MONO12.
TestImageSelector
Enables or disables the internal test image generator of the
camera.
Table 17: Camera standard feature: ImageSizeControl
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AcquisitionControl
Feature
Description
AcquisitionMode
This feature controls the acquisition mode of the software. This
feature works independently (!) of the chosen camera mode
(Continuous, IOD hardware trigger, IOD hardware timer). It
describes how many frames should be acquired.
AcquisitionStart
Starts the image acquisition of the camera.
AcquisitionStop
Stops the image acquisition of the camera.
TriggerMode
Modifies the trigger mode of the camera. When the trigger mode
is “Off”, the camera will generate frames independently. When
the trigger mode is “On” the camera is switched to the so called
IOD (image-on-demand) mode. In this mode the camera waits
for an external trigger signal or an timer pulse generated
internally. To control exposure and dark time, trigger mode must
be switched to “On”.
ExposureMode
Start or stop the internal exposure signal timer.
ExposureTime
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in microseconds).
ExposureTimeAbs
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in microseconds).
ExposureTimeGranularity
Exposure time granularity.
ExposureTimeAbsMs
This feature is used to set the Exposure time (in milliseconds).
DarkTime
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in microseconds).
DarkTimeAbs
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in microseconds).
DarkTimeGranularity
Dark time granularity.
DarkTimeAbsMs
This feature is used to set the Dark time (in milliseconds).
Table 18: Camera standard feature: AcquisitionControl
AnalogControls
Feature
Description
Gain
This feature controls the selected gain as a raw integer value.
Table 19: Camera standard feature: AnalogControls
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CameraSpecialFeatures
This feature is not available for Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool and Bigeye P-132B.
Feature
Description
CameraTemperatureState
Camera temperature state.
0 = The camera temperature is OK.
1 = The camera temperature is outside the optimum range.
CameraTemperatureStateReg
Camera temperature state register.
QueryCameraTemperatureState
Query camera temperature state.
Table 20: Camera special feature: Camera temperature
CameraSpecialFeatures\BackgroundCorrection
This feature is available for all Bigeye models.
Feature
Description
BGC_OperationMode
Operation mode of the background correction.
(U=<value> command)
While reading this feature the MSB shows the state of the
integration process.
(0=Idle, 1=Busy)
BGC_OffsetValue
Offset value for the background correction.
(M=<value> command)
Table 21: Camera special feature: BackgroundCorrection
Feature
Description
BGC_StartIntegration_1
Save the next frame as background image (l=0 command)
BGC_StartIntegration_4
Integrate the next 4 frames and store the result as background
image (l=1 command).
Table 22: Camera special feature: BackgroundCorrection
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Index
A
G
AcquisitionControl............................... 40, 46
AnalogControls ........................................ 46
Gain.................................................. 43, 46
Gigabit Ethernet jack................................. 39
GigE interface .......................................... 39
GigE jack pin assignment............................ 39
GigE Vision
feature description.............................. 44
B
BGC_OffsetValue ...................................... 47
BGC_OperationMode ................................. 47
BGC_StartIntegration_1 ............................ 47
BGC_StartIntegration_4 ............................ 47
Binning .................................................. 42
BinningHorizontal .................................... 45
BinningVertical ........................................ 45
I
ImageSizeControl ................................ 42, 45
I/O connector .......................................... 31
L
C
camera dimensions .....................23, 25, 27, 29
camera interfaces ..................................... 31
CameraSpecialFeatures .............................. 47
CameraTemperatureState ........................... 47
CameraTemperatureStateReg ...................... 47
CE.......................................................... 11
Conformity .............................................. 11
Contacting ................................................ 5
Control junction ....................................... 31
D
declaration of conformity ........................... 11
DeviceInformation .................................... 44
document history ....................................... 6
E
Exposure control ...................................... 40
Exposure output .........................31, 32, 33, 36
External GND ................................. 31, 32, 33
External Power............................... 31, 32, 33
Legal notice .............................................. 2
Line-sync output ........................31, 32, 33, 37
M
Mode input.............................................. 34
Mode input (pin 9).................................... 41
Mode setting ........................................... 41
P
Pin assignment
Gigabit Ethernet jack ........................... 39
PoE........................................................ 12
Power supply ........................................... 33
Q
QueryCameraTemperatureState ................... 47
R
RJ-45..................................................... 39
RoHS (2002/95/EC) .................................. 11
F
S
FCC Class B .............................................. 11
Frame-sync output......................31, 32, 33, 38
Specifications
Bigeye P-1100B/C Cool ........................ 18
Bigeye P-132B.................................... 12
Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool........................ 14
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Bigeye P-132B/C Cool .......................... 14
Bigeye P-629B Cool ............................. 16
Bigeye P-629B NIR Cool........................ 16
specifications .......................................... 12
Spectral sensitivity ................................... 20
Bigeye P-1100B Cool ........................... 22
Bigeye P-1100C Cool............................ 22
Bigeye P-132B.................................... 20
Bigeye P-132B Cool ............................. 20
Bigeye P-132B NIR Cool........................ 21
Bigeye P-132C .................................... 20
Bigeye P-132C Cool ............................. 20
Bigeye P-629B Cool ............................. 21
Bigeye P-629B NIR Cool........................ 21
styles ....................................................... 8
Support .................................................... 5
symbols .................................................8, 9
T
Technical information.................................. 5
Trigger input .............................31, 32, 33, 35
TriggerMode ............................................ 41
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