Chimaera Mk2 - SubC Imaging

Chimaera Mk2 - SubC Imaging
Chimaera Mk2
Deep Water Photography
Having a large sensor allows more photons per pixel – very important for underwater
imagery. This camera has the largest sensor underwater, 35mm Full Frame 24.3
Megapixel, for very detailed photos with a base ISO 2500. This camera features the
ability to transfer stills over Ethernet as they are taken.
The standard model has built in HD video recording, live SD video, Strobe output,
green reference lasers, Ethernet downloading/control, and 512GB of storage. It is
capable of full resolution continuous photos at 5fps. The camera also include a built in
X and Z tilt sensor overlay.
Options include a 12 Megapixel low light sensor, a 36 Megapixel sensor, SD video long
line driver, Manual voltage Input controls, and Custom Event Inputs.
Available options: Ethernet video, 5x optical zoom.
For additional information Contact SubC or your local distributor.
Custom product configurations are available.
Newfoundland, Canada
+1 709-702-0395 www.SubCImaging.com
Sensor: Full Frame CMOS (36 x 24mm)
Max Video Record: 1920 x 1080 (24/60i/60p)
Max Photo Rate: 5fps [Speed Priority]
Max Video Bitrate: 50Mbps
Viewport: Scratch resistant sapphire
Dimensions: 318.16 x Ø145 mm
(without connectors)
Control: RS232, RS485 and Ethernet
ISO Range: 50 – 25600
Still Resolutions: 5, 6, 10, 12, 24, 36
Memory: 512GB
View angle: 57.5 degrees
Version 3e
2015-08
Chimaera Mk2
Technical Specifications
Weight in Water: 3Kg
Depth Rating: 4000m Anodized Aluminum
View Angle: 55 degrees
Control: RS232, RS485 and Ethernet
Weight in Air: 8Kg
Window Material (Flat): Sapphire
Focusing System: Manual, Auto, DMF
Voltage Range: 15 – 32Vdc
Max Power: 13.5Watts when recording HD video. If using an LED, 67.5Watts
Live HD Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 @ 59.97i, 1920 x 1080 @ 59.97p (HDC or HDF)
Operating Temperature(Air): 0ºC-6hrs, 10ºC-3hrs, 20ºC-1.5hrs, 30ºC-30mins
* In water runtimes are continuous up to water temperature of 25ºC
Pin Corrosion Prevention:
Water should not be allowed to contact the pins on the bulkheads. When not in
use, use dummy plugs. If water touches the pins, use contact cleaner and
compressed air to remove the water.
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MC-BH-6-F
[Serial]
MC-BH-8-M
[Ethernet]
MC-BH-5-F
[LED/Laser]
1
GND
GND
GND
2
PWR
PWR
PWR
Composite
Laser TTL
3
4
Composite
232 Rx
0-5v Dim
5
232 Tx / 485-
Ethernet Tx+
LED Strobe
6
232 Rx / 485+
Ethernet Tx-
7
Ethernet Rx+
8
Ethernet Rx-
SubC Info
Please read this manual carefully before setting-up and using your unit. The
electronic version of this document is the controlled copy. Therefore all
printed versions of this document are uncontrolled.
There are three(3) documents in addition to this manual that will increase
understanding:
1.
For Technical Support, contact your local agent or SubC
Control:
Telephone
Fax
+ 1 (709) 702-0395
+ 1 (866) 571-1265
Email
Internet
support@subccontrol.com
www.SubCControl.com
Mail
SubC Control Ltd
317 Memorial Drive
Clarenville, NL Canada
A5A 1R7
SubC Smart Camera Manual which was provided on the USB stick. It
contains important info for setting up your camera
2.
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SubC Underwater Photography Guide latest version is always
available at the link. A version was also on the USB stick that shipped
with your product
3.
The original Sony manual for the camera unit, which is also on the USB
stick provided. It contains advanced information about the menu
system and also the on screen display.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to
the presence of important operating and
safety instructions in the literature
accompanying the system.
SubC Control Limited reserves the right to change, modify and update designs and
specifications as part of their ongoing product development program.
Quick Start Chimaera Mk2
[Serial Control, Ethernet Download]
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Updated manuals and software are on the supplied USB stick. They are also
available by emailing support@subcimaging.com
Required Components
Camera
SubC Interface Box
Computer
Power cable
TV, DVR or Capture device
RCA video cable
Cat5e Ethernet Cable, RS232 or RS485 USB Device
SD Video
Ethernet
USB to 232
Interface
Box
Power
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Install the software following the SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 3
Connect the Camera to Interface Box
Connect the interface box to a Computer with a Cat5e cable
(note: the camera Ethernet device and Computer have to be configured for
static IPv4 for this to work. See instructions in Section 6 )
Connect the USB to 232 cable to the PC and Interface box with db9
connector
Connect the interface box to a TV or Capture device via Video cable
Power on the interface box
To operate the camera follow help tooltips within the software
Once confirmed operational, go to SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 7
Warning: Observe operating temperatures when running unit in air. This
is an underwater camera.
Quick Start Chimaera Mk2
[Ethernet Control and Download]
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Updated manuals and software are on the supplied USB stick. They are also
available by emailing support@subcimaging.com
Required Components
Camera
SubC Interface Box
Computer
Power cable
TV, DVR or Capture device
RCA video cable
Cat5e Ethernet Cable
SD Video
Ethernet
1.
2.
3.
Interface
Box
Power
4.
5.
6.
7.
Install the software following the SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 3
Connect the Camera to Interface Box
Connect the interface box to a Computer with a Cat5e cable
(note: the camera Ethernet device and Computer have to be configured for
static IPv4 for this to work. See instructions in Section 6 )
Connect the interface box to a TV or Capture device via Video cable
Power on the interface box
To operate the camera follow help tooltips within the software
Once confirmed operational, go to SubC Smart Camera Manual, Section 7
SubC equipment is designed to work a various depth ratings on un-manned
vehicles. Designs are tested to their full pressure rating. Production units are
pressure tested to a nominal rating to ensure no leaks. If using our equipment on
vehicles which contain humans, you do so at your own discretion. Manned
submersibles require equipment to have additional pressure testing to ensure
safety
How to use the camera
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Lighting: Adjust lighting conditions of system. Turn the LED On if more light is
required. Make sure the Strobe Power is on Full brightness by adjusting
Camera Mode:
○
If shooting a moving scene, set to Shutter mode.
○
If shooting a stationary object or the system is not moving, set to
Aperture mode.
○
Intelligent Auto works well for most conditions. Full manual is
recommended for experts.
ISO: Start with a value of 200. Increase ISO only if not enough lighting is
available. Decrease ISO if there is too much light.
Shutter speed: If target is moving, high shutter speed is necessary. High shutter
speeds require more light.
Aperture: Higher values mean sharper images but require more light. Higher
values also increase depth of field. Lower values let more light onto the sensor.
Focus:
○
If moving through water column, manual focus may be necessary. Click
the Focus “Type” button, set to MF. Use Focus “Setting” button to digital
zoom for focus sharpness assistance.
○
If shooting a static object, Auto focus may be ideal. If the water is very
turbid with a lot of dirt, then auto focus may get lost “hunting”; set to
MF.
Test and Review: Take test images. Review images to determine if settings are
correct for the scene. Use Review zoom to determine sharpness of images.
Save Settings: Advanced->Save settings if the same settings are required after
Power off/on
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How to use the camera (continued)
Scenario: Drop camera system, with distance of camera to seabed of 1 - 1.5m.
System almost stationary while taking images. After tank testing, it was found
that the Mk2 has much flexibility in this setup. Camera settings:
Camera mode: Manual
LED Strobe Power: 100%
LED Pre-illumination: OFF (only need pre-illumination with AUTO modes)
Manual focus: set to approx 2m - since the Flat port has a magnification of 1.33x
Aperture: f6.3 - f8
ISO: 400 - 1000
Shutter Speed: 1/60 - 1/125
Manual Focus
If the underwater shot requires a fixed distance to an object, manual focus is
necessary - this can be set in air if required.
1.
The camera is set to Manual Focus by hitting the Focus “Type” button
2.
Set a target up at the required distance - apply a 1.33x magnification to
the focus distance to account for the flat port 3m in water = 4m in air
3.
Use the Focus “MF Zoom” tool to really dial in the focus exactly. This
can be set to stay ON from the Menu, it is called MF Assist.
4.
Adjust focus Near or Far until object is clear, use something with
wording on it or fine details
5.
Take a picture at this distance, then go into Review mode to check
quality, repeat as required
6.
To switch from Review to Photo mode, just press the Green photo
button
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Recommending f6.3 Aperture, 1000 ISO and 1/100 Shutter Speed for 1-1.5m
distance targets in pitch darkness.
Note: If the object being
shot is too bright, adjust the
LED Strobe brightness down
to 50% or below. Take a
photo, review it in Review
mode and then adjust as
required.
Controlling the Camera via “Smart Ethernet Mode”
In this mode, stills are transferred as soon as they are taken. It also gives direct feedback
of all settings and what the camera is doing. This is only possible if the system has
Ethernet capability. To activate Smart Ethernet Remote:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Navigate to the camera menu. Find USB mode and set to “PC Remote”
Go to Options and click “Access Storage”
Open USB Server, connect to the _________ device as shown
Back in the control software, go to Comms and connect to __________
Select the folder to which images will be saved, if different than shown
Images will now transfer live as they are taken
Go to Advanced and click “Save Settings” if this mode should be resumed on
power down/up
To reverse this and connect to internal memory normally, the camera will have to be set
back to “Mass Storage” via the menu.
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Reviewing Images/Video on Camera
Go to the Review tab in the control software. Click the “Review” button and if the
camera is not busy, a screen will be displayed that shows images and video that are in
storage.
The navigation wheel will move around within the review screen. Keyboard shortcuts
are mapped to the Arrow keys and the Enter key for quicker use.
Press the “Center” wheel button or Enter to view videos. When reviewing a video,
pressing the “Down” button will show icons shown in the table to the right.
Click the “Zoom Out” button multiple times and it will show a calendar view of
recorded media. From here you can switch viewing modes.
Clicking the “Zoom In” button will digital zoom in on the image to help determine
sharpness.
“Trash” will bring up a dialog to delete the current selected media.
Switch between Still image and Videos
To play back still images, set [View Mode] to [Folder View(Still)], and to play back
movies, set [View Mode] to [Folder View(MP4)] or [AVCHD View]. When you select
[Date View], both still images and movies will be displayed on the screen, sorted by
date.
MENU button -> (Playback) 1 -> [View Mode] -> Select the desired mode.
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Additional Usage Info
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Known Limitations
This camera is subject to the limitations of many other stills cameras. See SubC
Underwater Photography Guide for better understanding.
Recording HD inside of the camera has a limit of 30 minute segments. This is to
prevent the sensors and processors from overheating.
Date/time is kept accurate with a small lithium ion battery. With a month of inactivity
sitting on a shelf it will likely run out of energy. Date/time will then have to be reset.
This camera has a mechanical shutter, which means there is a life-span. However,
long-term reliability is also assured by a high-precision shutter unit that offers
outstanding durability under heavy use. With a standalone unit service life of 100,000
shutter release cycles (approx.), it is built to withstand the performance demands of
1/8000 sec. shutter speeds and 5 fps continuous shooting with a 35mm full-frame
sensor. To get a total number of shutter actuations from the camera:
http://tools.science.si/index.php
Refer to the Sony a7 and a7R manual for info about on screen display
and the camera menu.
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