Machine Vision Cameras

IO Industries Flare

The Flare 12MP & 48MP series is a part of IO Industries family of industrial video cameras designed with advanced CMOS image sensors. These sensors feature high pixel counts, producing highly detailed images with superb resolutions. As well, this sensor features very fast readout, allowing frame rates up to 30 frames per second. Multiple region of interest settings (up to 10 windows)allow lower-resolution output formats at much higher frame rates. This flexibility makes the Flare series effective in applications including automated optical inspection systems, space launch imaging, wide area surveillance and more.


The CMV50000 sensors used in the Flare 48MP and CMOS sensors used in the Flare 12MP camera feature pipelined global shutter technology. Pipelining allows the sensor to expose a frame during readout of the previous frame, whereas sensors without this feature must either use very short exposure times or be otherwise unable to achieve fast frame rates. Global electronic shutter exposes each pixel in the frame at the same time, as opposed to rolling shutter designs which sequentially expose rows of pixels. The latter approach leads to motion artifacts as well as uneven frame illumination if any bright flashes occur during the exposure period.


With sensors producing hundreds if not thousands of megabytes of video data per second, systems using the Flare 12MP and 48MP series cameras need a way of accessing this stream of information. As such, the cameras are available with either Camera Link (12MP only) or CoaXPress outputs, both of which are standardized and well-established. System designers have a wide variety of Camera Link and CoaXPress infrastructure parts to choose from, including PC frame grabber cards, cables, fiber-optic range extenders, and of course uncompressed solid-state video recording systems such as the DVR Express Core 2.


The Flare series is designed with premium image quality in mind. One of the factors that impacts image quality the most is noise, which can be introduced in a variety of ways. One major driver of noise is the sensor temperature; to minimise the effect of temperature on the image noise, the Flare camera is designed with low-power electronics and effective passive cooling. The overall power consumption is under 8W for 12MP models and 7.5W for 48Mp models and most generated heat is dissipated convectively to the surrounding air through the all-aluminum chassis which acts as a heat-sink to the internal electronics.


The Flare 12MP camera can be ordered with three sensor types –monochrome, colour (Bayer) and NIR-enhanced monochrome. This version of the sensor has the same frame rate capabilities as the standard monochrome sensor, but are manufactured with a thicker epitaxial layer to boost NIR sensitivity. Specifically, at 900nm the quantum efficiency (QE) doubles from 8% to 16% over the standard monochrome sensor. QE is limited past 1000nm due to the abilities of silicon-based sensors, but for any applications in the 600-1000nm range these sensors offer good sensitivity in addition to high resolution and high frame rates.


Choosing a lens for any camera system can be as involved as selecting the camera and other integral system components. Fortunately, with its 35mm full frame sensor, the Flare 48MP series matches well with many off-the-shelf lens types available today. Other sensors with such high resolution often exceed the common 35mm full frame size, which limits lens selection to expensive large-format options. To ensure flexibility, the Flare 48MP series is available with a variety of lens mount options including Nikon F, Canon EF, M58 x 0.75 and more.


CameraLink & CoaxPress
  • Power supply, 12 V, 1.5 A
  • Trip Mount
  • CameraLink cables in various lengths and configurations
  • Euresys GrabLink Express Frame grabber
  • Euresys GrabLink Dual Base Frame Grabber
  • Active Silicon Framegrabber for use with MAC OS
  • Io Industries High Speed DVR

Models Available

  • 12M180MCX-F CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-F CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-FN CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180NCX-F CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180MCX-C CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-C CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-CN CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180NCX-C CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180MCX-M CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-M CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-MN CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180NCX-M CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 12M180CCX-X CMOS CMV12000 4096 x 3072 187fps
  • 48M30MCX-F CMOS CMV50000 7920 x 6004 30.9fps
  • 48M30CCX-F CMOS CMV50000 7920 x 6004 30.9fps
  • Euresys
  • Moritex
  • FingerLake Instruments
  • Imperx
  • Basler
  • IO Industries