Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions Division has introduced a new generation of Global Shutter CMOS cameras that offer clear benefits to designers and end users in factory automation and non-manufacturing markets. This new series of cameras offers advanced features and reliability with superb image quality. EG Electronics – Sony’s UK distribution partner for these cameras will be exhibiting the cameras at the Photonex 2016 exhibition.

New series of cameras offer advanced features and reliability with superb image quality 


The GS CMOS series includes six cameras which all are available from EG Electronics:

  • XCG-CG240/240C1/1.2-type GS CMOS mono and colour cameras with Pregius (IMX249) 2.4MP 41fps GigE
  • XCG-CG510/510C2/3-type GS CMOS mono and colour cameras with Pregius (IMX264) 5.1MP 23 fps GigE
  • XCL-SG510/510C2/3-type GS CMOS mono and colour cameras with Pregius (IMX250) 5.1MP 154 fps CameraLink®


The XCG-CG240/240C 2.4Mpixel and XCG-CG510/510C 5.1Mpixel models use GigE Vision interface, the XCL-SG510/510C models have a CameraLink® interface and all cameras are IEEE1588 compliant and feature multi-pixel averaging technology for optimum performance in a range of environments and are available in monochrome or colour options. These new cameras benefit from Sony’s Global Shutter CMOS sensors, which include industry-leading Pregius and Exmor RTM technology advantages.
The new cameras are particularly well suited to manufacturing sectors within the automotive, electronics/ semiconductors and food & beverage industries. In non-manufacturing sectors, key applications include intelligent transport systems, logistics and postal sorting, high-end security and biometrics.

Sony Technology

In industrial applications there is often a demand to accurately view the form of fast-moving objects. Traditionally, a rolling shutter has been used as the electronic shutter mechanism in CMOS image sensors in which unavoidable, intrinsic distortion of the focal plane occurs.  Overcoming this problem, Sony’s Pregius is a global shutter pixel technology for active pixel-type CMOS image sensors that use Sony’s low-noise CCD structure to realise undistorted, high image quality.

Exmor R is a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with improved sensitivity and noise reduction; both key factors in enhancing image quality. While radically realigning the fundamental pixel structure from front-illumination to back-illumination, Exmor R retains all the advantages of traditional CMOS image sensors such as low power consumption and high-speed operation.

Real World Advantages

Sony’s GS CMOS cameras are also ideally suited to assist the food and drink industry in the detection of contaminated and damaged cans. The new series of cameras are able to produce high-resolution images of cans in production at the rate of 120,000 cans per hour; that’s 33 cans per second. These figures are achieved through the XCG-CG240/C and XCG-CG510/C’s impressive 2.4Mp@40fps (@8 bit) and 5.1Mp@23fps (@8 bit) processing capabilities. The cameras are designed to optimise product quality and production times and due to the camera’s low noise capability, dynamic range has also been extended.

Sony’s GS CMOS cameras are also very well equipped to deal with the challenges of screen printing alignment applications in the semiconductor industry. Installation, setup and maintenance is easier as a result of the carefully designed sensor mounting and general design accuracy. GS CMOS boasts the highest image sensor accuracy in the industry[i].

Deployed in law enforcement and traffic control in intelligent transportation systems, the GS CMOS camera’s temperature sensor readout and high reliability maximizes the heat dissipation management and provides enhanced ‘in the field’ reliability.

In automotive part inspection applications, the GS CMOS’ GigE vision interface enables the use of long length cables The camera’s support of PoE, IEEE 1588 and Linux offers single cable solutions and reduces integration cost in high-end security and biometrics applications.

For more information, please contact:

Julian Parfitt, Managing Director UK & Ireland
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[i] According to Sony internal research, as of press release date.