With uEye XC, IDS closes the market gap between industrial camera and webcam. Thanks to the integrated autofocus, the camera delivers perfectly sharp images and videos even with changing object distances. Setting up and operating the 13MP model only requires a cable connection. Unlike consumer webcams, the uEye XC is designed for industrial use. Its components score with long availability – a must for industrial applications. Heiko Seitz (IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH) explains the advantages and application fields.

Why can this camera be compared to a typical consumer webcam?

With the uEye XC, IDS has developed an industrial camera that has the typical features and advantages of a webcam without its disadvantages. Compared to the standard industrial cameras, we have reduced the camera to the essentials in order to reduce costs and to concentrate on the functionalities that make webcams so popular.

USB3 makes the camera quick and easy to use with just one cable. USB3 is widely available as a cost-effective standard interface and provides both power and sufficient performance to allow live transmission of highresolution images. With its many in-camera auto-features for focus, gain, shutter speed, white balance, gamma and color, the camera produces perfect images every time without writing a line of code. This true plug’n play means that once plugged in, the camera works like typical webcams and is in no way inferior to them.

What are the advantages over a webcam for the consumer market?

In contrast to webcams for the consumer market, we build the uEye XC with industrial components. This allows us to ensure a long product life cycle by maintaining the availability of this camera model unchanged for many years. Furthermore, the lightweight yet strong die-cast metal housing guarantees high quality and robustness even under rough environmental conditions. Typical for an industrial camera, the uEye XC has a programmablesoftware interface, which allows complete control and integration into your own software applications.

What kind of application is the uEye XC suitable for?

With its features, the camera can shine in any application where consumer webcams have previously been used to produce perfect images at low cost and with little effort, but where industrial quality is still an important requirement. With its Full HD and 4K image formats, as well as its many automatic image enhancements, the image data is optimized for the human eye rather than for machine vision and evaluation. And its light weight and compact dimensions make it easy to use anywhere. Whether you implement it in cash, passport photo or postcard machines – uEye XC can be used in all kiosk systems. It makes customised service in photo-assisted terminals easy. In airports, combining uEye XC with passport readers is a building block for property protection. Furthermore, the uEye XC can show its strengths for example when mounted on a roboter arm due to its low weight and autofocus, in logistics or outdoor applications thanks to auto brightness and the ability to adapt to different object distances. You can discover all technical features on the IDS website.