Camera and image sensor measuring systems

NEW IN SEPTEMBER 2019

EMVA 1288 measurements made

  • simpler
  • faster
  • more flexible
  • more affordable

with the brandnew compact ACC4
for C and S-mount cameras
VIS-NIR and SWIR models

ACC4

AEON Camera Calibrator (ACC)

Accurate measurements according to EMVA 1288 - easy and affordable

AEON offers customizable test equipment in two sizes, one for standard sensors and the other for sensors with diagonals up to 80 mm. Both are modular and complete turn-key systems with customizable LED light sources and all required evaluation software based on AEON's powerful heurisko® image processing software running on Microsoft Windows.

A heurisko® Developer license is included. The whole set of measurements is conducted automatically after interactive setting of measurement and camera parameters.

Following completion of measurements, a datasheet can be generated automatically. Batch processing and integration into other software environments are possible.


Camera interfaces


  • GigE Vision and USB3 Vision via Pleora’s eBUS SDK
  • GigE Vision and USB3 Vision via Matrix Vision’s mvIMPACT Aquire
  • GigE Vision and USB3 Vision via Baumer’s BGAPI2
  • All cameras of Imaging Development Systems (IDS) via IDS’ uEye
  • All cameras of Basler via Basler’s pylon
  • GigE Vision, Camera Link and CoXPress via Silicon Software’s frame grabbers
  • Camera Link via Teledyne Dalsa’s Sapera LT
  • CoaXPress via Euresys’ Coaxlink
  • Cameras of PCO

Support of further interfaces and SDKs can easily be added in the form of a DLL by use of heurisko’s generic interface for data acquisition.

Some interfaces, for example for imagesensor evaluation boards, may be easily supported by adding just a few code lines in a heurisko script. Please contact us for discussion of your requirements.


Key features
Model ACC2 ACC3 ACC4
Largest sensor diameter 80 mm 35 mm 20 mm
Standard camera adaptors S, CS, C, Nikon F, M72
Others on request
S, CS, C, Nikon F S, CS, C
Light source Pulsed or current controlled LEDs
4 or 8 colors, two intensity levels
Ø 84 mm,
Exchangeable
Pulsed or current controlled LEDs
3 colors, two intensity levels
Ø 43 mm
Not exchangeable
Pulsed or current controlled LEDs
4 colors, one intensity level
Ø 21 mm
Not exchangeable
  Special design on request
(e.g. HDR module: one color with three intenity levels).
Special design on request. Special design on request.
Wavelengths Standard:
4 colors: 470, 530, 625, 850 nm
8 colors: 365, 405, 470, 530, 625, 725, 850, 940 nm

Other wavelength combinations on request
(range 365 - 1050 nm).
Same as for ACC2 Standard:
VIS-NIR: 470, 520, 630, 850 nm
SWIR: 1050, 1200, 1300, 1550 nm
Other wavelength combinations on request.
Calibration Split optical path with built-in calibrated photo diode. Same as for ACC2 Same as for ACC2
For increased dynamic range measurements M82 thread for neutral filter Not available Tray for easy insertion of neutral or polarization filters
Overall dimensions (L x W x H) 900 x 130 x 140 mm 500 x 120 x 80 mm 297 x 79 x 70 mm
Control interface USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
External power supply 24 VDC 12 VDC None (5 VDC, 450 mA via USB)
Measurements

The ACC systems conduct all measurements required by the newest release of the EMVA 1288 standard.

The systems do not measure temperature dependency of the dark current and spectral dependency of the quantum efficiency. These measurements are optional because they require special equipment that would increase the effort considerably.

A Linearity, noise, and sensitivity

According to the standard, these measurements are usually performed with monochromatic green light for monochrome cameras and with blue, red, and green light for color cameras at 10 irradiances at least and at darkness. If the camera features at other wavelengths are of interest, an ACC can also be equipped with these colors.

B Spatial non-uniformities

With only a few illumination steps, mean and variance of each individual pixel are computed by averaging at least 100 images. With these data it is possible to analyze the spatial non-uniformities of the dark image and of the sensitivity of the sensor.

C Dark current

The dark current is determined by taking many images at different exposure times without any illumination.

Derived quantities and data sheet

From these measurements, the following parameters are derived:

  • Absolute gain factor
  • Absolute sensitivity threshold and saturation capacity
  • Maximal signal-to-noise ratio
  • Dark noise
  • Dynamic range
  • Non-linearity
  • Spatial inhomogeneity of the dark image (dark signal non-uniformity, DSNU) and of the sensitivity (photo­response non-uniformity, PRNU)
  • Quantum efficiency at the wavelengths of the ACC light source

Measurement results are provided as diagrams in PDF format and as tables in CSV format. Images of the DSNU and PRNU are provided in PNG format. All essential intermediate results are stored for repeated evaluation. Data can be used to automatically generate a data sheet complying with the standard.

Hardware

The ACC is a modular optical system, which is described in more detail in the following. Please refer also to the table above.

The optical system consists of a tube system with interchangeable optical components including a homogeneous light source and a standard camera mount such as Nikon F-mount, C-mount or M72. (From the camera's point of view, the ACC mount looks like a lens mount.) The length of the tube is determined by the diameter of the light source, as determined by the standard. The system is light-proof; no need for dim-out of light.

All light sources are current-controlled LEDs. Current is controlled digitally with 12-bit resolution. The irradiance of the image sensor can be varied either by changing the LED current at constant exposure time or by changing the exposure time of the camera at constant LED current or by using the pulse mode of the light source. The first two methods make measurements simple because it is not necessary to trigger the camera or the light source. The camera just needs to be connected to the computer for grabbing images.

The whole system is controlled by a computer via a single USB connection.