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Sony, a renowned leader in digital camera technology, is introducing six new models to its XCD Series: the XCD-U100/U100CR, the XCD-SX90/SX90CR, and the XCD-V60/V60CR. 

Featuring outstanding picture quality, high-speed image capturing, and the digital 1394b interface, this new XCD Series is perfect for high-quality industrial and manufacturing solutions.

Key Features


The XCD-U100CR incorporates a 1/1.8 type IT CCD that captures extremely, high-quality, detailed images with an ultra high resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). 

The new XCD Series of cameras adopts the IEEE1394b interface that supports

the IIDC protocol. By utilising this interface, users can transfer images to a host PC at speeds of up to 800 Mb/s. Moreover, because multiple cameras can be connected in a daisy-chain configuration, users can enjoy the benefits of simplified operation in a multi-camera system. 


When these XCD cameras are daisy-chained, Bus Synchronisation and Broadcast Delivery are available.

With Bus Synchronisation, users can capture images from different angles simultaneously simply by sending a single trigger from the host PC.


Broadcast Delivery allows users to capture images from multiple cameras using a

software trigger instead of a hardware trigger, which helps to minimise the occurrence of false triggers. This function also enables users to change the settings

of multiple cameras simultaneously. 


Their compact design and rugged body enables the XCD Series to be integrated into a wide variety of industrial environments. In addition, the XCD Series incorporates other features such as partial scanning, binning, and a hardware LUT (Look Up Table).


The new XCD Series of cameras are ideal for industrial machine vision applications such as object recognition, inspection, measurement, alignment, and for microscopy applications in scientific research.



Excellent Picture Quality/High Frame Rates

The XCD-U100CR features a UXGA CCD that provides the highest resolution out of all the new XCD cameras. This particular camera is ideal for applications that require the capture of ultra-high image detail.


IEEE1394b Digital Interface

The new XCD Series employs the IEEE 1394b interface which attains high data-transfer rates of up to 800 Mb/s. Since the XCD Series is backward compatible with IEEE1394a, these cameras can be easily integrated with legacy 1394a systems.


Daisy-Chain Configuration 

The new XCD cameras are equipped with two IEEE1394b ports allowing multiple cameras to be daisy-chained and controlled from a single PC. A daisy-chain configuration with a large number of cameras*1 is made possible by their EIAJ 12-pin connector, which allows external power to be supplied to the cameras.


Bus Synchronisation

The new XCD Series also features a bus synchronisation function enabling users to simultaneously capture images from different angles with multiple cameras by sending a single trigger to all cameras from the host PC. This feature is not only useful for viewing images from different angles, but can be used to recreate a 3D image for more detailed inspection.


Broadcast Delivery

The Broadcast Delivery function of the XCD Series can be used to send a software trigger to multiple cameras in a daisy-chain. This not only facilitates connections, but eliminates the need for using a hardware trigger which can produce false triggers due to noise. In addition, the broadcast delivery function can be used to simultaneously change camera settings such as shutter speed, exposure, white balance, gain, and more.


Image Buffer

The new XCD Series is equipped with an image buffer, which serves as temporary storage for captured images for later transmission or retransmission. This function

allows users to maximise bandwidth in multiple-camera operations or reconfirm specific images as required.  


Vertical and Horizontal Partial Scanning

By selecting a particular area of an image to be scanned, users of the XCD Series can reduce data size and increase frame rate to minimise processing time. 

Vertical and Horizontal Binning*2

The Vertical binning feature of the XCD Series combines image data for every two lines vertically resulting in increased frame rates and reduced processing time. Horizontal binning combines image data for every two pixels horizontally to achieve greater sensitivity, faster capture speeds, and quicker processing. 


Bulk Trigger Mode

The new XCD Series has a bulk trigger mode to allow the capture of up to 16 images in rapid succession using either a software or hardware trigger. This can be used to capture multiple images of an item at different shutter speeds. By doing so, specific areas of that item can be clearly seen without changing the lighting. Also this allows a composite image with a wide dynamic range to be reproduced.


Other Features


• Hardware LUT (Look Up Table)

  Built-in Real-time 3x3 Image

  Pre-processing Filter*2


• Low Power Consumption

  – XCD-U100/XCD-U100CR (3.0 W)


• Compact and Lightweight

  – 44 x 33 x 57.5 mm (W x H x D)

  – 140 g


• High shock and vibration resistance


• Meets IIDC Ver. 1.31 Specifications



*1 up to 62 cameras can be daisy-chained.

*2 Available with the XCD-U100, XCD-SX90 and XCD-V60. 


Image device
1/1.8 type progressive scan IT CCD 

Standard picture size (H x V)

1600 x 1200 (UXGA)


Cell size

4.4 x 4.4 μm


Resolution depth

Raw 8: 8 bits/pixel

Raw 16: 10 bits/pixel


Lens mount

C mount


Digital interface

IEEE 1394b-2002 x2, bilingual (screw lock possible)


Transfer rate

800 / 400 / 200 / 100 Mb/s


Max. Frame rate (at full resolution)

30 fps


Gain control

Manual 0 to 18 dB, Auto gain


Shutter speed

1/100,000 to 16s, Auto shutter


External trigger shutter

Trigger start (Mode 0), Trigger start and exposure duration (Mode 1), Programmable trigger (via the IEEE 1394 bus), Trigger inhibit setting, Trigger/Strobe delay setting, Single/Bulk trigger mode


Image memory

16 MB


Memory channel

15 channels for parameter settings


Broadcast delivery

Camera setting, Software trigger via IEEE 1394 bus


Readout features

Partial Scanning, LUT, Bayer Pattern Arrangement, AWB


Power requirements

DC 8 to 30 V (via IEEE 1394b 9-pin cable or 12-pin camera cable)


Power consumption

3.0 W (Typ.)


Dimensions (W x H x D)

44 x 33 x 57.5 mm (not including protruding parts)



140 g


Operating temperature

-5 to 45 ºC (23 to 113 ºF)


Storage temperature

-30 to 60 ºC (-22 to 140 ºF)


Operating humidity

20 to 80% (no condensation)


Storage humidity

20 to 95% (no condensation)


Vibration resistance

10 G (20 to 200 Hz)


Shock resistance

70 G


Supplied accessories

Lens mount cap, Operating instructions


Supplied Accessories:

  • Lens mount cap
  • Operating instructions



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