Point Grey’s New Blackfly camera redefines value performance with global shutter CMOS in the world’s smallest GigE POE camera
Point Grey’s Blackfly camera
December 20, 2012
December 20, 2012 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of
innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announces the release of the all new Blackfly camera.
By leveraging Point Grey’s design for manufacturing experience, the Blackfly camera redefines price performance.
The first model BLFY-PGE-13E4 features a 1.3 MP, 60 fps, CMOS global shutter sensor available in both
monochrome and color, less than 2 W power consumption in the world’s smallest and lightest GigE POE camera
package. Future Blackfly models include 0.5 and 0.9 MP CCD resolutions with excellent quantum efficiency and
wide dynamic range. By combining the best sensor technology, interface implementation and low power design
with an unbeatable price point, the Blackfly camera is the perfect choice for traditional machine vision and
outdoor imaging applications.
The BFLY-PGE-13E4 model uses the EV76C560 CMOS sensor from e2v which uses a global shutter readout
architecture. Global shutter is critical to prevent geometric distortion when capturing images of fast moving
objects. The CMOS pixel design on the other hand addresses blooming and smearing artifacts caused by bright
sources or reflections in the camera’s field of view. The Blackfly BFLY-PGE-13E4 model satisfies industry demand
for global shutter CMOS ideal for cost sensitive applications in automation, 3D imaging or license plate recognition.
Point Grey’s Blackfly camera measures just 29 x 29 x 30 mm and provides a unique set of features including power
over Ethernet, temperature and status monitoring, in-field updatable firmware, color interpolation, look up table,
gamma correction, pixel binning functionality, and much more.
“The Blackfly camera is generating huge interest in the industry by addressing customer demand for modern
sensor technology, small footprint and an attractive price point.” explains Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and
Marketing. Mr. Gibbons adds, “We are excited to address traditional machine vision, 3D imaging, automated
inspection, open road tolling and many new and future applications with the Blackfly camera.”
The Blackfly BFLY-PGE-13E4 (color and monochrome) model is list priced at USD $395 and EUR €299 and is
available to order now from Point Grey and its network of distributors.
Point Grey Research, Inc. is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance
digital cameras for industrial, life science, and traffic applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive
portfolio of USB 3.0, GigE, FireWire, USB 2.0 and Camera Link products known for their outstanding
quality, ease of use, and unbeatable price-performance. Point Grey was founded in 1997 and is based
in Richmond, Canada. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills under one
roof has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many innovative and ground-breaking products to
market. This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the world’s first and smallest
1394b digital camera, the smallest GigE camera, and the first USB 3.0 machine vision camera. Point
Grey currently employs over 160 people and has international offices in Germany, China, Japan, and
Italy. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan
and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit