JAI has announced the release of the AG-7000, a new intensified (ICCD) camera for low-light applications. The AG-7000 combines a high performance Gen III Ultra intensifier tube with a small, interlaced CCD camera offering standard RS-170 analog video output for easy connectivity to monitors and image acquisition cards. With its compact size of 45 mm (H) x 51 mm (W) by 87 mm (L), the AG-7000 is one of the smallest intensified cameras in its class.
The camera's Gen III Ultra tube, which is fiber-optically coupled to a large 2/3" format CCD, delivers outstanding low-light sensitivity, capable of resolving images at 1 x 10-6 lux at the face plate, and 1 x 10-4 lux through an f1.4 aperture. Full auto-gating is provided to automatically protect the sensor against bright environments and enable the camera to be safely used in a variety of day/night applications.
The AG-7000 is also equipped with an integrated 3-axis lens controller for use with motorized lenses. Operators can use a software-based graphical user interface (GUI) to remotely control the focus, zoom, or iris settings on standard motorized lenses. Camera and lens control is also available via RS-232 serial commands.
In addition to its small size, the AG-7000 requires very little power to operate - only 2.2 watts under typical usage and temperature conditions. It has also undergone more rigorous vibration testing than most ICCD cameras, to better ensure that it will stand up to real-world application environments.