New Blackfly S Family Packs the Latest Imaging Technology into a Compact Housing

Richmond, BC, Canada  - August 4, 2016 – Point Grey, a global leader in innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial and scientific applications, today announced the release of Blackfly S, a new family of USB3 Vision and GigE Vision cameras designed to meet complex imaging requirements, enhance system automation, improve time to market and deliver more reliable solutions. 

The compact size, comprehensive feature set, high frame rate and industry-leading sensors and interfaces of Blackfly S make it suitable for a variety of applications such as display or PCB inspection, microscopy, robotics, 3D scanning, intelligent traffic systems and many more. Meanwhile, Point Grey’s extensive simulation and testing of Blackfly S ensures optimal reliability.

Alongside the Blackfly S, Point Grey also released its new GenICam3 based Spinnaker SDK. Together these powerful new products will allow customers to create products faster and take advantage of emerging technologies to develop new applications.

The first two Blackfly S models shipping feature a 29 mm ‘ice cube’ case and a USB 3.0 interface:

• The 5 MP Blackfly S BFS-U3-51S5 model uses the Sony Pregius IMX250 global shutter CMOS sensor, featuring 2448 x 2048 image resolution at 75 FPS.

• The 1.3 MP Blackfly S BFS-U3-13Y3 model uses the ON Semi PYTHON 1300 global shutter CMOS sensor, featuring 1280 x 1024 image resolution at 175 FPS.

Additional Blackfly S models with both USB 3.0 and GigE interfaces will be introduced later this year, including 9 and 12 MP resolution Sony Pregius sensors, low read noise Sony Starvis sensors and Point Grey’s highest resolution camera to date with a 20 MP Sony Exmor R sensor.

“By leveraging the latest global shutter CMOS technology with on-camera processing such as flexible auto exposure and color transformation, Blackfly S offers customers the high quality images they need,” says Michael Gibbons, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “Top-quality images and high frame rates in a very compact form factor enable our customers to deliver superior performance and accuracy in 3D scanning, industrial inspection, medical imaging, robot navigation, autonomous driving, and many others.”

About Point Grey

Point Grey Research, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras for industrial, scientific, medical, traffic, and security applications. We offer a unique and comprehensive portfolio of USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, 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 300 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


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