General IDS Camera Terms & Definitions

Please see a list below of some of the key terms and definitions that you may come across regarding IDS cameras and their set up.

  • Gain - Setting that controls the amplification of the signal from the camera sensor
  • Gamma - How smoothly black transitions to white on a digital display
  • Pixel clock - The speed at which pixels are transmitted in order for a full frame of pixels to fit within a single refresh cycle
  • Frame rate - The number of individual video frames that the camera captures, per second; how fast you “flip” through the book
  • Auto exposure - A function that will automatically calculate the exposure value and control the aperture value and shutter speed for you
  • Exposure time - The length of time that the film or digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to light
  • Focus - The optimal sharpness or clarity of the camera image
  • Resolution - The number of pixels contained in each frame
  • Add in card - A printed circuit board that plugs into an expansion slot in a computer to provide additional capabilities not offered by the motherboard
  • Fiber optic cables - The ideal cable that contains anywhere from a few to hundreds of optical fibers within a plastic casing

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