Zoom & autofocus cameras

The Imaging Source Zoom & Autofocus Cameras

Imaging solutions for applications with variable working distances or object sizes

The Z Series optical zoom cameras from The Imaging Source feature an integrated motorized lens for software-controlled adjustment of focal length, aperture, and focus. Available with a selection of highly-sensitive CMOS sensors (global and rolling shutter), The Imaging Source zoom cameras are perfect for applications where variable working distances, object sizes, and lighting conditions are an issue. These cameras are uniquely suited to tasks such as inspection, sorting, process control and metrology.

The Imaging Source's autofocus cameras offer increased flexibility over fixed-focus cameras, delivering excellent image quality and optimally sharp images despite fluctuations in working distance. Additional camera features such as binning, windowing and high-speed readout provide increased imaging precision and processing speeds.

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  • Latest CMOS Sensors: ON Semi and Sony including Pregius (global shutter) and STARVIS (rolling shutter)
  • Resolutions: 0.4 MP to 42 MP with highest image quality and high frame rates
  • Zoom Cameras: 12x, 20x and 30x optical zoom. Integrated motorized lens to control focal length (zoom), aperture and focus
  • Autofocus Cameras: one-push autofocus produces crisp images despite fluctuations in working distance
  • Free SDKs and End-user Software: for the latest Windows and Linux releases
  • Triggers & I/Os: Hardware and software trigger as well as I/Os for demanding machine vision applications
  • Warranty and Long-term Availability: 3-year warranty and continuous support

A Quick Guide to The Imaging Source's Zoom and Autofocus Camera Families

AFU Series

Autofocus cameras for machine vision projects with fluctuating working distances


In some machine vision system scenarios, maintaining exact working distances are virtually impossible, causing objects to move out of focus. For these applications, The Imaging Source offers a selection of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 autofocus cameras. Utilizing a software-driven one-push autofocus, the cameras produce sharp images despite fluctuations in working distance.

Highly-sensitive ON Semi and Sony CMOS sensors deliver excellent image quality - even in poor lighting conditions. Additional image control functions such as gain and exposure time can be adjusted automatically or manually via the included imaging software. The cameras' compact dimensions ensure easy integration into new or existing applications.

Z Series

The Imaging Source's zoom cameras not only allow for rapid adjustments to fluctuating working distances but also for changing fields of view and lighting conditions.

The Z-Series optical zoom cameras (12x, 20x and 30x) feature an integrated motorized lens for software-controlled adjustment of focal length (zoom), aperture and focus. The cameras are available as color and monochrome variants with a selection of global and rolling shutter sensors (1.2 MP - 5 MP).

The cameras' precise stepper motors quickly adjust focal length and focus with complete zoom transition (i.e. from fully zoomed-out to fully zoomed-in) in under 6 seconds. The supplied software provides control over additional camera features such as autoiris and mechanical IR-cut-filter switch.

GigE Vision and GeniCam compliance ensures simple integration into a wide range of machine vision projects including industrial automation, quality assurance, in-line inspection, traffic (ITS), surveillance, and medical engineering.


Custom & OEM Industrial Cameras

Application-specific imaging solutions from experts with over 30 years of machine vision experience and know-how.

In addition to manufacturing a wide variety of ready-made machine vision cameras, The Imaging Source also manufactures customized camera solutions for customer-specific requirements. Customers may specify minor or major changes to casing design, PCB layout, connection type, location and pinning, in addition to alterations to software drivers and end-user applications. The Imaging Source guarantees to manufacture customized camera solutions to the same high technical level as our ready-made cameras.


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About The Imaging Source

Established in 1988, The Imaging Source is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial cameras, video converters and embedded vision components for factory automation, quality assurance, medicine, science, security and a variety of other markets.

Our comprehensive range of cameras with USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, GigE, MIPI interfaces and other innovative machine vision products are renowned for their high quality and ability to meet the performance requirements of demanding applications.

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