system requirements

Background

The development of high resolution video cameras seams to newer stop.

But as this is good, it also raise the question about what we actually need and what requirements these cameras sets on computer hardware etc...

In this article we try to give you valuable tips and knowledge on computer requirements
For your convenience we have also presented you with 3 combinations with different budgets that will work well together. 


If you are interested in the details about how digital cameras work and really want to fine tune your system, please read Camera Basics for useful information. If not, just build your system according to one of these recommendations.

Suggestions

Budget

The budget system is suitable for students, simple inspection and other less demanding applications.

If you are on a budget, we strongly recommend you do not buy a to advanced camera, it will not work well with you standard low cost computer. 

This is our proposal:

* An IDS-Imaging  uEye UI-3240CP Rev. 2, (USB 3.0, 1280 x 1024 =1.3 MPix, 60 fps) 

   or an Allied Vision Alvium 1500 C-120  (USB 3.0 1280 x 960 = 1.2 Mpix, 52 fps)  

* A 25" 1920 x 1280 Monitor

* A standard PC or laptop with at least an i5 Gen 7 or i7 Gen 7 PC.
* Dedicated built in USB 3 port (never connect your camera to a USB hub)

MID Priced

The middle segment is likely to suit most imaging and analysis applications

This is our proposal:

 

* IDS-Imaging uEye UI-3250CP Rev. 2 (1600 x 1200  = 2 MPix USB 3.0)
   or an Allied Vision Alvium 1800-U319 (2064 x 1544 = 3 Mpix USB 3.0) 

* A 27"4K (3840 x 2160) Monitor, with HDMI or Display Port connection 

* A desktop i7 Gen 10 computer with at least 1.8 Ghz. (If a laptop, you really need a high end laptop) 

* A low cost GPU board such as Nvidia GT710 with built in HDMI/Display Port connector. (do not use a hub)

* A Build in USB-3 port

ProfesSional

This level is recommended for research ​and other high end applications. Here you will not get away with a standard low cost computer, and we strongly recommend that all parts of the system matches these recommendations.   

This is our proposal:

 

* IDS-Imaging UI-3180CP-C-HQ Rev.2.1 (2592 x 2048 = 5 Mpix, USB 3.0) 

  or an Allied Vision Alvium 1800 U-507 (2464 x 2056 = 5 Mpix, USB 3.0)

* A 28-32" monitor with 8K (5120 x 2880)  or a 4K (3840 x 2160) Monitor with HDMI or Display Port connections 

* A Desktop i9 Gen 10  with 3.7 GHz frequency ( such as Core i9-10900K)

* A high end GPU board such as Nvidia GTX 1080, with build in HDMI or Display Port connection (do not use a hub)

* A high end USB-3 port (in this range, a standard build in USB-3 ports might not be sufficient)

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Saving many images

If you plan to save large sets of images into a SQL database, you need a server with high throughput, a lot of memory and fast disks.


If you go for the SQL Express solution, and install SQL Express on your client PC, make sure you have plenty of memory, at least 16 GB. Also, it make sense to have both large and fast hard drives.

Also, if working with large image sets, we recommend a high resolution monitor (so you can look at many images at the same time)