3D stereo camera vs. 3D vision sensor

In seeking the suitable component one comes across both 3D cameras and 3D vision sensors. But what is the difference between these types of components?

Generally speaking, a vision sensor is understood as a machine vision component that is optimized for a certain task. The vision sensor takes images and evaluates them using machine vision algorithms. The reaction to the result is also triggered by the sensor. For a vision sensor the camera represents the basis. We can only talk of a vision sensor with integrated algorithms for the evaluation of the images. The advantage of a vision sensor is that the installation as well as the operation of the device are very simple. However, the adaptability is limited as the vision sensor can only be used for a certain task.

In contrast to the vision sensor, no processor is integrated in an industrial stereo camera or even a pure 3D camera and therefore the images cannot be processed independently. It must be connected to a computer which processes the images using machine vision software. This makes the application more complex, but also more flexible and adaptable than with a vision sensor.

Whether a camera or a vision sensor is more suitable depends on the respective application and also the vision expertise of the user.

With the rc_visard the decision between a 3D vision sensor and a 3D stereo camera is spared. Thanks to an on-board processor the rc_visard is a smart 3D camera, which can also be used as a 3D stereo sensor with integrated software modules and algorithms. The connection to an external computer is generally not necessary thanks to a GigE Vision interface but is still possible. Camera data can be processed flexibly and independent 3D applications can be created.

This makes the rc_visard suitable for numerous applications and for all levels of vision expertise.