MATRIX VISION - mvBlueCOUGAR-X/-XD Technical Documentation
Important Information

Important Safety Instructions

  • We cannot and do not take any responsibility for the damage caused to you or to any other equipment connected to a MATRIX VISION device. Similarly, warranty will be void, if a damage is caused by not following the manual.
  • Handle your MATRIX VISION device with care. Do not misuse it. Avoid shaking, striking, etc.. Your MATRIX VISION device could be damaged by faulty handling or shortage.
  • Do not use accessories not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
  • The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
  • Using the board-level version:
    • Provide sufficient cooling because single components can reach high temperatures.
    • Handle with care and avoid damage of electrical components by electrostatic discharge (ESD):
      • Discharge body static (contact a grounded surface and maintain contact).
      • Avoid all plastic, vinyl, and Styrofoam (except anti-static versions) around printed circuit boards.
      • Do not touch components on the printed circuit board with your hands or with conductive devices.

Operating considerations

Important Safety Notes

  • Use this camera with a suitable power supply.
  • Using the Model without housing (-xx9x) (on demand) :
    • Provide sufficient cooling because single components can reach high temperatures. Inadequate and incorrect cooling invalidate the guarantee.
  • For extended temperature (-ET) models:
    • Attention

      The mainboards temperature may not exceed 65°C otherwise the device can be damaged.
  • Observe that flammable objects, water or metal do not enter the camera interior. These may lead to failure or accident.
  • Do not modify the camera or use the camera with external covers removed. These may cause failure, void any warranties and pose a safety hazard.
  • Stop using the camera at the approach of electrical storm (thunder audible). Protect the camera from rain if using it outdoors.
  • In the event of abnormal functioning, switch off the camera and disconnect the power cord. Contact MATRIX VISION.

Handling And Cleaning

  • Do not attempt to disassemble camera.
  • When installing or removing a lens, take care that water or dust does not enter the inside of the camera.


Avoid installing or storing the camera in the following environments:

  • Environments exposed to direct sunlight, rain or snow.
  • Environments where combustible or corrosive gas exists.
  • Excessively warm or cold environment (Operating ambient temperature: 0 to 45 °C)
  • Humid or dusty environment.
  • Place subjected to excessive vibration or shock.
  • Environment exposed to strong electric or magnetic field.
  • It is recommended to mount the camera on a thermoconducting surface such as aluminum or other metals rather than plastic or wood.
  • Please contact manufacturer or local distributor if you want to use additional enclosures for higher ingress protection.
  • Do not aim the camera at the sun or other very strong light sources, otherwise you can destroy the image sensor.

"CCD phenomenon: Smearing": Vertical smearing may appear, in the image. However, this is not due to failure of the camera.

Optimizing performance and life time

When the camera is used continuously for long time under high ambient temperature, the inside electrical parts may deteriorate, resulting in shorter life span. Additional cooling by e.g. air convection is recommended.


Confirm the power is off before connecting or disconnecting a signal cable. Grap connectors by the body, not the attached wires.


  • Use a blower or a lens brush to remove dust on the lens or the optical filter.
  • Do not disassemble front flange.
  • Clean case with dry soft cloth. Use neutral detergent liquid if needed; wipe the cover with dry cloth.
  • Do not use benzene, thinner, alcohol, liquid cleaner or spray-type cleaner.
  • If dust or other debris is located between the CCD and optical filter, consult dealer for cleaning by an optical technician.

Adjusting the C-mount

The mvBlueCOUGAR-X cameras allow a precise adjustment of the back focus of the C-mount by means of a back focus ring which is threaded into the C-mount and is secured by a lock nut ring which itself is secured by two screws. The mechanical adjustment of the imaging device is important in order to achieve a perfect alignment with the focal point of the lens. This adjustment is made before leaving the factory to conform to the standard of 17.526 mm (in air) and should normally not require adjustment in the field. However, if the back focal plane of your lens does not conform to the C-mount back focus specification or if you have e.g. removed the IR-CUT filter, renewed adjustment may be required.

Figure 1: Lensholder with C-mount ring (1) and lock nut ring (2)

How to proceed:

  • Loosen screws (location as shown above by arrows) of the lock nut ring with an Allen key (0.9 x 50).
  • Loosen the lock nut ring.
  • With the lens set to infinity or a known focus distance, set the camera to view an object located at "infinity" or the known distance.
  • Rotate the C-mount ring and lens forward or backwards on its thread until the object is in sharp focus.
    Be careful that the lens remains seated in the C-mount.
  • Once focus is achieved, tighten the lock nut ring, then tighten the two locking screws of the lock ring without applying excessive torque.

Additional temperature and power consumption notes concerning mvBlueCOUGAR-XD and mvBlueCOUGAR-X2xx

mvBlueCOUGAR-XD and mvBlueCOUGAR-X2xx cameras have very different power consumptions depending on sensor technology and connection and operation modes. As a rule of thumb:

  • CMOS sensor camera with single network interface controller (NIC) output consumes less around 4W
  • CCD equipped cameras with quad tap use and dual NIC output and max. pixel clock may consume up to 9W
  • CCD sensor dual tap mode consumes 1.7W less than quad tap
  • For mvBlueCOUGAR-XD: Dual NIC mode (so-called link aggregation [LAG] or bonding) consumes 0.8W more than single NIC used

Data sheets of cameras commonly specify the allowed temperature range by indicating the min/max. ambient temperature of the air (e.g in a room) where the camera is installed and operated. Whereas this is good for a first indication and comparison it presents a fuzziness for the temperature of the components inside because it is not defined how the camera is mounted and thus the overtemperature inside the camera is not clear.

And since each installation is different, MATRIX VISION cannot supply a strictly required procedure for proper heat dissipation. Instead, we provide the following general guidelines:

In all cases,

  1. you should monitor the temperature of the camera by using the two built-in temperature sensors (separate for sensor board and mainboard) and
  2. make sure that neither the sensor temperature nor the mainboard temperature exceed 75 °C.

Keep in mind that the camera will gradually heat up during the first hour of operation. After one hour, the housing temperature should have stabilized and increases no longer.

  • If your camera is mounted on a substantial metal holder or component in your system, this may already provide sufficient heat dissipation because this metal component presents a low thermal resistance for the heat path.
  • You may use additional heat conductors between the camera and the holder to bridge gaps.
  • The use of a fan to provide air flow over the camera is an extremely efficient method of heat dissipation.

The fan can be driven directly by one of the robust camera outputs and controlled by the camera itself (temp. settings to switch fan on and off with hysteresis) as long as

  • the switched voltage at the output is suitable for the used fan (12V up to 24V) and that
  • the fan does not consume more than 700 mA which is the maximum one output of the camera can deliver.

Available CPU Socket 7 (370 or socket A) active cooler fit very well directly on any side of the camera by means of thermal glue. Ask for support if you need further assistance.

The mvBlueCOUGAR-X is in conformity with all applicable essential requirements necessary for CE marking. It corresponds to the EU EMC guideline 2014/30/EU based on the following harmonized standards Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Interference emmision EN 61000-6-3 / 2007 + A1:2011
  • Interference immunity EN 61000-6-2 / 2005

    EN 61000-6-3 / 2007 requires an I/O cable with an retrofittable ferrite to be used such as
    • Company: Würth Elektronik Type: WE No. 742 711 31

  • Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances EN 50581:2012
MATRIX VISION corresponds to the EU guideline WEEE 2002/96/EG on waste electrical and electronic equipment and is registered under WEEE-Reg.-No. DE 25244305.
RoHS All units delivered are RoHS compliant.
IP30 1 mvBlueCOUGAR-XD
IP40 1 mvBlueCOUGAR-X / mvBlueCOUGAR-X -POE / mvBlueCOUGAR-X -POE-I
IP67 1 mvBlueCOUGAR-X -POE-IP67 / mvBlueCOUGAR-X -POE-IP67C
PoE 802.3at The option -POE is compliant to IEEE 802.3af (IEEE 802.3at Type 1).

1 not evaluated by UL

Additional notices

For customers in the U.S.A.

Class B
Class A (mvBlueCOUGAR-X PoE and POE-I version)

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a residential environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However there is no guarantee that interferences will not occur in a particular installation. If the equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the distance between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Use a different line outlet for the receiver.
  • Consult a radio or TV technician for help.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment. The shielded interface cable recommended in this manual must be used with this equipment in order to comply with the limits for a computing device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.

  • FCC Class B requires an I/O cable with an retrofittable ferrite to be used such as
    • Company: Würth Elektronik Type: WE No. 742 711 31

For customers in Canada

This apparatus complies with the Class B limits for radio noise emissions set out in the Radio Interference Regulations.

Pour utilisateurs au Canada

Cet appareil est conforme aux normes classe B pour bruits radioélectriques, spécifiées dans le Règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique.