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How big is the effort to move from FireWire to USB3 Vision?

That depends on the specifications. For instance, if you choose a camera with the same sensor the main effort is only on the software side. The effort spent on software adjustments depends on the software version: If our pylon Camera Software Suite is used, the development time might be from nearly zero to some man-days. If it is a SDK from a different camera vendor it might be some man-weeks. But even this effort can be worth spending it: the cost savings could amortize the one-time effort after half a year.

Over all we can say that with our USB3 Vision cameras we really tried to make the switch as easy as possible.

The whole topic is be explained in our White Paper „USB 3.0 (USB3 Vision) Instead of FireWire – Better Performance and Lower Cost when Switching Camera Interfaces“ which you can find in our Downloads Section.