Bonus: Firmware Features and High Data Transmission Stability
Cameras with the same sensor can also behave very differently because the cameras’ firmware and software vary. Conformity with standards such as the GenICam would be important here ("addressing" the camera), as well as compatibility with the GigEVision and USB3 Vision interface standards. These standards regulate and define the communication channels and interfaces of the camera and reduce effort with the integration while providing reliable quality during the data transmission.
There can also be a variety of differences when it comes to the efficiency of the firmware and associated software. The first relates to the work required for the camera integration: Not all camera makers can offer mature software and driver environments for control of the camera or established programming environments (compatible with various operating systems and programming languages). These are, however, an absolute must for any major design-in.
The data stability can show additional differences. If the camera firmware is set up for a frame buffer, for example, this will enormously increase the data stability, especially with higher bandwidths/frame rates.
In large part, it is the standardized or proprietary features that can improve the performance of the vision system, although some achieve significantly better results from the same sensor.
The following offers two examples based on the Basler ace camera: