The first thing to set up when building a program are the camera settings.
Whenever you make a change in the program ensure you see the 'updated camera configurations' banner. You may need to click out of the box you are editing to apply the changes
These settings are important to ensure the images you capture have sufficient contrast and clarity. The settings are listed below:
Internal Light adjusts the brightness of the 20 built-in LED lights on the camera, with 0 turning the lights off. The built-in lights provide powerful direct lighting and work well for objects with matte finishes.
You can use the dials on the input box to increase the lights, slide the lights with the slider, or type in the desired level of brightness.
Best Practice: Angle your camera or light to reduce glare - glare/hotspots can be seen in the gif below
Focus adjusts the focal distance of the camera, with higher settings allowing you to focus on objects further away from the camera lens. For speed and simplicity, the “Auto Focus” feature will automatically adjust the focus to the object in the frame.
Best practice: To ensure autofocus has sufficient time to focus focusing on a stationary object is always advised
Rotation helps orient the captured image for inspection. The rotation is measured clockwise, so setting a value of 90 degrees will adjust the image 90 degrees clockwise.
Best practice: Ensure your rotation is set to an interval of 90 degrees to improve processing time. Instead of 182 use 180 etc.
Exposure controls the shutter speed of the camera, with higher exposures resulting in brighter images. While external lighting should be used as the primary method for brightening images, Exposure allows for small brightness adjustments to supplement lighting efforts.
Best Practice: The best practice is to keep the exposure as low as possible to reduce blur in the image. More exposure = more blur especially if the inspection will be on a conveyor belt of some type.
Gain affects your camera’s sensitivity to light. Similar to Exposure, higher values result in brighter images
Best Practice: we recommend using Gain in moderation to supplement external lighting as well.
Equalize light increases the contrast of your image, making it easier to inspect finer details in the image.
Focus Overlay highlights all areas of the image that are in focus (in green). This tool helps determine if the area of interest on your object is appropriately focused and is useful when inspecting objects with uneven surfaces. Use focus overlay as a check to ensure your area of inspection is in focus. Once confirmed disable focus overlay before moving on
Master Image Overlay
Master Image Overlay imposes a transparent copy of the master image on top of the current camera view. This tool helps realign inspections if the camera or product has been moved.