A large amount of the camera homepage was littered with what was, in essence, a continuous blog documenting why certain cameras were adopted and then fell by the wayside. In an effort to make things more accessible this has been removed from the homepage, but in an effort to preserve the process undergone over the last 18 months I have pasted (word for word) the snippets from the homepage into here.

Why larger, radhard cameras were rejected:

Also, the STAR1000BK7, whilst being a very high spec, rad hard CMOS detector, is large and unnecessarily radiation tolerant. By using a pixel array that is smaller, so all being illuminated by a harsh environment lens, and a few millimetres of Aluminium a CMOS detector that is either 'radiation tolerant' or 'commercial' in it's radiation rating could be flown. These are smaller in size, cheaper, more readily available and sometimes a few generations ahead of the 'current rad hard' capabilities.


One example of what is available from Maplin is shown in the link below:

'Ultra Miniature' Color CMOS camera

If this camera was to be used, a DC to DC converter would have to be used. I've had a quick look, and there are some available here. This has one that does go from a 5V input to a 12V output, and the dimensions are about 22mm by 17mm by about the same.

Quasar Electronics:

M3185A Monchrome 1/3" CMOS
C-CAM8 - 1/3" Colour CMOS Available at £49.95 inc VAT.

The C-CAM8 seems quite similar to the maplin SH70M, but has a 5V input, simplifying the interface with P.S.U. There's still the issue of output being PAL.

After a very brief look, PAL to digital converters are about the size of P.L.U.M.E., so PAL output is a no-no.


Sharpvision Co Ltd, CN-021 - 380 TV line 1/3" colour CMOS

Edmund Optics

What Edmund have to offer.

These are big and expensive.

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