pCamera-4K Model CV-420 PCIe Camera System

pCamera-4K model CV-420 components

4K @ 60 fps PCIe remote CMOS sensor hardware

Sensor control, image processing, and acquisition PCIe board (CV-42):

  • PCIe x4 Gen 2.0 for full 4Kp60 bandwidth
  • 10-bit video processing throughout. Optionally 12-bit at low frame rates
  • Live 4K SDI and HDMI monitor outputs
  • Acquire 4K RAW and/or 4:2:2 video via PCIe
  • Image injection, PiP, overlay capabilities.
  • Genlock inputs and outputs.
  • If PCIe image acquisition is not required the CV-420 can run without a PCIe host using USB or UART for control.

Remote CMOS sensor imaging unit (CV-40X):

  • Ultra-compact sensor board set
  • Low power – no heat generating components at sensor or near optics
  • CMOS sensor – Color, monochrome, NIR Variations
  • Inexpensive coaxial cable carries video, power and control signals.
  • Long cable lengths – 10s of meters – are supported between imaging sensor and the PCIe board. Maximum cable length depends on cable type.

The CV-420 is a 4K remote camera head system composed of the CV-42 PCI host interface board and a CV-40X imaging module. The CV-420 is designed to capture 9.03M pixels (4096×2160) at 60 frames per second in various 10-bit-digital output formats including 4:2:2 and RAW.

With the optional c-mount or cs-mount enclosure the camera head has a diameter of only 37mm and a length of 34mm making it one of the smallest 4Kp60 standard lens mount camera heads on the market.

The remote CV-40X imaging module camera head can be placed at a significant distance from the CV-42 PCIe host interface. Using Belden high-flex 1505F cable the remote head can be placed up to 20m away from the PCIe interface.

With the optional c-mount or cs-mount enclosures and a long high-flex cable, an imaging head that uses standard lenses can be placed is difficult spots other c-mount or cs-mount cameras would get in the way.

The CV-42 features a four lane PCIe Gen2 host interface for video capture and frame grabbing purposes. This provides enough bandwidth for capturing 4K/10-bit/4:2:2/60fps video from the camera with a latency as low as 64 video lines.

HDMI and SDI monitor outputs are provided on the CV-42. The HDMI and SDI outputs can be used simultaneously. The SDI outputs are all 12G compliant allowing for the connection of a single 4K SDI monitor via 4 x 3G-SDI, 2 x 6G-SDI or 1 x 12G-SDI outputs. Up to four 4K SDI monitors could also be used by connecting each monitor to one of the 12G-SDI outputs. The HDMI 2.0 output can automatically downgrade to HDMI 1.4 if the monitor is not capable of HDMI 2.0.

If video capture to a PCIe host is not required and only HDMI or SDI monitor capabilities are needed, the CV-42 can be operated as a stand-alone device. Power and control are provided by on board connectors. Control and parameter settings are via USB 2.0 or UART in this mode.

Tri-level high definition genlock signaling is supported by the CV-420 for frame level synchronization to a genlock master. This master can be another CV-420 or a third-party device.

The CV-420 system features a simple-to-use API which allows the configuration of the settings for auto/manual exposure, sensor gain, cross and diagonal binning, sharpness enhancement, white balance, hue, brightness, saturation, contrast, and more. See the specifications for the full list.

In addition to the API included with the SDK there are several examples for ffmpeg, Video4Linux2 and DirectShow to streamline product development and integration into existing applications.

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Simultaneous monitoring and recording with high image quality is possible due to the ability to output two 4K signals simultaneously using HDMI, 12G-SDI, 2x6G-SDI, 4x3G-SDI while capturing 4K 4:2:2 10-bit video data over the PCIe Gen2 x4 bus at a full at 60 frames per second.

In addition there is an auxiliary HD video output and an auxiliary HD video output (optional cables required) for possible HD monitoring and acquisition. Finally, this board is also equipped with genlock inputs and outputs for the synchronization of video sources.


  • Ultra-compact sensor board set
  • Low power – no heat generating components at sensor or near optics
  • 1/2″ CMOS sensor, Color, monochrome, NIR variations
  • Inexpensive coaxial cable carries video, power and control signals.
  • A variety of cable types can be used depending on length, flexibility, and dimensional requirements
  • Optional C or CS mount enclosure with possible tripod mount.
  • Custom mechanical design, enclosures and lens mounts are possible

Sensor control, image processing, acquisition and overlay PCIe board

  • PCIe x4 for full 4Kp60 bandwidth.
  • Live 4K SDI and HDMI monitor outputs. Broadcast quality video.
  • Genlock inputs and outputs.
  • Acquire 4K RAW and/or 4:2:2 video via PCIe.
  • Upload images for overlay/image injection on monitor outputs via PCIe.
  • Enciris’ Full ISP (Image Signal Processing) for advanced demosaicing, color correction, noise filtering, enhancements, scalers, exposure control, etc.
  • Fully FPGA based with the possibility of adding customer IP.
  • Linux and Windows drivers and API.
  • Multiple boards can be installed in a single system for multicamera, 3D/stereo, or mixed visible and non-visible imaging.
  • Additional video input via daughter module.


  • Special cameras requiring additional video processing on host PC.
  • Image capture and analysis.
  • Video recorder systems.
  • Scientific, surveillance, medical, military, aerospace, broadcast/movie, and machine vision systems.


  • Along with the 1/2” CMOS sensor, 1/3” and 2/3” versions will be available.
  • Zoom, Focus, and Iris motorized lens control on CMOS sensor unit.
  • 2 and 4 channel versions of the PCIe board allowing for the use of multiple remote CMOS sensors in space saving format.


  • Frame Rate: 4K 60fps: 50/60Hz
  • Exposure Shutter: 1/60 – 1/30000 (Auto and Manual mode)
  • Exposure Level (Fine Tuning Exposure Histogram): 0-1000 (Auto, One-Shot, Manual Mode)
  • Sensor Gain: 0.0 – 27.0 dB (Auto and Manual mode)
  • Binning Cross Gain: Auto and Manual mode
  • Sharpness: 0-3180 (Default is 1500)
  • White Balance: Auto mode
  • Hue: 0-512 (Default is 32)
  • Brightness: -50 to +50 (Default is 0)
  • Contrast: -50 to +50 (Default is 0)
  • Saturation: -125 to +125 (Default is 0)
  • Flare Composition: 0-12 (Default is 0)
  • Noise Filter: Allowed values of: 0 (off), 1 (low), 3 (max)
  • Output Colorspace: RGB 4:4:4, YUV 4:2:2 or YUV 4:4:4
  • Mirror/Flip Feature: Mirror, Flip, or Mirror and Flip Image


  • Image Sensor: Full 4K ½” CMOS sensor
  • Lens Mount: C-Mount or CS-Mount
  • Output Signals: HDMI 2.0 for 4K/UHD and full 1080p/HD at 50/60hz, Quad-SDI 4K UHD, 12G-SDI 4K UHD, 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI (Full HD/1080p 50/60Hz)
  • Other video input Signals: 12G-SDI 4KP60 input through optional cable
  • Camera Cable: up to 20m
  • Dimensions: Camera head: 37mm x 37mm x 34mm, PCIe acquisition and camera control board: 105mm x 100mm x 20mm
  • Weight: Camera head: 55g, PCIe acquisition and camera control board: 250g


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Typical Applications

  • HDTV capture and storage
  • Digital video recorders
  • Machine vision video recorders
  • Inspection systems
  • Video Medical systems
  • Teleconferencing
  • Video surveillance systems
  • Endoscopy DVR
  • Video Over Lan
  • Internet broadcasting
  • Inspection systems