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Firefly® MV
The small and affordable Firefly MV line offers 11 different combinations of CMOS image sensor (0.3 and 1.3 MP), form factor (board-level and housed) and interface (FireWire and USB 2.0) that are designed to address a wide variety of applications in industrial and non-industrial imaging.
0.3 MP
  • Micron MT9V022 CMOS, 1/3", 6.0 µm
  • Global Shutter
  • 752x480 at 60 FPS

Board level option available to OEM volume customers; please contact sales

A/D Converter On chip 10-bit
Image Data Output 8, 16-bit digital data
Image Data Formats Y8, Y16 (mono), 8-bit and 16-bit raw Bayer data (color)
Partial Image Modes Pixel binning and region of interest (ROI) modes
Image Processing Gamma, lookup table, hue, saturation, and sharpness
Gain Automatic/Manual Gain modes
0 dB to 12 dB
Gamma 0 to 1
White Balance Automatic/manual modes, programmable via software
Color Processing On-camera in YUV or RGB format, or on-PC in Raw format
Digital Interface 6-pin IEEE 1394a for camera control, video data, and power
Transfer Rates 400 Mb/s
GPIO 7-pin JST GPIO connector, 4 pins for trigger and strobe, 1 pin +3.3 V, 1 VEXT pin for external power
External Trigger Modes IIDC Trigger Modes 0 and 3
Synchronization Via external trigger or software trigger (on same bus only), or free-running (using standard video formats/modes operating at 30 FPS and 60 FPS only)
Shutter Global Shutter
Automatic/Manual/Extended Shutter modes
0.03 ms to 512 ms (extended shutter mode)
Memory Channels 3 memory channels for custom camera settings
Flash Memory N/A
Dimensions 44 x 34 x 24.4 mm (excluding lens holder and connectors)
Mass 37 g (without optics or tripod mounting bracket)
Power Consumption 8 to 30 V, 1 W at 12 V via 1394a interface
Camera Specification IIDC v1.31
Camera Control via FlyCapture SDK, CSRs, or third party software
Camera Updates In-field firmware updates
Lens Mount CS-mount
Temperature Operating: 0° to 40°C; Storage: -30° to 60°C
Emissions Compliance CE, FCC, RoHS
Operating System Windows XP SP1
Warranty One year

Board level option available to qualified customers.

Development Kit Contents
The following items are included in the Firefly MV FireWire Development Accessory Kit DEVKIT-01-0005:

  • ACC-01-2002: 2 meter, 6-pin to 6-pin, ultra-thin IEEE-1394 cable
  • ACC-01-1000: IEEE-1394 OHCI PCI Host Adapter 3 port-400 Mbps card
  • ACC-01-3002: Male GPIO connector pre-wired for quick and easy access
The following items are included in the Development Accessory Kit DEVKIT-01-0003:

  • 2 meter USB 2.0 cable (Type A to Mini-B 5-pin)
  • ACC-01-3002: GPIO wiring harness
  • Firefly MV and Chameleon Getting Started Manuals

Emissions and RoHS Compliance
FCC / CE Compliance

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off or on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

RoHS / WEEE Compliance
This product is RoHS and WEEE compliant.


Firefly MV Downloads

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Firefly MV Documentation

Related Articles

pdf Product Datasheet
pdf Getting Started Manual IEEE-1394a
Tech Ref Technical Reference Manual (Login Required)
White Paper 
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Product Change Notifications
PDF PCN2009007A - Change to CS-Mount Lens Holder Exterior Appearance
PDF PCN2009001A - Discontinuation - Firefly MV Board-Level 1394a w/ CS Lens Mount
PDF PCN2009002A - Discontinuation - Firefly MV Board-Level 1394a w/ M12 Lens Mount
PDF PCN2009003A - Discontinuation - Firefly MV 1394a Development Accessory Kit
PDF PCN2009006A - Printed Circuit Board Revision to Add Physical Layer Port Protection
PDF PCN2010009A - USB2 vertical connector change
PDF PCN2011003A - Change to ACC-01-0003 Tripod Mounts
PDF PCN2011011A - IR Filter Vendor Change

Technical Application Notes / White Papers
PDF TAN2009004 - Storing data in flash memory
PDF TAN2009003 - Getting Started with FlyCapture 2.0 and Linux
PDF TAN2004003 - PGR FlyCapture SDK Color Processing Algorithm Performance
PDF TAN2004004 - Synchronizing to an external signal using DCAM 1.31 Trigger Mode_0
PDF TAN2006007 - Wiring specification for Firefly MV mini 1394 connector
PDF TAN2007001 - Exceeding bandwidth limitations when using Format 7
PDF TAN2007003 - Developing DirectShow applications with FlyCapture
PDF TAN2008001 - Factors to consider with multiple camera arrays
PDF TAN2008002 - High dynamic range modes in the Firefly MV
PDF TAN2008009 - Extending the distance between camera and host
PDF TAN2008011 - Working with embedded image information
PDF TAN2008013 - White blemish pixel defects
PDF TAN2009001 - Creating a board-level multiple camera array for OEM applications
PDF TAN2010002 - Selecting a Lens for your Camera
PDF TAN2010003 - Image Tearing Causes and Solutions

Knowledge Base Articles
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