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Professional/Personal FAQ
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The world's most versatile digital cameras, the Pixera Professional and Pixera Personal are pure 100% digital 1.2 million pixel cameras that go beyond simple electronic snapshot photography. Our unique optical DiRactor (Diaphragm Refractor) and software image processing technology enable you to capture and share high-resolution documents and pictures.

The Pixera Professional features a variable-focus C-mount lens that can focus at object as close as 1" from the lens with a simple repro-stand using the tripod screw mount.

The Pixera Personal has a fixed-focus built-in lens that focuses at 8 inches for easy flat-art capturing from its stand/carrying case, or simply mount it on a tripod for even more versatility.

Use them with your desktop computer (PCI interface). Capture motion video and high-resolution images for anything you create on your computer. Click the shutter and its on your hard disk within seconds. Communicate your ideas, in person by using compatible video conferencing software.
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What Is The Pixera Visual Communication System?
What are the Pixera Visual Communication Suite applications?
What does Pixera Video for Windows Provide?
Does the Pixera Camera system support the TWAIN interface or Photoshop Plug-ins?
How can the Pixera Visual Communication System be used?
How do Pixera Cameras differ from competitors cameras?
What is the difference between Pixera Professional and Pixera Personal?
Is the Pixera Camera System more difficult to use than a conventional camera?
Is there a way to avoid connecting a computer to the Pixera Camera to take pictures?
Do I need a video capture card/frame grabber to use the Pixera Camera?
How is the Pixera Camera System powered?
How long is the interface cable?
What are the system requirements to use the Pixera Camera System?
How does the Pixera Camera achieve a one-million-pixel resolution from a 1/3" CCD?
What is the pixel size?
What is the image size of the CCD?
What is the image resolution of the CCD chip?
What is the depth of field?
What is the ASA rating for the camera at normal exposure?
What is the dynamic range of the Pixera Digital Camera?
What is The Pixera Camera system's sensitivity?
What light sources can be used with Pixera's Digital Camera?
Does the Pixera Camera have a built-in flash?
Can the Pixera Camera capture 24-bit color images even if the display (monitor) only supports grayscale?
Can the Pixera Camera capture an image that has better resolution than the display?
How is white balance set? Is manual override for exposure and color balance available?
How long does it take to capture an image?
Where are the digital images stored?
What are optimum printing sizes for captured images?
How big is the image area for an image taken at minimum focusing distance using the Pixera Personal and using the Pixera Professional camera?
How big is the image file for each picture?
What type of image compression does the camera use?
What is the resolution of 4"x5" and 8"x10" prints, in pixels per inch (ppi)?
What is the advantage of a through-the-lens viewfinder versus an optical viewfinder?
What Twain Compliant Software Programs is the Pixera Camera Compatible With?
What Macintosh Programs is the Pixera Compatible With?
How long is the warranty period?
How does Pixera handle installation, service and periodic upgrades of the Pixera Camera System?
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What Is The Pixera Visual Communication System?

The Pixera Visual Communication System is the fastest and easiest tool to capture images to your computer. The Pixera Visual Communication System comes in two models, the Pixera Personal and the Pixera Professional.

THE PIXERA PERSONAL

  • Fixed-focus lens
  • For general business and personal use
  • PCI Interface
  • Supports Windows and MacOS

THE PIXERA PROFESSIONAL

  • Flexibility of interchangable C-Mount lenses
  • Image capture through a scientific instrument such as a microscope.
  • For professional and technical users
  • PCI Interface
  • Supports Windows and MacOS

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What are the Pixera Visual Communication Suite applications?

Pixera Visual Communication Suite currently provides three primary applications:

  • Pixera Studio
  • Pixera Album
  • Pixera Motion

Pixera Studio provides the following features:

• Image acquisition
• Opening and viewing multiple images
• Zoom in and Zoom out windows
• Making marquee and lasso selections
• Extending/reducing selection
• Cut and paste a selection
• Selecting colors using eyedropper (Windows 95 only)
• Pasting selections
• Manipulating images:
• Previewing and applying effects to more than one image
• Rotating, flipping, cropping, and resizing an image
• Making color corrections:
• Previewing before and after
• Converting an image to grayscale
• Adjusting brightness/contrast, gamma, hue/saturation
• Adjusting color balance
• Oil painting
• Using filters to modify images
• Blur, sharpen, mosaic, posterize, and emboss
• Image file formats (JPEG, TIFF, PICT, BMP)

TWAIN
Manual auto-white balance

Pixera Album provides the following features:

• Organizing media files
• Viewing, creating, opening, deleting an album
• Viewing media file thumbnails
• Adding/deleting media files to/from album
• Moving, copying media files
• Query/filtering media files
• Changing a media file's properties
• Drag and drop between applications
• Printing more than one image per page


Pixera Motion provides the following features:

• Record, inspect, playback and save a video-clip or time framed sequence
• Send video mail
• Record audio with a video capture
• Schedule a continuous timed recording
• Controlled stop motion/one frame per click
• Cut individual frame and paste into Pixera Studio
• Make color corrections

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What are the Pixera Visual Communication Suite applications?

The motion video feature is available in AVI format to run on Windows 95 and in QuickTime format under Macintosh.

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What does Pixera Video for Windows Provide?

Pixera Video for Windows Provides:

Video conferencing capability at up to 10 frames per second live motion

Compatible with:

• Microsoft NetMeeting 2.0 (Win95)
• White Pine Enhanced CU-SeeMee 2.0 (Mac)
• SmithMicro Audio Vision 2.0 and VideoLink NET 1.0 (Win95)
• VocalTech Internet Phone 4.0 (Win95)

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Does the Pixera Camera system support the TWAIN interface or Photoshop Plug-ins?

Yes, the Pixera Camera system currently supports TWAIN on Windows 95 and Windows NT. Macintosh has both VDIG and Adobe Photoshop plug-ins available.

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How can the Pixera Visual Communication System be used?

Pixera's Visual Communication System can be used in a wide range of applications, including:

  • Video Conferencing: communicate with associates/colleagues face-to-face when you are physically miles away
  • Web/multimedia authoring: capture an image and put it up on a web page instantly
  • Desktop publishing: capture images and incorporate them into presentations, making news letters, brochures, and reports, etc
  • Medical/Industrial/Scientific imaging: capture images through a microscope or telescope, or close-up with a variety of different C-Mount lenses
  • Law enforcement/ID imaging: take mug shots, fingerprint samples or collect evidence at a crime scene
  • Mobile applications: capture an image and send it back to your office via e-mail in seconds
  • Video stills: capture images to be manipulated, enhanced, or printed
  • Image database: capture images and store them for later retrieval in Pixera Album, an image database management application
  • Time lapse motion capture: set the viewfinder to record moving images and capture them unattended on a time sequence basis, i.e. - every 60 seconds

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How do Pixera Cameras differ from competitors cameras?

  • Pixera offers 1.2 million pixels which provides superior image resolution at a fraction of the cost of other systems
  • PCI or PCMCIA interface
  • Three modes with three different viewfinder window sizes to preview image: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120
  • Through-the-lens motion viewfinder-"what you see is what you get". Capture a picture perfect image the first time
  • Pixera camera system's 24 bit color 2-D or 3-D Image with RGB color capability approaches the viewing quality found only in higher priced two- or three-CCD camera systems
  • Powerful bundled software suites for image enhancement and management at no additional charge
  • Capture still or moving images
  • Multi-platform system capability - Win95, WinNT and Mac software included

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What is the difference between Pixera Professional and Pixera Personal?

The optical block in the Pixera Professional camera is engineered differently in order to accomplish the variable focus function. This allows use of different C-Mount lenses which make the camera more versitile for different applications.

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Is the Pixera Camera System more difficult to use than a conventional camera?

The Pixera Camera System is just as easy to use as a conventional point-and-shoot camera. The Pixera Camera lets you capture any digital image with just the press of a button. Simply open the viewfinder and frame the subject in the viewfinder window. Click the image capture button and the camera captures the image exactly as it appears in the viewfinder.

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Is there a way to avoid connecting a computer to the Pixera Camera to take pictures?

No. The Pixera Camera is a tethered unit. It has to be connected to a computer at all times. The advantage of a tethered unit is that you can preview the image, then capture it as you see through the viewfinder window. In addition, it can capture high resolution images that cannot fit on a flash memory card.

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Do I need a video capture card/frame grabber to use the Pixera Camera?

No. Both the Professional and Personal comes with its own PCI card. The Pixera Camera itself generates separate Red, Green, and Blue information that yields much higher quality color than the chrominance/luminance information produced by normal video cameras. This higher color quality is in addition to the already improved resolution possible with the Pixera Camera.

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How is the Pixera Camera System powered?

The Pixera Camera unit uses the power of its host computer system. It requires only 1.2W of power. This low power consumption makes the camera system ideal for mobile applications.

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How long is the interface cable?

Pixera's PCI (Desktop) interface cable is 10 feet long. An additional 30' PCI cable is available separately for the PCI Interface camera only.

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What are the system requirements to use the Pixera Camera System?

System requirements for Windows 95 and Windows NT platforms are Pentium processor and 24MB RAM (32MB recommended). For the Macintosh platform: PowerPC or higher processor, 24MB RAM (32MB strongly recommended) and System 7.5.3 or higher.

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How does the Pixera Camera achieve a one-million-pixel resolution from a 1/3" CCD?

Pixera camera achieves the one million pixel resolution through its innovative, patented optical image capture mechanism. The Pixera camera captures four frames of the image and overlays them, increasing the resolution of the image to four times the resolution of the CCD chip (250,000 pixels).

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What is the pixel size?

The pixel size of the CCD is 9.6(m (H) x 7.5 (m (V).

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What is the image size of the CCD?

The image size of the 1/3" CCD is 4.9mm (H) x 3.7mm (V).

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What is the image resolution of the CCD chip?

The resolution of the CCD chip is 516x492 pixels.

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What is the depth of field?

The depth of field of Pixera Personal model with the standard lens provided is 1(1/2 inch. The depth of field for the C-Mount Pixera Professional model depends on the lens used. Using a lens with a built-in iris will also allow the depth of field to be adjustable.

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What is the ASA rating for the camera at normal exposure?

The ASA rating of Pixera digital camera is ASA 100.

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What is the dynamic range of the Pixera Digital Camera?

The dynamic range of the Pixera Camera system is 3x signal to noise.

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What is The Pixera Camera system's sensitivity?

ISO100 equivalency.

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What light sources can be used with Pixera's Digital Camera?

Any light source can be used. It functions best under general lighting conditions.

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Does the Pixera Camera have a built-in flash?

No. The Pixera Camera provides high light sensitivity and a wide range of shutter speeds. This means that the Pixera Camera can take good quality pictures in poor lighting conditions. A flash will not be necessary for most lighting conditions.

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Can the Pixera Camera capture 24-bit color images even if the display (monitor) only supports grayscale?

Yes. The images just won't display as well on a system that does not have high color (16-bit) or true color (24-bit) display. They can be printed and saved as 24-bit color images, however.

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Can the Pixera Camera capture an image that has better resolution than the display?

Yes. The Pixera Camera will capture an image at the resolution you choose regardless of the resolution the monitor can display.

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How is white balance set? Is manual override for exposure and color balance available?

Auto-white balance is set by default or it may be set in an off position prior to image capture. Auto-white balance allows the color balance to be adjusted automatically under varying lighting conditions. QuickTime VR and microscopy users may wish to use our manual override variable white balance feature in order to preserve color contrast and balance across a sequence of captures. Semi-Auto white balance is a new feature that allos the user to callibrate the white balance for different lighting conditions.

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How long does it take to capture an image?

On the Windows 95 platform with a Pentium 200 system, the image capture and process time of a high resolution image is about 5-7 seconds. On the Macintosh platform, the image capture and process time of a high resolution image is 5-10 seconds.

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Where are the digital images stored?

The images are stored directly on the host PC's hard disk for easy access. The number of images stored is limited only by the host PC's hard disk space and the size of the image files. A high resolution image at 1280x1024 dpi consumes 3.7MB of memory, but can be reduced by an average of 90% through .JPEG compression, which is supported by Pixera.

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What are optimum printing sizes for captured images?

The camera's image resolution can be up to 1260x960 pixels (1280 x 1024 on Macintosh) providing acceptable print size for pictures up to 5.5"x 4.5".

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How big is the image area for an image taken at minimum focusing distance using the Pixera Personal and using the Pixera Professional camera?

Using the Pixera Personal camera, the image area is 3"x4" with the minimum focusing distance of 8 inches. The image area is 1.1"x1.7" using the 1 inch minimum focusing distance with the Pixera Professional model.

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How big is the image file for each picture?

The size of an image file depends on the resolution the image was taken with. The maximum uncompressed image size is 3.7MB, at 1260 x 960 pixels resolution (Windows platform). However, when compressed using .JPEG file format, the file size of a high resolution image is between 100k to 200k on a Windows platform and between 50k to 300k on a Macintosh platform.

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What type of image compression does the camera use?

The camera uses the industry-standard, adjustible JPEG compression.

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What is the resolution of 4"x5" and 8"x10" prints, in pixels per inch (ppi)?

The resolution of a 4"x5" print is 250x200 dpi. The resolution of a 8"x10" print is 125x100 dpi.

Because the Pixera camera provides 1.2 million pixel resolution (1260 x 960 under Windows), you can determine the image resolution in dpi (dots per inch), simply by dividing 1000 by the dimension of your image. For a 4"x5" print, for instance, the horizontal resolution in dpi is 1000/4 = 250 and the vertical resolution is 1000/5=200 dpi.

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What is the advantage of a through-the-lens viewfinder versus an optical viewfinder?

A through-the-lens viewfinder enables an extremely accurate image capture. This is often referred to as "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG). It also allows for manual color correction of your photos. An optical viewfinder on the other hand, may cause distortion.

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What Twain Compliant Software Programs is the Pixera Camera Compatible With?

Optimas v6.1
MGI PhotoSuite 8.05
Micrographix Windows Draw 5
Micrographix Photo Magic 4.0a

Noesis Visilog 5
Adobe PhotoShop v4.0 or higher
Presto1 ImagePage v1.0
UTHSCSA Image Tool

Media Cybernetics Image-Pro Plus, Gel-Pro & Materials-Pro Analyzer

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What Macintosh Programs is the Pixera Compatible With?

Through Pixera's PhotoShop Plug-In you are able to use a wide variety of 3rd party software application programs including:

Adobe PhotoShop 3 and 4
Adobe Premier
Deneba Canvas
NIH Image
Claris Works
QuickTime VR
"Live Picture"

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How long is the warranty period?

Pixera offers a one year limited manufacturer's warranty and 30-day money back product guarantee through Pixera Corporation and our resellers.

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How does Pixera handle installation, service and periodic upgrades of the Pixera Camera System?

Installation is no more complicated than adding a PCI card to your computer system, putting the installation disk into your drive, and installing the device driver and application software. The Pixera Camera system provides a detailed installation guide. However, if you need additional assistance, we are ready to assist you over the phone or e-mail. Currently, we do not charge for technical support assistance. Bug fixes/software upgrades are available to registered customers from our web site, www.pixera.com.

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If you have any other questions about The Pixera Camera System, please submit them to sales@pixera.com or call Pixera's toll free number, 1-888-4-PIXERA (1-888-474-9372).