NI 1742 Smart Camera Machine Vision Solution With Built-In Lighting Controller

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  • NI recommends the new, higher performance NI 1752 for new applications.
  • Monochrome 640 x 480 CCD image sensor
  • 533 MHz PowerPC
  • Quadrature encoder support, optoisolated digital I/O, and dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • Program with LabVIEW Real-Time Module or configure with Vision Builder AI
  • Includes Vision Builder AI for programming NI Smart Cameras
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NI recommends the new, higher performance NI 1752 for new applications.

The NI 1742 Smart Camera, powered by a 533 MHz PowerPC processor, is a real-time target for machine vision. The high-quality Sony CCD image sensor acquires monochrome VGA (640 x 480) resolution images at 60 frames per second. Camera I/O includes two optoisolated digital inputs, two optoisolated digital outputs, one RS232 serial port, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. The NI 1742 also features quadrature encoder support and a direct drive lighting controller that can drive current controlled lights up to 500 mA continuous or 1 A strobed.

You can configure the NI Smart Camera with NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI), an easy-to-use stand-alone programming environment for creating full visual inspection applications. The NI Smart Camera features a license for Vision Builder AI software that you can use to access the full list of functions to program any NI Smart Camera and to emulate NI Smart Cameras even when the hardware is not physically connected.

If you prefer more customization, you can program the NI Smart Camera with NI LabVIEW software and the NI Real-Time Vision Development Bundle that includes all of the modules needed for programming LabVIEW vision applications on real-time targets.

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NI 1742 Smart Camera

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NI Smart Camera - Includes NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection Software

Camera, NI 1742 Smart Camera 780147-01 Included in price

Software and Services

LabVIEW Real-Time Vision Development Bundle, Include 1 Year SSP 779324-35 Add $ 5,200

NI Vision Development Module, Include 1 Year SSP 777859-35 Add $ 3,736

Power Supplies and I/O Accessories

NI 17XX, Desktop Power Supply 24V, 63W 780237-01 Add $ 145

NI Smart Camera I/O Accessory 780443-01 Add $ 201

Cable, 15-Pin DSUB to Pigtail, 5M 197818-05 Add $ 32

Unshielded Screw Terminal Breakout and 2M 15-Pin DSUB Cable 780261-01 Add $ 76

Power Cord, AC, U.S., 120 VAC, 2.3 meters 763000-01 Add $ 9



Light, 4X4 Back Light (Red) 780221-01 Add $ 688

Light, Ring Light (Red) 780222-01 Add $ 456

Light, Linear Array (Red) 780223-01 Add $ 630

Light, Spot Light (Red) 780224-01 Add $ 336

Mounting Accessories

Pan and Tilt Mount for NI Smart Cameras 782509-01 Add $ 162

Tripod Adapter for NI 17XX Smart Camera 199173-01 Add $ 64

Panel Mount Kit for NI 17XX Smart Camera 199175-01 Add $ 42

Ethernet Cables


Training Credit(s) 780153-01 Add $ 340

10 training credits are redeemable for LabVIEW Core 1 and LabVIEW Machine Vision and Image Processing training courses within 1 year of purchase. NI recommends these courses if you plan to develop custom Smart Camera applications with LabVIEW.

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