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Case Temperature and Heat Dissipation

You must provide sufficient heat dissipation to control the internal operating temperature of the camera.

The camera is equipped with an on-board temperature sensor. It allows you to obtain the temperature of the camera board-level components. The sensor measures the ambient temperature within the case.

  As a result of packing the camera electronics into a small space, the outer case of the camera can become hot to the touch when running. This is expected behavior and will not damage the camera electronics.

To reduce heat, use a cooling fan to set up a positive air flow around the camera, taking into consideration the following precautions:

  • Mount the camera on a heat sink, such as a camera mounting bracket, made out of a heat-conductive material like aluminum.
  • Make sure the flow of heat from the camera case to the bracket is not blocked by a non-conductive material like plastic.
  • Make sure the camera has enough open space around it to facilitate the free flow of air.

To access temperature information:

  • Query the GenICam Device Control feature DeviceTemperature.


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