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Supported image acquisition hardware

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Imatest Master and Imatest IT Acquisition library support direct acquisition from a wide range of frame grabbers and cameras, as well as industry standard interfaces like CameraLink, GigE Vision, and USB through DirectShow (Windows) or QuickTime (OS X). Direct image acquisition cuts out several steps in the image quality testing process and allows for in-the-loop testing with Imatest.

Is your device not supported? See: How to get support for your image acquisition hardware.

Note: As of Imatest 5.0 image acquisition capabilities were added to Imatest Master and Imatest IS was phased out of our product lineup. 
Note: Imatest 2020.2 (October 2020):  There has been a tremendous speedup for modules that use direct image acquisition (Rescharts, Color/Tone, and Uniformity Interactive). The speedup enables realtime analysis of sharpness. Learn more in Using direct image acquisition.

Supported devices

The tables shown below briefly list the supported vendors and interfaces. Before acquiring, please install the manufacturer’s device drivers. Note that on Windows some devices and interfaces require that a third-party installer is run before the device can be recognized.

If there is a device or vendor that is not supported, but should be, or if you have questions about the support status of a specific device, please contact

Frame grabbers

Vendor  Minimum Imatest version OSX Windows 64-bit Windows 32-bit
Bitflow  4.1
Blackmagic Design[1] 4.2 X
Data Translation 4.0 X X
Epiphan 3.10
Imperx 4.0 X
Matrox 4.0 X
National Instruments 4.0 X
Teledyne DALSA Sapera 4.0 X
Teledyne DALSA IFC 4.0 X X 


[1] Support for the DeckLink product line only.


Vendor  OSX Windows 64-bit Windows 32-bit
Allied Vision Technologies
Automation Technology
Baumer ✓
FLIR [1]
Hamamatsu X ✓  ✓ 
Hitachi [2]
Imperx [2] ✓ 
JAI [2] 
Lumenera X
Matrix Vision  [4]  [4]   ✓[4] 
Microsoft X ✓ 
Point Grey  [1]  ✓
QImaging X  ✓
Teledyne Dalsa [2]
Toshiba Teli [1]
VRmagic X


[1] GigE Vision and DCAM IEEE 1394b interfaces only

[2] GigE Vision interface only

[3] DCAM IEEE 1394b interface only

[4] GigE Vision and USB interfaces only

[5] Consumer cameras are not supported

 Note: cameras with an interface other than GigE, IEEE 1394b, and USB will require an appropriate frame grabber.

General interfaces

Interface Minimum Imatest version OSX Windows 64-bit Windows 32-bit
Android Camera Interface 4.0
CameraLink 4.0  X
GigE Vision 4.0
GenICam 4.0 X
DCAM IEEE 1394b 4.0
OS Generic Video 

(DirectShow, Quicktime)

USB Webcams (UVC) 4.0


Note: Motion JPEG is the only input format supported for IP Cameras. 


Sensor evaluation boards

Vendor Minimum Imatest version OS X Windows 64-bit Windows 32-bit
ON Semi 3.6  X  ✓  ✓
Omnivision 3.10  X  ✓  ✓
Toshiba 3.6  X  ✓  ✓
STMicroelectronics 3.9  X  ✓  ✓
Graphin EasyLab 3.6  X  ✓  ✓


Tested hardware

Below is the list of hardware that has been tested in-house and is known to work well with Imatest IS.

Vendor Model Device type Interface(s)
Adimec 2000m camera CameraLink
Allied Vision Technologies Prosilica GC750 camera GigE Vision
Google/LG Nexus 5 D820 camera Android Camera Interface
Omnivision OV8830 camera sensor Omnivision OVTAPantherM
Omnivision OV3640 camera sensor Omnivision OVTAPantherM
Omnivision OV00-0026 sensor evaluation board Omnivision OVTAPantherM
Omnivision OV538 sensor evaluation board Omnivision OVTAPantherM
Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K frame grabber SD/HD/Ultra HD 6G-SDI, HDMI 1.4b
Epiphan DVI2PCI frame grabber DVI
National Instruments PCIe-1427 frame grabber CameraLink
Teledyne Dalsa Xcelera-CL PX4 frame grabber CameraLink


Third-party installers

Some third-party installers must be run in order to enable support in for direct acquisition. If you are using a device from any of the following vendors or interfaces, please run the installer and restart Imatest IS before acquiring.

  Imatest 32-bit  Imatest 64-bit
DCAM IEEE 1394b x86 x64
National Instruments x86 x64
Point Grey x86 x64
QImaging x86 x64
GenICam x86 x64