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The Elphel cameras are highly customizable Network cameras.

Turnkey and OEM models exist, both are totally customizable for the customer's task.

Key features

  • High resolution sensors support
  • High speed compression: 80 MPix/s
  • There is many modes of shooting: JPEG, MJPEG, JP4, Motion JP4, HDR modes
  • There is many interfaces: Compact Flash, Ethernet 10/100, USB, RS-232;
  • User friendly scripting on the camera (PHP5, well defined and Open API)
  • Totally FreeSoftware: all firmware sources both for GNU/Linux and FPGA are distributed under GNU/GPL v3 license. The SDK is composed of FOSS components (not include ISE Webpack for FPGA development, but this software is freely downloadable)
  •  Full hardware documentation is also available under GNU/FDL v1.2 license.


  • POE 802.3af
  • or optionally a 9-36v POE (not 802.3af complaint)

Interesting possibilities

  • synchronized shooting (multiple sensors, multiple cameras, external trigger)
  • Standard GNU/Linux distribution offer the possibility to port existing software and kernel drivers for support more external devices (USB gadgets, converters, ...)
  • GPS and compass integration
  • RFID intergation
  • Focus helper
  • Data insertion into EXIF header (GPS, compass, INS, other telemetry, ..)
  • Parametres of shooting changing on the fly without loss of speed of shooting
  • Hooking up to 3 sensors to one camera

 Application areas 

  • scientific imagery and video applications
  •  medical imagery
  • timelapse videos (Including HDR support)
  • geotagging applications
  • high speed video
  • Observation of wildlife
  • Aerial imagery and video applications