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See3CAM_CU51 - 5MP Custom Lens Monochrome USB3 Camera

See3CAM_CU51 is a 5MP, UVC Compliant USB monochrome camera. This superspeed monochrome USB board camera is based on MT9P031 CMOS Image sensor from Aptina / ON Semiconductor with S-mount (M12) lens holder.

Monochrome USB Camera is UVC-Compliant and does not require any special camera drivers to be installed in the host PC. The native UVC drivers of Windows and Linux OS shall be compatible with this camera. The Monochrome USB Camera is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 host port.

M12 USB camera is ideal for customer applications where the flexibility for choosing a lens of their choice is required. This See3CAM_CU51 is a Ready-to-Manufacture camera board with all the necessary firmware built in and compatible with the USB Video Class (UVC) version 1.0 standard. Customers can integrate this camera in to their products right away and this helps our customers to cut short the Time-to-Market.

  • Houses e-CAM50_CU9P031_MOD - 5.0 MP MT9P031 Monochrome camera module
  • Fixed Focus with M12 lens holder
  • Electronic Rolling Shutter & Global Reset Release(GRR)
  • Output format: Monochrome – Unprocessed 12bit data per pixel
  • Plug-&-Play (UVC Compliant - No drivers required) and Backward compatibility with USB2.0 hosts with limited features and capabilities
  • Frame Rate (Y16)**
  • Resolution USB 3.0 USB 2.0
    VGA 120 fps (binned) 30 fps (binned)
    HD (720p) 60 fps (cropped) 12 fps (cropped)
    Full HD (1080p) 30 fps (cropped) 5 fps (cropped)
    5MP 14 fps 2 fps
  • Supported OS - Windows 10 *, Windows 8, Windows 7, Linux and MAC ***
  • USB 3.0 device with USB 3.0 Micro-B connector. Our Standard camera board will have USB 3.0 Micro-B connector
  • Operating Voltage - 5V
  • Operating Temperature Range : -30° to +70°C
  • Power requirements
    • Max : 1.5W
    • Min : 0.84W
  • 10 pin GPIO header
  • External Hardware Trigger Input
  • Size in mm (lxbxh): - 30 x 30 x 30.2 mm (with out lens)
  • Weight - 14 Grams (without lens)
                    23 Grams (with lens)
  • ROHS complaint
  • Lightweight, versatile, and portable design
  • Unique ID for each camera
  • Launched on: 11 Nov 2014
  • * - "Windows 10 Anniversary edition" is now supported only after Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607. For more information on the issue, read our blog - Video Capture Issues with Windows 10 Anniversary edition
  • ** Frame rates are subject to change depending upon lighting conditions
  • *** - For MAC OS support, please contact

Module Features:

Sensor:1/2.5" Optical form factor MT9P031 sensor

Focus Type:Fixed Focus

Resolution:5 MP

Pixel size:2.2 µm x 2.2 µm

Sensor Active Area:2592(H) x 1944(V)

Responsivity:1.4 V/lux-sec (550nm)


Dynamic Range:70.1dB

Output Format:12bit

Shutter type:Electronic Rolling Shutter (GRR)


Array Size:2592x1944 pixels

DFOV:5M – 81°(with the lens provided by e-con)

Please contact for any customization requirements.

Download See3CAM_CU51 - Technical Documents:


pdf  See3CAM_CU51 Datasheet

pdf  See3CAM_CU51 Lens Datasheet (S-Mount)

   User Manual

pdf  See3CAM_CU51 Getting Started Manual


pdf  e-CAMView - Windows SW Installation Guide

pdf  e-CAMView - Windows SW Application User


pdf  See3CAM_CU51 Linux Application User Manual

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Ordering Info:

Customers who own platforms that support USB 3.0 and are interested in evaluating the 5.0 mega pixel USB HD monochrome camera module can directly buy the See3CAM_CU51 from e-con Systems.

Part No Description Sample Price
(1 Unit)
Volume Price
(1000s pack)
See3CAM_CU51_MH 5.0MP Custom Lens USB 3.0 Camera with S-Mount Holder (Monochrome Micro-B connector) US$179 US$99 buy online
See3CAM_CU51_MHL 5.0 MP Custom Lens USB 3.0 Camera with S-Mount Holder & Lens (Monochrome Micro-B connector) US$279 - buy online

See3CAM_CU51_MH-5.0MP Custom Lens USB 3.0 Camera with S-Mount Holder (Monochrome Micro-B connector)

Sample Price (1 Unit)-US$179

Volume Price (1000 units)-US$99

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See3CAM_CU51_MHL-5.0 MP Custom Lens USB 3.0 Camera with S-Mount Holder & Lens (Monochrome Micro-B connector)

Sample Price (1 Unit)-US$279

Volume Price (1000 units)--

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In addition to See3CAM_CU51, the evaluation kit comes with e-CAMView (Windows) / QtCAM (Linux) - Sample application for Video Preview and Still Capture along with the UVC Extension features (for Windows 10 *, Windows 8, Windows 7, Linux and MAC **). For more details, please refer the evaluation kit contents below.

For all enquiries please write to

Kit Contents:

USB3 monochrome Camera

See3CAM_CU51 - Customization

  • Do you need a different lens mount (C-mount/CS-Mount) ?
  • Do you need assitance in choosing lens?
  • Do you need Lens correction?
  • Do you want a smaller form factor?
  • Do you want LED?
  • Complete customization of firmware and hardware as per customer requirements. Please contact us for any customization and additional features.

Monochrome USB Camera Customization

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Targeted Applications

»  Bar Code scanner

»  Medical Equipment

»  Measurement devices

»  Quality Inspection

»  Industrial Automation

»  Pattern recognition