In the world of machine vision and automated optical inspection systems, smart cameras receive a lot of attention. In fact, they are often presented as the favored—if not only solution. Like PC-based vision systems, which include a camera, frame grabber, commercial motherboard and vision library, smart cameras also have strengths and weaknesses. Here are 10 truths about smart cameras—from a smart camera and PC-based vision component vendor—to help you determine if they really are the best choice for your next vision application.

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