Using Third Party Camera Link Frame Grabber with NI-IMAQ

Updated Aug 24, 2018

Reported In


  • Camera


  • LabVIEW
  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Issue Details

I have a Camera Link camera and Frame Grabber by a vendor other than National Instruments. 
The vendor provided a LabVIEW API with examples that I can use to access the camera from LabVIEW, but I am not able to interact with the camera with NI-MAX.


NI-IMAQ is the driver required to work in LabVIEW with Camera Link cameras. However, it only works with Frame Grabbers by National Instruments.

You may use a National Instruments Camera Link Frame Grabber instead, but if this is not an option, then you may use the vendor code library and examples (if provided) to develop a LabVIEW application. The camera will not be accessible from NI-MAX in the last case.