Basler Camera#

ros-basler: Docker pylon-ROS-camera

Basler provides an official pylon ROS driver for Basler GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras. This project provides a docker wrapper for it.


  • pylon_colour_camera_node.launch that creates a colour node when using yuv422 image encoding.

Getting Started#

Run the container with:

docker-compose up -d

This will build the container first.

In the docker-compose.yml file, the important line is:

command: roslaunch pylon_camera pylon_colour_camera_node.launch

Camera Setup#

In UserSet2 specify the following:

  • binning 2

  • output resolution (after binning) 1450 x 1450

  • center x and y

Camera Calibration#

The pylon ROS driver can accept a camera calibration file.

VERY IMPORTANT Run xhost + on the client in order to see the GUI.

Access the container with:

docker exec -it ros-basler bash
  1. To run the calibration on a 10x7 checkerboard with 20.1mm squares:

rosrun camera_calibration --size 10x7 --square 0.0201 image:=/basler/image_color camera:=/basler

Read the docs for further info.

  1. Save the calibration and copy the yaml file from the calibrationdata.tgz

  2. paste the calibration in config/

  3. In config/colour_camera.yaml point it to the calibration file.


To save an image to file, run:

rosrun image_view image_saver image:=/basler/image_color


Comment out the command: ... line.

Enter the container with:

docker exec -it ros-basler-camera /bin/bash

Start the driver with:

roslaunch pylon_camera pylon_colour_camera_node.launch


roslaunch pylon_camera pylon_camera_node.launch

GigE Cameras IP Configuration can be done using the command:

roslaunch pylon_camera pylon_camera_ip_configuration.launch


<node ns="pylon_camera_node" name="rgb_converter" pkg="image_proc" type="image_proc" >

<!-- rotate the image -->
<node ns="basler" name="image_rotator" pkg="image_rotate" type="image_rotate" >
    <param name="target_frame_id" value="" />
    <param name="target_x" value="0.0" />
    <param name="target_y" value="1.0" />
    <param name="target_z" value="0.0" />

    <param name="source_x" value="0.0" />
    <param name="source_y" value="-1.0" />
    <param name="source_z" value="0.0" />
    <remap from="image" to="/basler/image_rect_color" />
    <remap from="rotated/image" to="image_rotated" />
</node> -->

<!-- Adds a new node called image_resizer/image -->
<!-- in the remap, the to="..." should be the actual topic we want to subscribe to -->
<node pkg="nodelet" type="nodelet" name="image_resizer" args="standalone image_proc/resize">
    <param name="scale_width" type="double" value="0.5"/>
    <param name="scale_height" type="double" value="0.5"/>
    <remap from="image" to="/pylon_camera_node/image_color" />
    <remap from="camera_info" to="/pylon_camera_node/camera_info" />

Implementation Specific Notes#

The Basler camera we are using is: Basler acA4600-7gc.

The camera lens we are using is: C125-0418-5M-P f4mm. The f4mm lens has an approximate effective focal length of 23mm.

In Göttingen we have the lens mounted 67cm above the work surface. This allows us to capture the entire work surface in the image. Göttingen also has the f25mm lens from Basler. All compatible lenses can be found here. The f25mm lens has an approximate effective focal length of 150mm. This means that when mounted above the table at 67cm only a small part of the work surface is in the image.

  1. Download and install the Pylon camera software suite. Link: pylon 6.1.1 Camera Software Suite Linux x86 (64 Bit) - Debian Installer Package

  2. To connect to the Basler camera over ethernet, create a new ethernet profile with settings:

  • IPv4 Method: Manual

  • Address:

  • Netmask:

  • Gateway:

  1. Open the pylon viewer (on the host machine) and check that the Basler Camera appears here.

  2. Settings to set for the Basler camera in pylon Viewer, see images in notes folder. Alternatively, do the following:

In Pylon Viewer first set Configuration Sets to Default configuration Set. Then:

  • In Analog Controls set Gain Auto -> Continuous, and Gamma Selector -> sRGB.

  • In Image Format Controls set set Pixel Format -> YUV 422 (YUYV) Packed.

  • In AOI Controls set width and height -> 2900 and Center X and Y -> True.

  • In Color Improvements Control set Balance White Auto -> Continuous.

  • In Acquisition Controls set Exposure Auto -> Continuous (this is the same as pressing the Automatic Image adjustment button I think?).

Now in Configuration Sets save to User Set 1 so that it can be loaded again easily.

For fine tuning:

  • In Auto Function Parameters set Target gray Value to 50

If the FPS is very low (sub 5 fps) it could be because there is not enough light and the continuous exposure is turning up the exposure time. To fix this, open up the aperture or use more light in the room.