2K Stereo Camera
The World's First
3D Camera for Depth Sensing
and Motion Tracking
A camera that sees like we do
Using advanced sensing technology based on human stereo vision, the ZED camera adds depth perception, positional tracking and 3D mapping to any application.
6-Axis Positional Tracking
Thanks to one of the most advanced visual odometry technology ever built, you can track camera motion in 3D space and get position and orientation at up to 100Hz with millimeter accuracy. No markers or external sensors needed. Supports Unity and ROS.
Large-scale 3D Mapping
ZEDfu is the world's first large-scale and real-time 3D reconstruction application. Use ZEDfu to capture 3D meshes of any environment in seconds, and export your scans in OBJ and PLY files with textures to Blender, Unity and more.
“The ZED camera’s unmatched resolution, frame rate, and its ease of integration makes it one of the most powerful 3D camera.”
- Sertac K, MIT
“The Jetson community is very excited by what Stereolabs has achieved with the ZED.”
- DEEPU T, VP and GM Tegra, NVIDIA
“I've been in robotics for many years now, and the quality of this stereo camera for the price is a real game changer.”
- Paul D, Developer
Unlock the power of stereo depth sensing
ZED allows you to freely navigate through virtual worlds with any mobile VR headset, create autonomous drones and robots that understand their environment, capture 3D data for sports and retail analytics, and more.
How does the ZED work?
The ZED is a passive stereo camera that reproduces the way human vision works. Using its two “eyes” and through triangulation, the ZED creates a three-dimensional model of the scene it observes and can localize itself in 3D space.
How is the ZED different from other depth sensors?
Up until now, 3D sensors have been limited up to perceiving depth at short range and indoors. The ZED Stereo Camera is the first sensor to introduce indoor and outdoor long range depth perception along with 3D motion tracking capabilities, enabling new applications in many industries: consumer electronics, AR/VR, drones, robotics, retail, VFX, 3D printing and more.
What is the output of the ZED?
The ZED captures two synchronized left and right videos of a scene and outputs a full resolution side-by-side color video on USB 3.0. This color video is used by the ZED software on the host machine to create a depth map of the scene.
Developers have access to the color video, depth map, and confidence map.
Can I use the ZED for positional tracking?
Yes, since 1.0 the camera is not only space-aware but can also estimate its position and orientation in real-time. This allows you to create exciting new applications in various fields such as virtual reality, autonomous robotics and VFX.
Can I do 3D scanning with the camera?
Yes, you can download our ZEDfu app which lets you scan large-scale environments and capture 3D mesh in real-time. We do not recommend using the ZED for close-up 3D scanning. For more information, read ZEDfu documentation.
Is there an API available?
Yes! Developers can download the ZED SDK on our Developer page. We also have a GitHub page
that we update on a regular basis.
What third-party libraries do you support?
The ZED SDK and our GitHub page
includes plugins and samples for Unity, OpenCV, ROS, PCL, Oculus SDK and Matlab.
Can I use the ZED without the SDK?
Yes, the ZED camera is UVC (Universal Video Class) compliant so you can capture the left and right video streams of the ZED on Windows, Linux and OSX without the ZED SDK.
Which OS and embedded platforms are supported by the ZED SDK?
The ZED SDK is compatible with Windows and Linux. It can run on any PC that meets the minimum hardware requirements, and on NVIDIA Jetson TK1 and TX1 embedded boards.
Which graphics cards are supported by the ZED SDK?
The ZED SDK requires an NVIDIA GPU with a compute capability > 2. If you don’t have an NVIDIA GPU, or you're using OSX or Android, you can still use the ZED to capture side by side 3D video but you will not be able to compute depth maps using the ZED SDK.
How do I extend the ZED USB 3.0 working distance?
By using an active USB 3.0 extension cable, you can connect the ZED to your PC from an extra 15m away. For optimal results, we recommend using Cable Matters
To extend range up to 100m and more, we recommend connecting the ZED to an NVIDIA Jetson and use the Ethernet output of the board.
Do you have sample depth and color video of the ZED?
Did you check the video on our Product
page? It's all shot with the ZED! You can also check our Developer page and YouTube
channel for more videos.
Can I use multiple ZED at a time?
Yes, you can connect multiple ZED cameras to a single PC. This feature is only available on Linux platforms.
Can I use the ZED for hand or body tracking?
The ZED is a passive 3D camera, so it works well for people detection and tracking but we do not recommend using it for fine segmentation of a hand or a body.
Is the depth map generated in the camera?
We want to provide constant updates and improvements to the ZED depth sensing capabilities. This is why the depth map is computed efficiently on the host machine connected to the ZED.
Will the ZED still work in USB2.0 mode?
The ZED is backward compatible with USB 2.0 but at lower resolution and framerate (VGA only).
What size is the ZED?
The ZED Camera is 175 long x 30 high x 33 mm deep (6.89 x 1.18 x 1.3’’) and weights 159g (0.35lbs).
Where do I find detailed specifications and datasheet?
Detailed specifications can be found on our Product
page. The ZED datasheet is also available here
Where do you ship?
We ship all around the world! If you do not see your country listed at checkout, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I buy a ZED?
You can order the ZED on our secured store here
. We accept all major credit cards, bank transfers and purchase orders.