ZED Depth Sensor

2K Stereo Camera

The World's First
High Definition 3D Camera
for Depth Sensing
Shipping Worldwide
Capture the world
in 3D
ZED captures the world in 3D and perceives depth of indoor and outdoor scenes up to 20 m.
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How it works
ZED camera workflow
ZED captures high definition left and right video in a side-by-side format and delivers it through USB 3.0.
The ZED SDK understands the scene structure and computes a real-time large-scale depth map using a graphics chip.
You can now build smart applications that perceive and understand the environment.
Unlock the power of stereo depth sensing
Unlike regular depth cameras, ZED can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, from obstacle avoidance and autonomous navigation to motion tracking.
"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
Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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.
  • 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, enabling the development of new services and applications in many industries: consumer electronics, AR/VR, drones, robotics, retail, VFX, 3D printing and more.
  • What is the range of the camera?

    The ZED camera can perceive depth between 1 meter (3.3 feet) and 20 meters (65 feet).
  • 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 indoors and outdoors?

    The ZED camera is designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Can I do 3D scanning with the camera?

    We've just announced the ZEDfu app that will allow you to scan large-scale environments and create a full 3D map of your environment. ZEDfu will enable ZED users to create exciting new applications in the fields of autonomous robotics and augmented reality. Available Q1 2016.
  • Can I use the ZED as a 3D camera for VR?

    Yes! You can create 3D videos with the ZED for VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and OSVR.
  • 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 there a ZED SDK 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.
  • 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 or Newnex USB extenders.
    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, it is be possible to use multiple ZED at a time on Linux.
  • 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 orders@stereolabs.com.
  • 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.