The world of machine vision imaging is largely performance driven. We’re looking for features on a part, finding edges, gaging, etc. The need for performance coupled with cost pressures leads to component-based imaging systems. While modular components can help bring the best performance/cost ratio, they also can leave users short of the fully integrated experience that they’ve come to expect from consumer imaging devices.
By contrast, the world of general consumer imaging devices is driven by features, functions, and ease of use. A good or better image does count, but image quality is largely judged by the human eye on the whole scene. At the image level, machine vision is a higher subset and consumer level devices don’t often drive specification. However, as a complete imaging device or imaging system, the prevalence of security and various forms of web cameras have begun to influence expectations.