I have a NI Smart Camera 1742. Is it possible to save images on the camera then after automated inspection evaluated...to see if inspection is working properly...
I dont think Smart Cameras are designed to have a lot of memory to hold images. However, if you wanted to check if an inspection is working properly, test your inspection on VBAI first.
Saving images to disk is discouraged on the smart cameras because of the number of writes to disk that can occur before the disk fails. If you're not going to be writing to disk continuously for long periods, you can use the IMAQ Write String to get the binary string of an image file and then use the regular LV File I/O VIs to save that flatten string to disk on the smart camera.
If you are using VBAI, I would recommend using the Image Logging step to FTP the image to your host machine for post processing.
Hope this helps,