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High-Speed Camera Captures 1,000 Frames/s

Feb. 22, 2017
A high-speed 35-mm camera provides 4K resolution with speed of 1,000 frames per second.

Aerospace and defense research often requires high-speed imaging—for example, to “slow down” the motion of a propeller or other moving part for analysis. The Phantom Flex4K-GS is a high-speed digital camera from Vision Research with the capability to record even the fastest-moving mechanical parts to better understand the motion. The camera is based on a 35-mm, 9.4-Mpixel sensor with a global shutter. It provides 4 kpixel (4K) vertical resolution at 1,000 frames per second and can capture images that have been exposed for only 5 µs. The global shutter ensures that every pixel is exposed to light at the same time, for timing precision throughout each frame.

“The camera brings pixel resolution to the forefront, allowing for incredibly fine detail and improved visibility of phenomena and measurements,” said Vision Research Product Manager Toni Lucatorto. The camera is available with 64 or 128 GB random access memory (RAM) and works with CineMag IV nonvolatile memory magazines for fast data transfer. It can save uncompressed raw video or compressed video in the Apple ProRes 422 HQ video format. The camera is also fully compatible with the firm’s Phantom PCC software and can be synchronized and used with other of the company’s Phantom cameras.

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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