Vision Research unveils two additions to the company’s Phantom® v-Series line of digital high-speed cameras with the introduction of the Phantom v1210 and v1610. These top-of-their-class cameras are the world’s fastest 1 megapixel digital high-speed cameras. They feature high definition and widescreen 1280 x 800 CMOS sensors. The Phantom v1610 is 60 percent faster than any other camera on the market, with the ability to acquire more than 16,000 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and up to 1,000,000 fps at reduced resolution.

“Vision Research’s innovations in the high-speed imaging industry and its launches of the v1210 and v1610 add advanced capabilities to the market,” says Rick Robinson, Division VP Marketing, Vision Research. “With the ability to capture high-resolution images at ultra-high-speeds, the v1210 and v1610 bring new tools to scientists, researchers, engineers and others who need to see phenomena invisible to the human eye.”

Both cameras are based on Vision Research proprietary sensors offering not only high speeds, but larger 28-micron pixels that allow for superior sensitivity when shooting in low light, which is often a problem with high-speed imaging. The v-Series additions make possible image capture at more than 12,000 fps (12 gigapixels/second) in full resolution when utilizing the v1210, and more than 16,000 fps (16 gigapixels/second) when the v1610 is called into action. If higher speeds are needed, reduced resolution images are available up to 600,000 fps or up to 1,000,000 fps when the FAST option is used.

The v1210 can be configured with 12GB, 24GB, or 48GB of memory, and the v1610, with 24GB, 48GB, or 96GB of memory. That memory can be segmented into as many as 63 partitions and allows continuous shooting of back-to-back shots without the need for constant downloading. The cameras offer 12-bit pixel depth standard.

Phantom CineMag Workflow

Both cameras come standard with Vision Research’s breakthrough CineMag interface allowing a user to save a high-speed shot from camera memory to non-volatile storage in a matter of seconds. With a CineMag mounted on the camera, a user can continue to conduct tests and experiments without the time-consuming task of downloading large amounts of data over Ethernet.

Camera Control

The cameras come with built-in on-camera controls (OCC), allowing most camera settings to be set or changed with the turn of a knob – eliminating the need for connection to a PC or laptop for camera control.

Phantom v1210 and v1610 Outputs and Inputs

The Phantom v1210 and v1610 connections are conveniently located on the back panel of the camera. These include timecode, dual power inputs, HD-SDI, GPS input, camera synchronization, and trigger.

Additional High‑Performance Features:

Full Resolution 1280 x 800 imaging
Image-Based Auto-Trigger
10Gb Ethernet port
Internal Mechanical Shutter
SMPTE & IRIG timecode, Genlock, Ready, and Strobe Outputs
Frame Synchronization to internal or external clock (FSYNC)
HD-SDI video outputs
Component Viewfinder Port
Nikon F-mount lens connection with Canon EOS, PL, and C mounts available

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