Vision Research, the leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, has enhanced its powerful UHS-Series line of 1 megapixel (1Mpx) ultrahigh-speed cameras with features that greatly improve workflow and ease of use. The new Phantom v2512, v2012, v1612, and v1212 cameras are now available with either 72GB, 144GB, or 288GB of memory, providing significantly longer recording times and more data recording flexibility than previous versions of the cameras.
These cameras also take advantage of Vision Research’s 1TB and 2TB CineMag IV to quickly record data to a large amount of non-volatile storage. Coupled with 10GB Ethernet that comes standard with all Phantom ultrahigh-speed cameras, the UHS-12 Series offer a smooth, efficient workflow to managing critical data.
“The faster the camera, the more data it provides, and the more important memory and data management become to the work flow. These ultrahigh-speed cameras provide large amounts of critical data, and a challenge has always been storing and downloading it for analysis,” commented Doreen Clark, Product Marketing Manager for Vision Research.
“We focused on alleviating this challenge for our customers, and we’re now able to offer more than triple the amount of memory as well as additional data management features. For example, a v2512 ultrahigh-speed camera with 288GB of memory recording at full 25 Gigapixels per second can record an event for up to 7.5 seconds, three times longer than the v2511 with 96GB of memory. However, downloading and accessing 288GB of data can be cumbersome, which is where the 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte CineMags of non-volatile storage and 10 gigabyte Ethernet are extremely useful.”
The 1TB and 2TB CineMag IV allow users to save from RAM to non-volatile storage as quickly as 1GB/sec, meaning 288GB can be saved in less than 5 minutes, increasing a camera’s utilization during critical shoot times. The cameras also can save data directly into the CineMag, saving even more valuable recording time. The CineMags can be downloaded later either through the camera or through Vision Research’s CineStation. All Phantom ultrahigh-speed cameras are equipped with 10G Ethernet, and are able to transfer data at up to 500 MB/second on optimized systems, avoiding time consuming downloads between shots.
All memory options can be divided in up to 63 segments or individual shots, a feature that provides significant flexibility while increasing camera utilization. Users can re-arm the camera and even record a segment while saving the previous segment, a useful feature in applications with multiple, predictable events. The 288GB memory option, for example, can be divided into up to 63 segments of over 4.5GB each, allowing users to capture all of the details of phenomena and seamlessly download them for analysis later.
In addition to increased memory and CineMag IV compatibility, the UHS-12 Series has the same performance and features of the UHS-11 Series, including the same high sensitivity of ISO 6400 (daylight illumination) for color images and ISO 32,000 for monochrome images. This ISO rating lessens the challenges created by low-light scenarios and provides the option to use a faster shutter speed, which can reduce motion blur and result in clearer images. Users also may find that they can now use lenses with smaller apertures, which typically are less expensive and easier to acquire.
All ultrahigh-speed cameras have many advanced features that have become standard as a result of customer feedback, providing specific features that many scientists and researchers have asked for. These features include:
• Image-based auto-trigger, that allows the camera to be triggered from the motion of the live images, making infrequent or unpredictable events easier to record.
• Super-low straddle time of up to 280 ns, providing extremely accurate timing for measurement applications like Particle Image Velocimetry or Particle Tracking Velocimetry.
• Burst mode to capture images at precise moments.
• Quiet fans, turning off the fan to eliminate vibrations that can interfere with an experiment.
• Internal mechanical shutter that makes it easier to obtain a black reference for truer high-quality images
The updated UHS-12 Series begins shipping in September. Vision Research also operates a number of AMEcare performance sites around the world for truly global service, training and support.
About Vision Research
Vision Research is a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems that are indispensable across a wide variety of applications, including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing, packaging, sports broadcast, TV production and digital cinematography.
The Wayne, N.J.-based company designs and manufactures the most comprehensive range of digital high-speed cameras available today, all of which deliver unsurpassed light-sensitivity, image resolution, acquisition speed and image quality.
Over the course of its 60+ year history, Vision Research has earned numerous awards in recognition of its innovations in high-speed digital camera technology and sensor design, including a technical Emmy and an Academy Award®. Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it’s too fast to see, and too important not to™.
Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.