Vision Research® is a pioneer in the high-speed imaging industry. Beginning in 1950 as the “Photographic Analysis Company” and transitioning to Vision Research a high-speed, non-film, electronic imaging company in 1992. Their goal was to increase “Research Through Photography.”

High-speed photography is an scientific or engineering tool, much as is an oscilloscope or a computer. It is a photographic technique that enables us to visualize and analyze motion. Especially motions that are too fast for the human eye, or conventional cameras, to perceive.

Phantom® cameras are made in the USA and offer a wide range of camera options to assist with any type of scientific research.  From basic imaging of animal behavior to complex imaging of digital image correlation (DIC) or explosives testing, there is a Phantom® camera that will fit in any laboratory.

Vision Research works closely with research laboratories and educational institutions around the world providing not only the tool, but the knowledge necessary to utilize a Phantom® camera to its fullest potential. Applications experts assist in deciding which camera will work best for an experiment and offer helpful tips that have been learned through years of hands-on experience.

While hardware and software products are important, the company realizes that its key to future success is the same now as it was in 1950, and that is listening to and serving the customer.


World’s Fastest 4Mpx Camera: Phantom v2640 World’s Fastest 4Mpx Camera: Phantom v2640

Vision Research offers the new Phantom v2640 as the world’s fastest 4Mpx camera, with exceptional throughput of 26 Gpx/sec, and 6,600 fps at full resolution of 2048 x 1952. The camera features high flexibility, high sensitivity with ISO monochrome of 16,000D and color at 3,200D, and can reach a 142 ns minimum exposure with the FAST option. With excellent image quality, a dynamic range of 64.1 dB, and noise of only 7.2e-, this camera is perfect for a variety of applications, including data acquisition, motion analysis, and more.

Digital High-Speed Phantom v-Series Camera Family Digital High-Speed Phantom v-Series Camera Family

The Phantom v-Series of digital high-speed cameras are designed to eliminate blur, see the smallest of details, and keep moving targets in-frame as long as possible for the longest recording time for an event. 

Phantom® Miro® LAB-, LC-, and R-Series Cameras Phantom® Miro® LAB-, LC-, and R-Series Cameras

The Phantom® Miro® camera series offers a wide variety of models with a range of performance levels in three different available body styles. Available in 1, 2, and 4 megapixel versions, these cameras are the ideal choice for qualitative and quantitative analysis and allow for users to choose the resolution, performance level, and body style that fits each application.

Phantom® VEO4K Camera Series Phantom® VEO4K Camera Series

The new Phantom® VEO4K camera family from Vision Research combines the small, convenient form factor of the VEO camera with the imaging power of the Flex4K-GS. This family is designed to capture up to 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4k at high reduced resolutions and may be used for demanding scientific research, defense, and media applications.

Phantom® Flex4K-GS Phantom® Flex4K-GS

Vision Research offers the new Phantom® Flex4K-GS based on the Flex4K cinema camera platform. It incorporates a global shutter with a 4K, 9.4 megapixel, 35mm sensor, which ensures that every pixel exposes at the same moment in time. At a full resolution of 4096 x 2304 pixels, this camera is capable of capturing over 1000 fps, and over 1900 fps at a 2000 resolution. The minimum exposure time is 5 microseconds.

Phantom® Miro® Digital High-Speed Camera Series Phantom® Miro® Digital High-Speed Camera Series

The Phantom® Miro® series cameras are small, light-weight, flexible digital high-speed cameras designed for the most extreme and demanding environments. These modular cameras can create multi-camera configurations when connected to a Miro Junction Box, and included Phantom Camera Control software easily captures an event and adjusts cine characteristics for the best picture possible. Ideal applications include industrial trouble-shooting, mechanical analysis, motion analysis, and any other application requiring high-quality, high-speed imaging analysis.

Phantom® VEO Product Family Phantom® VEO Product Family

The new Phantom® VEO family of cameras from Vision Research is made up of four high speed cameras designed to provide information on high speed events within scientific and industrial applications. The VEO710 and VEO410 models feature frame rates exceeding 7,000 fps, making these models ideal for traditional high-speed motion analysis. The four-megapixel VEO640 and VEO340 are optimized for scientific imaging applications where higher resolutions are important. All models are now available with 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity.

Phantom Flex4K Phantom Flex4K

The new Phantom Flex4K from Vision Research is featured as a high-speed camera providing exceptional flexibility with its high frame rate capabilities, and with the ability to adapt to different shooting styles in the cinematography market. Able to provide sharp, detailed images with extremely low noise and high dynamic range, the super-35mm 4K sensor shoots from 15 frames-per-second (fps) up to 1,000 fps at 4K, and almost 2,000 fps at 2K/1080p.

Ultra-High-Speed Cameras Ultra-High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research presents the Phantom® Series family of four ultra-high-speed, 1 megapixel digital cameras with frame rates starting at 12,000 fps at full resolution. These cameras feature 28 micron pixel size for light-sensitivity, 12-bit depth for high dynamic range and image quality, and are available in monochrome or color versions. 


Balloon Explosion Balloon Explosion

Video of a water balloon recorded by the Phantom v2640 at 17,000 fps

Explosive v2640 Video Explosive v2640 Video

Video of explosions filmed with the Phantom v2640 at 8,680 fps

Video: Coming Together For The Holidays Video: Coming Together For The Holidays

Vision Research wishes Happy Holidays to everyone with this Phantom VEO710S high-speed video.

Vision Research Video Gallery Vision Research Video Gallery

This video gallery presents a wide variety of video demonstrations using the high-speed digital cameras from Vision Research for many different markets including ballistics, scientific, industrial, and automotive.

Optimization Of Workflow In High-Speed Cameras Optimization Of Workflow In High-Speed Cameras

Chris Kerr of Vision Research presents a white paper that walks through different scenarios for different use models of high speed cameras, as well as different techniques for managing the procured data.

Tradeoffs In High Speed Camera Sensor Design Tradeoffs In High Speed Camera Sensor Design

Jay Stepleton with Vision Research spent a few minutes with us to talk about the tradeoffs involved in speed, resolution, and sensitivity when designing high speed camera sensors.

Video Results For Helmet Tangential Strain Video Results For Helmet Tangential Strain

This video displays the results of a helmet’s tangential strain from impact.

Video Results Of Helmet Displacement Video Results Of Helmet Displacement

This video displays the results of a helmet’s displacement from impact.

Video Results Of Helmet With DIC Principle Strain Video Results Of Helmet With DIC Principle Strain

This video shows the digital image correlation (DIC) results of the principle strain in a helmet’s impact.

Video Results Of Helmet Without DIC Video Results Of Helmet Without DIC

The video displays a helmet impact at 3,333 fps without digital image correlation (DIC).

Product Video: High Speed, High Resolution Camera Product Video: High Speed, High Resolution Camera

On the second day here at Photonics West, Chris Kerr of Vision Research took the time to introduce the brand new Phantom v2640 – the fastest 4 megapixel camera in the world!

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