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.


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 Cameras: N-Series Phantom® Miro® Digital High-Speed Cameras: N-Series

The Phantom® Miro® N-Series of tiny, Hi-G cameras are optimized for demanding applications where the head can fit into hard to reach places. The system is composed of three simple, interchangeable components that flow seamlessly into the Miro Junction Box: the Miro N5 Camera head, the CXP cable, and the Miro N-JB Base.

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.

Accessories And Options For Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras Accessories And Options For Phantom Digital High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research offers multiple accessories and options to add to their line of Phantom digital high-speed camera systems.

Phantom Miro C110 Camera Phantom Miro C110 Camera

Vision Research presents the new small, flexible Phantom Miro C110 Camera designed to operate in a wide range of applications including industrial trouble-shooting, mechanical analysis, motion analysis, and any other application requiring high-quality, high-speed imaging analysis. 

Phantom® Miro® 120/121 Cameras Phantom® Miro® 120/121 Cameras

The Phantom® Miro® 120 from Vision Research is a 2 megapixel camera with 730 fps at 1920 x 1200, or over 1,200 fps at 1152 x 1152. The camera is equipped with a 1µs minimum exposure, global shutter, a 10 μm pixel pitch, and a 12-bit pixel depth for outstanding image quality in a huge variety of applications that require moderate frame rates at common resolutions.

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

Vision Research presents a family of four ultra-high-speed, 1 megapixel digital cameras with framerates 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. 

LAB-Series Capabilities LAB-Series Capabilities

Vision Research offers a variety of Miro® cameras available in different models and performance levels. The LAB-Series of cameras is specifically designed with capabilities and platforms for applications in laboratory/office-environments where computer control is preferred.

Phantom<sup>®</sup> Miro<sup>®</sup> 110/111 Cameras Phantom® Miro® 110/111 Cameras

The Phantom® Miro® 110 (111 for the R-Series) is a 1 megapixel camera with 1.6 Gigapixels/second throughput, a minimum digital exposure of 2 µs, and is available in both color and monochrome versions. This small, lightweight, rugged camera is ideal for a broad range of applications that require moderate framerates at common resolutions.

Phantom<sup>®</sup> Miro<sup>®</sup> 140/340 Cameras Phantom® Miro® 140/340 Cameras

The Miro® 140 & 340 are two new cameras from Vision Research featuring a 4 Mpx sensor (2560 x 1600), a minimum exposure time of 1 µs, and a straddle time of 1.4 µs. Both cameras are equipped with micro-lenses on the CMOS sensors with 10 µm pixel pitch for great light sensitivity, and a 12-bit pixel depth for outstanding image quality.

Phantom<sup>®</sup> Miro<sup>®</sup> 310/111 Camera Phantom® Miro® 310/111 Camera

The Phantom® Miro® 310/111 is a 1 megapixel camera with 3.2 Gigapixels/second throughput and is ideal for a variety of applications requiring moderate frame rates at common resolutions. Different body style options include the LAB-Series for indoor or laboratory environments, the R-Series for harsher environments, and the LC-Series for tight camera control and cine playback.

Phantom<sup>®</sup> Miro<sup>®</sup> 320S/321S Cameras Phantom® Miro® 320S/321S Cameras

The Phantom® Miro® 320S and 321S are small, lightweight, rugged cameras that include HD-SDI video capabilities. Features include a 3.2 Gigapixels/second throughput, precise timing, camera synchronization, flexible triggering, excellent light sensitivity, and many other advanced features that are easy to learn and use. These cameras are available in the M-series, R-series, or LC-series body styles to meet a wide variety of applications ranging from scientific/engineering to entertainment/production.

Phantom<sup>®</sup> Miro<sup>®</sup> 3a10 Camera Phantom® Miro® 3a10 Camera

The Phantom® Miro® 3a10 Camera is an alternate 1 Mpx camera to the Miro® 310, offering a larger resolution at 1280 x 1280 and smaller 10 µm pixels. Available only in the LAB body style, these small, lightweight, rugged cameras are ideal for a large variety of applications requiring moderate frame rates at common resolutions.

Phantom® Miro® C210J/C210 Phantom® Miro® C210J/C210

The Phantom® Miro® C210J and C210 are small, light-weight, digital high-speed cameras designed for the most extreme environments and demanding applications. These modular cameras are equipped with a 12 bit ½-inch CMOS sensor, achieve up to 1,800 frames per second (fps) at full resolution of 1280 x 1024, and can create multi-camera configurations when connected to a Miro Junction Box.

High Speed Digital Camera Phantom® v411 High Speed Digital Camera Phantom® v411

The v411 digital high speed camera is the latest addition to Vision Research’s Phantom® 1 Megapixel (Mpx)-v-Series. At full resolution, this camera has a top speed of 4200 fps. Its larger, 20 micron pixel size allows for shooting in low light conditions, which is often an issue in high speed imaging applications. The v411 has a 1 microsecond minimum exposure time, eliminating blur and allowing the viewer to see the smallest of details. This high speed camera also features a high definition, widescreen 1280x800 CMOS sensor. The v411 can be used in applications involving product development, ballistics, scientific research, explosives testing, and more.

1 Mpx High-Speed Cameras: Phantom&reg; v711 - 7Gpx/s 1 Mpx High-Speed Cameras: Phantom® v711 - 7Gpx/s
Vision Research has updated their popular 1 megapixel v-Series High-Speed camera line. While the camera specifications stay the same, camera packaging and controls have been updated.


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.

Tutorial Series For PCC 2.2 Tutorial Series For PCC 2.2

Vision Research provides the opportunity to learn more about Phantom cameras through this free Tutorial Series for PCC 2.2 software. Topics cover a broad spectrum of PCC 2.2 capabilities and instructions ranging from recording a Cine, to continuous recording, to performing in-depth measurements.

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  • When Lightning And Rods Connect
    When Lightning And Rods Connect

    There are many challenges associated with recording lightning with high-speed video images, including placing the camera close enough to the chosen structure in an observable way, as well as the filming process requiring a long observation time to capture the strike – if it happens at all. Now, for the first time, a team of researchers has captured lightning striking a rod using Vision Research’s high-speed cameras. The results not only broaden the understanding of how lightning connects with lightning rods, but also provide the field data necessary to improve current lightning protection systems.

  • 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.

  • Three Things To Consider Before Purchasing A High Speed Camera
    Three Things To Consider Before Purchasing A High Speed Camera

    At Photonics West 2017, Gene Nepomuceno with Vision Research spent a few minutes with us discussing the three main factors one should take into account before selecting a high speed camera – resolution, frame rate, and sensitivity (with an honorable mention for transferring the data off of the camera).

  • Outcomes Of Mid-Air Collisions Between Drops And Solid Particles
    Outcomes Of Mid-Air Collisions Between Drops And Solid Particles

    The study of drop-particle collisions involves examining the outcome of the impact of a particle on to a drop of liquid in mid-air. In applications such as tablet coating in the pharmaceutical industry, or the refining of heavy crude oil in fluid catalytic cracking, the information gleaned from this experiment is vital.

  • The Heat Is On: Examining Two-Phase Flow And Heat Transfer With High-Speed Cameras
    The Heat Is On: Examining Two-Phase Flow And Heat Transfer With High-Speed Cameras

    We rely on air conditioning and refrigeration to operate through a heat exchanger — a transfer of heat between one or more fluids, essentially increasing heating and cooling efficiency and flow. A group of Pennsylvania State University students is studying two-phase flow and heat transfer phenomena in an effort to advance these processes and their technologies. 

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  • LEGO Car And TEMA Demonstrate Motion Analysis

    Vision Research has partnered with the motion analysis provider IMAGESYSTEMS. IMAGESYSTEMS is the maker of the TEMA software, which analyzes images produced by our cameras. They have created some videos to show how well our Phantom cameras work with their TEMA software, one being of a LEGO car.

  • Advancing Microfluidics Research Using High-Speed Cameras

    High-speed cameras can play an important role in microfluidics research. Vision Research, as providers of Phantom high-speed cameras, has a lot of experience in this area, and the resident expert, Nick Long, Vision Research OEM Manager, has extensive knowledge and application experience using high-speed cameras in microfluidics.  Some of this experience and Nick’s knowledge was documented, collaborating with Photonics Online to create a white paper covering the challenges and importance of using high-speed cameras in this evolving field.  

  • High Speed Cameras: Fast As Lightning

    The name "high speed cameras" is a bit ironic when you consider they actually slow things down. Technically, "slow motion cameras" would be a more apt title. Regardless of what you call them, 1000 FPS cameras are an integral part of modern research and scientific studies. Researchers recently completed a project in which they used a high-speed camera to capture lightning strikes. The occurrence, origin, and phenomenon of lightning is still not entirely understood or agreed upon by the scientific community, and so the researchers from FIT wanted to shed some more light onto the matter by enlisting the help of high speed cameras to witness exactly where and how lightning forms and strikes.

  • Little-Known Facts About High Speed Cameras

    High speed cameras and photography have been around almost as long as standard photography, and have consistently helped solve numerous scientific problems. One of the earliest uses was in the year 1878 and was conducted by Eadward Muybridge. Muybridge took several photos of a horse while it was galloping, which was done to prove an enigma (or, in some tellings of the story, a bet). He wanted to prove whether or not all of a horse's feet left the ground at once while galloping. The answer to that question was yes, and the method of discovery changed vision research forever.

  • History Of The High Speed Camera

    High speed photography is a modern marvel that has solved countless scientific mysteries, advanced medicine, produced wonderful art, and revealed the inner workings of things like cells and even machines. We take it for granted now, but high speed photography is a very recent invention. This blog article takes a step back in time to find out from where these high speed cameras came from.

  • High-Speed Cameras Used For Scientific And Medical Research

    Professor Liu, the Director of Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, is working on developing an imaging technology for high-throughput nanoscale nuclear architecture mapping; applications to predict early progression of cancer; phase imaging to improve cytology diagnostics; and super-resolution imaging of the organization of genomes in cancer progression. Professor Liu needed extremely high-resolution, high-speed, and light-sensitive cameras which led him to Phantom cameras. One of the highest-quality Phantom cameras that Liu and his team utilize is the Phantom V1210, which can capture images up to 12,600 frames-per-second (FPS).

  • Florida Institute Of Technology Takes High-Speed Above The Clouds

    The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Tech has purchased an ultra-high-speed Phantom v1210 with hopes of using it to better understand lightning and upper atmospheric electrical phenomena.

  • Syracuse University’s Department Of Physics Goes High-Speed

    The Department of Physics at Syracuse University recently purchased a Phantom Miro LAB340 digital high-speed camera to investigate the dynamics of liquid flows at surfaces, and their interaction with soft deformable filaments and sheets.

  • Flex4K: New Firmware, New Features, And New Price Tag For 2016!

    Vision Research announces new firmware for the Flex4K camera that introduces a scaled 2K ProRes HQ recording format and dual-save functionality. They also wish to share the new of the recent drop in price across the entire Flex4K product line due to the camera's establishment in the market.

  • New Explosives Engineering Short Course: High Speed Imagery For Research And Experimentation

    Vision Research and the Colorado School of Mines plans to once again collaborate on a university-level short course on the wide range of applications in high-speed imaging with a focus on experimentation with explosives and ballistic applications. The short course is a carefully structured introduction to main topics in the field of explosive engineering and how to best use digital high-speed imaging when conducting experiments or research for military or civilian applications.  Both the fundamentals theory and practical training will be conducted at Colorado School of Mines in Explosive Research Laboratory at Idaho Springs from September 27 through September 30, 2016.

  • That’s A Lot of Data

     Vision Research is pushing the boundaries when it comes to introducing cameras capable of shooting faster and at higher resolutions with longer recording times and greater memory capacities. Vision Research offers a ultrahigh-speed cameras, users have access to models that offer up to 288GB of onboard memory whereas comparable models available from other manufacturers offer a maximum of just 64GB.

  • Miro R-Series Updated

    Vision Research has updated the Miro R-Series camera family with two new models for applications requiring a 4 megapixel camera. Other updates include a door to the CineFlash slot, and a standard inclusion of the internal mechanical shutter with each camera.

  • Exposure Times: How Low Can We Go?

    Vision Research announces the Phantom Ultrahigh-speed v2512 and v2012 with the FAST option that now have ultra-low minimum exposure times--only 265 ns for the v2512, and 290 ns for the v2012. The low minimum exposures are meant to compliment the ultrahigh-speeds of up to 1,000,000 frames per second (fps) offered by the FAST option, helping to reduce motion blur.

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