High Speed Cameras


Photron - Flow Physics
Unsteady Flow Physics Of Dynamic Stall
High-speed cameras capture slow-motion video of high-speed events for aerospace research. The University of Illinois uses Photron's FASTCAM Mini to study vortex structures on dynamically pitching wing surfaces.  Continue Reading..
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Thermo-Acoustic Oscillations In Gas Tubine Engines
Dr. Sina Kheirkhah's research at the University of British Columbia studies thermo-acoustic oscillations in combustion equipment to prevent damage using high-speed cameras and ultraviolet image intensifiers.  Continue Reading..
Vision Research - Concrete Explosives
Exploring The Effects Of Contact Explosives On Concrete Columns
Researchers used Phantom cameras to study how explosives affected various concrete structures with the hopes of improving their ability to safely demo buildings in urban environments.  Continue Reading..
Vision Research - Bionic Technology
Bionic Technology Analyzed Precisely
The Max Plank Institute for Intelligent Systems has dedicated itself to complex fundamental research using a Phantom Ultrahigh-speed (UHS) Camera for precise observation and versatile analysis.  Continue Reading..
Vision Research - Cinematic Revolution In Human Movement Picture
Cinematic Revolution In Human Movement
A Chilean-born cinematographer uses Phantom high-speed cameras to capture and articulate body movement in new, visually striking ways.  Continue Reading..
High-Speed To The Danger Zone: Documenting Supersonic Jets Midair With High-Speed Cameras
Documenting Supersonic Jets Midair With High-Speed Cameras
Using a Flex4K-GS high-speed camera, one filmmaker has captured breathtaking footage of supersonic jets maneuvering midair — breaking new artistic and engineering ground.  Continue Reading..
As The Bug Flies: Using High-Speed Cameras To Analyze Fruit Fly Biolocomotion
Using High-Speed Cameras To Analyze Fruit Fly Biolocomotion
Using Phantom high-speed cameras, Cornell University researchers analyze the biolocomotion of fruit flies  a complex natural process that inspires the development of micro air vehicles.  Continue Reading..


Spectral Instruments has developed a new camera line utilizing CCDs with multiple read ports per CCD for high speed imaging without compromising on the typical specifications that falter when moving to high speed. Utilizing multiple ports (up to 16 per device) cuts down on the number of pixels each port must read, and thus increases read speeds by up to 16x without compromising read noise. Other than the multiple ports, CCD design is essentially unchanged and high pixel full well is retained to give maximum dynamic range when compared to all other modes of high speed imaging.

The Phantom Miro C211 is an economical and easy-to-use high-speed camera with higher frame rates than many other cameras in this category. It is easy to use with standard cable setups.

The Phantom® S990 is Vision Research’s highest throughput streaming camera available on the market designed specifically for machine vision applications. This imager combines Phantom premium sensor image quality, outstanding high speed technology, and record breaking direct data transfer speed to provide 9 Mpx at up to 938 fps and almost 9 Gpx/sec. The camera streams directly into PCI Express frame grabbers with up to 16 standard CXP6 channels, and is Gen-i-Cam compliant.

PCO introduces the new pco.dicam C4 as a fully integrated 4-channel intensified camera system to exploit the full performance inherent to scientific CMOS sensor technology. The pco.dicam C4 distributes the incident light from a single optical input to multiple modules. These modules are capable of detecting very few photons with nanosecond time resolution.

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.

Photron offers the FASTCAM Mini CX camera designed to deliver an exceptional combination of resolution, frame rate, light sensitivity, and durability in a compact, stand-alone package for both on-board and off-board vehicle safety testing. The camera provides image quality with 1080 HD resolution at 1,000 frame per second and light sensitivity of ISO 5,000 color and ISO 10,000 monochrome.

The power of Phantom high-speed cameras can be captured using the machine vision streaming applications in this series. Once image data has flown to a frame grabber and PC or long record DVR via CXP protocol, the data is immediately accessible and only limited by the amount of storage in the PC or DVR.

The Photron FASTCAM SA-Z offers scientists, researchers and engineers the ability to capture high resolution digital images at ultra-high speeds to see and understand previously invisible processes and events. 



  • Phantom high-speed cameras enable researchers to better understand the laser-matter interaction in additive manufacturing processes.

  • Flow cytometry plays an increasingly important role in cell analysis. Modern flow cytometry, which can support cancer research and drug development, has analyzers that allow researchers to characterize the image of single cells. This characterization provides insights into a variety of key cellular phenotypes.

  • Researchers are looking to understand the efficiency of face masks as COVID-19 rages on. When you compare N95 respirators to handmade cloth coverings, not all masks are created equal. By evaluating a cough or sneeze using a high-speed imaging technique called Background Oriented Schlieren, it’s possible to study mask performance.

  • Vision Research recently helped shed light on aircraft fire extinguishing systems and satellite springs by supplying its high-speed imaging equipment and expertise to two companies. The analytic tools used were able to provide crucial information on the design and performance of aerospace devices.

  • Dr. Daniel Whisler, a member of the Impact Group at California State Long Beach and his team devised a new method to measure the dynamic response of composites in a new, colorful way. By utilizing high-speed cameras, the traditional measurement process gets an interesting spin.