Vision Research has revealed the latest addition to its line of digital high-speed cameras, in the form of the Phantom v1610. It shoots videos at an impressive speed of 16,000 fps, at a resolution of 1280 x 800. However, if the number of pixels is reduced to just 128 x 16, the speed can be increased to a whopping 1 million frames recorded every second. While that's less than the X-ray camera that shoots at 4.5 million fps, the Phantom v1610 is not a scientific one-of-a-kind device.

The company is already known for its Phantom Flex camera that was introduced last year, and is capable of capturing Full HD (1920 x 1080) videos at 2,800 fps. While the v1610's maximum resolution is "only" 1280 x 800 pixels, its standard speed is significantly higher. The frame rate of 1 million fps is available via an optional FAST feature which is implemented on request, while without FAST it's as high as 600,000 fps at the lowest resolution.


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Utilizing Vision Research's proprietary widescreen CMOS 35.8 x 22.4 mm sensor, the Phantom v1610 can save footage at the speed of 16 gigapixels per second (for comparison, Phantom Flex's throughput is 6 gigapixels/second). The sensor's pixel size is 28 microns with 12-bit depth per pixel.

The camera comes with 24GB, 48GB, or 96GB of internal RAM, while it's also compatible with the non-volatile Phantom CineMag storage system - it features up to 512 GB of capacity, which reportedly makes it easier and faster to save and download footage.

The Phantom v1610's features include:

  • Full resolution 1280 x 800 imaging
  • 1 ┬Ás minimum exposure standard, 500 ns minimum exposure with FAST option
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger
  • 24 GB, 48 GB, 96 GB high-speed internal RAM
  • 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
  • GPS input for GPS timing, latitude and longitude
  • Nikon F-mount lens standard (Canon EOS mount, PL-, and C-mount optional)
  • Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 x 7 inches (28 x 19 x 17.75 cm) without handle or lens; weight is 17.4 lbs (7.9 kg)

Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

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