Photron launches versatile camera system

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Photron has launched the Fastcam Nova high-speed and versatile camera system.

The Nova is available in three different models and offers 12-bit image recording rates up to 12,800 frames per second (fps) at megapixel image resolution, and shutter speeds of less than 300 nanoseconds. Recording rates to 1,000,000fps are available at reduced image resolutions.

While offering these features the camera remains rugged, compact, lightweight and provides the best light sensitivity in its class, according to Photron.

Standard features of the Nova include an internal mechanical shutter to allow remote system calibration, a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet interface for camera control and high-speed image download, memory segmentation that allows recording into one memory partition while downloading from another, and compatibility with a number of industry standard lens formats to allow the use of Nikon G-Type, C-mount and Canon EF lenses.

The Nova also features a sealed-body design that prevents dust and corrosive particulates from contaminating and damaging sensitive environments. An optional Fast Drive SSD can be used to download images at up to 1GB per second.

The Photron Fastcam Viewer software is included with the Nova camera. Also included is a Photron Device Control SDK that allows integration of the camera with user-specific software, and libraries for controlling the camera within a MATLAB or LabView environment.

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