Photron updates Fastcam range with world’s fastest 4K camera


Photron USA has released three new high-speed camera systems, including the Fastcam Nova R5-4K, which the company says is the world’s fastest 4K UHD camera system.

The Fastcam Nova R5-4K uses the latest CMOS image sensor technologies and provides an ultra-high-resolution high-speed camera with excellent light sensitivity and large internal memory, enabling it to be used in a variety of applications.

The Fastcam Nova R5-4K provides 12-bit image recording rates up to 1,250 frames per second (fps) at 4K (4096 x 2304 pixel) image resolution and is rated at ISO 10,000 monochrome and ISO 5,000 color.  It features fast shutter speeds of to 2μs and recording rates to 200,000fps at reduced resolutions and is rugged, compact, and lightweight.

Other features of the camera include an internal mechanical shutter to allow remote system calibration, a 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 Fastcam Nova R5-4K also features a “sealed body” design that prevents dust and corrosive particulates from contaminating and damaging sensitive electronics.  An optional FAST Drive SSD can be used for the download of images at up to 1GB per second.

Photron’s Fastcam Viewer (PFV) software is included with each 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 the LabView environment.

Meanwhile the company has also released the Fastcam Nova R3-4K – a lower priced, reduced performance alternative to the Nova R5-4K.  As such, it offers 12-bit image recording rates up to 750 frames per second (fps) at 4K (4096 x 2304 pixel) image resolution, while retaining the other features.

In addition, Photron has introduced the Nova S20, the fastest member of the range. The Fastcam Nova S20 offers recording rates up to 20,000 frames per second (fps) at megapixel image resolution and shutter speeds to 0.2μs.  Recording rates to 1,100,000fps are available at reduced image resolutions.

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