The folks at Vision Research creators of the Phantom line of superfast high-resolution cameras have unveiled their latest and greatest with the v2640, which takes the line to unprecedented levels of resolution and frame rate combinations. At a maximum res of 6,600fps at full resolution of 2048 x 1952 & 1080p Full HD @ 11,750 fps it makes your eyes water with time detail never before seen.
Of course, as it is customary, the camera is not listed with a price tag but expect it to be in the range of 100k USD if you venture out to get one. It is still a great deal for labs, engineers and imaging studios but surely out of reach for most lone experimenters. The sample video shows a water balloon being struck by an arrow at 17,000fps at HD 720p resolution which is mind bendingly cool. We will not list this camera on our guide as it exceeds the low cost threshold by a large margin.
Water Balloon at 17000fps on the new v2640 Phantom:
Product Spotlight: The new Phantom v2640
Introducing the Phantom v2640, the fastest 4Mpx camera on the market, with unparalleled image quality. As the newest member of the Phantom Ultrahigh Speed family, the v2640 achieves up to 26Gpx/sec, providing up to 6,600 fps at full resolution of 2048×1952 and 11,750 fps at 1920×1080.
But there’s more – the v2640 has truly unparalleled image quality, and the numbers to prove it! It has the lowest noise floor of any Phantom camera (7.2e-) and the highest dynamic range of any Phantom Global Shutter camera (64dB) for the clearest, most detailed image, offered in 4Mpx resolution. Low noise is especially important in the dark, hard-to-see regions of an image, and the high dynamic range preserves critical detail, especially in high contrast scenarios.
For added flexibility, the v2640 offers up to 4 modes – Standard Mode, with Correlated Double Sampling for the clearest image, High Speed (HS) Mode, for up to 34% more throughput, and the monochrome cameras also offer binning in both Standard and High Speed modes for a significant increase in sensitivity and throughput.
- Up to 6,600 fps at full resolution of 2048×1952, and 11,750 fps at 1920×1080
- Exceptional image quality, with noise level of 7.2e- and dynamic range of 64dB
- Minimum exposure to 142ns with export-controlled FAST option
- Up to 4 operating modes, including Binning on Monochrome cameras for added flexibility
Phantom v2640 Press Release below:
New Phantom v2640 Ultrahigh-Speed Camera Achieves Unmatched 4-Mpx Resolution
Wayne, NJ, January 31, 2017 – Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, has introduced the Phantom® v2640, the fastest 4-Megapixel (MPx) camera available. It features a new proprietary 4-Megapixel (Mpx) CMOS image sensor (2048 x 1952) that delivers unprecedented image quality at up to 26 Gpx/sec, while reaching 6,600 frames per second (fps) at full 2048 x 1952 resolution, and 11,750 fps at 1920 x 1080.
The v2640 features very high dynamic range (64 dB) and the lowest noise floor of any Phantom camera (7.2 e-)—making it an excellent tool for researchers, scientists and engineers who need to capture clean, high-resolution images at ultra-high speeds. The high dynamic range shows significant detail, especially in high-contrast environments, while the low noise is particularly beneficial when analyzing the dark regions of an image. It also has exceptional light sensitivity, with an ISO measurement of 16,000D for monochrome cameras and 3,200D for color cameras.
“We’re excited to bring this extremely high image quality to the high-speed camera market,” says Jay Stepleton, Vice President and General Manager of Vision Research. “In designing this new, cutting-edge sensor, we focused on capturing the best image in addition to meeting the speed and sensitivity requirements of the market. The 4-Mpx design significantly increases the information contained in an image allowing researchers to better understand and quantify the phenomena they are observing.”
The v2640 has multiple operating modes for increased flexibility. Standard mode uses correlated double sampling for the clearest image, while high-speed (HS) mode provides 34% higher throughput to achieve 6,600 fps. Monochrome cameras can incorporate “binning,” which converts the v2640 into a 1-Mpx camera that can reach 25,030 fps at full resolution, with very high sensitivity. “The various operating modes also allow users to have just one camera to cover multiple applications,” adds Doreen Clark, Product Manager for the Phantom Ultrahigh-Speed family.
To help users manage the amount of data inherent in high-speed imaging, the v2640 is available with up to 288GB of memory, and is compatible with Phantom 1TB and 2TB CineMags® for fast data saves. Alternatively, 10Gb Ethernet is standard, saving significant download time.
Key Specifications of the Phantom v2640
● 4-Mpx sensor (2048 x 1952), 26Gpx/sec throughput
● Dynamic range: 64 dB
● Noise level: 7.2 e-
● ISO measurement: 16,000D (Mono), 3,200D (Color)
● 1 µs minimum exposure standard, 499ns / 142ns minimum exposure with export-controlled FAST option
● 4 available modes: Standard, HS and Binning (in Standard and HS)
● Standard modes feature Correlated Double Sampling (CDS) performed directly on the sensor to provide the lowest noise possible
● Up to 288 GB of memory
● 10-Gb Ethernet standard
● Compatible with CineMag® IV (up to 2 TB)
About Vision Research
Vision Research is a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems that are indispensable across a wide variety of applications, including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing, packaging, sports broadcast, TV production and digital cinematography.
The Wayne, N.J.-based company designs and manufactures the most comprehensive range of digital high-speed cameras available today, all of which deliver unsurpassed light-sensitivity, image resolution, acquisition speed and image quality.
Over the course of its 60+ year history, Vision Research has earned numerous awards in recognition of its innovations in high-speed digital camera technology and sensor design, including a technical Emmy and an Academy Award®.
Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it’s too fast to see, and too important not to™. For additional information regarding Vision Research, please visit www.phantomhighspeed.com
Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.
Visit the v2640 product page for more information on this camera. -HSC