Latest Phantom Camera Hits One Million Frames Per Second

That's not a typo. Vision Research has announced the Phantom v1610, billed as the fastest digital high-speed camera in the world. For fans of slow motion video the v1610 brings frames per second (fps) to a whole new level.

Phantom v1610 Vision Research

When shooting at full resolution (1280 x 800 pixels) the Phantom v1610 captures an overwhelming 16,000 fps. Drop down the resolution of the imagery and it's possible to clock 650,000 fps or up to one million fps with FAST mode enabled. Fast seems to be an understatement when recording 1,000,000 images every passing second.

Resolution drops to 128 x 16 pixels, but that's still mighty quick. On-camera controls and a Nikon F-mount lens connection are included, with Canon, PL, and C mounts also available. The secret to capturing enough light at these blazing mechanical shutter speeds are Vision Research's proprietary CMOS sensors, with larger 28-micron pixels for better sensitivity. The v1610 records with 12-bit pixel depth and supports up to a 96 GB built-in memory.

Speaking of memory, these high-speed captures require an insane amount of storage space. According to one example, one thousand fps at 1920 x 1080 resolution eats 3.6 GB for every second of recording. This is why Vision Research has outfitted the v1610 with its CineMag interface for quick saving of high-speed shots to 256 GB or 512 GB external CineMag storage. The camera is also equipped with 10 GB Ethernet, two HD-SDI video outputs, dual power inputs and a component viewfinder port.

Additional features include SMPTE and IRIG timecode, Genlock, Ready, and Strobe outputs, Frame Synchronization to internal or external clock (FSYNC) and GPS input. No word yet on pricing, but you can contact Vision Research directly for a quote.

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