Vision Research debuts 4K high-speed camera for aerospace, defense, research

Feb. 28, 2017
WAYNE, N.J. Vision Research, a manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems in Wayne, New Jersey, introduces the Phantom Flex4K-GS high-speed camera with a 35-millimeter, 9.4-megapixel sensor and global shutter for demanding applications in aerospace and defense and scientific research.

WAYNE, N.J. Vision Research, a manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems in Wayne, New Jersey, introduces the Phantom Flex4K-GS high-speed camera with a 35-millimeter, 9.4-megapixel sensor and global shutter for demanding applications in aerospace and defense and scientific research.

The Flex4K-GS, developed on top of the company’s Flex4K platform, employs a custom sensor capable of recording 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4K resolution, while its global shutter ensures that every pixel is exposed to light at the exact same moment in time. This capability is important in aerospace applications, as it prevents motion artifacts with propellers, motors, and other rotating objects and ensures timing precision throughout each frame. Also critical to defense is the camera’s build quality: Its isolated electronics and thermal design allow for operation in environments within the temperature range of -20 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees C, while maintaining a stable image.

“There have always been trade-offs between speed, sensitivity, and resolution in modern CMOS-based cameras, but Vision Research is changing the game with the new Flex4K-GS,” says Vision Research Product Manager Toni Lucatorto. “The camera brings pixel resolution to the forefront, allowing for incredibly fine detail and improved visibility of phenomena and measurements.”

The Flex4K-GS is available with either 64 gigabytes (GB) or 128GB of RAM and works with CineMag IV non-volatile memory magazines for the fastest data transfer. One of its more unique features is the ability to save either uncompressed raw or compressed video in the Apple ProRes 422 HQ video format. When working with ProRes, a 2-terabyte (TB) CineMag-IV will hold several hours’ worth of footage. The Flex4K-GS is also compatible with Phantom PCC software and can be easily synchronized and used in combination with other Phantom camera models.

Key specifications of the Phantom Flex4K-GS

● 35mm 9.4-megapixel sensor

● Global shutter, switchable to rolling shutter for increased dynamic range

● 938 fps at 4096 x 2304, 1000 fps at 4096 x 2160, 1975 fps at 2048 x 1080

● 5 μs minimum exposure

● Internal mechanical shutter for black references

● 3G-SDI video outputs

● Dual-SDI mode for simultaneous live video and playback

Vision Research is a manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems that are indispensable across a wide variety of applications, including aerospace and 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.

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