SAN DIEGO, 1 Dec. 2006. Photron Inc. in San Diego is announcing the Fastcam MH4 high-speed imaging system for tasks such as studying the interiors of combat vehicles with limited space or on low-mass mounting surfaces.
Photron's Fastcam MH4 has one to four miniature camera heads, each smaller than 1.5 cubic inches. Lenses are connected to one compact DC-powered camera control unit. The high-G CMOS slow-motion camera system provides 512-by-512-pixel resolution as fast as 2,000 frames per second (fps), with reduced-resolution to 10,000 fps.
Available in monochrome or color, the camera comes with different camera cables from three to 33 feet in length, or longer using repeaters. The Fastcam MH4 heads are for applications requiring a "disposable" camera head, e.g. when it's likely the camera may be damaged or destroyed.
The study of combat vehicle interiors during impact tests, for example, enables engineers to see exactly what occurs to dummies inside when a tank, fighting vehicle or structure receives a direct hit.
Other uses include hit-or-miss monitoring, or line-of-sight and biomechanics tests where one or more small cameras mount on soldiers as the soldiers perform typical battlefield activities, unencumbered by bulky camera hardware or cabling.
Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters also may benefit from the Fastcam MH4's small size and high-speed imaging. The camera is DC powered and can be setup and run from either the handheld keypad with a built-in LCD monitor, or from a remote PC via the Gigabit Ethernet interface.
For more information contact Photron online at www.photron.com.