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Old January 22nd, 2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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Phantom V12 from Vision Research

Press Release: Phantom V12 from Vision Research


Vision Research Unveils High-Speed Digital Camera
Capable of Recording One-Million Pictures-Per-Second

Phantom® V12 is the World’s First CMOS-Based High-Speed
Digital Camera To Hit The One-Million Pictures-Per-Second Mark

San Jose, C.A. (January 22, 2008) - Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems, today marked another world’s first with the launch of the Phantom® V12, a revolutionary new high-speed digital camera that can record an amazing 1,000,000 pictures-per-second (pps). The flagship model of the company’s full range of digital cameras, the Phantom V12 opens up a new dimension in the world of high-speed imaging and sets a new standard in both speed and resolution. The Phantom V12 is the ideal solution for recording extraordinarily fast events, specifically ballistics and explosions testing, and those that take place at the microscopic level.

Essentially the heart of the camera, the Phantom V12 boasts a specially designed, 1280x800 high-definition CMOS sensor, which is built specifically for high-speed imaging applications. At full resolution, the Phantom V12 can record 6,315 pps in a wide aspect ratio, and at lower resolutions, the camera can go even faster maxing out at 1,000,000 pps at a resolution of 256x8 (optional). The Phantom V12 also features unprecedented light sensitivity with an active pixel size of 20 microns coupled with an improved quantum efficiency. To eliminate blur and accentuate detail, the camera features sub-microsecond shuttering, down to 300 nanoseconds (optional).

The Phantom V12 supports both 8- and 12-bit pixel depth for maximum detail and clarity, and also boasts Vision Research’s Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR) feature, which allows the user to capture two different exposures within one single frame. For added ease of use and flexibility, the Phantom V12 also features auto exposure, which automatically adjusts the camera to adapt to changing lighting conditions.

Eight gigabytes of high-speed dynamic RAM comes standard with the Phantom V12, with the option to upgrade to 16GB or 32GB. Taking versatility to the next level, the Phantom V12 is also compatible with Vision Research’s CineMag™ system. CineMag is a non-volatile, hot-swappable memory magazine that mounts directly to the body of the camera, providing added storage and data protection. Available in 256GB or 512GB, the CineMag gives end-users the ability to record full resolution video at a maximum frame rate of 1,000 pps, directly to the magazine. To record at higher speeds, users can utilize the Phantom V12’s onboard memory and then manually or automatically transfer those files to the CineMag.

To view recordings immediately, the Phantom V12 features a video-out port which users can connect to a component video monitor. The recordings can be displayed in a variety of formats, including NTSC, PAL, SDI and high-definition 720p.

The Phantom V12 will be available in two models, either with or without the CineMag interface and in either color or monochrome. The V12 base model operates at up to 680,000 pps with a minimum shutter speed of 1µ, and the step-up model can record at up to 1,000,000 pps with a minimum shutter speed of 300ns.


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Old February 21st, 2008, 06:51 AM   #2
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These guys do make amazing cameras. I've been spending a lot of time lately with the HD/65 versions. The interface is still a bit clunky, but uncompressed 4k at 150fps is worth it!

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Old February 21st, 2008, 01:37 PM   #3
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We just spent a week with the V10 and came up with some phenomenal video, especially impressive because we didn't have a tech and have never worked with the camera before.

We got burned on a few shots with 1280-720 becoming 1330-720 for some reason, and some nasty rgb colour splotches in the highlights. That's where I started to learn about de-bayering algorithms.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #4
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How much are these things retailing for? I saw some footage on and am very impressed.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 11:00 PM   #5
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Haha, I just did the math - at 1,000,000fps it would take 11.5 hours to play back a single second of recording at 24fps!

That made me smile.
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Old June 10th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #6
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Seriously, that is smile-worthy. That's great.

In case anyone was wondering, I emailed the sales people about the Phantom V12 and here's the pricing information they sent me:

Pricing on the Phantom V12, Color 8GB Memory, 12-BIT, 1US, PIV is $87,000 and the Phantom V12, Color 32GB Memory, 12-Bit, 1US, PIV, Cinemag Compatible is $121,000. Camera purchase packages include:

Camera with ordered memory
Custom-fit Case
Software (Dell M90 Notebook is recommended and additional)
Power supply and cabling
Ethernet connection cabling
Camera control cabling (trigger, etc)
1 year service contract for parts and labor
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Is this a different version than the Pantom Flex that can record up to 2800? If so does it mean it won't be out for another year?
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