Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

How to... Find the Right High Speed Imaging System

Photron's APX-RS can image up to 3000 frames per second at full resolution

With demand for high speed imaging systems increasing, it is critical to select the right camera for the job whether itís for imaging animal behavior, automotive crash testing, television broadcast, a production process or missile launches. All high speed video cameras operate at full resolution up to a certain speed, and then reduce the resolution, or window, to achieve higher speeds.

It is important to determine the correct frame rate, whether the event youíre imaging is a cyclical one (a box-folding process), or non-cyclical (a missile launch or vehicle impact test) to ensure you have enough frames per second (fps) to be able to extract the correct amount of details from the recorded images.

To determine what works best for your needs, Photron suggests following this single, important rule: Always require the systemís manufacturer to demonstrate the camera with a real-life, real-time demonstration, within the actual environment in which the high speed imaging system will be used. A live, in-situ demo will bring out the best and the worst of the high speed camera systems you review. With that, youíll have the information you need to make the best choice.

Andrew Bridges
Director of Sales & Marketing
Photron, Inc.

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