Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

New Products


Photron Introduces the Mega Pixel High-Speed Camera—Up to 1 Million Frames per Second
Photron, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) introduces the newest member of its high-speed imaging systems, the Fastcam SA5.The ground-breaking camera is based on Photron's Emmy-award-winning high-speed video camera technology and provides an unprecedented 7,500 frames per second (fps) at mega pixel resolution (1,024 x 1,000).The new camera features a 12-bit monochrome (36-bit RGB color) sensor with 20 micron square pixels, delivering superior color fidelity and dynamic range.The stand alone, one-piece system offers unmatched light sensitivity, ISO/ASA 6400 as tested against ISO 12232. The new Fastcam SA5 with one-microsecond global shuttering is available in three memory configurations: 8 GB (up to .75 seconds record time at 7,500 fps and full resolution); 16 GB (up to 1.49 seconds at 7,500 fps and full resolution); 32GB (up to 2.98 seconds at 7,500 fps, 1K x 1K).The remote control keypad with an RS422 connection is included with the built-in, five-inch LCD screen for easy, computer-free operation. Photron's Fastcam Viewer freeware is included along with the software developer's kit for users who wish to integrate camera control, replay, and download to their existing software. Photron's newest imager enables extremely high speed and/or low-light imaging tasks in areas of research that were previously dismissed as unsuitable for digital high speed video. Applications include PIV, inkjet, combustion, fluid dynamics, cavitation, materials research, aerospace, and more. visit

Mega Pixel High-Speed Camera

Intelligent stereo camera from Vision Components
Vision Components GmbH (Germany) introduces the first smart stereo camera that is suited for a wide range of applications. Designed as a single-board OEM smart camera measuring merely 2.4 inches x 4 inches, the unit features two camera heads equipped with CCD sensors of the same or different types. Using flex cables, the camera heads can be installed at nearly any desired distance and tilt angle. Stereo image capture for either sensor heads can be triggered externally or internally independently of exposure time. Featuring an integrated Texas Instruments TMS320C64xx DSP processor with 900 MHz clock rate, the intelligent stereo camera, which is based on the proven VC Smart Camera architecture, executes all image processing routines. It comes with 256 MB DDR RAM and 16MB Flash EPROM data and program storage. Thanks to its interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet, two digital inputs and four outputs and an LVTTL parallel interface, the stereo camera can easily be integrated into existing automation environments. It operates with the VCRT proprietary real-time operating system which processes task changes with a maximum delay of one ms. Like all VC cameras, the new model can be freely programmed in C and C++, which is facilitated by the VCLIB image processing library and additionally with OpenCV open source program library, SmartReader 2D code reading library, and SmartFinder contour-based object recognition programming library.


Professional-Grade EMCCD Cameras New, Professional-Grade EMCCD Cameras Available from Princeton
Princeton Instruments (Acton, Mass.) announces the arrival of the ProEMTM, the highest performance EMCCD camera platform to be offered on the scientific imaging market to date. New ProEM cameras are designed to address challenging low-light applications associated with single-molecule fluorescence, astronomy, and ion imaging, as well as many other high-frame-rate, light-starved applications. The Princeton Instruments ProEM uses 512x512 and 1024x1024 back-illuminated EMCCDs and supports both electron multiplication (EM) and traditional readout ports. The EM port is used when high frame rates are required under low-light conditions, while the traditional readout port is ideal for slow-scan applications. The cameras provide several highly innovative features, including a Bias Active Stability Engine (BASE™), Princeton Instruments Noise Suppression (PINS™) technology, and OptiCAL™ on-demand EM gain calibration that produces a linearized EM gain map. A hardware-generated timestamp on each frame takes the guesswork out of time-resolved photometry.The ProEM camera platform boasts an advanced, all-metal-seal vacuum design for deep cooling and the lowest dark current. Its vacuum performance is guaranteed for the entire lifetime of the camera - the only such guarantee in the industry. The new EMCCD camera platform can be cooled with air, liquid, or a combination. In vibration-sensitive applications, the ProEM can achieve maximum cooling using just liquid, eliminating unwanted air turbulence. For the first time, the latest Gigabit Ethernet interface is being offered with a cooled scientific camera, allowing the ProEM to be operated from distances greater than 50m away.


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