Power and Performance with Incredible Light Sensitivity

In order to meet the requirements of the most demanding high-speed imaging applications a balance of high frame rate, image resolution, dynamic range and light sensitivity is required. The FASTCAM SA-X2 high-speed camera system has been designed to provide a careful balance of these requirements.

FASTCAM SA-X2 brings together unique CMOS image sensor technologies and digital imaging expertise to provide optimum imaging performance. The system offers recording rates up to 13,500fps at megapixel image resolution with 12-bit dynamic range and high image quality. Frame rates greater than 1 million fps are available at reduced image resolution with shutter speeds as short as 293 nanoseconds (export restrictions may apply).

Light sensitivity is often the most critical performance criteria in high speed imaging. Without high light sensitivity, imaging at high frame rates with short exposure times is not possible. A camera system providing high light sensitivity allows a wide range of objective lenses and lighting techniques to be optimized to visualize complex high-speed phenomena.

The FASTCAM SA-X2 system may be controlled over a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet network or via the optional keypad. Standard operational features of the FASTCAM SA-X2 include a mechanical shutter to allow remote system calibration, dual-channel Gigabit Ethernet Interface for fast image download, and internal memory card drives allowing image download and storage to low cost removable recording media. The system also features memory segmentation to allow recording in one memory partition while at the same time downloading a previous recording, and the ability to remotely switch off cooling fans to eliminate vibration when recording at high magnifications.

The system is supplied with intuitive and feature rich Photron FASTCAM Viewer (PFV) software and Photron Device Control SDK (software development kit) allowing integration with user specific software. Alternatively the camera can be controlled as a device within a MATLAB ® or LabVIEW environment.

Target Applications Include:

Materials Science
Combustion Research
Fluid dynamics (PIV)
Defense and aerospace research
Ballistic Imaging
Shock Waves and Detonation


1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor:
1024 x 1024 pixels at 12,500fps
1024 x 1000 pixels at 13,500fps
768 x 768 pixels at 22,500fps
512 x 512 pixels at 45,000fps
512 x 376 pixels at 60,000fps
256 x 280 pixels at 120,000fps

Maximum Frame Rate:
216,000fps (FASTCAM SA-X2 type 200K)
480,000fps (FASTCAM SA-X2 type 480K)
1,080,000fps (FASTCAM SA-X2 type 1080K)

Class Leading Light Sensitivity:
ISO 12232 Ssat
• ISO 25,000 monochrome
• ISO 10,000 color

Global Electronic Shutter:
1ms to 293ns independent of frame rate
(sub-microsecond shutter available on type 1080K only, subject to export control)

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