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Header image for article Vision Research Unveils Phantom Flex, Next-Gen Camera

Vision Research Unveils Phantom Flex, Next-Gen Camera

Flex Offers New Levels of Flexibility Never Before Available on a High-Speed Camera
WAYNE, N.J., April 7, 2010 -- Setting new standards for innovation, Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, today proudly unveiled the Phantom Flex, the company's next generation, high-speed camera for the digital cinema market. Redefining what's possible when it comes to high-speed imaging, the Phantom Flex offers industry-leading flexibility, allowing users to fine tune and adapt the camera to their changing needs and to deliver impressive slow-motion images in just about any application or environment.

User-Selectable Shooting Modes

For situations that demand the ultimate in resolution, the Phantom Flex boasts a specially engineered four mega-pixel color CMOS sensor which offers a maximum resolution of 2560x1600. When set to Standard Mode, users can enjoy a maximum recording speed of 1,459* frames-per-second (fps) at the camera's maximum four mega pixel resolution. Higher recording speeds can also be achieved by reducing the camera's resolution. For example, when used in full-HD resolution (1920x1080), the Phantom Flex offers a maximum recording speed of 2,571* frames-per-second. When reduced to 720p HD resolution (1280x720), the Phantom Flex offers a maximum recording speed of 5,600* fps. The camera can go even faster, recording at 11,937* fps at 640x480. In addition to delivering impressive results for high-speed imaging, the Phantom Flex can also be used to record at more traditional speeds with frame rates starting as low as 5 fps, further adding to the versatility of the camera system.

Enhanced Image Quality

Users will also benefit from the camera's Phantom HQ shooting mode, a high-performance setting which yields the ultimate in image quality. A step-up from Standard Mode, Phantom HQ Mode employs Vision Research's proprietary multi-sampling image enhancement technology. An unprecedented achievement in digital high-speed cameras, Phantom HQ Mode ensures stable blacks, low noise, higher dynamic range and repeatable shots over the full range of supported resolutions, frame rates, and temperatures, all without the need to conduct pre-shot black references. When set to Phantom HQ Mode, the Flex trades speed for enhanced image quality, however, the camera still offers impressive maximum recording speeds of 727* fps at 2560x1600, 1,278* fps at 1920x1080, and 2,800* fps at 1280x720.  

Phantom Flex

Additional high-performance features include:

  • Breakthrough sensitivity: increased peak quantum efficiency and reduction in noise-equivalent power
  • 1000 ISO (measured using ISO 12232 SAT method)
  • 12-bit pixel depth
  • Flexible lens options: choose between 35mm (PL, Canon EOS, Nikon F, Panavision), Super 16mm, and 2/3" lenses
  • Global, electronic shutter down to one-microsecond
  • Select raw digital workflow, video workflow, or combine both for maximum control and flexibility
  • Internal mechanical shutter for hands-free and remote Current Session Reference
  • Dual HD-SDI outputs: 2 x 4:2:2 HD-SDI ports can be configured as dual-link 4:4:4 video
  • On-camera controls for mode selection, settings, playback, edit & save
  • Frame synchronization to external signals allows multiple cameras to be synchronized, essential for stereo 3D recording
  • Two 12V DC auxiliary power outputs for powering external devices
  • Remote port for connecting Phantom Remote Control Unit
  • 16GB or 32GB of high-performance built-in dynamic RAM
  • Phantom CineMag, CineStation and CineStream support
  • Service and Technology Protection

With the purchase of any Phantom Flex digital high-speed camera, Vision Research provides a three-year service protection program, which covers any needed repair, as well as software and firmware updates.

Vision Research is also offering an aggressive technology protection program that gives current Phantom camera owners to the ability to trade-in their used camera to experience the new Phantom Flex at a discounted rate. Depending on the condition and age of the used Phantom camera, customers can receive a trade-in credit towards the purchase of a Phantom Flex. Thanks to this unprecedented program, loyal Vision Research customers can maximize their investment and stay at the forefront of the continually advancing, state-of-the art high-speed imaging technologies offered by the company.

Additional information and detailed specifications for the Vision Research Phantom Flex can be found at visionresearch.com, as well as on Abel's own website.

About Vision Research

Vision Research designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in applications including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing and packaging, sports and entertainment, and digital cinematography for television and movie production.

The Wayne, N.J.-based company prides itself on the sensitivity, high-resolution and image quality produced by its systems, robust software interfaces, and reliability and versatility of its camera family -- all which continue to stand as benchmarks for the high-speed digital imaging industry.

Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it's too fast to see, and too important not toTM.

For additional information regarding Vision Research, please visit www.visionresearch.com. Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. (*Note: Numbers have been changed to reflect the updated frame rates as of July 12, 2010)

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