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Introducing the new Phantom Flex4K-GS

Introducing the new Phantom Flex4K-GS
Vision Research Unveils New Global Shutter 4K High-Speed Camera for Science, Aerospace and Defense Industries

WAYNE, NJ, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 – Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, today introduces the Phantom® Flex4K-GS, a high-speed camera with a 35mm, 9.4-megapixel sensor and global shutter. Designed for demanding applications in the scientific research, defense and aerospace industries, it builds upon the award-winning technology of Vision Research’s Phantom digital cinema products.

The Flex4K-GS, developed on top of the established Flex4K platform, employs a custom sensor capable of recording 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4K resolution, while its global shutter ensures that every pixel is exposed to light at the exact same moment in time. This capability is important in aerospace applications, as it prevents motion artifacts with propellers, motors and other rotating objects and ensures timing precision throughout the entirety of each frame. Also critical to defense is the camera’s build quality. Its isolated electronics and thermal design allow for operation in environments within the temperature range of -20°C to 50°C, all the while maintaining a stable image.

“There have always been trade-offs between speed, sensitivity and resolution in modern CMOS-based cameras, but Vision Research is changing the game with the new Flex4K-GS,” says Product Manager Toni Lucatorto. “The camera brings pixel resolution to the forefront, allowing for incredibly fine detail and improved visibility of phenomena and measurements.”


The Flex4K-GS is available with either 64GB or 128GB of RAM and works with CineMag IV non-volatile memory magazines for the fastest data transfer. One of its more unique features is the ability to save either uncompressed raw or compressed video in the Apple ProRes 422 HQ video format. When working with ProRes, a 2TB CineMag-IV will hold several hours’ worth of footage. The Flex4K-GS is also fully compatible with Phantom PCC software and can be easily synchronized and used in combination with other Phantom camera models.

 Key Specifications of the Phantom Flex4K-GS


●        35mm 9.4-megapixel sensor

●        Global shutter, switchable to rolling shutter for increased dynamic range

●        938 fps at 4096 x 2304, 1000 fps at 4096 x 2160, 1975 fps at 2048 x 1080

●        5 μs minimum exposure

●        Internal mechanical shutter for black references

●        3G-SDI video outputs

●        Dual-SDI mode for simultaneous live video and playback


To find out the latest on Vision Research and its high-speed cameras, follow it on Twitter at @PhantomHiSpeed, LinkedIn at Vision Research, Facebook at “visionresearch”or keep up to date with the innovations on the Vision Research blog at www.phantomhighspeed.com/blog.


Announcing the Phantom Miro N-Series Imaging System

Announcing the Phantom Miro N-Series Imaging System

Novi, MI, October 25, 2016 –Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high‑speed imaging systems, debuted the Phantom® Miro® N-Series. With a camera head measuring in at just 32mm x 32mm x 29mm, the Miro N-Series is the smallest model in Vision Research’s broad line of digital high-speed cameras. “The N-Series was developed because of customer feedback in the auto testing industry,” explained Doreen Clark, Senior Product Manager at Vision Research. “Engineers need to capture detail in the most challenging of spaces, within door panels, under the dash, and even in the engine bay. The Phantom Miro N-Series meets those needs and seamlessly integrates with other Phantom Miro cameras to create a complete system that captures multiple viewpoints.”


The Miro N5 camera head is detached from the body, can be mounted just about anywhere, and is Hi-G constructed to withstand impacts up to 150G. It is ideal for hostile and extreme environments, such as auto crash and aerospace. Despite its size, the Miro N5 offers the performance expected of a Phantom camera. At full resolution, 768x600, the camera delivers 560 frames-per-second (fps) and over 9,000 fps at lower resolutions. Many Phantom features, such as Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR) for exceptional image quality in high-contrast lighting conditions, are included. There is a fixed aperture that accepts readily available, miniature S-mount lenses, which come in a variety of fields of view. See a video using the Miro N-Series on the Vision Research YouTube channel.

Data Security

The Phantom Miro N-Series is comprised of the camera head, a detached camera base, and a 10m CXP cable. Since data security is a concern while filming in harsh environments, the CoaxPress protocol and CXP cabling ensures that vital data is captured, instantly transferred, and stored in the base, even if the camera head or cable are damaged. Once transferred to the base, images can be stored on 8GB of onboard RAM or 128GB of non-volatile CineFlash memory. Moreover, in the event of power loss, the Miro N-JB base incorporates a battery backup to feed power until the images and the data are saved.

Affordability and Flexibility

Due to the nature of high-impact testing, there is a high amount of damage risk to expensive high-speed cameras. The design and engineering of the Phantom Miro N-Series addresses that risk. All components of the Phantom Miro N-Series are interchangeable. The 10M CXP cable allows Miro N-JB base to be safely mounted away from the head. Should the camera head or CXP cable be destroyed, new ones can be purchased and swapped into existing setups at a nominal cost.

The N-Series operates with the Miro Junction Box (J-Box), which allows it to synchronize with the Miro C, M, R, and LC-series, 3, and eX4. The J-Box is Hi-G, requires just one power source, and uses a single cable per camera for operating and downloading resulting in a clean, easy-to-use, rugged solution.

Learn more about the Phantom Miro N-Series at http://www.phantomhighspeed.com/N5. To find out the latest on Vision Research and its high-speed cameras, follow on Facebook at “visionresearch” or keep up to date with the innovations on the Vision Research blog at https://www.phantomhighspeed.com/blog

About Vision Research

Vision Research, is an award-winning (technical Emmy and an Academy Award®), leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems utilized across a wide variety of applications, including defense, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing, packaging, sports broadcast, TV production and digital cinematography. 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 to™.