Photron's high-speed cameras selected for Beijing Olympics

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Photron, a global manufacturer of high-speed imaging systems and image analysis software, has been chosen to provide the high-speed cameras for the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008. The ultra-sensitive Fastcam SA1 camera, providing high-speed, high-definition TV imagery to 5,400fps, will be integrated into a new imaging system, the SprintCam Live V2, manufactured by Photron's product partner i-Movix of Mons, Belgium.

Photron's Fastcam SA1 cameras will be used as the key part of the SprintCam Live V2 system for recording various Olympic events and providing instant replay in extreme slow motion during the Summer Games. Photron cameras have been successfully deployed for a wide range of other sports and television broadcast events, such as the PGA tour with CBS, and the Australian Tennis Open, as well as other TV productions including the BBC's widely-acclaimed Planet Earth series.

The Fastcam SA1 is ideal for events such as the Olympic Games, as it records high speed action with precision imagery that is ready for instant replay in incredible, slow motion detail. Photron’s slow motion imagers provide superior, true, 12-bit resolution for excellent colour fidelity, great light sensitivity, and microsecond global shuttering to freeze all the action. Capable of imaging up to 675,000fps at reduced resolution, the Fastcam SA1 is DC-powered and features both high definition (HD) and RS-170 video outputs for easy integration.

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