Photron, a manufacturer of high speed cameras and motion analysis software systems, has introduced the high performance, high speed Fastcam SA4 with CMOS sensor, providing 3,600fps operation at full pixel resolution (1,024 x 1,024) and up to 500,000fps at reduced resolution.
The Fastcam SA4 offers an affordable alternative for demanding applications that do not require the highest frame rates, but where features such as extreme light sensitivity, high dynamic range and image quality, with low noise are critical. Compatible with the company's existing camera family and data acquisition devices, the SA4 is also available with an RS422 remote control keypad with built-in, 5-inch LCD viewfinder for remote operation. The camera features a variable region of interest (ROI) with 12-bit uncompressed data, a one-microsecond global shutter, and 20µm pixels for low-light, high-sensitivity, high-speed applications. Memory options include 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB.
Photron's Fastcam Viewer (PFV) freeware is included along with the SDK for users that wish to integrate camera control, replay, and download to existing software. Composite and SDI video output via the Gigabit Ethernet interface offers real-time monitoring during set up, recording, and playback.
The new imager is offered with an optional sealed, ruggedised housing (Fastcam SA4 RV), designed specifically for dust-free imaging and for conditions where external fans cannot be used. Applications for the new Fastcam SA4 include fluid dynamics, materials test and research, biomechanics, particle image velocimetry (PIV), automotive safety testing, airbag development and test, microscopy, ballistics, combustion, aerospace, and more.