SOURCE: Vision Research Inc.

July 18, 2007 13:26 ET

Vision Research Phantom® V7.3 High-Speed Digital Camera Captures 500,000 Pictures-per-Second

New "Turbo Mode" Upgrade Breaks the Speed Barrier and Takes the Popular High-Speed Camera to the Next Level

WAYNE, NJ--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) - Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems, today introduced a significant firmware upgrade to its popular Phantom® V7.3 digital high-speed camera that allows users to capture an amazing 500,000 pictures-per-second. The upgrade, called "turbo mode," will be available in August 2007.

By upgrading the Phantom V7.3's firmware, Vision Research's engineers now give the camera two operating modes. In standard mode, users can capture images between 6,700 fps and 190,000 fps, depending upon resolution, and can adjust exposure programmable up to 1/frame-rate. With the "turbo mode" set-up file, the Phantom V7.3 can acquire images up to 500,000 fps at a resolution of 32x16 and with a fixed 1 microsecond exposure time. Additional high-speed frame rates are available at other resolutions. Users can easily switch between the camera's turbo and standard modes by using a new version of the Phantom software that comes packaged with each camera.

"Engineering is a discipline of making trade-offs," said Andy Jantzen, President and co-founder of Vision Research. "In the Phantom V7.3, we are giving our users access to these trade-offs so they can decide how to best configure the camera for their application. Our unique Phantom camera architecture allows us to do this."

Key Features

--  Full frame 4:3 aspect ratio CMOS sensor composed of 800 x 600 pixels
--  8-bit image depth (standard), 14-bit image depth (optional)
--  6,688 pictures-per-second full resolution, up to 500,000 pps maximum
--  "CAR" (Continuously Adjustable Resolution) in 32 x 8 pixel increments
--  4800 ISO/ASA monochrome, 1200 ISO/ASA color sensitivity equivalency
--  Global (snap-shot) on-chip shuttering to 1 microsecond
--  "EDR" Extreme Dynamic Range™ exposure control
--  Auto Exposure control
--  Up to 16 Gigabytes DRAM, 24 Gigabytes non-volatile flash memory
    (optional)
--  IRIG-B timing capture, modulated or unmodulated, IRIG lock w/phase
    shift
--  Continuous video output (NTSC, PAL, HD/SDI 720p, 1080p, 1080i)
--  Optional continuous data streaming up to 2,000pps (8-bits) 1,300pps
    (12-bits)
--  Automated multiple session recording for remote unmanned operation
--  Gigabit Ethernet or RS232 control
    

All new Phantom V7.3 orders as of 1 July will automatically ship with the "turbo mode" enabled. Existing Phantom V7.3 customers can upgrade for a fee.

For additional information, please visit www.visionresearch.com.

About Vision Research Inc.

Vision Research Inc. designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in domains including defense, automotive, engineering, scientific and medical research, industrial and commercial, sports and entertainment, and digital broadcast and cinematography.

The Wayne, N.J.-based company prides itself on the sensitivity, high-resolution and quality of images produced by its systems, robust yet easy-to-use software interfaces, and reliability and versatility of its camera family -- that continues to be the benchmark for all other high-speed digital camera manufacturers.

Vision Research 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™. More information on Vision Research can be found at www.visionresearch.com.

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