SOURCE: Vision Research

November 12, 2008 11:18 ET

Vision Research Wins Popular Science 2008 Best of What's New Award

Phantom® V12 Named One of the Most Innovative Products of the Year

WAYNE, NJ--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems, today announced that its Phantom® V12 digital high-speed camera received a 2008 Best of What's New award from Popular Science (

Popular Science, the world's largest science and technology magazine, chooses 100 innovative tech products and gadgets each year to be included in their annual Best of What's New issue, the magazine's best-read issue of the year. Awards are distributed between the top 100 products in 11 various categories including Automotive, Gadgets, Home Entertainment, and Home Tech.

"This is one of the highest honors a manufacturer can receive, and recognition at this level is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Vision Research engineering team," said Kamran Firooz, Vice President and General Manager, Vision Research Business Unit. "Vision Research continually strives to set new benchmarks for high-speed and resolution and developing the most technologically advanced high-speed digital imaging systems for a host of applications and industries."

"For 20 years, Popular Science's Best of What's New awards honor the innovations that make a positive impact on life today and change our views of the future," says Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. "PopSci's editors evaluate thousands of products each year to develop this thoughtful list, there's no higher accolade Popular Science can give."

Named one of the top products by Popular Science in the Gadgets category, the Phantom V12 boasts a 1280x800 high-definition CMOS sensor that is available in color or monochrome. The Phantom V12 can shoot at 6,933 frames-per-second (fps) in 720P HD or up to 1,000,000 fps at a reduced resolution. The camera also features low-noise and unprecedented light sensitivity with an active pixel size of 20 microns coupled with improved quantum efficiency. The Phantom V12 supports both 8- and 12-bit pixel depth for maximum detail and clarity, and also boasts Vision Research's Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR) feature, which allows the user to capture two different exposures within one single frame.

About Best of What's New

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners -- the Best of What's New -- are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1987. Best of What's New awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Securities, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.

About Popular Science

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what's new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

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 to™. For additional information regarding Vision Research, please visit

Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.

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