Photron Fastcam Scientific High-Speed Cameras With Canon EF Lens Mount - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

Model EF Mount Sensor CPU LCD Shutter HD Recording (1920 x 1080px)4 2K Recording (2048 x 1080px)4 Max. Resolution Recording4 Max. Speed Recording Audio Size (mm) Weight (g) Recording Media Power Sources Connections Produced Comments Tests/Reviews
Size (mm) MPixel1 Crop (H)2 Type Pixel Size (µm) Dyn. Range (dB) Min. Illum. (lux) Size (") Type3 Pixel Cov. (%) Type Speeds Format Compression FPS Range Format Compression FPS Range Resolution (px) Format Compression FPS Range Resolution (px) FPS Video Stills Batteries AC/DC Input Remote Control5 Input Output GPIOs
Photron Fastcam BC2 HD   yes   4.19   CMOS 10       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 2.76µs - 16.7ms -/- -/- -/- see GN#3   - 2000 (2048 x 2048) see GN#3 * 60 - 1000       250 x 165 x 153 7300 32GB   compatible 18-36V 100W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS Video: Dual HD-SDI   2010 - ? (discont.) feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Full HD by means of 1920 x 1080 is not available - the HD resolution outlined by Photron here is 2048 x 1080 (2K);
*at 2048 x 2048 resolution, 12bit and 1000fps the max. continuous recording duration is 5.46 seconds, at 60fps it is 90.95 seconds (5457 frames)
Pirate (Review/Comparison)
Photron Fastcam Nova
S6
    yes 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter (200ns*) 1µs - 1ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 ** 6400 128 x 16 800000*   230 x 120 x 120 3200 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
optional: 1TB SSD
    22-32V 55W DC;
100-240V AC
PFV (via GbE);
BNC (triggering)
Sync: IRIG Video: HD-SDI
Data: GbE
2in | 2out 2018 feat. internal fan cooling (can be switched off on demand);
*subject to export restrictions (for FPS Range: anything faster than 225000 might be subject, too);
** S6: at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 6400fps the max. recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.85 seconds (5437 frames), using the 64GB option it is 6.82 seconds
** S9: at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 9000fps the max. recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.60 seconds (5437 frames), using the 64GB option it is 4.85 seconds
** S12: at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 12800fps the max. recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.42 seconds (5437 frames), using the 64GB option it is 3.41 seconds
 
Photron Fastcam Nova
S9
9000 900000*
Photron Fastcam Nova
S12
12800 1000000*
Photron Fastcam SA1     #EFMT-SA145 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 2µs - 16.7ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 * - 5400       286 x 191 x 156 6300 default: 8GB
optional: 16GB
    18-36V 90W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS** Video: SDI, composite VBS   - ? (discont.) feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling;
*at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 5400fps the max. continuous recording duration using 8GB storage is 1.09 seconds; **requires optional software module
 
Photron Fastcam SA1.1   #EFMT-SA145 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 1µs - 16.7ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 * 1000 - 5400       243 x 160 x 153 5900 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
    20-36V DC (optional);
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS Video: SDI, composite VBS   2008 - ? (discont.) feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Range Version (SA1.1 RV) available (see General Note #2);
*at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 5400fps the max. continuous recording duration using 8GB storage is 1.01 seconds
 
Photron Fastcam SA2   #EFMT-SA26   4.19   CMOS 10       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 2.76µs - 16.7ms -/- -/- -/- see GN#3   - 2000 (2048 x 2048) see GN#3 * 1000 - 1080       250 x 165 x 153 6900 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
    18-36V 100W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: yes Video: Dual HD-SDI, Single RS-170   2008 feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Full HD (1920 x 1080) is not available here - the HD resolution outlined by this camera is 2048 x 1080 (2K); Range Version (SA2 RV) available (see GN #2);
*at 2048 x 2048 resolution, 12bit and 1080fps the max. continuous recording duration using 8GB storage is 1.26 seconds (1361 frames)
 
Photron Fastcam SA4   #EFMT-SA145 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 1µs - 16.7ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 * 1000 - 3600       243 x 160 x 153 5900 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
    20-36V 100W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS Video: HD-SDI, composite VBS   2009 feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Range Version (SA4 RV) available (see General Note #2);
*at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 3600fps the max. continuous recording duration using 8GB storage is 1.51 seconds (5457 frames)
 
Photron Fastcam SA5
Standard Ed.
  #EFMT-SA145 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 1µs - 16.7ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 ** 1000 - 7000 128 x 24 775000   243 x 160 x 153 6200 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
    18-36V 100W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS Video: HD-SDI, composite VBS   2008 feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Range Version (SA5 RV) available (see General Note #2);
*subject to export restrictions;
**at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 7000fps the max. continuous recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.78 seconds (5457 frames)
 
Photron Fastcam SA5
Special Ed.*
1µs - 369ns undisclosed 1000000
Photron Fastcam SA6   #EFMT-SA26   2.76   CMOS 10       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 2.76µs - 16.7ms see GN#3   - 1500 -/- -/- -/- (1920 x 1440) see GN#3 * 50 - 1125       250 x 165 x 153 6900 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
    18-36V 100W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: yes Video: Dual HD-SDI, Single RS-170   2011 feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Range Version (SA6 RV) available (see General Note #2);
*at 1920 x 1440 resolution, 12bit and 1125fps the max. continuous recording duration using 8GB storage is 1.72 seconds (1936 frames)
 
Photron Fastcam SA-X   #EFMT-SAX 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 1µs - 1ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 * 1000 - 12500       311 x 171 x 160 8600 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64GB
    18-36V 210W DC;
100-240V AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS Video: Dual HD-SDI, Dual RS-170
Data: GbE
  2012 - ? (discont.) feat. TE (peltier) sensor cooling; Range Version (SA-X RV) available (see General Note #2);
*at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 12500fps the max. recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.44 seconds (5455 frames), using the 64GB option it is 3.49 seconds
 
Photron Fastcam SA-X2
Model 200K
  #EFMT-SAX 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 1µs - 1ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 ** 1000 - 12500 128 x 8 216000   350 x 178 x 160 9900 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64/128GB
2x SD slots   18-36V 210W DC;
100-240V AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: IRIG/GPS Video: Dual HD-SDI, Dual RS-170
Data: GbE
  2013 Range Version (SA-X2 RV) available (see General Note #2);
*subject to export restrictions;
**at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 12500fps the max. recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.43 seconds (5455 frames), using the 64GB option it is 3.49 seconds
 
Photron Fastcam SA-X2
Model 480K
1µs - 1ms 128 x 48 480000 2013
Photron Fastcam SA-X2
Model 1000K*
293ns - 1ms 128 x 8 1000000 2013 - ? (discont.)
Photron Fastcam SA-X2
Model 1080K*
293ns - 1ms 128 x 8 1080000 2013
Photron Fastcam SA-Z
Model 200K
  #EFMT-SAX 20.5 x 20.5 1.05 1.76 CMOS 20       -/- -/- -/- -/- global el. shutter 1µs - 1ms -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- (1024 x 1024) see GN#3 ** 50 - 20000 384 x 176 224000   375 x 261 x 150 10400 default: 8GB
optional: 16/32/64/128GB
optional: 1 or 2TB SSD
2x SD slots   20-36V 230W DC;
100-240V 1.5A AC
Photron RC (via RS-422);
PFV (via GbE)
Sync: yes Video: Dual HD-SDI, Dual RS-170
Data: GbE
  2013 *subject to export restrictions;
**at 1024 x 1024 resolution, 12bit and 20000fps the max. recording duration using 8GB storage is 0.27 seconds (5455 frames), using the 64GB option it is 2.18 seconds
 
Photron Fastcam SA-Z
Model 480K
1µs - 1ms 512 x 56 480000 2013
Photron Fastcam SA-Z
Model 1000K
1µs - 1ms 128 x 56 900000 2013 - ? (discont.)
Photron Fastcam SA-Z
Model 2100K*
159ns - 1ms 128 x 8 2100000 2013

General Notes:
1.) Canon EF mounting plates: The Canon EF mounts are remotely controllable via Photron Fastcam Viewer and allow to control focus and aperture of the mounted lens. There are currently 3 different versions of the EF mounting plates - one for Fastcam SA1, SA4 and SA5 (#EFMT-SA145), which incorporates a built-in mechanical shutter, a second one for the SA2 and SA6 (#EFMT-SA26, feat. a built-in mechanical shutter as well) and a third version for the SA-X, SA-X2 and SA-Z cameras (#EFMT-SAX).
2.) Range Versions: The RV models feature an optimized thermal case design with an external fan cooled heat sink, as well as special sealings against dust, making them suitable for more extreme applications and environments.
3.) File Types/Formats: BC2, SA-X, SA-X2 and SA-Z support JPEG, AVI, TIFF, BMP, RAW, MRAW, PNG, MOV and FTIF. Images can be saved with or without image or comment data.
The SA1 and SA1.1 don't seem to support MOV, while the SA2, SA4, SA5 and SA6 don't seem to support MRAW.
The Novas add RAWW to the original list of file formats, but doesn't give out FTIF.
 
Footnotes:
5 PFV = Photron Fastcam Viewer;
Photron RC = wired remote control units (a.k.a. Keypads), available without and with 5" LCD
 
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