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High-Speed Camera System features 21,000 fps.
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December 12, 2013 - With speeds of 21,000 fps at megapixel resolution and over 2,000,000 fps at reduced resolution, FASTCAM SA-Z makes it possible to view previously unseen phenomenon, events, and high-speed processes with optimized image quality and clarity. Global electronic shutter operates from 1 ms down to 159 ns, and is capable of freezing fast motion without blur. Available with 8, 16, 32, or 64 GB onboard memory, system provides 2 SD card slots and dual Gigabit Ethernet for image transfer/offload.
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Photron USA, Inc.
9520 Padgett St., Suite 110T
San Diego, CA, 92126

Photron's New, Highest Speed Camera System - 21,000 fps at Megapixel Resolution - FASTCAM SA-Z

San Diego, CA – Photron, Inc., a global leader and manufacturer of high speed cameras and image analysis software, introduces the ultra-high-speed imaging system, the FASTCAM SA-Z, featuring an unprecedented 21,000 frames per second at megapixel resolution.  The new SA-Z CMOS sensor provides over 2,000,000 frames per second (fps) at reduced resolution, making it possible to view previously unseen phenomenon, events, and high speed processes with excellent image quality and clarity.  The enhanced global electronic shutter operates from 1-millisecond (standard) down to an astonishing 159 nanoseconds (export restrictions apply), and is capable of freezing the fastest motion, without blur. 

Photron’s powerful ultra-high speed imaging system offers superior light sensitivity and 12-bit pixel depth (analog-to-digital converters, or ADC). Applying the reputable ISO 12232 Ssat standard, the light sensitivity measurements are an impressive ISO 25,000 for monochrome and 10,000 for color.  The camera’s 20 micron-square pixel format is ideal for situations where the camera needs to rotate without sacrificing image resolution that often occurs when other aspect ratio/pixel formats are rotated. The FASTCAM SA-Z system includes Photron’s proprietary, award-winning PFV camera control/replay/editing software which can also be conveniently used to rotate the image back, in real time.

The new SA-Z high speed camera has two SD card slots and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports to enable quick and easy image transfer/off load.  With four onboard memory options, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, Photron’s highest speed camera system is well-suited for ballistics, plasma and arc studies, materials science, fluidics, velocimetry, shock waves and detonics applications.  For more information, please visit

Photron, Inc. (USA) ( is a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of digital high speed cameras, including the world’s fastest mega pixel video systems. High speed imaging products range from low-cost solutions to highly specialized, intensified systems for biofluorescence and combustion analysis.  High speed, slow motion cameras featuring high definition (HD) resolution up to 2,000 frames per second are available for motion picture, reality TV, sports, and broadcast applications.  For production fault-finding, Photron offers high speed imaging systems with multiple miniature cube or pencil camera heads.  For extreme or hostile environments, such as vehicle crash testing and/or military weapons proving, Photron’s high-G rated camera systems are utilized. Cameras include standard and custom, high-resolution, high-speed imagers, software, and systems to meet R&D, automotive, commercial, medical, and defense-related motion image analysis requirements.
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