Preliminary Datasheet
FASTCAM SA-Z
ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE HIGH-SPEED CAMERA SYSTEM
PRODUCT FEATURES
:Frame Rate Performance Examples:
 20,000fps at 1024x1024 pixel resolution
 21,000fps at 1024x1000 pixel resolution
 40,000fps at 1024x512 pixel resolution
 100,000fps at 640x280 pixel resolution
 200,000fps at 384x176 pixel resolution
 480,000fps at 896x32 pixel resolution
 1,080,000fps at 256x24 pixel resolution
 2,100,000fps at 128x8 pixel resolution
Class Leading Light Sensitivity:
ISO 12232 Ssat (excluding IR response)
• ISO 25,000 monochrome
• ISO 10,000 color
Global Electronic Shutter: 1ms to 1µs independent of frame rate (159ns shutter available subject to export control).
Dual Channel Gigabit Ethernet Interface provides reliable system communication and fast image download.
Internal Recording Memory Configurations
to meet all application requirements: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB.
Two Internal Memory Card Drives
allowing high speed download of images to low cost removable SD memory cards.
Flexible Frame Synchronisation
to external devices. Frame rate may be synchronised to external non‐stable frequencies.
Integrated Nikon G Type Lens Mount
allowing full compatibility with current DSLR lenses (DX and FX formats, G type Lens).
Fast Acting Image Trigger
and internal time delay generator allows automated camera trigger operation.
Sealed Camera Body
prevents the ingress of dust and particles in harsh test range environments.
Fan Stop function
Remotely switch off cooling fans to eliminate vibration – particularly important when capturing events at high‐magnification
Redefining high‐speed imaging performance
The introduction of Photron’s new FASTCAM SA-Z ultra-high-speed camera system
redefines standards for high-speed digital camera performance. FASTCAM SA-Z is
the world’s fastest 1 megapixel high speed camera providing a recording rate of
20,000 frames per second (fps) at full image resolution and frame rates of over 2
million frames per second at reduced resolution.
The Photron FASTCAM SA-Z offers scientists, researchers and engineers the ability
to capture high resolution digital images at ultra-high speeds in order to visualise and
quantify previously invisible processes and events. Utilizing Photron proprietary
CMOS image sensor technology, FASTCAM SA-Z combines high recording rates
with outstanding light sensitivity and excellent high image quality to provide the most
versatile ultra-high speed digital camera available.
An innovative camera body design exploiting heat-pipe technology provides a
thermally stable and reliable imaging system suitable for use in the most challenging
environments. Available in 12bit monochrome or 36bit colour versions with recording
memory options from 8GB to 64GB FASTCAM SA-Z offers versatility of use in a wide
range of scientific and industrial applications.
Standard operational features of the FASTCAM SA-Z include a mechanical shutter to
allow remote system calibration, dual channel Gigabit Ethernet interface for fast
image download, internal memory card drives allowing image download and storage
to low cost removable recording media, memory segmentation to allow recording in
one memory partition while at the same time downloading a previous recording and
the ability to remotely switch off cooling fans to eliminate vibration when recording at
high magnifications - in particular applications such as study of microfluidic flows
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FASTCAM SA-Z
ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE HIGH-SPEED CAMERA SYSTEM
Camera Performance Specifications:
Maximum Frame Rate
(full sensor resolution)
20,000fps at 1024 x 1024 pixels
High‐Speed Dual Gigabit Ethernet Interface:
Maximum Frame Rate
(reduced image resolution)
480,000fps at 896 x 32 pixels
(2,100,000fps at 128 x 8 pixels resolution
available subject to export control)
Shutter Time
Global electronic shutter 1ms to 1µs independent of frame rate. (159ns shutter available subject to export control)
Mechanical Calibration
Shutter
Standard feature
Dynamic Range (ADC)
12‐bit
Memory Capacity Options
8GB: 5,455 frames at full resolution
16GB: 10,916 frames at full resolution
32GB: 21,839 frames at full resolution
64GB: 43,684 frames at full resolution
FASTCAM SA‐Z camera system is equipped with a high‐speed Dual Gigabit Ethernet interface to provide reliable network communication and fast download of image data to notebook PCs without the requirement for server based 10Gb Ethernet hardware.
Sample data download rates obtained using the camera in combination with current generation notebook PCs fitted with Core i7 (2.7GHz) processor, Solid State Drive and dual Gigabit Ethernet inputs allows 32GB of image data to be transferred from camera memory to storage on the PC in 2 minutes.
Removable Memory Storage
2x SD/SDHC/SDXC memory Card drives provided. Compatible with UHS‐I (SDR104)
Region of Interest
Selectable in steps of 128 pixels (horizontal) x 8 pixels (vertical)
Trigger Inputs
Selectable +/‐ TTL 5V and switch closure
Trigger Delay
Programmable on selected input / output
triggers: 100ns resolution Trigger / Synchronization Outputs
For synchronisation of multiple cameras or external equipment +/‐ TTL 5V p‐p Trigger Modes
Start, End, Centre, Manual, Random, Random Reset, Image trigger , Time Lapse
Time Code Input
IRIG‐B
Video Outputs
Live and playback via dual HD‐SDI or RS‐170
(NTSC/PAL) (zoom, pan, scroll control via optional LCD keypad)
Camera Control Interface
High Speed Dual GigabitEthernet and RS‐422
Remote Control Optional handheld control keypad
Image Data Display
Frame rate, Shutter speed, Trigger Mode, Date/Time, Status, Real time / IRIG Time, Frame count, Resolution
Saved Image Formats
BMP, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, RAW, RAWW, MRAW, AVI, WMV, FTIF, MOV.
Images can be saved with or without image data and in 8‐bit / 16‐bit or bit depth of sensor where supported
Mechanical Calibration Shutter:
A mechanical shutter fitted as standard to the FASTCAM SA‐Z camera allows sensor black balance calibration to be carried out remotely from the system control software. The FASTCAM SA‐Z camera now employs heat pipe technology for effective thermal management, ensuring high image stability even with used for extended periods in harsh operating environments.
Nikon G type Compatible Lens Fitting:
The FASTCAM SA‐Z camera is equipped with an objective lens mount compatible with readily available Nikon G type lenses. Controls provided within the lens mount allow the control of lens aperture on lenses without external iris control.
An optional lens mount supporting Canon EF lenses is available for the FASTCAM SA‐Z providing remote control of lens aperture and iris through Photron PFV software.
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Sample Frame Rate / Image Resolution Options:
Image Resolution (Pixels) Horizontal Vertical Frame Rate (FPS) Variable Region of Interest mode:
1,000 to 20,000 fps
1024
1024
21,000 fps 1024
1000
25,000 fps 1024
840
40,000 fps 1024
512
60,000 fps 620
488
75,000 fps 512
456
100,000 fps 640
280
120,000 fps 512
256
Square Image Sensor Format:
200,000 fps 384
176
480,000 fps 512
56
525,000 fps *
384
64
700,000 fps * 256
56
900,000 fps *
128
56
1,080,000 fps* 256
24
1,200,000 fps*
128
32
2,100,000 fps*
128
8
Unlike broadcast and media applications where image formats such as 16:9 have now become standard, in scientific and industrial imaging applications an image sensor with a 1:1 image format is generally accepted to be advantageous. To capture the maximum useful image data in applications including microscopy, detonics, combustion imaging and many others a 1:1 sensor format provides greater flexibility than ‘letterbox’ image formats.
The FASTCAM SA‐Z image sensor allows the user to choose either square or rectangular image formats in order to obtain the maximum subject information.
Region of Interest (ROI) or sub‐windowing allows just a specific user defined portion of the sensor to be used to capture images. By using just a selected portion of the image area the frame rate at which images are recorded can be increased. FASTCAM SA‐Z allows size and horizontal position of the ROI to be set in 64 pixel increments and vertical size to be set in 8 pixel increments.
(Frame rate settings exceeding 480,000 fps subject to export control)
Recordable Image Count: (12bit recoding mode*)
Image
Resolution
8GB Memory
16GB Memory
32GB Memory
64GB Memory
(pixels)
(frames)
(frames)
(frames)
(frames)
1024 x 1024
5,455
10,916
21,839
43,684
1024 x 1000
5,586
11,178
22,363
44,733
1024 x
840
6,650
13,308
26,623
53,254
1024 x
512
10,912
21,835
43,680
87,371
620 x
488
18,320
36,656
73,327
146,670
512 x
456
24,508
49,036
98,092
196,204
640 x
280
31,931
63,887
127,801
255,627
Record During Save Operation:
512 x
256
43656
87,347
174,728
349,491
384 x
176
43,656
84,669
338,869
677,803
128 x
80
55,8828
1118,069
2236,550
4473,512
384 x
64
232,844
465,861
931,894
1863,962
256 x
56
399,162
798,620
1597,535
3195,365
128 x
56
798,327
1597,242
3195,073
6390,733
256 x
24
931,382
1863,450
3727,585
7455,855
The recording memory of the FASTCAM SA‐Z can be divided into multiple active sections allowing the user to record an on‐going event in one memory partition while at the same time downloading a previously recorded image sequence Image download while recording can be used improve workflow and optimise camera operation.
128 x
8
5,588,307
11,180,712
22,365,523
44,735,144
(* Approximate recordable image count with 8bit recording mode can be calculated by multiplying the figures above by 1.5)
External Frame Synchronisation:
The FASTCAM SA‐Z camera can be fully synchronised with an external event to allow the timing of when each individual image is captured to be precisely referenced. The camera can be accurately synchronised to unstable frequencies allowing complex events such as combustion in rapidly accelerating or decelerating engine to be recorded and studied. High-Speed Imaging Solutions
FASTCAM SA-Z
ULTRA HIGH-PERFORMANCE HIGH-SPEED CAMERA SYSTEM
Mechanical and Environmental Specifications:
Mechanical
Contacts:
PHOTRON LIMITED
Lens Mount
F mount (G‐type lens compatible) and C mount provided. Optional lens mounts available include Canon EF
Camera Mountings
3x ¼ ‐ 20 UNC, 3x 3/8 – 16 UNC, 6x M5 (base and two sides)
External Dimensions
(excluding protrusions)
Fujimi 1‐1‐8
Chiyoda‐Ku, Tokyo 102‐0071
Japan
Tel: +81 (0) 3 3238 2107
Fax: +81 (0) 3 3238 2109
Email: image@photron.co.jp
www.photron.co.jp
Camera Body
261mm (H) x 150mm (W) x 375mm (D) 10.2” (H) x 5.9” (W) x 14.7” (D)
PHOTRON (SHANGHAI) LIMITED
Weight
Camera Body
10.5kg / 23.15 lbs
Environmental Operating Temperature
0 ~ 45 deg. C
Cooling
External fan with high performance thermal design
Room 20C, ZhaoFeng World Trade Building
NO.369, JiangSu Road, ChangNing District
Shanghai 200050
China
Tel: +86 (0)21‐5268‐3700
Fax: +86 (0)21‐5268‐3702
Email: info@photron.cn.com
www.photron.cn.com
PHOTRON USA, INC.
Power
AC Power (with supplied adapter)
100 ~ 240V, 50 ~ 60 Hz
DC Power
20 ~ 36 VDC, 230VA
9520 Padgett Street, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92126‐4446
USA
Tel: 858 684 3555 or 800 585 2129
Fax: 858 684 3558
Email: image@photron.com
www.photron.com
PHOTRON (EUROPE) LIMITED
The Barn, Bottom Road
West Wycombe
Buckinghamshire, HP14 4BS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1494 481011
Fax: +44 (0) 1494 487011
Email: image@photron.com
www.photron.com
FASTCAM SA‐Z Preliminary Datasheet, Rev. Nov 2013. Subject to change without notice.
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