Phantom Camera Products

Phantom v12.1

The world's first CMOS-based high-speed camera capable of taking 1,000,000 pictures-per-second

  • 6,242 frames-per-second at full 1280 x 800 widescreen resolution
  • 1,000,000 pictures-per-second at reduced resolution
  • Unsurpassed light sensitivity
  • Sub-microsecond exposure, down to 300 nsec

This camera has been discontinued 

The camera that changed an industry. The Phantom v12.1 camera was the first CMOS camera to break the 1,000,000 fps barrier.  This 1 megapixel digital high-speed camera is capable of taking more than 6200  frames-per-second (fps) at full 1280 x 800 resolution. And, up to 1,000,000 fps at reduced resolution (requires FAST option and is export controlled.)

Take the wide view with our custom-designed 1280 x 800 CMOS sensor. The wide aspect ratio of the v12.1 allows you to keep moving subjects in-frame longer and see more of the event you are recording.

With an active pixel size of 20 microns and improved quantum efficiency, the Phantom v12.1 camera has sensitivity you need for even the most challenging lighting conditions. You can eliminate blur and see the most minute detail by using short exposure times. On the v12.1, you can set the exposure to as little as 300 nanoseconds (requires FAST option and is export controlled.)

The camera supports 8- and 12-bit pixel depth. Smaller bit-depth gives you more recording time and smaller files. Greater bit-depth gives you more gray levels and finer detail. With the greater latitude of 12 bits, you can pull more detail out of the image.

The v12.1 is controlled by our feature-rich Phantom Software. If you’ve used any Phantom camera before, you will know how to run the v12.1.

The Vision Research Phantom v12.1 comes in two base models, either with or without a CineMag interface and comes in either color or monochrome configurations. It supports some of our most popular options and accessories such as Image-Based Auto-Trigger, an Internal Mechanical Shutter for remote/automatic CSRs, Canon EOS lens mount, and more.





Common resolutions and frame-rates, other resolutions available

Short Description
  • This camera is discontinued. Please see the v611 or v711.
  • The world's first CMOS-based high-speed camera capable of taking 1,000,000 pictures-per-second. 6,242 fps at full 1280 x 800 widescreen resolution
  • 6 Gpx/sec
  • Max speed at full resolution of 1280 x 800 is 6242 fps
  • Max speed at reduced resolution of 128 x 8 is 680,000 fps (standard), 1,000,000 fps (optional)
  • Some features are export controlled
Sensor Specifications
  • CMOS sensor
  • 1280 x 800 pixels
  • 20 µm pixel size
  • 25.6 mm x 16.0 mm
  • 8- and 12-bit depth
  • ISO Monochrome 20,000T; 6,400D
  • ISO Color 2,500T; 2,000D
  • TE cooled
  • CAR in 128 x 8 increments
  • Fill factor: 56%
  • Dynamic range: 57.7 dB
  • Read out noise at 30.2°C (typical): 29e-
  • Full well capacity (typical): 23200e-
  • 1 µs minimum exposure (standard), 300 ns (optional)
  • Global electronic shutter
  • Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR)
  • Auto Exposure
  • Shutter Off mode for PIV
  • Some features are export controlled
  • 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB high-speed internal RAM
  • CineMag compatible (128 GB, 256 GB, 144 GB, 512 GB)
Record Times
  • 3.58 seconds at maximum frame rate, maximum bit depth, largest resolution and into maximum internal memory
Special Features
  • Segment memory for up to 63 cines in multi-cine mode
  • Continuous recording
  • Frame rate profile
  • Memory gate
  • Event marking
  • Frame timestamp
  • IRIG in/out (modulated and unmodulated)
  • Shutter off mode for PIV exposure
  • 500 ns straddle time
  • Burst mode
  • Internal mechanical shutter for automatic/remote Current Session Reference (CSR)
  • Secondary IP address
  • Field-based firmware upgrade capable
  • Programmable trigger location (pre/post trigger recording)
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger
  • Trigger from software
  • Hardware trigger BNC
Timing & Synchronization
  • 20 ns timing resolution
  • Frame synchronization to internal or external clock (FSYNC)
  • IRIG in/out (modulated or unmodulated)
  • Ready output
  • Strobe output
  • Break-out-Box (IRIG-in, IRIG-out, NTSC/PAL Video, Trigger, Event, Strobe, A-Sync, Pre-Trigger/Memgate, Ready, Power In, GenLock)
  • Dedicated FSYNC, Trigger BNCs on camera body
  • Range Data input on camera body (Fischer)
Ethernet Connection
  • Gb Ethernet for both control and data
Camera Control
  • Phantom Camera Control (PCC)
  • Remote Control Unit (RCU), connects to Break-out-Box
  • Phantom Application (legacy)
  • SDK available
Video Out
  • Analog video (NTSC or PAL) available on Break-out-Box
  • Component viewfinder port
  • Versatile Dual HD-SDI can provide 4:4:4 video (except at 60 fps), or can be two single 4:2:2 HD-SDI ports, one for playback and one always live
  • Nikon F-mount standard
  • Canon EOS mount optional
  • PL-mount optional
  • C-mount optional
  • (lens not included)
Video Processing
  • Brightness
  • Gain
  • Gamma
  • Saturation
  • Hue
  • White Balance
  • Color interpolation algorith
  • Filters
  • Color matrix
  • Image flip and rotate
  • Crop
  • Scale
Data Acquisition
  • National Instruments M- and X-Series DAQ modules with integrated support in PCC
Motion Analysis
  • Basic measurements via Phantom Application:
  • Distance
  • Speed
  • Acceleration
  • Angles and Angular Speed
  • Manual and Automatic point collection for target tracking
  • Compatible with 3rd party solutions
Supported File Formats
  • Cine, Cine Compressed, Cine RAW, AVI, h.264 mp4, Apple ProRes .mov, Multipage TIFF, MXF PAL, MXF NTSC, Uncompressed QuickTime, Windows BMP, OS/2 BMP, PCX, TGA, TIFF, LEAD, JPEG, JTIF, RAW, DNG, DPX
  • 100 - 240 VAC, 120 Watt power supply included
  • 20 - 36 VDC, power in via Break-out-Box
Mechanical Specifications
  • 12.25 x 5.5 x 5.0 in (L, W, H), without lens
  • 31.1 x 14 x 12.7 cm
  • Weight: 12 lbs, 5.4 kg without lens or CineMag
Environmental Specifications
  • Temperature and Humidity: 0°C - 40°C @ 8% to 80% RH
  • Shock: 30G, half sine wave, 11 ms, 10 times all axes (without CineMag or lens)
  • Vibration: 0.25G, 5-500 Hz, all axes without CineMag
  • Phantom SDK
  • LabView
  • MatLab
Ships Standard With
  • Power supply
  • Ethernet cable
  • Break-out-Box
  • Phantom PCC software
  • Getting Started Guide
  • CineMag interface
  • Internal Mechanical Shutter
  • Image-Based Auto-Trigger
  • Canon EOS lens mount
  • PL-mount
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