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Model S6 / S9 / S12 / S16

The FASTCAM NOVA brings together unique CMOS image sensor technologies and extensive high-speed digital imaging expertise to provide a camera with the flexibility to be used in a wide variety of applications. Available in four different models, FASTCAM NOVA offers 12-bit image recording rates up to 16,000fps at megapixel image resolution, and shutter speeds to 0.2us. Recording rates to 1,100,000fps are available to reduced image resolutions. 

1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 16,000fps (Model S16)

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 12,800fps (Model S12)

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 9,000fps (Model S9)

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 6,400fps (Model S6)

Class Leading Light Sensitivity

  • ISO 64,000 Monochrome

  • ISO 16,000 Color

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Standard features of the FASTCAM NOVA include an internal mechanical shutter to allow remote system calibration, a high-performance 10-Gigabit Ethernet interface for camera control and high-speed image download, memory segmentation that allows recording into one memory partition while downloading from another, and compatibility with a number of industry-standard lens formats to allow the use of Nikon G-Type, C-mount and Cannon EF lenses. 

The FASTCAM NOVA also features a sealed body design that prevents dust and corrosive particles from contaminating sensitive electronics. An optional FAST Drive SSD can be used for the download of images at up to 1GB per second. 

Intuitive and feature right Photron FASTCAM Viewer (PFV) software is included with each FASTCAM NOVA camera. Also included is a Photron Device Control SDK that allows integration of the camera with user-specific software, and libraries for controlling the camera within a MATLAB® or LabView environment.  


1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor:

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 16,000fps (Model S16)

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 12,800fps (Model S12)

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 9,000fps (Model S9)

  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 6,400fps (Model S6)

Maximum Frame Rate:

  • 1,100,000fps (Model S16 type 110K)

  • 1,000,000fps (Model S12 type 1000K)

  • 900,000fps (Model S9 type 900k)

  • 800,000fps (Model S6 type 800k)

  • 500,000fps (Model S16 / S12 / S9 / S6 type 500K)

  • 200,000fps (Model S16 / S12 / S9 / S6 type 200K)

Class-Leading Light Sensitivity:

  • ISO 64,000 monochrome

  • ISO 16,000 color

Global Electronic Shutter:

  • 1ms to 0.2μs independent of frame rate

  • (sub-microsecond shutter available subject to export control)

Dynamic Range (ADC):

  • 12-bit monochrome, 36-bit colour

Compact and Lightweight:

  • 120mm (H) x 120mm (W) x 217.2mm (D)

  • 4.72” (H) x 4.72” (W) x 8.55” (D)

  • Weight: 3.3Kg (7.2 lbs.)

Internal Recording Memory:

  • 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 68GB, 128GB

Optional FAST Drive Removable High Capacity Data Storage:

  • 1TB and 4TB High-speed Solid State Drive

Fast 10-Gigabit Ethernet Interface:

  • Provides camera control and high-speed image download to standard PC

Fan Stop Function:

  • Remotely switch off cooling fans to eliminate vibration when recording at high magnifications

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