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The FASTCAM NOVA S20 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. The FASTCAM NOVA S20 offers 10-bit image recording rates up to 20,000fps at megapixel image resolution, and shutter speeds to 0.2μs. Recording rates to 1,100,000fps (subject to export control approval) are available at reduced image resolutions.

1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

1024 x 1024 pixels at 18,750fps (Model S20)

1024 x 992 pixels at 20,000fps (Model S20)

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 rich 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 18,750fps (Model S20)
1024 x 1024 pixels at 20,000fps (Model S20)

Maximum Frame Rate:
1,100,000fps (Model S20)

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):
10-bit monochrome, 30-bit color

Compact and Lightweight:
120mm (H) x 120mm (W) x 217.2mm (D)
4.72” (H) x 4.72” (W) x 8.55” (D)
Weight: 3.5Kg (7.7 lbs.)

Internal Recording Memory:
8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 68GB, 128GB

Optional FAST Drive Removable High Capacity Data Storage:
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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