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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 22:19

Vision Research Advances Phantom Miro Cameras

Written by  Gordon Meyer
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Phantom R-SeriesHigh-speed imaging specialist Vision Research has added a ruggedized body to its line of Phantom Miro cameras. The Phantom Miro R-Series, the third member of the Phantom Miro family, is for use in harsh environments where a camera must survive high shock, vibration and a broad range of temperatures. It’s capable of running at up to 730 fps with 1920x1200 resolution and up to 800 fps at 1920x1080. “Our new Miro R-Series gives customers another choice in camera body style, expanding the number of applications for the camera family,” says Vision Research Marketing Director Rick Robinson. “The R-Series is targeted specifically towards those that need a ruggedized camera to withstand severe environmental conditions.”

The Miro R-Series is also designed for high frame-rate image capture, such as for automotive crash tests, high-speed sleds and explosives research. As with the other Miro models, the R-Series has an external rechargeable battery (BP-U30 only) and the popular CineFlash non-volatile data storage system. A 60GB CineFlash module comes standard with the Miro LC 120.  The camera also includes flexible tools for both qualitative and quantitative analysis and is Phantom RCU compatible. 

The key specifications of the Phantom Miro R-Series are:

  • •>100G shock. Tested with a sawtooth wave, 11ms, 30 times, 3 axes (without lens or internal capping shutter)
  • •25Grms random vibration; 20Hz to 2KHz, all axes, 10 min/axis, in accordance with MIL-STD-810G
  • •-20 C to +50 C operating temperature
  • •0–50,000 feet (15,240 meters) operational altitude
  • •Image-based auto-trigger
  • •Continuous recording
  • •Auto-exposure
  • •Multi-cine acquisition
  • •Gb Ethernet
  • •Rechargeable battery (Sony BP-U30) junction box compatibility

    In addition to the R-Series, Vision Research offers two other two body styles in the Phantom Miro family: the M-Series and LC-Series. The M-Series is for applications where computer control is preferred, such as static installations in laboratories or test facilities where high-speed video is immediately saved to a computer for viewing and analysis. The LC-Series has an integrated flip-out LCD touchscreen for on-camera control and viewing recorded video. It’s targeted for a variety of camera applications, including shoots requiring portability. 

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