New Optronis slow-motion camera with novel data transfer
12 Jun 2017
The high-speed Sprinter camera is equipped with a large-format, highly light-sensitive 1280 x 860 pixel monochrome or colour image sensor for recording extremely fast movements. Capable of recording 3500 images per second at full resolution and 12000 images per second at a resolution of 1280 x 240 pixels, the camera can be used in a host of high-speed applications.
Image sequences are recorded using an internal 16 GB ring memory equipped with a data trigger. With data being generated at almost 4 GB/s at full resolution, recording periods of 4 seconds can be stored. A new approach to data management using a 256 GB SSD backup allows this image data to be transferred to a PC for slow motion analysis at much faster rates than using the built-in GigE interface. This SSD concept provides camera-internal data transfer via a SATA interface at 300 MB per second. That is six times the data speed compared to conventional storage concepts.
With a sturdy, lightweight anodised aluminium housing featuring various mounting points for a tripod, the versatile camera can be used in the laboratory, at external sites or for crash tests. Applications range from highly demanding measurement tasks in fault analysis and quality assurance for fast-moving objects through to simple ballistics.
The Sprinter camera is equipped with an external trigger and synchronization interface. This provides connection for various trigger sources (e.g. mechanical switch) and synchronization to motion-dependent image refresh rates. TimeViewer software for Windows 7, 8 and 10 is included for capture, video playback, export and analysis.