Published 18-05-2021
| Article appears in June 2021 Issue

High-speed cameras make motor drives so last century


When you consider that a professional camera used by sports photographers can typically take anywhere between 10 and 20 photos in a second, or that a movie camera usually shoots 24 frames (photos) per second, you can’t help but be impressed by the new i-SPEED 7 Series from IX Cameras, which boasts 2.45 million frames per second (FPS).

Before you jump to the conclusion that those speeds are overkill, think about the scenarios where they are essential, in applications such as particle image velocimetry (PIV), digital image correlation (DIC), fluid dynamics, ballistics and a wide range of scientific research. Shooting at such high frame rates enables extremely slow-motion video.

The cameras feature 3.2 megapixel CMOS sensors in colour and monochrome versions.

IX Cameras has added an optional electromechanical shutter to the i-SPEED 7 Series. This enables remote reference, automated calibration, and sensor protection during lens changes. The electromechanical shutter makes the cameras ideal for field work, where the camera is at a distance from the user and for DIC and PIV applications where the camera must not be moved after a calibration frame.

The i-SPEED 7 Series (717, 721, and 727) provides an increased 2072 x 1536 resolution @ 8,512 fps that raises throughput speeds to 27.1 GPixels/second (27.1 billion pixels processed every second). The balance between resolution and frame rate produces amazingly clear images at impressive resolutions that are critical for accurate motion analysis. The i-SPEED 7 features Trigger, Sync In/Out, and Exposure Out on the rear panel. Exposure Out can be switched to Synchronized Lighting Control.

iX Cameras engineers combined the i-SPEED 7 Series instrumentation and rugged models into one innovative camera housing - ideal for both laboratory and challenging field environments. The sturdy, rugged design features a high-G rated two-piece aluminum enclosure for added protection, which also includes a user removable handle to provide greater flexibility when mounting the camera to a static frame. Removing the handle exposes fixing points to facilitate the connection of accessories.

Recording at high speeds with high resolutions produces a great deal of data. The i-SPEED 7 Series cameras can be configured with up to 2TB of internal SSD storage. They can be designed to allow for easy upgrades between models as performance or application requirements increase. You can also add additional memory and options such as xSSD or upgrade to a higher performance model.

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