The Phantom VEO 410L ready to capture high-speed events in a laboratory.

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Students and researchers at Florida Institute of Technology used a Phantom v1210 ultrahigh-speed camera to observe behaviors of lighting strikes. Specifically, they were focusing on the jets and sprites that occur at high-altitudes. Because of the nature of lightning a camera with a lot of memory on-board and the ability to quickly save data was critical. Their chosen Phantom camera accomplished this and delivered exceptional images at the speeds needed.

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UHS v1212

The Phantom v1212 brings ultrahigh-speed imaging to academia by being our most affordable UHS series camera. This camera delivers the sensitivity and speed necessary for light-sensitive and quickly moving events.

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VEO 410

The VEO 410 is the most accessible VEO camera.  This camera is known for its convenience through simple connections and advanced I/O making it perfect for an academic setting.

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Miro LAB 3a10

The Phantom LAB3a10 has been designed specifically for laboratory work. At research institutions this lets faculty and students alike take advantage of the 1 Mpx square sensor for optimal field of view in microscopy work. 

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Miro C110

The Phantom Miro C110 is our most affordable camera.  It is designed to be useful across campus and excels in small laboratory work. The C-mount lens allows researchers to easily fit the needs of individual experiments.

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Digital Image Correlation is the process of synchronizing multiple high-speed cameras to fill a single event. It has been found in academic settings where studying how football helmets protect athletes is being researched. This non-contact method of study utilizes a speckled paint pattern to clearly show fine shock and vibration effects on a material or object.

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Microfluidics is the study of microscopic fluid movement. This is important at institutions with heavy focuses on medical, industrial, and technological studies. Microfluidic study often requires extremely high frames-per-second capable cameras with sensors able to capture fine detail.

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Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is popular in at academic institutions that are focusing on the study of invisible liquid flow. By inserting small particles into media, such as water, and watching their movement through high-speed cameras researchers are able to gather data that can aid in the advancement of technology, environmental protection, and industrial needs. 

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Schlieren imaging can be found in a variety of academic laboratories especially those that focus on observing how gases and airflow move. Those who wish to study this application method will need a Phantom camera with high image detail sensitivity and high light sensitivity. Schlieren imaging research can often be found in aerospace based institutions studying the effects of wind on airplane wings.


A high-speed camera for academic institutions is going to elevate your ability to observe and identify events in higher detail than ever before. This is an exciting endeavor, but can also be daunting, especially when you are attempting to establish which type of camera would work best for the experiments you will be performing.

The easiest way to decide which camera you will need is to answer four key questions about your laboratory and your research.

• Speed - How fast is it going?
• Size & Resolution - How large is the event and what resolution is required?
• Illumination - How much light is required to clearly see the experiment?
• Proximity - How close does the camera need to be to the event?

Regardless of what you are recording, the above will always be important. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that a trained Phantom camera expert can assist you in deciding which camera you will need.

We began as a small company seeking to improve education through high-speed imaging and we have not forgotten our roots. We have developed the A+ Academic Advantage program. This special program is built built for educators worldwide to encourage the advancement of technology at educational institutions. Research and growth by capturing an image when it’s too fast to see, and too important not to®.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Whether in a lab, outside, or on a TV/Movie production site there are important considerations when preparing to utilize a high-speed camera. Lighting, power sources, cable reach, and portability are all parts of establishing a workflow process. The whitepaper, "Optimizing Workflow for High-Speed Imaging Applications," discusses these considerations and the corresponding data management necessary to get the shot. Learn about how to prepare your sessions so that the most effective methods and accessories are used. Keep Reading
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
A z-type schlieren imaging system is the most common setup for this non-invasive research method. Utilizing this setup in combination with a high-speed camera produces high-quality data that allows researchers to measure a variety of invisible events. Very sensitive high-speed cameras are used to capture the images seen in the directed light field. Our free whitepaper will discuss the various techniques and tools used in these studies and how the information gathered aided researchers in technological developments. Keep Reading
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Lightning is one of nature's most dangerous and greatest mysteries. It is difficult to study due to the chaotic and random nature of its occurrences. Capturing lightning on video is even more difficult as the camera being pointed in the correct direction when a bolt occurs is a chance situation. The difficulty increases even more when high-speed imaging is involved. The powerful ultra-high speed cameras that are required to film lightning blasts are not easy to maneuver. Researchers must watch incoming storms closely and strategically pick the sky space that is going to be observed. Lightning rods offer researchers a stationary subject to focus on and aid in the recording. Keep Reading