The FASTCAM NOVA 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. Available in four different models, the FASTCAM NOVA offers 12-bit image recording rates up to 16,000 frames per second (fps) at megapixel image resolution, and shutter speeds to 0.2µs. Recording rates to 1,100,000fps are available at reduced image resolutions.  All of this available from a camera that is rugged, compact, lightweight and provides the best light sensitivity in its class.

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 Canon 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.


FASTCAM NOVA S16/ S12 / S9 / S6

1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor:
1024 x 1024 pixels at 16,000fps (S16)
1024 x 1024 pixels at 12,800fps (Model S12)
1024 x 1024 pixels at 9,000fps (Model S9)
1024 x 1024 pixels at 6,400fps (Model S6)

Maximum Frame Rate:
1,100,000fps (Nova S16 type 1100K)
1,000,000fps (Nova S12 type 1000K)
900,000fps (Nova S9 type 900K)
800,000fps (Nova S6 type 800K)
500,000fps (Nova S12 / S9 / S6 type 500K)
200,000fps (Nova S12 / S9 / S6 type 200K)

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):
12-bit monochrome
36-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: 3.3kg (7.2 lbs.)

Internal Recording Memory:
8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

Optional FASTDrive Removable High Capacity Data Storage:
1TB and 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