Model SA-Z

The FASTCAM SA-Z offers scientists, researchers and engineers the ability to capture high resolution digital images at ultra-high speed to see and understand previously invisible processes and events. Using Photron’s proprietary CMOS image sensor technology, the FASTCAM SA-Z combines high recording rates with outstanding light sensitivity and excellent image quality to provide a highly versatile ultra-high speed digital camera. 

1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

1024 x 1024 pixels at 20,000fps

896 x 896 pixels at 25,000fps

768 x 512 pixels at 50,400fps

512 x 384 pixels at 87,500fps

512 x 256 pixels at 120,000fps

Class Leading Light Sensitivity

ISO 50,000 Monochrome

ISO 20,000 Color


The ultra-high speed FASTCAM SA-Z provides megapixel image resolution at frame rates up to 21,000fps from its highly light sensitive image sensor (monochrome ISO 50,000) with 12-bit dynamic range delivering the ultimate imaging performance. The FASTCAM SA-Z provides frame rates greater than 2 million fps at reduced image resolution and shutter speeds as short as 159 nanoseconds (export restrictions may apply).

An innovative camera body design exploiting heat-pipe technology provides a thermally stable and reliable high-speed imaging system suitable for use in the most challenging environments. Available in 12-bit monochrome or 36-bit color versions with recording memory options from 8GB to 128GB, the FASTCAM SA-Z offers versatility of use in a wide range of scientific and industrial applications. 

Standard operational features of the FASTCAM Sa-Z include a mechanical shutter to allow remote system calibration, dual-channel Gigabit Ethernet Interface for fast image download, and internal memory card drives allowing image download and storage to low cost removable recording media. The system also features memory segmentation to allow recording in one memory partition while at the same time downloading a previous recording, and the ability to remotely switch off cooling fans to eliminate vibration when recording at high magnifications.

The FATSCAM SA-Z is operationally available with the FAST Drive removable SSD drive permitting high-speed transfer of image data from camera recording memory to removable mass storage media enabling repeated recordings to be made in quick succession without the delays associated with download of data to a PC.

1-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor:
1024 x 1024 pixels at 20,000fps
896 x 896 pixels at 25,000fps
768 x 512 pixels at 50,400fps
512 x 384 pixels at 87,500fps
512 x 256 pixels at 120,000fps

Maximum Frame Rate:
224,000fps (FASTCAM SA-Z type 200K)
480,000fps (FASTCAM SA-Z type 480K)
2,100,000fps (FASTCAM SA-Z type 2100K)

Class Leading Light Sensitivity:
• ISO 50,000 monochrome
• ISO 20,000 color

Global Electronic Shutter:
1ms to 159ns independent of frame rate (sub-microsecond shutter available on type 2100K only, subject to export control)

Dynamic Range (ADC):
12-bit monochrome, 36-bit color

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

Optional FASTDrive High Capacity Non-Volatile Data Storage:
1TB or 2TB high-speed solid state drive

Fast Gigabit Ethernet Interface:
Dual Gigabit Ethernet Interface provides high-speed image download to standard notebook/PC

Flexible Frame Synchronization:
Frame rate may be synchronized to external unstable frequencies

Fan Stop Function:
Remotely switch off cooling fans to eliminate vibration when recording at high magnifications

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