How to Select High Speed Cameras Images credits: Colorado State; Optronis     High speed cameras are a feature-specific type of video camera meant to capture events with minute, fleeting details that could not be captured by cameras with a standard frame rate. These types of cameras are capable of capturing sequences in excess of a 1,000 frames per second, and when the video is played back at a slower frame rate, the details of the event are more...
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Q & A on High Speed Cameras

We asked our users for their input on High Speed Cameras. Here are the results of 75 users familiar with High Speed Cameras.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing high speed camera design?
8 answers
Answers:
Image data transmission 10GigE and proprietary solutions to downstream in real time Sensor design - new CMOS technologies (hybrids)
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
Digital technology is on the horizon with its increased shutter speeds.
~Jim M, Engineering Consultant, Cleveland, OH
Development of faster CMOS sensors, cheaper RAM
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
CMOS sensor design, high bandwidth connectivity
~Stephen F, General Management, San Diego, CA
Faster FPGA, new transmission standards.
~Engineering, Design, Gliwice, Poland
Light sensitivity increasing
~Tim B, Research & Development, Ottawa, Canada
WeissCam HS2 phantom Flex
~Iman J., Film Director and Exclusive Producer, Tehran, IRAN/UAE
HDTV, handheld formats
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative high speed cameras?
9 answers
Answers:
Weisscam (P+S) - Germany Phantom(US)
~Iman J., Film Director and Exclusive Producer, Tehran, IRAN/UAE
Speed Vision, Vision Research
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
PCO AG Vision Research
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
Fasttec; Photron
~Hans L., Professor of Kinesiology, Pineville, UA
Fastec Imaging
~Stephen F, General Management, San Diego, CA
VRI USA
~Manidipto M, Research & Development, Kolkata, India
Dalsa.
~Engineering, Design, Gliwice, Poland
Tesin
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
CPL
~Tim B, Research & Development, Ottawa, Canada

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used high speed cameras for?
22 answers
Answers:
F1 teams, crash testing, engine design, suspension, MIRA crash testing. TRL crash testing. Packaging, Golf and sport instruction and analysis. PCB Manufacturing. Metal testing . Impact testing Ballistics. etc
~John M, Marketing/Sales, London, UK
In setting incentive rates, used camera to capture all the motions involved for later playback and analysis.
~Jim M, Engineering Consultant, Cleveland, OH
High speed packaging machinery ... fault finding .... understand how processes interact with equipment.
~Quality Control, Manchester, United Kingdom
For My Art Works - making a film about Dancing My Wild Life Documentary Productions.
~Iman J., Film Director and Exclusive Producer, Tehran, IRAN/UAE
Troubleshooting production lines ballistics wind tunnel fast moving automotive parts
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
Capturing the molten droplets formed at the electrode tip during Gas Metal arc Welding.
~Manidipto M, Research & Development, Kolkata, India
Automotive Crash Test Broadcast and Commercials Machine Vision - Troubleshooting
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
Production line troubleshooting/adjustments...broadcast...sports...military tests
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
Instabilities of liquid films. Pulverized coal combustion. PIV.
~Miroljub A, University professor, Belgrade, Serbia
Industrial fast scanning of components on production line.
~Engineering, Design, Gliwice, Poland
Time resolved PIV. High speed flow visualization.
~Research & Development, Buenos Aires, Argentina
HIGH SPEED PROPELER TRACK ON FAST BOAT
~Other, Paris, France
Qualitative sports skill analysis
~Hans L., Professor of Kinesiology, Pineville, UA
Managed high speed companies
~Stephen F, General Management, San Diego, CA
Automotive safety testing
~Marketing/Sales, Wayne, NJ
Animal school research
~Research & Development, DA, Viet Nam
Wildlife photography
~Other, London, Great Britain
Aerospace research
~Tim B, Research & Development, Ottawa, Canada
Birds in flight
~Purchasing, Taupo, New Zealand
Ghost Hunting
~Engineering, Other, North Las Vegas, NV
Movie clips
~Marketing/Sales, Banglore, India
Defense
~Project Management, Linköping, Sweden

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that high speed cameras have been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
Research (Universities), lightning strike, 3D
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
Study of fluid flow in a glass tube.
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
Underwater photography.
~Engineering, Design, Gliwice, Poland

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of high speed cameras?
4 answers
Answers:
If you are doing a destructive test (can't repeat it because something is being destroyed), make sure your camera trigger is fully tested and have a backup. Also high profile tests deserve a dry run-through setup and test the day before rather than waiting until the last minute to understand all the camera settings.
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
Bad trigger signals and, you won't believe, somebody forgot to take the black cap off the lens. Get fully aware of the camera's performance and handling before starting to capture a never repeatable event.
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
The processor can be blown up due to rough handling and believe me it's dangerous.
~Manidipto M, Research & Development, Kolkata, India
Not to my knowledge
~Miroljub A, University professor, Belgrade, Serbia

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
10 answers
Answers:
More sensitivity / quantum efficiency of the sensor Higher data transmission rate (real time at full speed) Higher speed at reasonable spatial resolution
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
Portability with stabilization capabilities.
~Jim M, Engineering Consultant, Cleveland, OH
Reduce the need for high powered lighting.
~Quality Control, Manchester, United Kingdom
More 6000+ FPS models with good resolution.
~Tim B, Research & Development, Ottawa, Canada
High speed, pixel depth.
~Engineering, Design, Gliwice, Poland
Turnkey camera solutions.
~Miroljub A, University professor, Belgrade, Serbia
Higher light sensitivity
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
Reducing the Price
~Iman J., Film Director and Exclusive Producer, Tehran, IRAN/UAE
Larger storage
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
Ease of use
~Stephen F, General Management, San Diego, CA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using high speed cameras?
10 answers
Answers:
Price goes up dramatically with speed, don't overbuy. Same with resolution, 640x480 is a better image than many people think. Also, don't get color unless your application absolutely needs it, mono is MUCH more light sensitive and has twice the resolution because images don't get de-bayer-ized.
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
Define your requirement as closely as possible Have a realistic budget Do not forget about lighting (and include it in the budget!)
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
They should look at sensor's sensitivity (quantum efficiency) and image quality mainly on color cameras.
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
Know what your use will be and purchase accordingly. Once you have the camera, other uses will blossom.
~Jim M, Engineering Consultant, Cleveland, OH
Resolution Speed Understand how fast you need to go Do you need color or B/W
~John M, Marketing/Sales, London, UK
To understand first what actual performance of camera one needs.
~Miroljub A, University professor, Belgrade, Serbia
Care full about the dealers of HSC, Take care the lenses
~Manidipto M, Research & Development, Kolkata, India
Many models, many prices -get one to fit application
~Tim B, Research & Development, Ottawa, Canada
Definition versus speed versus memory tradeoff
~Hans L., Professor of Kinesiology, Pineville, UA
Its all about light available
~Quality Control, Manchester, United Kingdom

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of high speed cameras?
9 answers
Answers:
Most 'machine' applications only require from 100 to 250 fps to give good analysis footage test equipment at these speeds in the normal lighting conditions available to see if it's the kit for you.
~Quality Control, Manchester, United Kingdom
Don't think you need huge amount of camera on-board memory. Most events are short lived and unpredictable ones captured by using ring buffer and stopping the camera after the event.
~Toni S., Manufacturer, Kelheim, Germany
Frame rate vs resolution is a compromise. Decide what is more important. High speed means fast shutter speed - there will be a need for strong illumination.
~Raf S, Marketing/Sales, Newbury, United Kingdom
Everybody must have a lot of experience and study on Exposure and Optics for better use of H.S cams.
~Iman J., Film Director and Exclusive Producer, Tehran, IRAN/UAE
Most new users may look for a higher speed than is required for their purpose.
~John M, Marketing/Sales, London, UK
Minimal to do the job is always best initially.
~Hans L., Professor of Kinesiology, Pineville, UA
Do not buy products from china.
~Manidipto M, Research & Development, Kolkata, India
Read the user manual
~Applications Engineer, San Diego, CA
Need a lot of light
~Tim B, Research & Development, Ottawa, Canada


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