Photron was founded in 1974 to provide manufacturing, sales and service of professional film and video equipment and photo- instrumentation. Since then, Photron has been offering photo optics and electronic technologies to manufacturing, the medical field, automotive impact testing facilities , major movie and television studios, as well as to the military test range community worldwide.

The name "PHOTRON" combines photon and electron, the basic elements that represent their state-of-the-art technologies for converting light into electronic video signals.

Some significant product milestones include:

  • In 1991 the Model 4540, the world's fastest commercial high-speed video system, was launched. Operating at up to 40,500 frames per second. Although designed and built by Photron the 4540 was for many years sold and branded as a Kodak MASD product.
  • A year later, 1992, the highly portable MotionCorder family of cameras is launched. The CCD based system becomes the worldwide best-selling high-speed video system.
  • In the early 2000's Photron becomes a pioneer in high -speed CMOS camera technologies with the launch of the ultima 1024 and FASTCAM-X 1280 PCI; the first mega-pixel CMOS camera system for the PC, complimenting the CCD FASTCAM PCI series.
  • Their high speed video line continues to grow through the addition of the high-G CMOS mega-pixel ultima APX and light weight ultima 512, as well as the computer based FASTCAM-X 512 PCI, all of which have redefined light sensitivity achievable from CMOS cameras.
  • The FocusScope signifies Photron’s commitment to using its high-speed abilities for different applications with a 1,000 fps high speed camera being used to produce thirty frames per second of drastically improved depth of focus from a conventionally mounted microscope camera.
  • Photron continues to innovate with the mega pixel SA series of cameras, ranging from the low cost, high-G SA3, through to the world's fastest mega pixel camera; the Fastcam SA5 providing mega pixel resolution to 7,500 fps and reduced resolution 1.5 million.
  • The Fastcam SA2 and BC2-HD utilize a peltier cooled 4 mega pixel sensor producing 1,100 fps, or 2,000 fps at high-definition 1080 (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution.
  • The Fastcam MH4 and Fastcam MC2 utilize multiple remote tiny camera heads (less than 1.5" cubed) to make access to any location and record at 2,000 full resolution pictures per second.

Photron's varied product range makes it the first choice for designers, manufacturers, R&D and test engineers to solve their most challenging motion problems. Whether it's testing a new product design or piece of equipment or trouble-shooting a high-speed production line, Photron's digital camera systems can capture thousands of high resolution images for playback and analysis. And with Photron Motion Tools software, users can automatically track the motion of any point within a recorded sequence. Photron's continuing development of new state-of-the-art products shows their commitment to furthering research and development in the areas of digital imaging and motion analysis solutions.


Photron also designs and develops software for the motion-picture and television industries under the Primatte brand. Photron began marketing Primatte in the mid-90s, at which time Scott Gross joined the Primatte team to help introduce, sell and support Primatte software in the U.S. In the ensuing five years since its introduction, Primatte has gone from being one platform with two versions to nearly forty versions on three platforms, a testament to its powerful and versatile ability to create seamless and realistic chromakey compositing effects.

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