Vision Research (company)

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Vision Research
Industry High-speed digital cameras
Founded 1992
Headquarters Wayne, New Jersey
Area served
Products Phantom Cameras: v-Series, Miro Series, Cinema line
Parent Ametek

Vision Research is an international company that manufactures high-speed digital cameras based in Wayne, New Jersey. Their cameras are marketed under the Phantom brand, and are used in a broad variety of industries including: defense, industrial product development,[1] manufacturing, automotive, scientific research,[2] and entertainment.[3] Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.[4]


Founded as Photographic Analysis Company in 1950, they specialized in high-speed photographic research utilizing film cameras.[5] They applied high speed photography to numerous industries and applications, and designed, manufactured and marketed products specific to the high speed photographic needs of each industry.

In 1992, Photographic Analysis Company shifted focus to designing and fabricating high speed electronic imagers that did not rely on photographic film for imaging. They formed a separate entity for developing digital high-speed imaging systems known as Vision Research Inc. Their ultra slow motion digital video line of cameras are currently marketed under the Phantom trade mark[6] and was granted U.S. Patent #5,625,412 for high speed electronic digital imaging.[7]

Cameras and applications[edit]

The Phantom camera family consists of three camera lines and accessories.

The Vision Research Phantom Miro R120 Digital High-Speed Camera is a 2-megapixel camera with 1.6 Gigapixels/second (Gpx/s) throughput. The R-Series body style is a rugged, high-g rated camera used in high stress environments.

The Miro line of small, lightweight cameras is used for mobile applications or situations where size and weight might be an issue in applications such as assembly line analysis, drop testing, particle image velocimetry (PIV), animal studies, bio-mechanical studies and automotive testing.

The Vision Research Phantom v2511 can capture up to 25,600 frames-per-second (fps) at full 1 megapixel resolution, making it the fastest member of the ultrahigh-speed digital camera line.

v-Series cameras are a broad line of high performance cameras used when applications demand the highest imaging speeds[8] and/or resolution. The v-Series[9] is used in applications such as ballistics testing, military research,[10] engine development, high-speed x-ray video,[11] and medical research.

The third line of cameras are targeted at TV & Motion Picture production for live event broadcasts[12] and new media applications. The Phantom HD,[13] 65[14] and Flex cameras are extensively used to capture detail in digital cinema[15] and HD television productions[16] and have won an Academy Scientific and Technical Award in 2012[17] and a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award in 2010.[18] Two Phantom 65 cores are used for IMAX's 3D Digital camera.

The Vision Research Phantom Flex4K is capable of shooting from 15 frames-per-second (fps) up to 1,000 fps at 4K, and almost 2,000 fps at 2K/1080p.

Vision Research also does custom engineering and specialty cameras for unique applications.


  • R&D Magazine- R&D 100 Award Winner 2000 - Phantom v4.0
  • R&D Magazine- R&D 100 Award Winner 2002 - Phantom v5.0
  • Mario Award - NAB 2004 - Phantom v9.0
  • Vidy Award - Best of Show - NAB 2004 - Phantom v9.0.
  • DTV Pick of Show - NAB 2004 - Phantom v9.0.
  • Government Video Salute - NAB 2004 - Phantom v9.0.
  • Best of IBC 2008 - Phantom v12.1
  • Popular Science - Best of What’s New Award 2008- Phantom v12
  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) 2009 - 2010 Emmy Award- In the category of “HD Super Slow Motion Systems for Acquisition, Recording, and Playback for Broadcast Entertainment and Sports Productions”
  • Popular Science - Best of What’s New Award 2011- Phantom v1610
  • Design and Innovation Award -IABC 2011 - Phantom v641
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- 2012 Academy Scientific and Technical Award - The design and engineering of the Phantom family of high-speed cameras for motion picture production
  • Digital Video Magazine - Best-of-Show Black Diamond Award NAB 2013 - Phantom Flex4k
  • Mario Award- NAB 2013 - Phantom Flex4k
  • TVB Europe Best of IBC 2013 - Phantom Flex4k
  • Vision Systems Design - Innovators Award 2015


  1. ^ Carey, Bjorn (2 July 2013). "Stanford Students capture the flight of birds on very high-speed video". Stanford Newsletter. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Edd, John. "Edd Research group Vanderbilt University". Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "ShotOnWhat?". Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "About Vision Research". About Vision Research. Vision Research. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Sharyn (2012-1-27). "Super Slo-Mo Developed by Jersey Family Firm". NJ Star Ledger. Retrieved 19 April 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "A PopSci Fourth of July". July 2012. PopSci. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Patent 5,625,412". U.S. Patent Office. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Best of What's New 2011". Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 20 April 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ "Digital System Captures The Invisible". R&D Magazine. 2002-08-08. Retrieved 20 April 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  10. ^ "Searching for Cleaner Fuel". Advanced Imaging Pro. May 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
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  12. ^ "X-Mo Slow-Motion System used in World Series Broadcasts". Phantom HD high-speed camera, known as the X-MO slow-motion system. inerta Unlimited. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Technical Specifications for Sherlock Holmes 3". Cameras used to Shoot the Movie Sherlock Holmes 3. IMDB. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Using the Phantom 65 to shoot "In The Wild"". Phantom 65 used "In The Wild". AbelCine. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Watch how this is painstakingly put together". Gizmodo. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Using the Phantom Camera to shoot Slow-Motion scenes in Sherlock". Discusses using the Phantom Camera to capture slow-motion. Sherlockology. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "8 Scientific and Technical Achievements to Be Honored With Academy Awards". HollyWood Reporter. 1/5/12. Retrieved 20 April 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. ^ Morely, Hugh (2010-11-11). "Wayne Camera Firm Wins Emmy". Bergen Record. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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