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By Adorama News Writer

April 25, 2007

Look! Up on that tripod! It's a bird! It's a plane! No...it's Vision Research's Phantom High-Speed Camera. Able to shoot 512x512 pixel monochrome images at up to 2200 frames per second, up to ISO 4800, and shutter speeds as fast as two microseconds, the Phantom can freeze moving objects, eliminate blur, and show enough detail for successful motion analysis. Okay, so you won't find this camera in Mom's handbag, the Vision Research Phantom (the first of what Vision Research says will be a lineup of high-speed digicams) sounds like an amazing slab of technology.

For details, read the Vision Research press release.

Vision Research, Inc. Introduces the First Member of a New Line of Phantom(R) High-Speed Digital Cameras

WAYNE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- At NAB in Las Vegas, Nevada, (16-19 April) and SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan (16-19 April), Vision Research is unveiling the first member in a new line of Phantom high-speed digital cameras. The Phantom® Miro line is a compact, light-weight, rugged family of cameras targeted at industrial applications ranging from biometric research to automotive crash testing.

The first member of the family, the Phantom Miro 3, is optimized for applications such as Hydraulically Controlled, Gas Energized (HYGE) crash simulations used in the automotive industry. Rated to survive 100g acceleration this rugged camera can take 512x512 images at up to 2200 frames-per-second (fps). Reduce the resolution to 32 x 32 and achieve frame rates greater than 95,000 fps. With an ISO rating of 4800 (monochrome, saturation-based ISO 12232), the camera has the light sensitivity for the most demanding applications. With shutter speeds as low as 2 microseconds, the user can freeze objects in motion, eliminate blur, and bring out the image detail needed for successful motion analysis. The camera accepts any standard 1" C-mount lens.

Selectable 8-, 10- or 12-bit pixel depth allows the user to choose the dynamic range that best meets the demands of the application.

The Miro 3 has a number of external control signals allowing for external triggering, camera synchronization, and time-stamping. The camera has both dynamic RAM and internal flash memory for non-volatile storage. Internal battery power allows the camera to be used in an un-tethered mode and ensures data survivability in case of loss of power.

The camera ships with a trial version of Image Systems' TEMA Starter for Phantom motion analysis software.

The Miro 3 is available now with deliveries ranging from 4-6 weeks.

About Vision Research Inc.

Vision Research Inc. designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in measurement and entertainment applications. Their broad line of cameras, marketed under the "Phantom" trademark, span a variety of application domains including Defense, Automotive, Engineering, Scientific and Medical Research, Industrial and Commercial, Sports and Entertainment, and Digital Broadcast and Cinematography. The Phantom product family has been recognized for their innovations in high-speed digital camera technology and sensor design, receiving numerous research and development awards.

Vision Research prides itself in the sensitivity, the high resolution and quality of images, the robust yet easy to use software interface, the reliability and versatility of their Phantom camera family which continue to be the benchmark for all other high-speed digital camera manufactures.

Vision Research cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it's too fast to see, but too important not to. ™

More information on Vision Research can be found at www.visionresearch.com

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