Current Date: 5 October, 2022

Phantom HD : High Speed Digital Cinematography Camera


Vision Research introduces the Phantom HD. A camera specifically designed to address the demanding needs of the digital cinematographer.

  • On-camera control for both frame rate and exposure
  • 555 fps Full resolution
  • User selectable 8-, 10-, 12-, or 14-bit image depth
  • 256 or 512 Gigabyte “Hot-Swappable” non-volatile Flash magazine w/docking station
  • ViewFinder port with component video, plus HD-SDI

This new Phantom is not just a high-speed camera, but an instrument that gives the cinematographer 35mm depth of field either at HD or 2K resolutions! The Phantom HD now combines the visual quality of high-definition imaging with the high frame rates of specialty cameras.

Whether your imaging needs encompass broadcasts of rapidly moving sports events, the production of commercials, a music video, an award-winning documentary, monitoring a rocket launch, or possibly you are an innovative cinematographer working on a special film project that needs “a new look” to tell the story, the flexibility and virtually limitless control of the HD will provide you with outstanding results.

The Phantom HD allows you to select any frame rate from 1 to 1,000 fps in increments of one frame per second at HD resolution. Shift the frame rate a little and move the scene to a slightly future viewpoint. Or shift the frame rate a lot and move the scene to some long passing moment in time. With the Phantom camera’s shutter, variable to 1/500,000 second, and radically adjustable framing rates, you have seamless control of the duration, speed and time of a story element.

The HD can be configured for “live” broadcast or studio production and has a continuous video output that includes HD (720p, 1080p, 1080i) standards. Multiple triggering and recording modes can also be tailored to your application.

The Phantom HD arrives with 8 Gigabytes of internal memory standard, 16 Gigabytes as an option. But this is just the start of methods we provide to store your work. Take advantage of the hot-swappable non-volatile solid state recorders — our Phantom CineMags. These low profile modules (available early 2007) mount snugly to the top of the camera body and store 256 or 512 Gigabytes each. When one of these storage magazines is filled, its CineDock station allows downloading of the images to a PC running the Phantom application.

Resolution/Speed Chart (fps)
2048 x 2048
2048 x 1104 (2k 1.85)
2048 x 872 (2k 2.35)
1920 x 1080 (HDTV 16:9)
1632 x 1200
1280 x 800
1280 x 720 (HDTV 16:9)
1152 x 896 1,267
800 x 600 1,890
640 x 480 2,316
512 x 512 2,213
256 x 256 4,410
16 x 8 111,111
Phantom HD Features
Maximum Resolution 2,048 x 2,048
Number of Pixels 4,194,304
Max. Frame Rate (fps) at Max. Resolution 540fps
Maximum Frame Rate (fps) 100,000 @ 16 x 8
Pixel Bit Depth 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-bit selectable
Pixel Size 12.5 microns
Active Sensor Dimensions (W x H )


25.5mm x 25.5mm
Sensor ISO (12232) 600 color
Minimum Exposure Time 2µs
Shutter Type Electronic progressive
Ethernet Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T)
Triggering Fully adjustable within recordable frames software or hardware trigger (TTL)
Range Data No
SAM-3 (Signal Acquisition Module  3) No
Strobe Sync Yes
Sync Imaging / Frame Clocking Yes
Ready Out Signal Yes
High-Speed (DRAM) Memory Up to 32GB integrated
Non-volatile Memory Hot-Swappable Phantom CineMag 256GB or 512GB
Lensing PL lens mount, plus a wide variety of lens mounts available
Power Supply Input: 100  240VAC Output: +24VDC/150W; 20-36VDC/100W
DC Power / Battery Yes; External +24VDC
Hi-G No
Preview, Focusing and Playback SVGA Computer Monitor, Continuous Video Out, ViewFinder
Video Out NTSC, PAL, and HD-SDI, (720p, 1080p, 1080i at 24, 25, 59.9, 60fps)
Allocated Formats 35mm: 1.85:1 (1920×1038); HD: 16:9 (1920×1080)
Pre/Post-Trigger Recording Yes
CAR  Continuous Adjustable Resolution Yes in 16 x 8 pixel increments
Frame Rate Profile Yes 5 user defined profiles within one cine
EDR  Extreme Dynamic Range No
Selective Auto Exposure Yes
Continuous Recording Yes
Multi-Cine Yes, up to 64
Cine Conversion Yes, to Cine, Cine Compressed, Cine RAW, AVI, MPEG, Multipage TIFF, MXF PAL, MXF NTSC, Quick Time, Windows BMP, OS/2 BMP, PCX, TGA, TIFF, LEAD, JPEG, JTIF, RAW, DNG, DP
Image Timestamp Yes
Continuous Data Steaming No
PIV  Particle Image Velocimetry No
Memory Gate No
Event Marking Yes
Image Processing Yes
Variable Speed Playback Yes
Secondary IP Address Yes
Software Phantom Camera Control, Phantom Video Player, Phantom Cine Panel, Phantom Explorer, 60-day trial of TEMA Starter for Phantom)
Size (W x H x D) 13.97cm x 19.4cm x 30.8cm (5.47in x 7.62in x 12.13in)
Weight 5.5kg. (12.125lbs.)
Active Cooling Yes
Firmware Upload Yes
SDK  System Developers Kit Yes

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