Phantom v12.1

The world's first CMOS-based high-speed camera capable of taking 1,000,000 pictures-per-second

  • 6,242 frames-per-second at full 1280 x 800 widescreen resolution
  • 1,000,000 pictures-per-second at reduced resolution
  • Unsurpassed light sensitivity
  • Sub-microsecond exposure, down to 300 nsec



Phantom v12.1

The camera that changed an industry. The Phantom v12.1 camera was the first CMOS camera to break the 1,000,000 fps barrier.  This 1 megapixel digital high-speed camera is capable of taking more than 6200  frames-per-second (fps) at full 1280 x 800 resolution. And, up to 1,000,000 fps at reduced resolution (requires FAST option and is export controlled.)

Take the wide view with our custom-designed 1280 x 800 CMOS sensor. The wide aspect ratio of the v12.1 allows you to keep moving subjects in-frame longer and see more of the event you are recording.

With an active pixel size of 20 microns and improved quantum efficiency, the Phantom v12.1 camera has sensitivity you need for even the most challenging lighting conditions. You can eliminate blur and see the most minute detail by using short exposure times. On the v12.1, you can set the exposure to as little as 300 nanoseconds (requires FAST option and is export controlled.)

The camera supports 8- and 12-bit pixel depth. Smaller bit-depth gives you more recording time and smaller files. Greater bit-depth gives you more gray levels and finer detail. With the greater latitude of 12 bits, you can pull more detail out of the image.

The v12.1 is controlled by our feature-rich Phantom Software. If you’ve used any Phantom camera before, you will know how to run the v12.1.

The Vision Research Phantom v12.1 comes in two base models, either with or without a CineMag interface and comes in either color or monochrome configurations. It supports some of our most popular options and accessories such as Image-Based Auto-Trigger, an Internal Mechanical Shutter for remote/automatic CSRs, Canon EOS lens mount, and more.