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The Phantom® v1212 provides a widescreen CMOS sensor and delivers an impressive speed of 12,000 frames-per-second at full resolution.

  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 28 micron pixel size, 12-bit depth
  • ISO Monochrome 32,000D* 100,000T*; Color 6,400D; 10,000T*
  • E.I. range 32,000-160,000D (mono);6,400-32,000D (Color)
  • 500ns minimum exposure with the FAST option
  • 1 µs minimum exposure standard
  • Up to 571,000 fps standard or 820,000 fps with the FAST option at reduced resolutions
  • Available with 72GB, 144GB, or 288GB of memory
  • Records directly to a 1TB or 2TB CineMag IV
  • 10Gb Ethernet
  • Convenient “Quiet fans” mode turns off fans for vibration-sensitive applications


          The Phantom v1212 camera is a no-nonsense workhorse member of Phantom® UHS-12 Series family of 1 megapixel digital ultra high-speed cameras and is designed with versatility and flexibility in mind. The v1212 is the ideal solution for applications that require capturing high-resolution images at ultra-high speeds, serving as an excellent tool for scientists, researchers, and engineers.

          With our proprietary widescreen CMOS sensor, the v1212 can acquire and save up to 12 Gigapixels-per-second of data. That means at its full megapixel resolution of 1280 x 800, you can achieve over 12,000 frames-per-second (fps). At reduced resolutions, the v1211 offers frame rates of up to 571,000 fps. Further underscoring its versatility, the camera can be ordered with our unique FAST option (export controlled), which enables frame rates up to 820,000 fps.

          The custom-designed sensor has 28 micron pixels and an innovative design to ensure superb light-sensitivity -- essential in ultra-high-speed imaging. Standard 12-bit depth per pixel yields high dynamic range and provides excellent image quality. The camera comes in color or monochrome versions.

          The v1212 is equipped with either 72GB, 144GB or 288GB of high-speed memory that can be divided into up to 63 segments, giving users maximum flexibility. And, minimize cine save times with our Phantom CineMag IV, an option that saves any shot from high-speed RAM to a 1TB or 2TB CineMag in seconds.

          The v1212 has the same Ease-of-Use features as all the other members of the Phantom High-Speed Camera line.  Common signal connections are conveniently located on its back panel, and include connections for timecode, dual power inputs, HD-SDI, a GPS input, frame synchronization, and trigger. The two HD-SDI ports can act as identical 4:2:2 HD-SDI ports with one port set up to provide an (optional) on-screen display for monitoring the on-camera controls and camera operation. Or, they can be configured as a single 4:4:4 Dual-Link HD-SDI port.

          An internal mechanical shutter allows for hands-free automatic and/or remote black references.

          The camera comes with a Nikon F-mount that also supports G-mount lenses. Or, you can choose to equip your camera with a C-mount or Canon EF mount (for remote lens control).

          What's in the Box...

          • Power supply
          • Camera ships in a sturdy Pelican case
          • Ethernet cable
          • Capture cable
          • Phantom PCC software
          • Printed Manual

          * Measured according to ISO 12232:2006 method


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            Resolution/Speed (fps)
            1280 x 800 12,700
            1280 x 720 14,100
            1024 x 800 15,100
            1024 x 512 23,500
            896 x 800 16,600
            768 x 768 19,300
            640 x 480 34,800
            512 x 512 37,600
            512 x 384 49,800
            384 x 384 58,600
            256 x 256 104,800
            128 x 128 247,700
            128 x 64 437,800
            128 x 32 710,200*
            128 x 16 820,000*
            FAST Option*

            Short Description

            • The v1212 one megapixel digital high-speed camera is capable of taking 12,600 frames-per-second (fps) at full 1280 x 800 resolution. And, with the FAST option, up to 820,000 fps at reduced resolution.


            • 12 Gpx/s
            • Max speed at full resolution of 1280 x 800 is 12,000 fps
            • Max speed at reduced resolution of 128 x 16 is 820,000 fps (requires export controlled FAST option). 571,000 fps without the FAST option
            • Record direct to CineMag at up to 1Gpx/second
            • Minimum frame rate of 100 fps

            Sensor Specifications

            • 1280 x 800 pixels
            • 28 µm pixel size
            • 35.8 mm x 22.4 mm
            • 12-bit depth
            • TE and heat pipe cooled
            • CAR in 128 x 16 increments
            • ISO Monochrome 32,000D; 100,000T
            • ISO Color 6,400D; 10,000T
            • E.I. range 32,000-160,000D (mono);6,400-32,000D (Color)


            • 1 µs minimum exposure standard, 500 ns minimum exposure with FAST option (export controlled)
            • Global electronic shutter
            • Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR)
            • Auto Exposure
            • Shutter Off mode for PIV


            • 72 GB, 144 GB, 288 GB high-speed internal RAM. CineMag IV for non-volatile storage (1 TB, 2 TB)

            Record Times

            • 15.0 seconds at maximum frame rate, 12 bits, 1280x800 resolution and into maximum internal memory
            • Longer record times are available when recording directly to a CineMag at lower frame rates

            Special Features

            • Segment memory for up to 63 cines in multi-cine mode
            • Continuous recording
            • Memory gate
            • Event marking
            • Frame timestamp
            • IRIG In (modulated and unmodulated)
            • IRIG Out (unmodulated)
            • GPS input for GPS timing, latitude & longitude
            • Shutter off mode for PIV exposure
            • 550 ns straddle time
            • Burst mode
            • Internal mechanical shutter for automatic/remote Current Session Reference (CSR)
            • Secondary IP address
            • Field-based firmware upgrade capable


            • Programmable trigger location (pre/post trigger recording)
            • Image-Based Auto-Trigger standard
            • Trigger from software
            • Hardware trigger BNC

            Timing & Synchronization

            • Frame synchronization to internal or external clock (FSYNC)
            • IRIG in/out
            • Ready output (high when camera is armed and ready to record)
            • Strobe output (low during frame exposure time)


            • Capture connector (Available signals: Event, Trigger, Strobe, Ready, IRIG In, IRIG Out, Video Out, Serial Port, Power Out, A-Sync (IBAT Trigger), Pretrigger/Memgate)
            • Capture cable (Ready, Strobe, A-Sync, Pre-trigger, Video)
            • Break-out-Box compatible (IRIG-in, IRIG-out, NTSC/PAL Video, Trigger, Event, Strobe, A-Sync, Pre-Trigger/Memgate, Ready) Note: cannot power the camera from the BoB
            • Dedicated FSYNC, Trigger, Timecode In, Timecode Out, and Strobe BNCs on camera body
            • Range Data input on camera body
            • Remote port
            • GPS input for GPS timing, longitude & latitude

            Ethernet Connection

            • Gb Ethernet for both control and data
            • 10 Gb Ethernet (UTP copper interface)

            Camera Control

            • Phantom Camera Control software (PCC)
            • On-Camera Controls standard
            • Remote Control Unit (RCU)
            • SDK available

            Video Out

            • Analog video (NTSC or PAL) available on Break-out-Box
            • Two HD-SDI ports on camera
            • Component viewfinder port


            • Nikon F-mount standard
            • Canon EOS mount optional
            • PL-mount optional
            • C-mount optional
            • (lens not included)

            Video Processing

            • Brightness
            • Gain
            • Gamma
            • Saturation
            • Hue
            • White Balance
            • Color interpolation algorithm
            • Flare
            • Pedestal
            • Tone curve
            • Filters
            • Color matrix
            • Image flip and rotate
            • Crop
            • Scale

            Data Acquisition

            • National Instruments M- and X-Series DAQ modules with integrated support in PCC

            Motion Analysis

            • Basic measurements via Phantom Application:
            • Distance
            • Speed
            • Acceleration
            • Angles and Angular Speed
            • Compatible with 3rd party solutions

            Supported File Formats

            • Cine, Cine Compressed, Cine RAW, AVI, h.264 mp4, Apple ProRes .mov, Multipage TIFF, MXF PAL, MXF NTSC, Uncompressed QuickTime, Windows BMP, OS/2 BMP, PCX, TGA, TIFF, LEAD, JPEG, JTIF, RAW, DNG, DPX


            • 100 - 240 VAC, 280 Watt power supply included
            • 20 - 28 VDC backup battery input on camera back panel

            Mechanical Specifications

            • 11 x 7.5 x 7.43 inches, 28 x 19 x 18.88 cm (L, W, H) without handle or lens. Handle adds 2.24"(5.7 cm) to height.
            • Weight: 17 lbs, 8 oz, 8.1 kg

            Environmental Specifications

            • Weight: 17 lbs, 8 oz, 8.1 kg
            Environmental Specifications
            • Operating Temperature: -10 to +50 C
            • 10G Operating Temp: +5 - +50 C
            • Storage Temperature: -20 to + 70 C
            • Humidity: 95% non-condensing
            • Altitude:
            • Operational: 0 to 10 k feet above sea level
            • Non-Operational: -500 to 50 k feet above sea level
            • Magnetic Field Immunity: 500 amp-meter
            • Regulatory(EMI/RFI):
            • Emissions: EN 55022A, FCC part 15
            • Conducted: EN 55024A
            • Immunity: EN 55024A
            • ESD:8kv air discharge
            • Random Vibration:
            • Operational: 0.25G, 5 –500 – 5Hz, 1.0 0ctave/min 10 Sweeps (5 Cycles).
            • Non-Operational: 1.2G, 5 – 500Hz, 1.0 Octave/min 10 Sweeps
            • Shock:
            • Operational: 5.5G, 11mSec half-sine with 10 shocks in all axis.
            • Non-Operational 33G, 11mSec half-sine with 10 shocks in all axis
            • Natural Frequency: Operational 5-200 hz
            • Safety: IEC 60950


            • Phantom SDK
            • LabView
            • MatLab

            Ships Standard with

            • Power supply
            • Ethernet cable
            • Capture cable
            • Phantom PCC software
            • Getting Started Guide


            • FAST Option
            • Replace CineMag interface with metal plate
            • Canon EOS lens mount
            • PL-mount

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