Photron Fastcam NOVA

Compact and versatile high performance camera system

Photron Fastcam NOVA

The FASTCAM NOVA brings together unique CMOS image sensor technologies and extensive high-speed digital imaging expertise to provide a camera with the flexibility to be used in a wide variety of applications. Available in three different models, the NOVA offers 12-bit image recording rates up to 12,800 frames per second (fps) at megapixel image resolution, and shutter speeds to 0.2 microseconds. Recording rates to 1,000,000fps are available at reduced image resolutions. All of this available from a camera that is rugged, compact, lightweight and provides the best light sensitivity in its class.

Standard features of the NOVA include an internal mechanical shutter to allow remote system calibration, a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet interface for camera control and high-speed image download, memory segmentation that allows recording into one memory partition while downloading from another, and compatibility with a number of industry standard lens formats to allow the use of Nikon G-Type, C-mount and Canon EF lenses.

The NOVA also features a “sealed body” design that prevents dust and corrosive particles from contaminating sensitive electronics. An optional FASTDrive SSD can be used for the download of images at up to 1GB per second.

The NOVA series comes in three models that only differ by frame rate performance: the S12, S9, and S6


  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 12,800fps (Model S12)
  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 9,000fps (Model S9)
  • 1024 x 1024 pixels at 6,400fps (Model S6)
  • 1,000,000 fps at reduced resolution
  • Sensitivity: ISO 12232 Ssat Standard
    • ISO 64,000 monochrome
    • ISO 16,000 color
  • 12-bit monochrome, 36-bit color
  • Lens Mount: Nikon G-Type, C-mount and Canon EF lenses
  • 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB memory options available
  • Gigabit Ethernet interface
  • Global electronic shutter from 1ms to 0.2 microseconds independent of frame rate.

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