pco.dimax CS1 high speed camera

This 12 bit high speed CMOS camera system, pco.dimax CS, is specially designed for all applications centred around car safety testing involving on-board, off board and sled testing.


The pco.dimax cs camera series has been specifically designed for harsh and demanding applications, inter alia, vehicle crash tests or microscopy experiments. Therefore, the cameras are compact, lightweight and ruggedized, allowing for being mounted in a multitude of positions (onboard, off-board). The pco.dimax cs1 achieves frame rates of up to 3086 fps at a resolution of 1296 x 1024 pixels. Its excellent light sensitivity and outstanding image quality classify the slow motion videos for precise analysis and measurements.

A unique capability of all pco.dimax systems is the built-in automatic image calibration that requires no user intervention. The small, lightweight and ruggedized form factor allows for mounting in a multitude of positions. A quick-change lens adapter for popular mounts such as C, F and EF provides the highest test site flexibility. For on-site ease of viewing, an HD-SDI video output and automated lens control are included. With secure synchronization in multi-camera environments, the pco.dimax CS will provide crisp, brilliant colour images in any challenging car safety testing situation. Use the pco.dimax CS1 camera with the latest software from PCO.

Key Features:

  • 3086 fps @ 1296 x 1024 resolution
  • 85 x 85 x 102.5 mm compact measurement
  • 12 bit dynamic range
  • 9 GB internal camera memory
  • high-G ruggedized body (150G for 11 ms)
  • secure trigger & sync modes
  • excellent light sensitivity
  • quick-change lens adapter
  • automatic image calibration
  • HD-SDI output
  • electronic Canon lens control (optional)

Technical Specification:

Unit Setpointpco.dimax cs1
Resolution (hor x vert)pixel1296 x 1024
Pixel Size (hor x vert)µm11.0 x 11.0
Peak Quantum Efficiency%@ 600 nm typ.50
Dynamic Range A/Dbit12
Readout Noisee- med22
Frame Ratefpsmono (colour)3086
Exposure Time Range1.5 µs - 40 ms
Region of Interest (ROI)steps of24 x 4 pixel (centered)
Optical InputF-mount, C-mount
Data InterfaceGigE

Quantum Efficiency Curve:

pco.dimax cs monochrome sensor quantum efficiency curve

View / Download the datasheet here.

Application Areas:

  • Car safety testing
  • Airbag behaviour analysis
  • Automotive component testing
  • Crash & sledge test
  • Super slow motion movie clips
  • Short time physics
  • Spray analysis
  • Hyper velocity impact studies
  • Material testing
  • Tensile tests
  • Airbag inflation
  • Fast flow visualization
  • Spray imaging
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Fuel injection
  • Sparks in electronic switches
  • Combustions imaging
  • Fast events in nature and industry

Application Examples:

CTS Anti-Terror Crash Tests with pco.dimax cs3/cs4

Crash tests on terror defense by road blocks filmed on the premises of the CTS Crash Test Facility in Münster, Germany during a conference in October 2017. Read more about this here.


Nature Documentation with pco.dimax HD

Blue Paw Artists has been making documentary films for international broadcasters like National Geographic, Discovery and the BBC and domestic clients including ZDF, ARTE, ARD and BR for the last 20 years. Read more about this here.


High-Speed Holographic Microscopy with pco.dimax series

The high-speed impact of a droplet on a bulk fluid at high Weber number is not well understood but is relevant to the production of marine aerosol by raindrop impact on the sea surface. These splashes produce a subsurface cavity and a crown which closes into a bubble canopy, but a floating layer of immiscible oil, such as a crude oil slick, alters the splash dynamics. Read more about this here.


Inventus & AMZ Racing Crash Test with pco.dimax S4 / pco.dimax cs3

Crash test of the nose (crashbox) of a formula student car from AMZ Racing from the ETH in Zürich – one of the most successful teams is this series! Read more about this here.


Tomo PTV Shake the Box with pco.dimax HS4

A novel approach to the evaluation of time resolved particle-based tomographic data is introduced. By seizing the time information contained in such datasets, a very fast and accurate tracking of nearly all particles within the measurement domain is achieved at seeding densities comparable to (and probably above) the thresholds for tomographic PIV.Read more about this here.

Notes from PCO Knowledge Base:

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