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pco.Dimax HD high speed camera

pco.dimax HD/ HD+ high speed cameras

Leading image quality in high definition

This 12 bit high speed CMOS camera systems, pco.dimax HD and HD+, comprises of advanced CMOS and electronics technology.


The pco.dimax HD series combines advanced CMOS and camera technology. High light sensitivity and best dynamic range complement each other to brilliant Full-HD images – with frame rates more than 2000 fps at a full resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (pco.dimax HD). Designed especially for automotive car safety tests, the HD+ version with 1920 x 1440 pixels offers an aspect ratio of 4:3 to display full scale crash- or sledge testing scenarios. The system features also a variety of trigger options to cover all offboard applications that have been required by the automotive industry. The image data are transferred viaB 3.0, GigE, USB 2.0, HD-SDI or Camera Link camera interfaces. The pco.dimax HD has a smart battery control, which allows for full operation for 1 h and a data backup for 6 h. The available exposure times range from 1.5 μs to 40 ms. Use the pco.dimax HD and HD+ cameras with the latest software from PCO.

Key Features:

  • 2128 fps @ Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 1603 fps @ 2.8 MPix resolution (1920 x 1440 pixels)
  • 3822 fps @ 1.0 MPix resolution (1008 x 1000 pixels)
  • 12 bit dynamic range
  • excellent image and colour quality
  • no additional black reference calibration required
  • exposure time range 1.5 µs – 40 ms
  • multiple trigger options
  • master-slave camera synchronisation (up to 5 cameras)
  • IRIG B timecode function
  • 36 GB image memory in camera
  • interfaces: USB 3.0, GigE, USB 2.0, HD-SDI or Camera Link

Technical Specification:

 Unit Setpointpco.dimax HD/HD+
Resolution (hor x vert)pixel1920 x 1080 /
1920 x 1440
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 Ratefps@ 1920 x 1080 pixel (HD)
@ 1920 x 1440 pixel (HD+)
Exposure Time Range1.5 µs - 40 ms
Region of Interest (ROI)steps of48 x 4 pixel (centered)
Optical InputNikkon F-mount
Data InterfaceGigE, USB 2.0,
Camera Link (base),
USB 3.0

Quantum Efficiency Curve:


View / Download the datasheet here.

Download the pco high speed product overview

Application Areas:

  • High speed particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Ultra short event physics
  • Spray analysis
  • Hyper velocity impact studies
  • Automobile crash tests
  • Material testing
  • Tensile tests
  • Airbag inflation
  • Fast flow visualization
  • Spray imaging
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Fuel injection
  • Sparks in electronic switches
  • Combustions imaging
  • Semiconductor quality control
  • Fast events in nature and machine
  • Super slow motion movie clips
  • Ballistics

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:

PCO Camware Tutorial Series:


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