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pco.Dimax HS high speed camera

pco.dimax HS4 high speed camera

Highest frame rates for extremely fast events

PCO has expanded its pco.dimax high speed series with three new models: pco.dimax HS1, HS2 and HS4.


Advanced CMOS and electronics technology: the pco.dimax HS series combines extremely high frame rates, best light sensitivity and a real 12 bit dynamic range. With more than 7000 fps at a resolution of 1 MPix and 2277 fps at 4 MPix full resolution, rapid events can be precisely imaged in super slow motion using the pco.Dimax HS4 high speed camera. Due to a variety of trigger and synchronization possibilities the HS cameras are suitable for challenging setups like engine research, flow analysis, material testing and further application areas. The image data are transferred via GigE, USB 2.0, USb 3.0 or Camera Link camera interfaces. The available exposure times range from 1.5 μs to 40 ms. Use the pco.dimax HS4 high speed camera with the latest software from PCO.

Key Features:

  • 2277 fps @ 4 MPix resolution (2000 x 2000 pixel)
  • 7039 fps @ 1 MPix resolution (1000 x 1000 pixel)
  • excellent light sensitivity
  • 12 bit dynamic range
  • no additional black reference calibration required
  • 36 GB inbuilt image memory
  • exposure time range 1.5 µs – 40 ms
  • multiple trigger options
  • master-slave camera synchronisation (up to 5 cameras)
  • IRIG B timecode function
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0, GigE, USB 2.0, Camera Link

Technical Specification:

 Unit Setpointpco.dimax HS4
Resolution (hor x vert)pixel2000 x 2000
Pixel Size (hor x vert)µm11.0 x 11.0
Peak Quantum Efficiency%@ 600 nm typ.50
Dynamic Range A/Dbit12
Readout Noisee- med<20
Frame Ratefps@ full frame
@ 1000 x 1000 pixel
> 7000
Exposure Time Range1.5 µs - 40 ms
Region of Interest (ROI)steps of2 x 2
Optical InputNikkon F-mount
Data InterfaceGigE, USB 2.0,
Camera Link,
USB 3.0

Quantum Efficiency Curve:

Quantum efficiency curve pco.dimax monochrome sensor.

View / download the Datasheet

Download the pco high speed product overview

Application Areas:

  • Material testing
  • Airbag inflation
  • Highspeed particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Tensile testing
  • Short time physics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Spray analysis
  • Combustion analysis
  • Deformation
  • Machine vision
  • Industrial quality control
  • Hypervelocity impact studies
  • Fuel injection
  • Ballistics
  • Abrasive material research
  • Sparks in electronical switches
  • Research in ignition
  • Highspeed photogrammetry

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.


Fibre Laser Mode Instabilities with pco.dimax series

The temporal behavior of mode instabilities in active large mode area fibers is experimentally investigated in detail. Thus, apart from the onset threshold of mode instabilities, the output beam is characterized using both high-speed camera measurements with 20,000 frames per second and photodiode traces. Read more about this here.


3D Flow Field Measurements with pco.edge 5.5/ pco.dimax series

Large-volume volumetric flow experiments and their results: The first of these, investigating a thermal plume at low velocities (up to 0.35 m/s) demonstrates the abilities and requirements to reach volume sizes up to and probably beyond one cubic meter. Read more about this here.

Notes from PCO Knowledge Base:

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