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Vision Research Introduces Advanced High-Speed Digital Video

At the EastPack 2007 trade show in New York City on June 12,

Vision Research

unveiled its new Phantom Miro family of high-speed digital cameras. The Phantom Miro line is a compact, lightweight, rugged family of cameras targeted at industrial applications ranging from vehicle crash testing to automated assembly line manufacturing processes.

The Phantom Miro cameras feature a high-performance blend of resolution, speed, and light sensitivity for situations demanding high-speed image capture and motion analysis.

Phantom Miro 1

The Miro 1 is the first Phantom camera to break the sub-$15,000 price point. It can take images with a resolution of up to 640 x 480 at any of eight fixed-frame rates, ranging from 50 frames-per-second (fps) to 500 fps. The Miro 1 offers users a variety of benefits:

• Eight different fixed frame rates, each with four appropriate exposure options, providing 32 settings to control the amount of light and blur in the images

• 512 megabytes of internal high-speed memory and compatibility with removable CompactFlash cards

• Touch-sensitive LCD screen for controlling features and viewing slow motion images

• User-replaceable, compact, rechargeable battery pack allows the camera to be used in the field without the need for a power source

• Micro cooling system to keep internal components within optimal operating temperature range

Phantom Miro 2

The Miro 2 builds on the Miro 1 by providing “The Power of One” — an added feature that gives users the ability to control key camera parameters such as frame rates and shutter speeds in increments of one unit. The Miro 2 features:

• A maximum resolution of 640 x 480

• Frame rates ranging from one fps to 1,000 fps

• Exposure control that allows the user to select shutter speeds as low as five microseconds in one microsecond increments

• Can record in either eight-bit or 10-bit pixel depth

• Comes standard with one gigabyte of high-speed internal memory (upgradeable to two gigabytes)

• Supports removable CompactFlash cards for non-volatile storage

• Touch-sensitive LCD screen for controlling features and viewing slow motion images

• User-replaceable, compact, rechargeable battery pack allows the camera to be used in the field without the need for a power source

• Micro cooling system to keep internal components within optimal operating temperature range

Phantom Miro 3

As the first-to-be-unveiled member of the family, the Phantom Miro 3 was previewed in April. The Miro 3 is optimized for applications such as hydraulically-controlled, gas energized (HYGE) crash simulations used in the automotive industry. The Miro 3 has significant user benefits:

• Rated to survive 100g acceleration

• Maximum resolution of 512 x 512 at up to 2,200 fps

• Can achieve frame rates greater than 95,000 fps by reducing the camera’s resolution to 32 x 32

• Shutter speed as low as two microseconds, which allows the camera to freeze objects in motion, eliminate blur, and bring out the image detail needed for successful motion analysis

• Selectable 8-, 10- or 12-bit pixel depth gives the user to ability choose the dynamic range that best meets the demands of the application

• One gigabyte of high-speed, internal memory and two gigabytes of internal, non-volatile memory, with options to double both

Phantom Miro 4

For applications that demand higher resolution, the Miro 4 is an imaging solution. With the ability to record at 800 x 600, the Miro 4 offers the highest resolution sensor of the entire Miro family. Additional benefits of the Miro 4 include:

• Frame rates ranging from one fps to 1,000 fps

• Minimum shutter speed of two microseconds, programmable in one microsecond increments

• Selectable 8-, 10- or 12-bit pixel depth allows the user to choose the dynamic range that best meets the demands of the application

• One gigabyte of internal high-speed memory (upgradeable to two gigabytes)

• CompactFlash slot for non-volatile storage

• Touch-sensitive LCD screen for controlling features and viewing slow motion images

• User-replaceable, compact, rechargeable battery pack allows the camera to be used in the field without the need for a power source

• Micro cooling system to keep internal components within optimal operating temperature range

All Miro cameras are based on Vision Research’s own CMOS sensor designs and offer an ISO rating of 4,800 (monochrome, saturation-based ISO 12232 standard). Cameras come in monochrome or color versions and all accept any standard one-inch, C-mount lens. The Miro 2, 3, and 4 cameras feature a number of external control signals allowing for remote triggering, camera synchronization, and time-stamping.

All Phantom Miro cameras ship with a trial version of Image Systems’ TEMA Starter for Phantom motion analysis software.

The Miro 3 is available now with deliveries ranging from four to six weeks. The Miro 1, 2 and 4 will begin shipping in August 2007.

About Vision Research Inc.?Vision Research Inc. designs and manufactures high-speed digital imaging systems used in domains including defense, automotive, engineering, scientific and medical research, industrial and commercial, sports and entertainment, and digital broadcast and cinematography.

The Wayne, N.J.-based company prides itself on the sensitivity, high-resolution and quality of images produced by its systems, robust yet easy-to-use software interfaces, and reliability and versatility of its camera family – that continues to be the benchmark for all other high-speed digital camera manufacturers.

Vision Research cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it’s too fast to see, and too important not to.

More information on Vision Research can be found at

www.visionresearch.com

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