THE FASTEST JUST GOT FASTER
On January 6, 2021, iX Cameras announced their next generation i-SPEED 7 Series ultra high-speed video cameras. Three models featuring new 3.2MP AST sensors with 2072 x 1536 resolution, frame rates up to 2.45 million fps, throughput up to 27.1 gigapixels per second, and encased in a new High-G body design.
717 • 721 • 727
Loaded with features and options – perfect for ballistics, fluid dynamics, PIV, DIC, and a wide range of industrial & scientific research applications in the lab and in the field.
The Next Generation
iX Cameras i-SPEED 717, 721 & 727
Bullet-stopping speed & groundbreaking 2K resolution at 2072 x 1536 pixels.
At a Glance
up to 2.45 million fps
maximum frame rate
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36GB standard, upgrade to 72GB, 96GB, 144GB or 288GB
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5,315 fps @ 2072 x 1536
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7,960 fps @ 1920 x 1080
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6,642 fps @ 2072 x 1536
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9,944 fps @ 1920 x 1080
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8,512 fps @ 2072 x 1536
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12,742 fps @ 1920 x 1080
* Export restricted | †Patent Pending
2072 x 1536 resolution
13.5µm pixel size
Up to 2.45 million fps max speed *
Mono 16000 – ISO expandable to 125000
Color 4000 – ISO expandable to 32000
Up to 2TB external xSSD
Synchronized Integrated Lighting Control †
Direct Connect Rear Panel
Rugged High-G Rated body
Mounting points for accessories
2 Internal batteries
Control Display Unit (CDUe)
Model Upgrade Program
Bigger, Brighter, Faster.
Next Generation Ultra High-Speed AST CMOS Sensor
Introducing iX Cameras’ next generation Advanced Sensor Technology 3.2MP, 2072 x 1536 AST CMOS sensor with high sensitivity and high resolution to Experience the Invisible.™
iX Cameras designs and develops its own state-of-the-art proprietary sensors, launching their AST initiative in 2018 with the 1920 x 1080 FHD sensor used in the i-SPEED 5 Series. The next generation i-SPEED 7 Series cameras feature the new 3.2MP, 2072 x 1536 AST sensor with increased light sensitivity, enhanced image clarity, proprietary black level control for deeper blacks and low noise, and ultra high resolution at speeds that reach 2.45 million frames per second and up to 27.1 gigapixels per second throughput.
The resolution of the new AST CMOS has been increased to 2072 x 1536 pixels with throughput speeds up to 27.1GP/s – that’s 27.1 billion pixels processed every second – at even higher frame speeds. The balance between resolution and frame rate produces amazingly clear images at impressive resolutions that are critical for accurate motion analysis.
- 3.2 Megapixel AST CMOS Sensor
- 2072 x 1536 Resolution
- 13.5µm Pixel Size
- 27.1GP/s Throughput
- Optimized Full Well Capacity
- Full 12-Bit Dynamic Range
- Dynamic Pixel Control
- New Sensor Drive Engine
- Exceptional Light Sensitivity
New Features & Benefits
so you can get the job done right.
The next generation i-SPEED 7 Series are loaded with features & options – perfect for ballistics, fluid dynamics, PIV, DIC, and a wide range of industrial & scientific research applications in the lab and in the field.
Synchronized Integrated Lighting Control *
The i-SPEED Software Suite 2.0 Control One & Control Multi-DAQ includes the new Synchronized Integrated Lighting Control (SILC) – allowing you to accurately control external lighting independent of the camera’s exposure duration. The SILC features three modes for you to set up a single pulse per frame, a double pulse per frame, or change the pulse duration on alternating frames. This feature is ideal for LED and PIV laser illumination where the timing of the light in relation to the exposure can be precisely controlled. Delay, duration, and relative position for each pulse can be defined, allowing for superior lighting control and advanced camera synchronization – the possibilities are endless. * Patent Pending
Continuing the tradition of developing easy-to-use cameras, iX Cameras added an optional electromechanical shutter to the next generation i-SPEED 7 Series. This new feature enables remote reference, automated calibration, and sensor protection during lens changes. The electromechanical shutter makes the next generation i-SPEED 7 Series ideal for field work where the camera is at a distance from the user and for DIC & PIV applications where the camera must not be moved after a calibration frame.
Direct Connect Rear Panel Layout
The rear panel of the next generation i-SPEED 7 Series features a new layout with more BNC connections to eliminate the feature lead. The Trigger, Sync IN/OUT and Exposure OUT ports are now conveniently located on the rear panel. Exposure OUT doubles it’s capacity by handling the new Synchronized Integrated Lighting Control (SILC).
Rugged High-G Rated Body Design
The next generation i-SPEED 7 Series rugged design features a High-G rated two-piece aluminum enclosure for exceptional protection in the lab and in challenging field environments. The redesigned all aluminum enclosure includes a removable handle to provide greater flexibility when mounting the camera to a static frame and in tight spaces. Removing the handle exposes two of four mounting points to facilitate the connection of accessories such as the new CDUe, lights, booms, & more.
Internal & External SSD Storage
Recording at high speeds and high resolutions produces huge amounts of data for your research. The next generation i-SPEED 7 Series cameras can be configured with up to 2TB of internal SSD storage to handle the job. Quickly and seamlessly transfer data from the camera’s internal RAM to secure, non-volatile SSD for subsequent analysis – all without touching the camera. Greater storage capacity allows you to store more recordings and conduct tests in rapid succession without taking the time to offload your data.
Swappable SSD technology allows you to transfer high resolution images and video files between the i-SPEED 7 Series and your computer. The external solid state drive xSSD memory cartridges are available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities – the ideal solution for secure, non-volatile storage of large image & video files without interrupting your video capture process.
Revolutionary CDUe for Complete Camera Control
The industry unique CDUe (control display unit) makes operating the camera quick, intuitive, and portable. The CDUe easily allows you to frame your field of view, set resolution, frame rate and shutter speed, record and review with the touch of a finger. Combine the CDUe with battery option for the camera and take your system to the field without the need of a laptop or power supply.
Unplug & Go with Internal Batteries
The optional battery set adds to the portability of the next generation i-SPEED 7 Series camera, providing a one-hour charge and can be swapped with another set for extended use. Data security is essential when tests are difficult to repeat or where the threat of power loss exists. Ensure that your video will be secure and intact with internal batteries that engage as soon as external power is lost.
i-CHEQ Status Monitoring
Monitor your camera’s status at a glance and in real-time with i-CHEQ 360. View in-camera details for single or multiple camera setups with Remote i-CHEQ, part of the i-SPEED Software Suite 2.0. Understand your camera’s exact status using the three variable color lights on the front of the camera and mirrored inside the control software.
Real-Time Health Monitor
Observe the camera’s internal condition and external environment. Use Quiet Mode to turn off fans and prevent vibration in microscopic applications. Monitor battery status, voltage information, fan speed, and camera temperature.
Memory up to 288GB
The next generation i-SPEED 7 Series models are configured with 36GB RAM and can be upgraded to 72GB, 96GB, 144GB or 288GB. More memory is ideal for long recordings and when using multiple buffers for your research. The internal memory may be allocated as a single buffer or divided up to 16 separate buffers, allowing for multiple recordings without pausing to save between recording sessions. More is better.
Frame Rates, Resolutions & Recording Durations to RAM
The i-SPEED 7 Series models share recording duration results at frame rates up to 5,315 fps. The optimal frame rates and recording times at 2K resolution and FHD (full high-definition) resolution for each camera model are highlighted in the chart below.
Additional resolutions & speeds available on request. Cameras with frame rates higher than 225,000 fps are optional. Specifications subject to change.
The Next Generation
Specifications current as of August 2021 and are subject to change.
ISO Expandable to 125000
ISO Expandable to 32000
2.45 Million FPS Can’t Be Wrong
Download the iX Cameras Next Generation
i-SPEED 7 Series datasheet PDF
|Sensor Type||Custom AST CMOS|
|Sensor Resolution||2072 x 1536 pixels|
|Sensor Size||27.972 x 20.736 mm|
|Bit depth||12-bit (36-bit color)|
|Sensitivity (Gain)||Mono: 16000 native – ISO expandable to 125000
Color: 4000 native – ISO expandable to 32000
|Frame Rate||225,000 fps standard
1,000,000 fps* optional
2,450,000 fps* maximum
|Shutter Type||Global exposure|
|Shutter Integration Time||1μs minimum standard|
|optional fast modes||168ns* @ 2.45M fps
277ns* @ 1M fps
|WDR||Wide Dynamic Range|
|Synchronization & Capture|
|Trigger||TTL T0 to 0–100%|
|Trigger modes ||Circular, ROC, BROC|
|Sync||10Hz – 350kHz|
|Luminance Histogram||Iris & light assistance|
|i-CHEQ 360||Camera status LEDs|
|i-FOCUS||Focusing & depth of field information|
|i-EXPOSURE||High/low exposure highlight|
|Control||PC or CDUe|
|IRIG Input||IRIG–B to sub 1μs|
|Internal Memory (RAM)||36GB standard, configurable to 288GB|
|Physical & Environmental|
|Dimensions (WHL)||14.75 x 6.0 x 5.75 inches (374 x 150 x 143.5 mm)|
|Weight (with batteries)||18.7 lb (8.5 kg)|
|Power Consumption||150W nominal, 200W max|
|Mounting||1/4–20 & 3/8–16 tripod plate|
|Battery||2x 14.4V 90Wh|
|Battery Life||1 hour (with both batteries installed)|
|Lens Mount||Custom, swappable lens plate|
|Safety||BS EN61010-1 (camera), IEC60950 (PSU)|
|CE Marking||EMC directive (camera), EMC directive, LV directive (PSU)|
|Lead Free||RoHS Directive|
|IP Rating||IP 20|
|Temperature||Operation: -14°† to 122° F (-10°† to 50° C)
Storage: -4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C)
|Pressure||71 to 106 kPa|
|Relative Humidity||95% at 104° F noncondensing|
|G-shock||30 g @ 11 ms IEC 68-2-27 Ea
30 g @ 2 ms IEC 68-2-29 Eb
|Power Input Connector||LEMO 6-Pin|
|Trigger Input||BNC 75 Ω|
|I/O Connector||LEMO 10-Pin, 12V, Remote Power, IRIG-IN, GPIO 0, 1, GPI 2, Trigger In|
|Video Outputs||HD-SDI, HDMI|
|Network||1Gb Ethernet port using RJ-45 connector|
|Video formats ||IXV, AVI (compressed or uncompressed)|
|Image Sequence Formats||TIFF, JPG, RAW|
|Remote Control||via supplied software|
|Standard Control||i-SPEED® Control ONE|
|Premium Control||i-SPEED® Control MULTI-DAQ|
|Editing||i-SPEED® Movie Maker|
|Analysis||Xcitex ProAnalyst® Lite|
|Software Developers Kit||C++|
|Synchronized Data Acquisition||USB DAQ, 8 options|
|Language||local language (where available)|
|CDUe||Portable touchscreen control unit|
|Sensor||Momo or Color|
|Memory||36GB standard,72GB, 96GB, 144GB, 192GB or 288GB|
|Optional Frame Rates||1,000,000 fps*
2,450,000 fps* maximum
|Shutter Integration Time||1μs standard,
277ns* @ 1M fps
168ns* @ 2.45M fps
|Internal SSD||500GB, 1TB or 2TB available|
|External xSSD||250GB, 500GB, 1TB & 2TB available|
|Lens mounts||Nikkor D F mount with or without shutter
Nikkor G F mount with or without shutter
C mount & Canon EF mount
|Warranty||two-year limited warranty, up to three years coverage available|
|Internal Batteries||Set of two batteries|
* Export restricted.
† Cameras must be powered on above 32° F (0° C) and can operate down to -14° F (-10° C).
 Select from three trigger modes: Circular – camera is triggered manually or with software.
ROC (Record on Command) – press trigger to record, release to stop.
BROC (Burst Record on Command) – allows you to set the number of frames to be recorded during the burst. The trigger can be pressed multiple times until the memory buffer is full.
 The IXV format is a proprietary video format allowing greater control over bit depth and processing; only readable with i-SPEED 2.0 Viewer software.