Shimadzu HPV-X2

Shimadzu HPV-X2 Ultra high-speed camera

up to 10 million fps with 6x the sensitivity of conventional video cameras.

Extreme Sensitivity & Recording Speed – Best in its Class.

The HPV-X2 features a proprietary high-speed, high-sensitivity FTCMOS2 Advanced Next-Generation Burst Image Sensor, rated at ISO 16,000 and captures 128 or 256 consecutive images at 1,000–10 million fps. The HPV-X2 connects to a PC laptop via ethernet and supports various recording parameters combining numerous trigger and recording modes, including synchronization of multiple cameras for digital image correlation (DIC) and 3D imaging in master/slave mode. It truly is, the best in its class.


Shimadzu HPV-X2 Ultra high-speed camera

up to 10 million fps with 6x the sensitivity of conventional video cameras


Shimadzu HPV-X2 & power supply

Visualization Technology:

A Driving Force Behind Science & Technology

Science and engineering have made dramatic progress thanks to visualization technology. Examples of visualization technology include the invention of microscopes, capable of enlarged observations of phenomena occurring in the microscopic domain, X-ray inspection systems, which enable the observation of images utilizing light at imperceptible wavelengths, and infrared cameras capable of recording thermal radiation (light wavelengths up to 14,000 nanometers), all invisible to the human eye,

Our eyes are incapable of capturing phenomena occurring at times shorter than 50 to 100 microseconds. As a result, high-speed video cameras are necessary in order to record phenomena occurring at intervals that cannot be seen with the human eye. The video can be replayed at a slower rate to visualize the high-speed phenomena. The Shimadzu HPV-X2 ultra high-speed video camera is the industry standard tool for visualizing ultra high-speed domains in a variety of fields, such as academics, aerospace, automotive, electronics, government, industrial, materials testing, military, medical, scientific. sports, technology, and others.

Featuring the FTCMOS2 Advanced Next-Generation Burst Image Sensor

Burst Method Enables Ultra High-Speed Recording

Image storage memory is located outside the image sensor on typical high-speed video cameras. The number of signal output taps are extremely small compared to the number of pixels. Video signal transfer from pixels to memory is a sequential, serial process and ultra high-speed recording of more than 1 million frames per second can’t be achieved.

Shimadzu’s FTCMOS2 Advanced Next-Generation Burst Image Sensor has been engineered to match the number of on-board memory to frames recorded. Video signal transfer from pixels to memory is a seamless, parallel transfer, making it possible for ultra high-speed video recording up to 10 million frames per second and high-resolution video recording up to 5 million frames per second.

Next-Generation Burst Image Sensor Based on CMOS Technology

Memory is positioned next to pixels on conventional, CCD burst image sensors. Problems with signal leakage from pixels to memory usually produce poor quality images. Shimadzu’s FTCMOS burst image sensor utilizes CMOS technology, spatially separating pixels and memory, achieving superior, high quality images without signal leaks.

Note: FTCMOS and FTCMOS2 sensors were developed through collaborative research with Prof. Shigetoshi Sugawa of Tohoku University. Patents: 04931160, 04844853 & 04844854

Six Times Conventional Sensitivity with Improved Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Recording Modes

High-Speed Synchronized Recording Using Two HPV-X2 Cameras

Perform accurate synchronized recording using two HPV-X2 ultra high-speed video cameras at frame rates up to 10 million frames per second for invaluable visualization for 3D and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) applications.


Lens Mount Nikon F-mount (1)
Image Sensor FTCMOS2 Advanced Next-Generation Burst Image Sensor – ISO 16,000 (6x higher sensitivity compared to conventional cameras)
Recording Speed (frame rate) (2) HP Mode (half pixel): 10 Mfps, 5 Mfps (fixed)
FP Mode (full pixel): 5 Mfps (fixed)
both modes: variable recording speed between 60 fps – 2 Mfps (1/10 ns steps)
Continuous Recording Capacity HP Mode: 256 frames max
FP Mode: 128 frames max
Resolution HP Mode: 50,000 pixels (zigzag lattice pixel array) (3)
FP Mode: 100,000 pixels (400 horizontal x 250 vertical)
Color/Gradations monochrome, 10-bits (4)
Exposure Time (5) 10 Mfps (fixed at 50 ns), 5 Mfps (fixed at 110 ns)
variable in 10 ns intervals starting from 200 ns in 60 fps – 2 Mfps range
External Trigger Input two channels (TRIGIN, STANDBY) TTL level (5 V), positive or negative polarity capability
Recording Mode internal, external & continuous triggers
Syncronization Function capable of synchronized recording with two cameras connected
Optional Outputs two channels (exposure start timing, trigger detection timing or other outputs depending on settings – synchronizable master/slave)
Trigger Point Setting may be set to any frame from second frame onwards
Interface One 1000 Base-T/100 Base-TX port
External Monitor Output NTC/PAL output
Data Memory Format 10-bit dedicatedformat , BMP, AVI, JPG, TIF (8- & 16-bit formats supported)
Power Rating single phase 120V/220–230V, 200VA, 50/60 Hz
Operating Temperature Range 41–104  ˚F (5–40 ˚C)
Operating Humidity Range 35–75% RH with no condensation
Storage Temperature Range 32–122  ˚F (0–50 ˚C)
Storage Humidity Range 20–80% RH with no condensation
Camera Head 6.3 x 13 x 10.24 in (160 x 330 x 260 mm), approx 14.1 lb (6.4 kg)
Power Supply Unit 5.9 x 15.43 x 7.28 in (150 x 392 x 185 mm), approx 11.46 lb (5.2 kg)
Cable Length – camera to computer approx 6.56 ft (2 m)
Cable Length – camera to power supply unit approx 9.18 ft (2.8 m)
OS Windows® 7 Professional (64-bit) Service Pack 1 or later (6)
CPU Intel Core i5 or greater
Memory 4 GB or greater
HDD 250 GB or greater
Screen Dimensions 1366 x 768 or greater
Interface 1000 Base-T/100 Base-TX
External Recording Device DVD-RW
Input Devices mouse & keyboard

(1) Shimadzu does not guarantee that all F-mount lenses can be attached.
(2) The recording speed is a reference value. It is not guaranteed to be an accurate value for the time interval between recording frames.
(3) Stored images will be 400 × 250 pixels (horizontal x vertical).
(4) 10-bit refers to the data format. It does not indicate a guarantee of data precision.
(5) Exposure times are rough indications and are not guaranteed as exact exposure time ratios for all recording speeds.
(6) Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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