Toshiba IK-HD1 Camera from SeeSense Plumbs New Depths

Date: 27/09/2011
Toshiba IK-HD1 Camera from SeeSense Plumbs New Depths

In preparation for a scientific research project next year a Toshiba IK-HD1 camera has been successfully tested to a depth of 4,300 metres (14,000feet). 

The test took place in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Canary Islands, from a specially fitted research ship sailing from Lisbon, Portugal. It involved testing different types of lighting systems to work in conjunction with theToshiba camera. 

All components were installed into a titanium housing fitted with a port consisting of a 25mm thick block of optically flat glass to cope with pressures of 421bar (6114 psi)..

The complete assembly including the lighting system was lowered on a rig to depths of around 4,300 metres.

 The HD images produced show a stainless steel weight suspended from the rig to gauge its distance from the ocean floor. The weight is seen bouncing along the ocean floor as waves move the research ship back on the surface.

 The Toshiba camera, cable, lens, and recorder were supplied by NigelPaine, MD of specialist small camera company SeeSense. An HD clip from the recording can be viewed on line from the SeeSense website www.seesense.org

 Nigel Paine said The footage produced demonstrates just how good the Toshiba IK-HD1 3-CCD camera sensitivity is despite its size.  Furthermore we were impressed at the excellent image quality even when captured from within the special housing designed to cope with these extreme depths.

The clarity of the images is demonstrated by the test rig bottoming out on the ocean floor. Individual grains of sand are seen being stirred up from the ocean floor as well as a piece of coral being broken offby the stainless steel weight.

 This deep underwater achievement follows the acclaimed Toshiba SpaceChair project (an advertisement promoting Toshiba's Regza television) which was produced and broadcast in 2009/2010.

In the creation of this advertisement Toshiba IK-HR1S 1/3" 1-CMOS HD cameras were exclusively used to produce HD footage of an armchair suspendedfrom a weather balloon.

 The money shot was of the armchair with the curvature of the earth behind.

On this occasion the cameras attained an altitude of almost 30,000 metres (99,268 feet) and the project claimed as the world's highest High Definition TV commercial.

 The fact that these cameras perform well at extreme altitudes and depths clearly demonstrates the quality and reliability of Toshibas miniature camera range and the diverse applications in which they may be used.

 About SeeSense:

Co-founded by Nigel & Jana Paine,SeeSense are experienced imaging professionals supplying camera and lens solutions to businesses within the broadcast, scientific, medical, machine vision, CCTV and high end security industries.

They have brought their individual areas of expertise together to create an enterprising and innovative business specializing in the sale and distribution of miniature cameras and associated camera solutions.  The core of the business is based upon the Toshiba range of industrial cameras SeeSense also actively promotes and sells all the manufacturers products within their product range, ensuring an openly loyal and trusting relationship with their suppliers.


Based in Slovakia and the UK, the Company is able to develop strong and lasting relationships with its customers.  By consulting, listening and collaborating with customers SeeSense also takes the products it distributes and enhances them. SeeSense recently launched the  CS-mount version of the Toshiba IK-HR1S camera, the SeeSense IK-HR1P.

www.seesense.org

  



Tags: Toshiba | SeeSense | Nigel Paine | Toshiba IK-HD1 camera | ocean research | small cameras specialist
Submitted by Nigel Paine, MD of SeeSense
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