Olympic Tech

The Photo Finish

Olympic time-keeping has come a long way since the last London games.

At the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, Omega took sole charge of timekeeping at the Games.

But it wasn’t until the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 that they unveiled the Racend Omega Timer, a revolutionary combination of photo-finish camera and quartz timer offering readings in thousandths of a second.

In 1990, with the advent of the Scan’O’Vision, this Olympic-level photo finish equipment became available on the mass market.

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Today’s version, to be used in London this summer, has come a long way.

The Omega Scan’O’Vision Star has a digital inclinometer to ensure the camera is perfectly level, captures 2,000 high-resolution images per second, and connects straight to your laptop.

Crazy times (can now be very accurately recorded).

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