March 11, 2010

$118,000, 1,000fps, & Stephen Hawking

“Sure, it costs as much as 47 Canon 5D MK IIs,” writes Uncrate,” but you’d need nearly that many — configured in some sort of crazy, Matrix-like setup — to match the unbelievable 1,052 fps high-speed 1080p recording of the Phantom HD Camera ($118,000).”
I have no idea what’s going on here, but I like it:

Oh, and it’s good for capturing dogs jumping at 1000fps. [Via]

Posted by John Nack at 7:22 AM on March 11, 2010


  • Scott Valentine — 7:39 AM on March 11, 2010

    Cool video!
    Of course, if you want REAL speed you need a streak camera. Hamamatsu has a model that can get down to 200 femtosecond temporal resolution. Sure, it’s not something you take camping to document your illegal rocket experiments, but still… fast is fast ;)
    [Just for the record, my camping trips involve *legal* explosives experiments. :-) –J.]

  • John Schnack — 7:40 AM on March 11, 2010

    Very cool. You may also want to check out the new Visa Black Card commercial ( produced by Brain Farm Cinema ( Several shots in the commercial were done with the Phanton HD.

  • Tim Gray — 8:11 AM on March 11, 2010

    What’s notable about this camera is not necessarily it’s speed, but it’s speed AND resolution.
    Phantom cameras are routinely used in research, going up to 100-200k fps. But the image size is silly, like 64×64 or 128×128.

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