Phantom Flex Video Demonstration Proves Everything Looks Cooler in Super Slow Motion

     February 12, 2011


I count myself among the masses fascinated by slow motion, and the 1080p Phantom Flex camera delivers.  Cameraman Tom Guilmette got a hold of the state-of-the-art camera to shoot the World Championships of Ping Pong, and stayed up all night filming mundanity in his hotel room.  As he puts it, “I opened up a wormhole shooting at 2,564 frames per second.”  (For reference, the Phantom Red camera that the Jackass 3D crew used for their slow-mo shoots up to 1,000 frames per second.)

The clip features the slow-motion dance of falling coins, the wave of an impact’s vibration as it travels up a BlackBerry’s body, and endless shots of flowing water.  Watch it after the jump.

Found at Guilmette’s blog [via Engadget]:

Here are the specs for the camera from Vision Research:

  • Up to 2,570 fps at 1920×1080 in Standard Mode
  • 12-bit pixel depth
  • 1200 ISO (measured using ISO 12232 SAT method)
  • HQ Mode provides ultimate in image stability under changing shooting conditions
  • Phantom CineMag compatible, CineMag interface has field-replaceable pin array
  • 2 x 4:2:2 HD-SDI video ports, can be configured as dual-link 4:4:4 video (4:4:4 not available at 60fps video formats)
  • Global, electronic shutter to 1 μs (shutter angles in HQ mode dependent upon frame rate and resolution)
  • Multi-cine capable via segmented memory
  • Internal mechanical shutter for hands-free and remote Current Session References
  • On-camera controls for camera modes, settings, playback, edit & save
  • Frame synchronization to external signal, allows multiple cameras to be synchronized – essential for stereo 3D recording
  • Three 12VDC, 1.5A auxiliary power outputs for powering external devices (one is on the Viewfinder port), 4A maximum load
  • External trigger signal on camera connector panel and both 12VDC power ports
  • Genlock for synchronizing video playback – essential for 3D video workflows


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