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September 5, 2012

Shoot 1,540 Glorious FPS at 1080p with the New Phantom Miro LC320S High-Speed Camera

It's almost not funny now -- it seems like every few days a new camera is introduced (or at least rumored). Vision Research, the company famous for its high-speed cameras, has introduced a new model in its lower-priced (considering) and smaller-sized Miro line, the easy-to-remember LC320S. For starters, it can record up to 1,540fps at 1080p, which is nothing short of astounding if you've ever seen it on a large screen. It's quite a different experience seeing 240fps at 1080p with the Sony FS700 and then seeing Phantom footage at over 1,000fps (or more). Mitch Gross over at AbelCine has a very nice introduction video we've embedded below.

Here are some of the basic specs:

Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1200
1920 x 1080
Number of Pixels 2Mpx sensor with 3.2 Gpx/s throughput
Max FPS at Max Resolution 1,540 fps @ 1920 x 1080
Max FPS 8,490 fps @ 640 x 480
Pixel Bit Depth 12-bit pixel depth
Sensitivity 1100 ISO
Compatible Lens Mount 35 PL, Nikon F, C and Canon EOS lens mounts
RAM Size (Max) 12 GB
Storage Capacity/Price 60GB = $1,690,
120GB = $2,490,
240GB = $4,990
xfer time from RAM to Storage 12GB = 3 minutes
Internal Capping Shutter Yes
Simultaneous Playback/Record No
On-camera controls No
Weight (w/out batt., lens, storage) 3 lbs
Active Imager Size (16×9 motion picture shooting mode) 19.2 mm x 12 mm

If you're wondering what this footage looks like, here's a sample shot with of one of the other Miro models:

Pricing is variable as is usually the case with any Vision Research camera, but it's safe to assume that most of you won't be buying one of these, especially since it's really only useful as a slow motion camera, not as a daily shooter. The rental price will likely be somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000, which may seem pricy, but when you consider that the camera can do 5 times the framerate of the FS700, you're dealing in very high-end territory.

Speaking of AbelCine, they are still running their Miro High-Speed Inspiration Challenge where you can win your very own Phantom Miro M320S camera. You must submit an application for a 3-6 minute project that would feature high speed footage. Four finalists are then selected to receive training and one week with a complete Miro M320S package to put their ideas into motion. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a brand new Phantom Miro M320S package courtesy of Vision Research. Additional prizes, consisting of AbelCine rental certificates with a combined value of over $10,000, will be awarded to the 2nd place winner and runners-up. They are still taking applications until September 16th, so head on over to this page for more information.

Vision Research is certainly heading in the right direction with their designs, and it will be interesting to see how performance scales with future models. What do you guys think? Would you rent it for a project with a budget?

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One thing I've noticed using cameras that decrease in resolution when increasing frame rate is, it really sucks to see the resolution suddenly drop in the middle of your presentation. It looks forced, the illusion that time just suddenly slows down goes away, and your audience is now aware you were trying to do something clever with a camera for effect.

The higher end 4K cameras I understand are going to do 120fps at 4K which is good slo-mo but not truly impressive slo-mo like this camera. So I think for productions that are going to rent this camera it might influence them to shoot everything at 1080p for continuity reasons, which may mean they save rental fees by avoiding shooting in 4K. How well this footage intercuts with specific other cameras will be interesting to learn. The FS700 lets you do it all (at least 240fps worth) in one for cheap.

Hope for bright sunny days when you rent!

September 5, 2012

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Peter

The Miro M320S will range in price from $25,900 to $70,000.

September 5, 2012

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Razor

The entire Phantom line is the only camera brand that I can't even afford renting -_-

September 5, 2012

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Marvin

http://vimeo.com/m/48861294 this has got to be the first short filmed with the bmcc

September 5, 2012

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Al

??? Lol.

September 5, 2012

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???? Lulz. Get outta here

September 5, 2012

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so i guess this will add up to another 2-3 years of slomo overuse...

September 5, 2012

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andre

this is what kills me.
why couldn't BMC be built like that?
what stops them from doing so. just could have been perfect

September 5, 2012

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kuban

what's stopping you from being smarter?

September 5, 2012

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Size matters! What a great camera.

June 7, 2013

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Val

ungrateful maybe? they shook up the game maybe? don't be so harsh on a company that literally changed the culture. Now companies know they have to give us more bang for our buck. I for one thank Black Magic for what they have done and look forward to more.

July 26, 2014

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dclemo