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April 7, 2013

First Glimpse at the Phantom Flex4k, a Full Production Machine Shooting 1,000FPS in 4k

Look out FT-ONE, you've got competition, and from somebody that you probably don't want it from -- as Vision Research unveils it's latest high-speed marvel, the Phantom Flex4k, Mitch Gross over at AbelCine brings us the first look at the camera from NAB. Hit the jump to get the specs and to see the first footage captured with the camera:

Here's the first footage from the camera, directed by Brendan Bellomo and shot by DP Gregory Wilson:

  • 1000fps in 4k (4096x2160) for ~5 seconds (64gb internal memory) / 3.2 minutes @ 24fps
  • Uncompressed RAW on CineMag IV cards, with optional compressed 'industry standard codec' (TBA)
  • Super 35 CMOS Sensor size, 4096x2304 (16:9)
  • 12+ stops of Dynamic Range
  • Optional 1920x1080 shooting mode in 23.976 with a Super 16mm sensor crop (up to 2,000 frames per second)
  • Lens mounts come in PL, PV, Nikon F/G & Canon EF
  • Weighs in at 13 lbs
  • ~$140,000 with a 2 Terabyte CineMag
  • Expected to be delivered by October, from AbelCine

Interestingly, Vision Research has designed this camera as a one-stop-shop with the option to shoot full HD up to 2,000 fps as well as high-speed in 4k, and as Mitch Gross explains in the video, it will have all the professional I/O and features you would expect from a full-fledged production camera. At $140,000, it's a high-ticket item and will join the 'rental-only' club for most of us. What do you guys think of the footage? Share in the comments!

Thanks to Andrew Reid at EOSHD for the heads up, image courtesy of Matt Fredericks.

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Meanwhile we're still waiting for an affordable measly 120fps in 1080p!!

April 7, 2013

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Peter

FS700 isn't affordable? Even if you are broke you can rent one.

April 7, 2013

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Hell i can get one borrowed if i need to

April 7, 2013

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nigel Thompson

Jay, welcome to NFS, where if things aren't 500 dollars they must be unobtanium. Keep all hands and feet inside the vehicle till we come to a complete stop.

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Thom

LOL!

April 7, 2013

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Tim

LOL. No disrespect to Peter's comment but yeah, I guess it depends on what level of gear you are talking about when you say "affordable". I don't think there is much demand for high frame rates in consumer electronics.

April 7, 2013

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heheh pretty much.

April 7, 2013

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If camera companies don't GIVE me gear its too expensive... only good value is when they pay me to use it, AND production costs! ;)

April 8, 2013

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I'm just hoping someone makes a camera with a 65mm sensor for $200 XD

April 7, 2013

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if quality is no imperative I'm sure there are people that will oblige this request ;)

April 8, 2013

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lol pile it on everyone ;-)

Admittedly I had forgot about the very affordable FS700 - even though anything over 60p is only available in short burst modes.

Guess Sony is the only one pioneering true affordability in areas such as this.

April 7, 2013

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Peter

What do I think? I wish I had a Nexus 10!

April 7, 2013

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Gene

nofilmschool is going to be insane over the next few weeks

http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?97844-Its-official-Black-Mag...

April 7, 2013

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carlos

this is gonne b a heavily commented post whenever it happens haha. @ryankoo

April 8, 2013

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biagio

Oh shit!

Blackmagic did it!

Global shutter, 4K, COMPRESSED DNG for 4000$...

That's crazy!

I hope that this time they won't have any trouble delivering it.

April 8, 2013

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Nej

Oh and of course S35... that's my dream camera!

April 8, 2013

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Nej

Congratulations to Black Magic on announcing their new 4K cinema camera (despite being unable to ship their current cameras). This will make an awesome B Cam when it ships in 2015, broken, without the ability to properly focus.

April 8, 2013

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Thom

Blackmagic just stole NAB again. 4K for 4K S35 and S16 RAW/Prores 1080p for 995! Canon and Sony video camera divisions withour HFR are Fucked. http://instagram.com/p/X09vwJzXMl/#

April 8, 2013

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quobetah

And don't forget the Pocket Cinema Camera: S16, micro 4/3 ACTIVE mount, 1080p, RAW, Prores... in a freaking compact camera??!

April 8, 2013

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Nej

Yeah but do either of these do 120p? Or even 60p? He'll I'd settle for 48p ;-)

April 8, 2013

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Peter

1000fps in 4k (4096×2160) - Well, but how much bit is Color depth? 8 ? 10 ? 12? 16? 24?

April 8, 2013

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Mher Hakobyan

Finally, I know how they come to string theory ;) http://youtu.be/_B0Kaf7xYMk?t=1m1s

April 8, 2013

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Peter

From the one side - button layout of an Alexa.
From the other side - button layout of an Epic.

Not too bad.

April 8, 2013

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Matthias

I don't think the camera will actually attract buyers as such. To me it does not make economic sense for this company to make the price of a 4k camera to be this much when there are lots of better options.

April 10, 2013

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Sola

What other options? who else has 1,000 fps at 4K?

May 1, 2013

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james