April 2, 2012

The FPS King is Still King, Vision Research Announces the Phantom Miro M320S: 1540fps at 1080p

Not to be outdone by the recent Sony announcement of the high-fps FS700, Vision Research is rolling out a brand new camera that should fit a little better in your hands, and in your budget. The Phantom Miro M320S is an update to their Miro line, and with it comes 1540 frames per second at 1920 x 1080. The sensor inside is slightly bigger than the RED Epic, so full frame field-of-view lenses will prevent any vignetting in the corners at 1080 or 1200.

AbelCine's Jamie Alac posted a video showing off the camera and some of the accessories that they are making specifically for the Miro M320S:

Here are the full mouth-watering specs, thanks to AbelCine:

  • 1920 x 1200 and 1920 x 1080 max resolution
  • 1,540 fps @ 1920 x 1080 and 1308 fps @ 1920 x 1200
  • 8,490 fps @ 640 x 480
  • 25.6 x 16mm, 12 bit, 1100 ISO sensor
  • RAW Recording
  • HD-SDI
  • Maximum 12GB RAM
  • Phantom CineFlash SSD Storage: 60GB, 120GB, 240GB
  • PL, Nikon F, C and Canon EF mount compatibility
  • 2.3 Seconds Record Time at Max Resolution, Speed, and Memory
  • Weight: 3 lbs.

At full fps the camera records only to RAM, and then it transfers internally to SSD cards. Each camera will come with a 60GB card and a transfer dock, or you can buy the 240GB CineFlash card for $5000, or the 120GB card for $2500. Many of these costs, however, won't be too troublesome, as these tend to be rent-only cameras. It's not often that owner-operators throw down $100K to buy a Phantom, but I could actually see some operators purchasing this camera at its lower price point and its stellar 1080p performance at over 1500fps.

While the M320S is certainly not cheap, estimated price is anywhere from $25K to $60K, it's still quite a bit cheaper than some of their previous offerings. It's always interesting to see the release of a real high-speed camera and compare it to a standard offering from one of the big camera companies. It sure seems like large sensor cameras from Sony will catch up with these offerings from Vision Research sooner rather than later, but for now, the frames per second king is still king.

Link: Phantom Miro M230S - Vision Research

[via AbelCine]

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As someone working on a sports movie, that form factor is quite interesting... !

April 2, 2012 at 7:36PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Ryan Koo

Exactly - very user friendly looking - much more so than Red, Canon etc. I have some hi-speed stuff planned for my next movie and this could be perfect!

April 2, 2012 at 8:35PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Lance B

"Not to be outdone by the recent Sony announcement of the high-fps FS700, Vision Research is rolling out a brand new camera that should fit a little better in your hands, and in your budget."

I thought the FS700 was 8k- this is between $25k-$60k. So. Confused.

April 2, 2012 at 8:01PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Yes, it was more of a nod to two high-speed cameras being announced around the same time, they aren't really competing budget wise - but their size, image sensor size, and form factor are similar.

April 2, 2012 at 8:24PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

the camera battle rages on

April 2, 2012 at 8:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


wat about the monitor ?

April 2, 2012 at 9:11PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


@ Ryan Koo, Have you done any High Speed (slo-mo) tests ??

I worked on a Boxing movie where the producer wanted to film a knock-out at 300 fps. It was boring at 300 fps and ended-up being step-printed back to around 100 FPS for the release. BTW the Eclair GV16, used by NFL Films during the 1970s, topped-out at 200 fps.

The one place where,Slo-Mo works well, in my experience, is model shots. To make a small model look large, i.e. a model Asteroid crashing into a model Spaceship, 300 FPS works fine.

Remember one second shot at 300 FPS plays back in 12.5 sec. One second shot at 1000 FPS plays back in 41.66 sec. And one second shot at 120 FPS plays back in 5 seconds. How long do you want your Basket Ball Player to hang over the basket during a slam-dunk ??

When you do shoot tests, I'd be interested in seeing the results. I'm always interested in learning.

April 2, 2012 at 11:58PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


1500 FPS is just insane. 1/10th of that should be adequate....

April 3, 2012 at 1:05AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Ryan Koo

300 fps is a very good starting point for slow motion. At 300fps you can be liberal at slowing the clip down even further in an editor. I am glad Sony is coming out with high speed in HD. I have been sick of phantom and their ridiculous camera prices.

April 3, 2012 at 7:10AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


This camera is a big deal. The Flex is a 1/4 million dollar camera. This is between 25-60K. That's pretty good. Not to mention that most projects are going out to 1080 anyway.

April 3, 2012 at 8:10PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Jesus Christo

At the BVE this year, i was surprised to see some demos of an Olympus -http://www.olympus-ims.com/en/hsv-products/i-speedpl/. The claim the sales man who spoke to me claimed that the camera will not need the services of DIT as you could operate it yourself. Its priced at 60k pounds and aims to be Phantom killer. Does anyone know about its performance on the field?

April 5, 2012 at 5:48PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM