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.
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
- 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.