New Gear: Phantom Flex4K Camera Brings 4k Video at 1000fps

You might be limited to a five-second burst, but at 1000fps that's still an huge amount of high-speed footage

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This year's NAB conference has already seen a 4k camera announced for just $1000, but there are just as exciting announcements happening at the high end, too. High speed camera maker Vision Research has revealed their newest obscenely powerful piece of hardware: the Phantom Flex4K. As you might have guessed from the name, the new camera records video at 4k resolution, and at speeds of up to 1000 fps.

The Flex4K will go for prices ranging from $109,000 to $164,900 depending on configuration. If you crank the video resolution all the way to its maximum 4096x2304, you can squeeze 900fps out of the footage. By lowering the size, that speed increases substantially, with 4096x2160 (4k standard) hitting 1000 fps, 1920x1080 at 2000 fps, and 1280x720 at 3000 fps. Even with an optional maximum of 64GB of RAM, that limits you to five seconds of footage at 4k, 1000fps. But those five seconds would stretch out to more than three minutes when shown at a standard 24 fps.

The Flex4K will come with PL, PV Canon EOS or Nikon F/G mounts, will record footage either RAW or compressed, and features a 10-megapixel super-35 sensor, capable of capturing 12 stops of dynamic range. There's even Bluetooth integration for remote control. You can read more about the camera's internals at the preview data sheet.

But it all comes down to what the 4K high-speed footage looks like — and you can see an official preview below.

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