Here’s a Gratuitous Video of a Bullet Leaving a Gun at 73,000 Frames Per Second

Why is everything so awesome in super-slow motion?

There’s something about watching things happen in super slow motion that makes them infinitely more interesting. Right now, this video of the Mythbusters shooting a pistol at 73,000 fps is making its rounds on the internet. It’s something we’ve seen in various other forms before, and yet, I watched it at least 5 times. So, now you can do the same.

They're using, as you might expect, a Phantom camera and tons of light to get up to that 73,000 fps number. At that speed, the footage captured over the course of one second in real time would take about 40 minutes to watch on a standard 30 fps TV broadcast.

This is the kind of thing I'm excited to see more of in cameras. For a while, Casio was actually pushing the envelope in terms of high-speed capture in consumer-oriented cameras. No, seriously, Casio. They fizzled out on it, though, and now cameras like GoPro are picking up steam a little.

There are other drawbacks involved with capturing high-speed, not the least of which is the insane amount of light you need in order to make it look right, but this is one function I’m looking forward to seeing more of.