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You Might Be Able To Buy A Slow-Motion Camera For Almost Not A Lot Of Money

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Slow motion footage, at least the very slow kind, can be expensive to capture. Cameras that shoot at such high frame rates aren’t sold in your local Walmart, and it’s rare for anyone but the most motivated of individuals to purchase one. But if Edgertronic has its way, you could get your hands on one such device for roughly $5,000. Yeah, that’s still a lot of cash, but it’s about 10% of what a Phantom Flex would cost. What does the money get you? Up to 17,791 frames per second is what. Granted, that’s at a 192 X 96 resolution, but you can still get 494 fps at 1280 X 1024, and quite a few other combinations in between. Better yet, resolutions are adjustable axis-independently in multiples of 16, meaning you can get 4,130 possible combinations, for the exact kind of shot you want. There’s also a rolling 8 second buffer so you can capture shots even after they occur, which is pretty nifty when you’re trying to film things that happen quickly. The camera ships with a 50mm F1.8D Nikon lens, but will accept any Nikon F-mount optics.

If you’ve been itching to get into super slow-mo but just couldn’t think of a way to do it, now may be your chance.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Cheetahs Filmed In Super Slow Motion

Phantom makes a pretty awesome line of high-speed cameras. The details these reveal about movements that are usually too quick for the eye to see are just incredible, and when the subjects are creatures as majestic as cheetahs, the resulting footage is simply jaw dropping. National Geographic recently went to the Cincinnati Zoo to capture the feline doing what it does best: run. The production ended up being one of the most sophisticated the crew had worked on, including several cameras rolling on a track-mounted dolly capable of reaching 60mph. A rotating cast of 5 cats were coaxed into short sprints by what looks like a ball of yarn on s string. Cute. They were shooting at 1,200 frames per second, and the video, included below, is simply a masterpiece. Totally worth checking out.

If you’re curious about how it was done, hit the jump for a video of that.

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