We’re still waiting on a consumer level camera that can capture HD footage at high enough frame rate to achieve ultra detailed slow-mo shoots. And while $25,000 is a far from affordable for the general population, it’s probably a fair bit cheaper than that Phantom camera used in Jackass 3D and other Hollywood productions. Nevertheless, that’s the starting cost of Vision Research’s M110, M310, and M120, which as it happens are the same folks that developed the Phantom 3D slow-mo camera.
The Miro M110 and M310 are both a 1-megapixel affair that can capture up to a 1280 x 800 resolution. The lesser of the two, the M110, can achieve a 1600 fps at full resolution, while the M310 can achieve a 3200 fps. If you’re willing to sacrifice quality in favor of frames per second, they can achieve 400,000fps and 600,00 fps respectively.
For those looking for a full HD experience, they won’t have to look any further than the 2-megapixel M120, which can achieve 730 fps when recording at 1920×1200, 800 fps at 1920×1080 or 1200 fps at 1152×1152. And like the two other models its speed can be increased to 200,000 fps, with of course the caveat of reduced resolution.
Strangely enough, these cameras are only available in 3GB, 6GB, or 12GB memory configurations. However, they are compact, rugged and apparently operate in low light scenarios.
Expect Vision Research’s newest cameras to ship mid-January.