Vision Research has unveiled its new Phantom Flex4K
high-speed camera for the cinema market that the company is billing as a next-generation
camera with significantly faster frame rates and notable improvements in image
At its full acquisition resolution of 4096 x 2304 the camera
is capable of recording from 24 to over 900 frames-per-second (fps), and up to
1,000 fps at 4096 x 2160 resolution.
The camera is being previewed as a prototype at the 2013 NAB
Show and is expected to hit the market later this year.
"We are excited to announce the Phantom Flex4K, our first
professional cinema camera that is designed to capture normal frame rates, and
high speed up to 1,000 fps at 4k resolutions," said Toni Lucatorto, cinema
product manager at Vision Research. "We are previewing the Phantom Flex4K in
its current form here at NAB, however, there are still features to turn on and
work to be done. We plan to use the summer to roll out those features and
really run the camera through its paces before it officially hits the market.
When finished it will truly be an amazing piece of technology that has the
potential to revolutionize cinematography and overall video production."
The company noted that the Phantom Flex4K will support
different in-camera workflows to address different production styles. These
include using the uncompressed raw format to ensure the fastest high-speed
workflow on set and maximum quality and versatility for post-production.
Alternatively users can record compressed files for a simplified workflow
directly out of the camera.
For high-speed capture, it's possible to record up to 1,000
fps at 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160, up to 2,000 fps at 1920 x 1080, and over
3,000 fps at 1280 x 720.
Another notable feature of the camera system is
a new on-camera control interface; exceptional image quality; new workflow
options; improved performance at standard frame rates; Phantom CineMag IV
support; up to 64GB of internal memory; two 3G-SDI outputs which can be
configured as independent 4:4:4 1080p signals or used together to monitor the
full 4K image; component viewfinder output and other features.