The edgertronic high speed camera by Sanstreak has been a darling of scientists, industrial, education and content production users since 2013. The Kickstarter project not only delivered on the promise but became a full fledged high speed camera provider afterwards with more than 540 cameras shipped to date.
Today they cement that legacy with the introduction of the edgertronic SC2 in both Monochromatic and Color versions with a full resolution frame rate at HD 1280*720px of 4,450fps depending on the model selected.The power and capability of the edgertronic SC2 is over 630% higher than the edgertronic 1 camera “max 701fps HD”, which as of today is known as the edgertronic SC1, will still be available for the foreseeable future at their store as a lower end option.
Meet the edgertronic SC2 & SC2+:
The edgertronic SC2 will be available in two distinct models based on the memory capacity and or monochrome / color capability.
edgertronic SC2 mono only 3700fps 720p HD $9,990 (8GB) Memory
- Global Shutter technology allows crisp exposures without rolling shutter jello effect
- Stores captured videos in H.264 format on a removable SD card
- Web-browser based control panel
- Video overlay support for frame number, text, and graphic logo
- Field upgradeable software/firmware/Os: 10/100 Ethernet, 2 USB ports, external trigger,
- multi-camera genlock
- 12 VDC Power, 2.5/5.5mm locking connector 1.5A SC1, 2.5A SC2/SC2+
- Type III Hard Anodize Aluminum enclosure
- Trigger button and 4 status LEDs
- Accepts Nikon F-mount lenses (manual and D series)
- Built in fan for active cooling
- Size: 111x108x79 mm exclusive of lens, Weight: ~862 gr without lens
- Ethernet Cable
- AC Power Adapter
- Nikon 50mm F1.8 D Lens
- Airline Grade Fitted Case
- 12V Car Adapter
- Wired Remote Trigger
edgertronic SC2+ Video Samples:
The video samples below were shot with an edgertronic SC2+ 4451fps 720p camera with 1/10,000 exposure time.
edgertronic SC2+ Lightbulb Crushed Sample video at 4,456fps:
edgertronic SC2+ Martini’s Shot at 4,456fps:
edgertronic SC2+ Tubular Lightbulb Hammered at 4,456fps:
Note: The videos above exhibit a phenomenon in the highlights called the black sun effect which is common in CMOS sensors by over saturating the signal in certain AD sectors. edgertronic will be releasing a software update to get rid of this imaging artifact in the near future. This camera bug has appeared in Canon, Sony and Panasonic cameras in the fact and it is correctable by software.
Camera Model Comparison Chart:
What a difference does 4,456fps make!
The software platform for the edgertronic SC2 and SC2+ is the same as the original camera which means you will interface through a web browser like Google Chrome in a very intuitive interface. “See our edgertronic review for details about the software”
“Software Version 2.2.0 which adds several new features:
- Support for SC2 and SC2+ edgertronic cameras
- Save and Recall Favorite Settings
- Video Overlay including Frame Number, Settings, Notes, and other user selectable fields
- Significantly improved Live Preview latency and frame rate
- Added user selectable file compression
- After updating to version 2.2.0, future updates will save the camera settings
- Support for user supplied configuration files including encoding pipelines, user added URLs and camera code, and various network configuration files for network configuration, NTP, DNS, FTP, and multicast network trigger
To update your camera, go to: http://wiki.edgertronic.
The edgertronic camera supports modifying the pixels in each video frame to overlay text and graphics. The video frames with the overlay applied are then encoded into a video file. There are different overlay features that can be individually enabled or disabled:
- Overlay frame number
- Overlay notes text with parameter expansion
- Overlay settings
- Overlay logo
The trigger frame is frame zero. Frames prior to the trigger event have a negative frame number and frames after the trigger frame have a positive number. The trigger frame is the frame that occurs coincident or immediately after the trigger input fall edge or trigger event. This delay of zero to one frame time will be recorded in the metadata file.”
The edgertronic SC2 will consume slightly more power so the previous edgertronic SC1 power adapter will not be compatible with the new camera. The new sensor and electronics require a little more voltage to generate the performance necessary. However as it is customary from edgertronic the kit will include the new power supply in the box.
12v portable power supply sources will still be supported and there will be no need to purchase a new portable battery pack like a Bescor for example.
A new option shared by Mike Matter the engineer and mind behind the edgertronic camera line is the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium (120VAC) Battery powered inverter by Paul C Buff. With this relatively inexpensive pack, the edgertronic SC2 and SC2+ will be able to be used continuously for over 10 full hours on a single charge. This is an excellent portable option for the camera and other gadgets you might need on the field.
edgertronic has done it again!
The first edgertronic camera changed the game by offering a true high speed camera taht delivered 701fps at HD resolution and up to 18,000 fps at reduced res for under $6k USD, unheard of at the time. As of today it still graces the first spot on our high speed camera guide for price/performance in a slow motion capture device.
The edgertronic SC2 and SC2+ deal a near fatal blow to the price/performance scale with the HD 4,456fps at just 13k USD. Other manufacturers should take note and be on their toes as the game has changed once again. Powerful slow motion performance is now in the realm of small video producers, restricted scientific research and educators.
The edgertronic SC1, SC2 and SC2+ are available for purchase today and will ship in about 2 weeks from your order date.
HSC will receive an SC2+ color camera for review in the near future and we will be sure to put it through it’s paces and answer any questions that you might have regarding the capability and performance including other frame rates.
Thanks to Mike Matter of Sanstreak/edgertronic for providing the information and imagery for this post along with a review unit soon.