The fps1000 Kickstarter camera is ramping up ever closer to final production and shipment and Graham Rowan the creator and genius mind behind these slow motion cameras has released the upgrade option path for Platinum Kickstarter backers. Pre Order Cameras are also elegible for the upgrade pricing discussed below. Retail cameras in the future will command a higher price.
As you can see in the table above, the upgrade path is a considerable upgrade from the standard platinum camera “Far left”. We dissect the upgrade Pros and cons for the models below:
fps1000 Double Platinum Upgrade:
- 2x the memory to 64GB
- all frame rates are double at a given resolution
- 1200 fps at 720p HD
- 12Gbits/sec memory bandwidth vs 5.75 standard!
- Increased Pixel size 6.6 Micron vs 4.8 Micron.
- Sensitivity increased to 9.6 Lux vs 7.7lux.
- £300 Pounds upgrade cost-Still an extreme bargain!
- 2/3″ sensor vs 1″ Sensor
- Resolution maxes out at 1280*1024 vs 2560*2048
- No more 1080p resolution.
- Shipping July vs May 2015-Not a big deal
fps1000 Hex Platinum Upgrade:
- 4x the memory to 128GB
- 6.6x the frame rate of standard.
- 4000fps at 720p HD
- 4/3″ Sensor vs 1″ Standard– A Big Deal!
- 43Gbits/sec memory bandwidth vs 5.75 standard!
- Increased Pixel size 13.7 Micron vs 4.8 Micron.
- Sensitivity increased to 25 Lux vs 7.7lux. *Killer feature!
- £1,500 Pounds upgrade cost – Still a Bargain!
- Resolution maxes out at 1280*860 vs 2560*2048
- No more 1080p resolution.
- Shipping October vs May 2015
fps1000 Platinum 4k Upgrade:
- 4x the memory to 128GB
- 3.3x the frame rate of standard.
- 900 fps at 1080p HD*
- 240fps at 4k UHD res
- 600fps at 2k estimated by HSC*
- 2000 fps at 720p HD
- APS-C” Sensor vs 1″ Standard– A Big Deal!
- 38Gbits/sec memory bandwidth vs 5.75 standard!
- Sensitivity retained at 7.7lux. Better than CMOSIS
- Resolution maxes out at 3840*2160 vs 2560*2048
- £1,500 Pounds upgrade cost – Still a Major Bargain!
- Decreased Pixel size 4.5 Micron vs 4.8 Micron.
- Shipping September vs May 2015 Sensor availability!
There is a lot to digest here but we feel there is an fps1000 upgrade option for every user represented well.
For Current Backers:
If you want your camera early and you don’t want to upgrade and retain 2.5k resolution you have already paid and you will receive a lot of camera with great performance. You will get better performance than a Sony FS7 or FS700 for one fourth the price.
For Speed Seekers:
The fps1000 Double platinum is for people who have a little more cash to invest in the camera and a craving for better frame rates. You will get 1200fps at 720p and better low light at the cost of sensor size however. If you absolutely need that higher frame rate, it is a little more to get that. However if you want to retain your 2.5k resolution you should keep your original Platinum.
For Low Light High Frame Rate Max Performance Seekers:
The fps1000 Hex is the highest performing camera when it comes to slow motion of the bunch. It has crazy fast frame rates at 720p at 4000fps. It has a much larger sensor than 1″ using a 4/3″ sensor; a size like that on the Panasonic GH4. The low light at 25lux is astounding. It is a low light monster with 13.7 micron pixels. Which is really the killer feature of this camera. You get high frame rates with impressive low light. The Sony a7s which is the low light Mirrorless champ has a micron size of 8.3 which is much smaller than the 13.7 micron of the HEX. As for final performance we will have to see but it sure looks like a low light monster. If you want to save on lights and need the best performing frame rates this upgrade option is unbeatable.
For the 4k – TV and Filmmaker crowd:
The fps1000 4k is all about the filmmaker who needs the resolution and has the option of nearly reaching 1000fps at 1080p if needed. You will sacrifice low light performance and half the frame rate at 720p compared to the Hex but you gain 1080p, 2k,2.5k and 4k resolutions with decreasing frame rates the higher pixel count you go. The low light however is not as bad as the CMOSIS 4k chip that was considered before. It is almost twice as sensitive which is amazing news. You get 7.7 lux which is the same as the standard platinum and much better than the CMOSIS 4k previous option at 4.6 lux. You really get the best of both worlds with this camera. If you can live with a bit less than half of the low light performance of the HEX and half the frame rate at 720p; with a still amazing 2000fps at 720p you are not loosing much with the same £1,500 Pounds upgrade cost. HSC is ordering this option as we feel for our needs this camera fits the bill and makes it more future proof for delivering content to screens with ever higher resolutions. You are getting a camera that is 1/4th a Phantom 4k performer for about 1/5th the price. That is a lot of bang for your money.
The decision is ultimately yours but we sure have made up our minds with the 4k option. It is more than we ever though would be offered. At all levels you are getting a huge upgrade from the early stages of this product. It will be a matter of testing these cameras once in the field but on paper they have destroyed the spec sheets of anything out there when it comes to frame rates for slow motion at a reasonable cost. For people that still want a camera but did not back the project at Kickstarter you can order one at the Pre Order Site at a slightly higher cost. (Updated) Pre Order cameras are treated the same as Kickstarter Backers and can be upgraded at the same costs discussed. However future retail cameras will command a higher price. So this is your chance to get on the ground floor if you missed the Kickstarter campaign.
We will keep following the fps1000 development and shipping at HSC closely, Stay Tuned!
Disclaimer: We do not have a financial stake besides being backers for a camera in the Kickstarter project. We are not responsible for charging, shipping, functionality or any other aspect of these cameras. We only report the news!
For illustration purposes 2000fps looks like this when played back at regular speed! By TechRentals