The teaser trailer about a camera that may well be the most important slow motion release of the year is out, and in a word, its “inspiring”. The video is shot by the german video production house: https://www.vorzeigekind.de/ and it shows the process of making a hamburger dish along with some flying citrus and a flaming martini. Continue reading…
In what could be summed up as a big milestone day in affordable slow motion, Krontech.ca the company behind the excellent 720p 1500fps Chronos 1.4c slow motion camera has now announced ready for pre-order a new 1080p Full HD 1000fps slow motion camera that starts at a bargain basement price of $5,000 US Dollars. Considering just a few years ago this performance in the Phantom camera space was a six-figure proposition, this is major progress towards a camera that we have been waiting for a long time.
Sure there have been other cameras that democratized the space in the past like the amazing edgertronic SC2X we tested which is a 15,990 USD piece of gear and is capable of 2000fps+ at full HD resolution on an APS-C sized sensor. Still very cheap compared to other cameras but not exactly affordable for the common shooter. Now the Chronos 2.1 HD is here to change all that and offer in a fully contained package with a ready to shoot kit for a starting price a third of that.
After a few weeks of iPhone XS ownership, we can already gage the quality of the video coming out of the device in 1080p slow motion mode. We have a dozen samples for you too look at and make a decision. It is, however, a bittersweet realization that last year’s iPhone X is pretty much just as good as the XS in slow motion with just a tiny difference in per-pixel quality and dynamic range.
If you own an iPhone 8, X or Samsung Galaxy S8 or S9, for example, the slow motion feature on the iPhone XS should not be a factor in your decision to upgrade. The new XS has the best 4k video the iPhone has ever produced and the image stabilization is also much improved. The XS camera shoots pretty amazing still images and regular frame rate video but it is competitive with the best out there. The phone still is the best 240p 1080 mobile device today, see why below.
We have seen quite a lot of new slow motion footage inundate the Intertubes this week. The amount and quality of the footage seem to have exploded recently with more and more cameras able to shoot at higher frame rates and at qualities that make it bearable to watch. Of course, there is also the occasional professional high speed camera shot i.e Phantom Flex 4k, which makes it the icing on the cake.
It is also time to get inspired by looking at the work of others to better your own shooting and gather new ideas or inspiration. It is time to lay back and relax while you watch some extremely cool slow motion footage. And as always remember to be safe if you attempt any of the stunts or experiments shot. Take Care!
There is a plethora of new slow motion videos being produced each day and hundreds of thousands a year to maybe millions. However there is a clear distinction between the good the bad and the middle of the road efforts to capture content. There is also a clear trend to monetize slow motion on Youtube and Facebook and that makes it easy to find video trends of sports tricks, nature themes and people shooting others doing pranks or sexy poses that will allow for millions of views.
We try to find footage that is great in it’s own right and strives to avoid the monetization aspect of cookie cutter slow motion that while entertaining; does not better the crop of footage that enrich your mind and senses.
One of the Photokina announcements that peaked our interest was the Nikon KeyMission 170 Action Camera which aims to disrupt the already crowded space of all weather sports segment. We have a plethora of options from the leader GoPro and close competitors like Sony, Xiaomi, Olympus, Garmin and even Panasonic. So another entry by Nikon seems to go by unnoticed however this hardware looks to be very capable and can go head to head with the best.
The slow motion capabilities are the standard for high end action cameras here with 120fps at 1080p and 240fps at 720p. While these are becoming standard frame rates for the most part; there is a clear distinction on quality between cameras with Sony Action Cam being clearly superior in compression with XAVC S to GoPro for example. ProTune on the Hero 4 and 5 does make a difference but Sony has the edge with an overall better codec that is low artifact.