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Nikon Stacked CMOS Sensor Will do 1000fps in 4k!

Nikon Stacked CMOS Sensor

Nikon Japan has been busy creating the next generation of 1″ stacked sensors.  The latest is a 17.84 Megapixel stacked design with hyper-fast memory interconnect that shoots up to 1000fps at 4k resolution which is no slouch. The sensor is still in development but it will be a possibility to see it in a camera that could compete head to head with the Sony RX series which now dominate prosumer P&S sales.  It was announced at ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) held in San Francisco, February 15, 2021.

The sensor works by shooting in buckets of 16 x 16 pixels as one block, and then subsequently 264 x 264 pixel blocks (4224 x 4224 pixels) are conformed to form the final image at nearly 18MP.  It is unclear at this time if 4k video will be a windowed resolution or a supersampled then reduced final image from the full sensor.  The market for this sensor goes beyond consumer cameras as it is aimed at other applications like self-driving cars and production lines. → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Canon EOS R5 Makes it Expensive to record 120fps 4k Video!

Canon EOS R5

Canon has now released the final specs and estimated release dates for the EOS R5 and R6 cameras. There is a lot of good advancement in features especially in video mode as what many believe is an afront to Sony and Panasonic who dominate video recording on ILCs.  The R5 can record 24fps and 30fps 8k video or 8192 x 4320 pixels in RAW quality which is a staggering 1TB of storage or 2600 Mbits/s for only 51 minutes of recording time. That means that every hour you will eat up through a full TB of your RAID backup storage. We see this mode being transcoded to an intermediate format like Blackmagic RAW or BRAW or Apple ProRes as soon as possible.

There is more bad news, on the 120fps 4k front there is no other option of recording but All-I which saves every frame independently in 10-bit 4:2:2 which is good for excellent quality but at the cost of 1,880 Mbits/s  which is 224MB/sec or 13,447MB / minute of recording time. Better get a ton of memory cards and hard drives ready!

EOS R5 Video Specs:

Video Rec Modes Raw 12-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [2600 Mb/s]
H.265 4:2:2 10-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [680 to 1300 Mb/s]
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [680 to 1300 Mb/s]
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [170 to 1880 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [170 to 1880 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [28 to 230 Mb/s]
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit
DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [470 to 1300 Mb/s]
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [470 to 1300 Mb/s]
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [120 to 1880 Mb/s]
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [120 to 1880 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [12 to 180 Mb/s]

You read that right 120fps 4k video on the EOS R5 is only possible at the 1,880Mbits/sec data rate even in H.264 mode. Also interesting to know is the lack of 120fps Full HD 1080p or higher fps modes which are common on cameras from Panasonic or Sony.


Overheating what?

Yes, the R5 gets overheated after recording video on the following modes and times:

  • 8k RAW 30p/24p – 20 Minutes rec time
  • 8k NON-RAW 30p/24p – 20 Minutes rec time
  • 4k 120fps – 15 Minutes rec time
  • 4k 60p – 35Min Rec Time No Crop
  • 4k 60p – Crop Mode 5.1k Oversampling – 25 Min Rec Time
  • 4k High-Quality 30p- 8.2k Oversampling- 30 Min Rec Time
  • 4k 30p – No Overheating Limit

We do not find any of these limits to be unbearable if you shoot clips of a few minutes but for event shooters, this is not the camera for you for many reasons, chief among the rec time limit, and secondly, the massive recording space needed.  For slow motion, the limit of 4k 120fps at 15 minutes is probably more than you will ever need so that is not a problem. See the video below:

Canon EOS R5 the TRUTH about OVERHEATING!: Armando Ferreira

It costs what :-0?

Yes, the EOS R5 costs a staggering $3,899.00 US Body only and expected to ship at the end of July on the 31st.   The camera it stems from the venerable 5D Mark IV DSLR went on sale in September 2016 with a retail price of $3,499 (Now about $2,000USD), so the new R5 is now $400 USD more expensive at launch plus the new lenses are really expensive plus also needed to get the most out of this camera’s 45MP sensor and be able to get the 8 stop Sensor IBIS Stabilization with lens+body.  A good R5 kit will probably cost you around $10k for a three-lens setup with body and memory cards.  Having the latest and greatest from Canon or any other big brand will cost you, and this is a prime example of it.

4k 120fps Mode samples?

Gladly we were able to find 4k 120fps video samples from the R5 and they look very good along with full AF which is an excellent feature to have in slow motion recording see below:

Canon EOS R5 Field Test – with 4k 120fps samples:  Jarrad Seng → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Canon EOS R5 gets serious about high frame rates!

Canon EOS R5 Slow Motion

We were very skeptical earlier in the year when the R5 specs were just a rumor. Canon has not really been delivering powerful video features out of their Cinema line and we expected this new camera to be a crippled continuation of the trend.  We were not only wrong but now know that Canon is banking the future of the EOS line on cameras like the R5 with features that really put it in a class all by itself.

The original video darling was the EOS 5D Mark II which made it possible to use the EOS line of lenses with a video mode that delivered good enough quality for the web and some careful productions.  The camera had issues like severe rolling shutter and a tendency to moire and alias so bad that many shots were really ruined.  However, the excellent Canon color quality and lens choices made it so popular that it really forced companies to change the video options forever.  Now Canon intends to do as big a splash with the introduction of 8k video internally on the new camera.

Canon EOS R5 Released Specs:

  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
  • No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.*
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
  • A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.

Yes, Canon grows up the video mode…

You read that right we have 8k 30p and 24p using the full-frame sensor width with no big crop “excellent for punch-in interviews” and also up to 120fps at 4k 10 bit 4:2:2 color which beats Panasonic’s 60fps limit on that mode. The R5 is a beast of a camera that is set to deliver on every front.

We love that it has the dual pixel AF on all modes with the latest intelligent AF modes including eye AF for people and animals. This is probably the most advanced and useful video AF that produces excellent results without much stutter.  The nightmare of focus pullers as their job just got harder.

What about 1080p HD frame rates?

Sadly Canon has not released any information regarding the HD modes on the camera but we have an idea of what that may be.  Since 4k will have 120fps in NTSC and 100fps in PAL, we expect at least to have 240fps in Full HD 1080p with probably no 720p modes due to redundancy.

We may see a sensor crop on full HD to allow such frame rates at 120fps and 240fps but we do not expect a crop on 24p, 25p, 30p and 50/60p which should be full frame.  Crops on higher frame rates are common as many sensors cannot scan that fast for the entire sensor area. We may even see some crop at 4k 120p which is not specified in the released information.   It will be interesting what Canon shows when the full specs are out including the price which we may see reach a range of $3,299 to $3,999 USD as an educated guess.

Interesting Developments:

We cannot be left unimpressed by the EOS R5, Canon has finally awakened from their video slumber in the midrange lines and is delivering a hard punch to the competition.

Sony and Panasonic will not stay put and allow Canon to take the praise without some hard releases.  We expect Panasonic to have a new S1 camera that may shoot 8k as a GH camera in a GH6 or similar that should be able to shoot 8k also. As for frame rates in HD resolution, we may start to see higher than 240fps on competitor cameras. Panasonic, after all, has had 240p on the GH5s and 180p on the S1 series with good results.

Sony may also release a new sensor with a higher memory buffer allowing super slow motion like their RX line of cameras.  Could we see the first Alpha camera with 480p or 1000p in reduced time recording modes? That will be a nice sight to see.

We commend Canon for pushing the industry forward with a Camera that may be just as important as the 5D Mark II was over 10 years ago, now as an 8k capable powerhouse with incredible quality and features like sensor/Lens Hybrid Full-frame IBIS stabilization and full-time Dual Pixel AF with machine learning.

We just need to get that Virus beat so we can go out and test these awesome cameras. More information on the R5 as it becomes available -HSC

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Laowa 24mm Probe Lens Could Revolutionize Slow Motion Video!

Laowa 24mm Probe Lens

The new Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens with included LED lighting at the tip is a really interesting lens for high-speed shooters that would like an edge in their shooting style.  The lens looks like a gun barrel but it is really a snake tube-cam-like lens that permits focus at just 2cm from the front element and also shoots at a fairly long distance from the subject.

The Kickstarter campaign project seen here was asking for just $9,999 USD in funding but as of right now with several days to go has reached an extremely impressive  $811,113 USD which translates to about 650 lenses to be delivered to backers.  The footage that the campaign was able to provide is really amazing at showing what can be achieved when creative minds are able to freely utilize an innovative lens like this.

  • close focus (2cm @ 2:1) 
  • 24mm f14 Maximum Aperture
  • F40 minimum aperture
  • 7 aperture blades
  • Min Focusing Distance 470mm
  • Min Working Distance 20mm
  • Dimensions: 38 x 408mm
  • Weight 474g
  • wide angle ‘Bug Eye’ view (84.1°) 
  • Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Arri PL mounts are available
  • LED Lighting at the Front
  • MSRP $1,499 After campaign is over.

The magnification ratios can be seen below in this image:


The Video Shooting Macro seen below by Macro Room has to be the ideal selling promo for this lens. It mixes great editing with clever lens placement for a really fascinating visual feast.

Birthday Cake (Credit to Packshot Factory Ltd) Laowa – Venus Optics Shows the benefits that can be translated to Slow Motion footage:

Another example of slow motion on the lens by   © Packshot Factory Ltd, London UK

This review by DPReview of the lens will give you an idea of how to use it. 

Our thoughts:

This lens is really something unique and special. It allows you to really get as close as possible to the subject with the added ability to actually have some usable depth of field compared to super macro lenses that have extreme shallowness. The fact that you can adapt it to almost any mount and camera means that you will be able to use it for video and photo without any constraints.  The Maximum aperture of F14 might sound too restrictive but if you have enough light while using the included LED ring at the front you will be able to forget about light needs and experiment freely.

Coffee Beans Tumble (Credit to Packshot Factory) Laowa – Venus Optics: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Galaxy Note 9 Could Be Best Slow Motion Phone Yet!

With the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ on the running for the best slow motion smartphone of 2018, recent leaks if confirmed could make the Note 9 an even better proposition for high frame rate enthusiasts.  As with all rumored and leaked info, it could be false or inaccurate when compared to the final specs.  However, this phone is scheduled for an August 9th, 2018 reveal at a special event.

The most encouraging info on the new Phone will be the use of a new ISOCELL sensor capable of full HD recording at 960fps. Which will be a big improvement from the Galaxy S9’s 720p 960fps. That phone only records 0.24sec worth of 960p video so it would be ideal if the Note 9 was able to at least double that time but at full HD resolution.  The phone is expected to cost at least $960 based on the Note 8 price so it will not be cheap to get this kind of performance.

Galaxy Note 9 leaked specs:

  • 6GB of RAM/ 128GB of storage  Standard
  • 8GB/256GB and 8GB/512GB As Pricier Options
  • Samsung ISOCELL technology Camera Module 15% improvement in low light.
  • Full HD Super Slow Motion Feature! (As opposed to HD only on the Galaxy S9) Stacked ISOCELL Sensor
  • Snapdragon 845 For America & South Korea Exynos SoC for the rest of the globe.
  • 4000mAh or 3,850mAh Battery Module
  • Bluetooth Pen with Wireless Control of Phone features like playback, song skip, unlock, timers…
  • 5 Colors Gray, Lavender, Black, Brown & Blue
  • Improved screen for sunlight visibility
  • Design near identical to Note 8- Fingerprint reader moved on the back below the camera module to avoid smudges.
  • Price: Starting at £869 Pounds MSRP


“With advanced PDAF (Phase Detecting Auto Focus), such as Dual Pixel and Super PD sensor, ISOCELL Fast sensors identify the distance of fast-moving objects even in low light for faster and accurate autofocusing. The 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) enables high-speed captures at Full HD video.

So given the information out there and the fact that Samsung will be making most of their own imaging sensors going forward in order to take that business away from Sony, our educated guess will be that the Note 9 will sport the 3-stack ISOCELL Fast 2L3. The 1.4-micrometer (μm) 12-megapixel (Mp) image sensor which is an outstanding spec part and capable of massive read-out speeds needed for true full slow-motion video capture.

The S5K2L3 sensor is already in mass production which bodes well for including it in the Note 9.  If Samsung is able to really deliver the 960fps frame rate at full HD 1080p resolution then it could easily take the crown as the best slow motion capable smartphone ever released.  We are still unsure about the recording time and if it will be improved at all from the Galaxy S9’s pitiful 0.24 seconds at 960p but it is an encouraging sign to see Samsung really stepping up their game when it comes to slow motion capture.  We will know the real full specs after the August 9th reveal. Stay Tuned. -HSC

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fps2000 & fps4000 Camera Line Specs Released!

fps2000 & fps4000 Cameras

Warning: The parent company of FPS cameras “The Slow Motion Camera Company Ltd.” went out of business and entered liquidation proceedings. No further development of cameras is expected. More information here on Google Search

After a long hiatus since the fps1000 project was founded, Graham Rowan the creator of both that Kickstarter project and the fps1000HD which has shipped to backers; is now announcing two new camera specs aimed at satisfying the original Kickstarter project backers who did not receive their camera.  The new models replace the fps1000 original, Hex and 4k models in a six camera matrix that is divided into two main lines.

The first line is the fps2000 which has a whopping 320 Gigabytes of flash memory that will record up to 120 seconds of continuous video at the maximum resolution and highest frame rate of 2000fps.  The fps4000 line is essentially double the speed of the camera maximum frame rate of 4000fps depending on configuration and 640 Gigabytes of flash storage.

fps2000 & fps4000 Product Information:

As you can see from the product matrix chart above the camera lines are two main separate main boards but with three different sensors each.  They will deliver 4k,  Full HD and Hd 720p in both product lines but at different maximum frame rates.  Alos of note is the fps4000 4k sensor camera will have a larger 5 µm pixel size than the fps2000 4k’s 3.9 µm which will translate into better low light ability.

The fps2000 line is basically the original promise of the fps1000 campaign upgrade options but with quite a bit more memory at 320 Gbytes.  The way the camera works is by maximizing the fast write ability of flash memory to save enormous data rates in a very short time by using a proprietary algorithm.  That way you can have 4k high frame rates contained in a portable touch screen camera with ample recording time.

The fps4000 line is essentially the fps2000 line but with twice the flash memory in order to incorporate double the maximum frame rates. The 4k version will be capable of 500fps, Full HD version 2000fps , and the HD 720p version a whopping 4000fps.

Full Kickstarter update on the fps2000 & fps4000 camera below:

By Graham Rowan:

New Products fps2000 and fps4000

It has been some time since my last update. In hindsight, I did not choose the title of that update very wisely. My use of the term ‘closure’ was meant to mean ‘resolution’ rather than an ending of the project. Indeed, I have been continuing to develop the fps1000 and to find a way to satisfy initial backers. I have gone some way towards this but I know I have a long way to go. I want to bring you some good news, at least for those of you who have been waiting for the Hex and 4K upgrades. The new product range which incorporates these models is now complete. I have been through many iterations of this new product and have been disappointed by 2 ranges of sensors which I had selected before settling on a new and final range of sensors that offer significantly better performance than originally expected.

While this process has taken longer than I ever imagined, it has allowed the product to mature and take on board many lessons I have learned along the way. The new products do pack in a lot of performance for the cost and also provide a wide range of resolutions and frame rates thanks to a highly modular design.

The trademark USPs of the fps1000 range are still there, namely:

  • Portable design with touch screen
  • Raw file format
  • High speed USB3 interface
  • Unique huge frame buffer memory

There are a total of 6 new models split across 2 product names but all based on the same modular hardware. I have not decided on final prices / upgrade options yet. I have several working prototypes and the boards are in their final revisions and ready for production.

I will bring you final prices and sample videos in the next update.

HSC’s Take- It is unclear at this time if backers of the fps1000 will get one of the cameras listed above to fulfill their backer status.  What is clear however is that some owners will probably be able to upgrade to an fps4000 model if desired considering the enormous performance jump.  No pricing information or release date was divulged except for the information on working prototypes and final board revisions above.  The wait might be over for fps1000 backers and if the cameras above ship to the backers then, by all means, it was well worth the wait.

The fps2000 and fps4000 could bring new levels of portability and performance to affordable high-speed video with the benefit of extra long record times if needed.

We will keep our eyes and ears peeled for more information and image samples of these cameras. ♦

For more information of the fps camera lines and for ordering you can visit :  http://theslowmotioncameracompany.com