Slow Mo: Bubbles Popping Captured with a 18,000FPS Camera and a Macro Lens

What do popping soap bubbles look like up close and slowed down? That’s what Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys recently decided to find out. They used a pricey and powerful high-speed camera: the Phantom v1610, which costs upwards of $100,000 and can shoot up to 1,000,000 frames per second.

They didn’t up the FPS that high, though (the resulting videos would take an eternity to watch). Instead, they chose to record at a much-more-reasonable 18,000fps (at 720p), and used a macro lens in order to capture the beautiful details of the bubbles as they disintegrate. This is the slowest footage the Slow Mo Guys have ever captured, and the results are quite beautiful.

(via Gizmodo)

  • Mansgame

    Macro and high speed…doesn’t get any better than this.

  • etothej

    I really love the SlowMoGuys!

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    one million frames a second would be impressive if they didn’t have to shoot at 128 x 16 resolution…..

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Dear Santa…

  • Lmsh

    terrible lighting

  • Max

    Nice but poorly lit. Acting fools like the idiots from Top Gear does nothing to endear you to your audience.

  • Arian Rassoul

    so the one purpose of 18k fps has been found, great :)

  • Ralph Hightower

    Mr. Wizard!

  • Koos

    What are you talking about? The video is in 720p? Where do you get 128 x 16 from?

  • Adam Cross

    the video shown is not at one million frames per second. This 720p footage is shot at 18,000 fps (if you read the title and the article you would see this). To shoot at higher speeds the camera must use smaller resolutions, you only have to follow the links in the article to find that out.