4K RAW at 1000fps: Astounding Test Video Shot with the Phantom Flex4K

Typically, slow motion video translates into lower resolution — when you’re pulling hundreds upon hundreds of frames per second, the size of each of those files is a big limiting factor. Enter the Phantom Flex4K, a camera that debuted last year and can shoot RAW 4K video at a blazing-fast 1000 frames per second for 5 second bursts.

And speaking of ‘blazing,’ the video above was the first test footage released that showed what this amazing camera could do.


Called “Let me know when you see Fire,” the video was shot by director Brendan Bellomo and cinematographer Greg Wilson for the camera’s creators, Vision Research and Abel CineTech, using an alpha prototype of the Flex4K that was just a week old when the filmmaking duo got their hands on it.

And yet, even at these early stages, it spit out some incredible footage.


Not that this kind of performance is within reach of us mere mortals. When the camera was first introduced, it was given a price tag in the six figures. Specifically, it’ll cost you upwards of $110K to get your hands on one of these for yourself.

But even if we can’t afford to buy a camera that costs as much as a Nissan GTR (plus 10K), we can still appreciate this expertly shot footage and marvel at the capabilities of the technology behind it.

(via DIY Photography)

  • Mike Jackson

    Holy pixels Batman!

  • MagnusRolls

    Great–if only I had a connection that would allow me to actually enjoy the resolution :(

  • Steven

    I does suck up some bandwidth

  • acupofjoe


  • Will Mederski

    well, i have to give them props for exposing this fancy new toy to both water and flame.
    [pun intended]

  • Kristian H. Nielsen

    It must be the post-production workflow from hell dealing with this camera.

  • Who Is Matt?

    Thought I saw this before, then I saw that the video is a year old. Slow news monday?

  • CordobesBasico

    They work with a pentium 4 and 256mb ram PC

  • Mike

    But is it 4K?

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    Just can’t get off that Windows XP. Hahaha.

  • keriboi

    Slo mo is going to become to new timelapse. BORING

  • Korios

    The “angel” at 10:00 has filthy teeth, I would not kiss her. Which camera did you use for the 2,000 fps, a Phantom?

  • Evangelo

    It depends on what you are looking for , in an angel my friend ….
    If you are looking for teeth , then be my guest … :)
    Most people search for inner stuff ….
    (but then again ,you cannot oversee the outter factor as well)
    Although , i am not sure where you see filth on her teeth which are brighter than the milk you used in the bathtub.
    I advise you to recalibrate your monitor and clean the dusty particles from your screen …. :)

    The camera we used to film this stuff was the WEISSCAM HS-2

  • Diko Jelev

    Why do you post it now? It is old. At least 6 month old if not longer….

  • John Fak

    News necromancy. It is old stuff, indeed.

  • lexplex

    Beautiful – but would like to see some extracted frames from the 4K footage to look at how much compression is occurring in-camera.