Phantom’s Newest Flagship Camera Offers Up Super-Slo-Mo at Super Steep Price


Phantom, the company behind some insane high-speed cameras has announced their new flagship camera, the Phantom v2511. Bumping up the specs across the board from their current flagship device, this beast manages to pack in up to 25,600 frames per second at 1280 x 800 resolution (just over 720p).

Despite it’s (roughly) full-frame sensor, at 25,600fps, the biggest challenge with the v2511 is getting enough light. To help compensate is the v2511’s ability to shoot up to ISO 32,000; which may seem like a lot, until you realize that in broad daylight, ISO 6,400 is the norm.

The Phantom v2511 comes with a Nikon F-mount out of the box, but with the help of some alternative options, you can also toss a Canon EF-mount or C-mount onto this 17-pound beast. Built into the v2511 is the ability to set the camera to a specific mode for microscopy, which automatically silences the camera’s fans to reduce shake and blur.

To give you an idea of how fast 25,600 frames per second is, each second of video captured at this framerate will translate into 7 minutes at 60fps, 14 minutes at 30fps and just shy of 18 minutes at the standard 24fps when playing back the video.

Set to be released this August, you could probably have guessed that this baby isn’t going to come cheap. And you’re right. Configurations for the v2511 start at $150,000. If the price-point doesn’t deter you, then start saving and share some results with us come this August.

(via Wired)

  • louisleblanc

    Had the chance of working with a v1210 for year. Incredible machine and it’s quite incredible to see the level of commitment that company puts in – mainly designing and building their own sensors. The low light performance is just insane, even with several dB of gain past the already very high base iso the raw files are still clean (had a B/W model).

    Side note, for most cinematic purposes, very few things need to be shot at 25 600 fps.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Thanks for the input, sir! Always good to hear about such products from a first-hand perspective :)

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  • Stephen S.

    I always think it’s a little odd how we talk about these (basically) industrial tools alongside commercial ones like the Canon 1DX or consumer ones like the 7D.

  • Jim

    This is because “consumer products” and “professional products” are merely labels nowadays. They don’t really hold any meaning anymore. Yes the prices of those two sections may differ a lot but my point is that people with good ideas and knowledge of how to make these come true will always produce stunning content, no matter what gear they use.

  • Chris PC

    am I mistaken in assuming the lens mount is the weakness in this design? I wonder why they don’t go and collaborate with the tinkerhappy fanatics at panavision. (seriously — if you ever need anything frankensteined go and talk to them in los angeles. they are always excited to build/slaughter/modify something for you to make your vision a reality and that with unbelievable dedication.) imagine this with a fat panavision lens on top. ISO 6400? no more.

  • StronglyNeutral

    I was wondering why they designed the camera for, of all things Nikon (given it has one of the longer flange-to-sensor distances)? Rather, why not go with a mount closer to the camera, enabling more adapter options? Is there a mirrorbox or other mechanisms in place to automatically control Nikon lenses here? Not trying to dissent since given this camera’s capabilities (and price) these guys know what they’re doing. Just genuinely curious. I guess if you’re paying $150k for the camera, you aren’t worried that your old Rokkor glass cannot be adapted…

  • genotypewriter

    F mount is pretty standard, believe it or not. It’s only with Canon’s introduction of all manual CN-E lenses they came in to the show.