At a list of $4795, the new Pansonic AG-AC160 AVCCAM HD handheld camcorder features variable frame rate recording in 1080p, Linear PCM audio, and a HD-SDI output. Other features include a high-sensitivity 1/3″, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imager as well as 22X HD zoom lens (the longest in its class), to offer a wide field of view and operability much like an interchangeable lens. The camera records utilizing MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at bitrates from 24Mbps to 6 Mbps and can shoot at different frequencies to accommodate its use anywhere in the world. The AC160′s Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function provides overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for fast-motion effects.
The Hitachi KP-HD20A features a high sensativity 1/3 in 2.1Mpixel HDTV color sensor in an ultra-compact package (4.6 ounces and 1.7″ x 1.7″x 3.1″). It is full 1080p with dynamic contrast compensation and is controllable by standard RS232.
At $299 list, the Glidecam XR-1000 is flexible enough to handle different types of small cameras weighing up to 3 pounds. Their offset, foam cushioned, Handle Grip is attached to a free floating, three axis Gimbal. This allows your hand to move up and down, and side-to-side, thereby isolating your hand’s unwanted motions from the camera. This up and down movement alleviates bouncing and pogo-type action.
The TVUPack Mini uses multiple 3G/4G/Wifi connections to transmit HD video taking the place of more expensive 2.4GHz Wireless units. It has 8 USB data card slots and can even become it’s own hotspot. The transmitters sell for around $6500and feature a small confidence monitor and the receiver is around $10k. You can remotely monitor the cameras and the combined signal strength of the transmitters.
Streambox is expanding their line of hardware and software solutions to allow contributors out in remote locations to send live or recorded video back to a centralized studio over multiple networks such as 3G/4G mobile, wifi, wired, etc – separately or combined. They feature software for the PC to allow any video equipment attached to connect back to the studio encoder. The Avenir is a backpack encoder that can take video and transcode and send it over the same networks mentioned above. They now have software for the iPhone and iPad as well that allow them to function as remote broadcasting tools. All of these tie into an encoder in the studio that sells for around $8000 and software encoding licenses are around $3500.
I was searching and found several high speed/slow motion cameras based on some inquiries from Duke Athletics. Prices and speed varied widely and there could be applications for evaluation of sports performance or for use in research. Many of these cameras can be rented by the day or week for specific projects from local or nearby camera rental shops.
The new SONY NEX-FS700U camera was remarkable both from it’s image quality and flexibility but also that at just under $10k it could do up to 960 FPS. It also made a great standard HD camera when slow motion was not needed.
The Phantom Miro M310 from Vision Research has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 at 3,260 fps and starts around $50,000. It’s small and lightweight and features removable storage for easier file transfers.
The Pico camera from LMC LiveMotion Concept features a 2k sensor in a very small package that can capture up to 5,450 fps at 720 or 2560 fts at 1080. This camera is unique in that it features highspeed instant replay via a RAM buffer – up to 30 seconds at 330 fps. This camera is generally obtained through rental.
The HotShot CC family of cameras from NAC Image Technology are compact and come in models that range in speed from 1000 fps @ 800 x 600 to 800 fps at resolutions up to 2304 x 1720 with a 4 megapixel sensor. Prices range from $9,500 5o $35,000 depending on the frame rate and memory required. Weekly rentals range from $1,00 to $2, 695.
The HHC Series of cameras from the Mega Speed Corporation can shoot up to 5000 fps at 512 x 512 and feature a Gigabit Ethernet interface, built-in LED lights, HDMI video out as well as support for up to two SDHC cards. They start at around $20,000 and can be rented for around $1500/week.
The Olympus i-SPEED 3 provides high resolution, extreme low light sensitivity and up to 150,000 fps recoding. Other features include i-FOCUS, an electronic function which confirms the focal depth of lens and exact point of focus, a video trigger to start recording from changes within a live image and the ability to phase lock multiple cameras.