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.