Phantom VEO 610 Announced – an Entry-Level High-Speed Camera

As consumer cameras become more powerful, they are capable of shooting slow-motion HD video at up to 240 fps. Even smartphones now have that ability. But even though it’s technically slow motion, high-speed cameras are where the real speed is at.

Vision Research wants to make it easier for content creators to feel the need for speed by announcing a new entry-level high-speed video camera that can capture super slow-mo at an insane frame rate. And it’s called the Phantom VEO 610.

Image credit – Vision Research

The VEO 610 can capture super slo-mo 720p at 7420 frames per second. Up the resolution just a little, and the VEO 610 can even do 1280×960 at over 5610 fps. Go for the gusto, and the VEO610 can give a maximum of 218,970 fps in 320 x 12 (binned).

The camera utilizes a very small 1.2Mpx CMOS sensor to capture the images, but the name of the game here is speed, not resolution. It can also capture with a native 6.400 ISO sensitivity in color or 25.000 ISO in monochrome.

Image credit – Vision Research

The camera also writes to a 512MB max CFast 2 card but carries internal RAM storage of 18, 36, and 72GB. Supported codecs include Cine RAW, Cine Compressed, Apple ProRes, Uncompressed Quicktime, CinemaDNG, and several others.

Key features include:

  • CMOS sensor (23 mm x 17.3 mm)
  • Global electronic shutter
  • 12-bit depth
  • 5,610 fps at 1280 x 960 (6.75 Gpx/sec)
  • Max speed at reduced resolution: 218,970 fps
  • 18 GB, 36 GB, 72 GB high-speed internal RAM
  • On-board removable CFast 2.0 cards
  • SDI and HDMI video outputs
  • 12V battery input
  • On-camera controls
  • Record Times: 7 seconds at maximum frame rate, largest resolution, and into maximum internal memory
  • Lensing: Nikon F-mount standard, Canon EOS mount (optional), PL-mount (optional)
  • Supported File Formats: Cine RAW & Cine Compressed, AVI, 264 mp4, Apple ProRes, and more
  • Weight: 6 lbs (2.7 kg)

The VEO 610 is available in two different models with various other ports and connections. The VEO 610 L model also has one mini-SDI and one HDMI video output, a 12V battery input, and a GB Ethernet port, while the S model adds a timecode generator, trigger, strobe, F-sync, and Ready port.

Image credit – Vision Research

There are also extra SDI ports, on-camera controls, and a Fischer port. The camera also comes with the option of interchangeable lens mounts in Nikon, PL, C, or Canon EF configurations. Moreover, since it uses the same housing as the VEO 1310, users can also opt down the road to upgrade for even faster high-speed performance.

Although the VEO 610 is available now, Vision Research doesn’t publish the retail price on its website. They do say, however, that it’s available at a “budget-friendly entry-level price.” Whatever that means.

Check out for more details on how to get in on the ground floor of high-speed video photography.

[source: Vision Research]

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