Ever want to tape a water balloon exploding on a cactus in extreme slow motion? Now you can. Sanstreak’s surprisingly affordable high-speed Edgertronic camera can capture the kick back of a rifle, the flight of a speeding bullet, or the smash of a hammer pulverizing a light bulb. And it’s cheap enough to be a prosumer product.
Today’s high-speed cameras typically cost around US $30,000 to $150,000 or rent for up to $5,000 a day. But by eliminating some of the frills—a display screen, controls on the camera, and an internal battery—Sanstreak cut the cost of its camera down to $5,500. The current design, a square blue metal case little bit bigger than a Rubik’s Cube, uses standard interchangeable lenses and an off-the-shelf high- speed CMOS sensor. It can shoot 1280 by 1024 pixels at about 500 frames per second or up to 18,000 frames per second at reduced resolutions.
The potential drawback is that you have to run everything through a computer, but pre-ordering customers don’t seem to mind. And the footage speaks for itself.
Footage courtesy of Sanstreak Corp.