If you've never seen video from a Vision Research camera, you're in for a treat with their test video shot with the Phantom Flex4K. Now if you're casualing shopping for a camera, maybe you want to pick one up on the side, you'll be stuck window shopping. Don't worry this is us too, the Phantom Flex4K is clearly meant for film studios and three-letter broadcast companies. So let's focus on what it brings to the industry of video – amazing slow-motion video, 4k resolution (that's 4096×2160) at 1,000 frames per second. With low-noise and high dynamic range, getting a clear image is even easier despite dark environments and shots with areas of brightness and shadow still revealing detail. The image sensor is 35mm and lens compatibility for PL, Canon EF, and Nikon F/G mounts – no wonder good visuals are possible. The Phantom Flex4K does use a RAW workflow with CineMag IVs, and if shooting lower resolutions like 1920×1080 and 1280×720 then frame rates of 2,000 and 3,000 (respectively) are possible. Our closest comparisions will come from Sony's NEX-FS700 which can shoot 1920×1080 at 240fps.
The cost for the body of a Phantom Flex4K is between $100,000 and $115,000 depending on the memory configuration, and full kit solutions are about $150,000. We'll consider ourselves fortunate if we can use the $2,500 pre-order money for an entire camera. Either way, we can't help but enjoy the imagery that comes with the Phantom Flex4K.