A new Kickstarter project is aiming to put a cheap and small high-speed camera in your bag. It is called Edgertronic and it is available for pre-order now.
High-speed cameras are very “cool”. They can make dull videos look amazing and a lot of videographers would like to experiment with such a device at some point in their lengthy careers. However, most shooters of this kind are very expensive and rather big, therefore they are not accessible to most people.
Edgertronic unveiled as a high-speed video recording camera project on Kickstarter
Mike Matter has compiled a team who is looking to solve these two problems. After years of hard work and testing, the hardware architect and his colleagues have managed to create the perfect solution.
It is called Edgertronic and it is available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The crowd-funding platform has allowed a lot of people to make their dreams come true and now Mike has this chance, too.
The project consists of a high-speed camera, which is capable of shooting high-speed videos at a maximum rate of 17,791 frames per second.
Donate a little under $5,000 and secure an Edgertronic camera with a full list of accessories
The Kickstarter page says that the project’s creator also has the intention of “disrupting the high-speed camera market”. Matter is claiming that photographers who would enjoy shooting such videos cannot do so due to the prohibitive nature of the devices.
Thankfully, Edgertronic costs less than $5,000 for the people who will pre-order it first. Pledging $4,895 to the cause will get you a camera and all accessories, as well as the shipping costs within the United States.
If you do not like color videos, then you can also grab the “Monochrome” version for a price of $5,295.
Edgertronic captures H.264 videos through the glass of a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens
Marketing words alone are not enough to convince buyers, so Mike Matter has also provided Edgertronic’s specs. The camera features an image sensor capable of shooting 1280 x 1024 videos at 494fps.
As the resolution decreases, the frame rate will gradually increase up to an astonishing 17,791fps value. At this rate, the resolution is kept down to 192 x 96 pixels. A more decent 640 x 480 resolution provides a frame rate of 1,849 fps.
The movies are stored on an SD card in H.264 format. The device is also packing a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, audio input, a fan to cool down the internals, and Nikon F-mount lens support.
A Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens will be supplied in the package, but users can mount other Nikkor lenses as well.
Creators will ship Edgertronic this December, if all goes well
Edgertronic measures 111 x 108 x 79mm and weighs 862 grams without the lens. The shutter can be controlled via a wired trigger. All of these can be yours starting December 2013.
In order for this to happen, the project needs to raise $97,900. At the time of writing this article, more than $63,000 have been collected. There are 12 days to go, so you might as well go ahead and donate in order to turn Edgertronic into a reality.