The Industry's Most Flexible Digital Cinema Camera
- 4K at up to 1000 fps
- Low-noise, excellent dynamic range
- Records ultra high-speed and
standard frame rates
- Will support both RAW and
compressed* recording formats
The Phantom Flex4K is a full-featured digital cinema camera, capable of speeds
that range from standard frame rates to over 1,000 frames-per-second (fps) at
4K and up to 2,000 fps at 2K pixel resolution. Building upon the award winning
technology of Phantom digital cinema products, the Flex4K combines features
found in the latest cinema cameras with those found only in specialty cameras.
With the planned option to record either uncompressed raw or with industrystandard
compression, the workflow will be just as flexible as the camera’s frame
rate. The latest in non-volatile storage technology is used to move data quickly,
while a complete on-camera control menu eliminates the need for a computer
Cinematic Design, 35mm Depth of Field,
Exceptional Image Quality
Designed with the cinematographer in mind,
the form factor of the Phantom Flex4K adapts
to a variety of shooting environments. From
the studio to extreme conditions, the Flex4K
is built to perform.
At 4K resolution the Flex4K offers super
35mm depth of field. The custom 9.4
megapixel sensor captures intricate detail with impressive dynamic range and low
noise. This means excellent image quality and low-light performance. Intelligent
temperature control and an all-new, streamlined design provides quick-to-shoot
capability with an ultra stable image.
Sensitivity & Exposure Index
The low noise performance of the Flex4K sensor allows for the effective
ISO to be dialed in with the camera’s Exposure Index function, without
significant loss of image quality
Base ISO: 250T (measured with ISO 12332 Sat method)
Exposure index (EI) range: from 250 – 2000
Recommended EI = 400 – 640
Convenient and Intuitive Camera Controls
Controlling the Phantom Flex4K is easier than ever with a full-featured on-camera
control interface for both basic and advanced camera operation. Set up universal
capture and recording parameters before the shoot, while retaining access to the
more commonly adjusted parameters like frame rate and exposure settings at the
push of a button.
Capture, trigger, playback and save controls can be found on both sides of
the camera in order to provide a seamless workflow for different shooting
Remote control is also possible with a handheld Phantom RCU.
PC & Mac Based Workflow Solutions
Each Phantom Flex4K will ship standard with both Mac and Windows-based
download solutions. For the first time, Vision Research will provide one license of
the popular Glue Tools Cine Toolkit, and Séance download software for the Mac.
This provides the ability to download Cine raw files directly in Mac OSX, and direct
compatibility with most Quicktime-based edit and color grading software.
The camera will also ship with our updated (PC-only) Phantom PCC controller
software, for downloading, file conversion and full camera control. Phantom PCC
software will now include both h.264 and Apple ProRes encoding for Phantom
Cine raw files.
Expanded Recording Options Cover All the Bases
The Phantom Flex4K is available with up to 64 Gigabytes of internal RAM. Select
“Loop mode” for the fastest high-speed workflow. Loop mode records into the
RAM buffer at the camera’s top speeds, then once the camera is triggered the files
can be quickly offloaded to an installed Phantom CineMag IV, available in sizes up
For longer record times use run/stop (R/S)
mode and record directly to the CineMag
IV at speeds over 100 4K frames-persecond
and record for several minutes.
This is an excellent option when ultra highspeed
is not required. In fact, at 24 fps
almost two hours of raw 4K footage can be recorded directly to a 2TB CineMag IV.
Phantom cameras have always generated Cine raw files, and the Flex4K is no
exception. These files are uncompressed and maintain the maximum information
for post processing. They are compatible with many of the industry’s top color
grading software packages, or they can be converted to a variety of formats using
software provided with the camera.
Vision Research has plans to introduce in-camera compression as an alternative
for the Phantom Flex4K. When available, the user can choose to record either raw
or industry-standard compressed files directly to the CineMag IV. This increases
record time, decreases file size, and simplifies the process straight out of the camera.
A third workflow option is recording the HD-SDI video playback with a videobased
field recorder. These devices are easy to find, easy to use, and take
advantage of the camera’s in-camera video scaling for high-quality 4:4:4 1080p
or 4:2:2 4K video via two 3G HD-SDI outputs.
Image Monitoring & Video Outputs
Advanced video monitoring employs various configurations for the camera’s
4x total 3G HD-SDI outputs, and 1x return. Each output is customizable for
monitoring with adjustable frame guides, and/or a clean output for use with field
recorders. The outputs can also be switched from displaying Rec709 equivalent
and pre-set Log curves.
All HD-SDI outputs support video scaling for a sharp 4:4:4 1080p output of the
camera’s full sensor. Two of the 3G HD-SDI outputs can also be combined for
a 4:2:2 ultra-HD signal, which will allow the full resolution to be viewed on 4K
The viewfinder and monitor
feeds can be set to always
show a live feed, so the
DP can follow the action
and frame up the next shot
while the last shot is still
being saved or played from
the other outputs. Zoom
(focus assist) and threshold
(exposure assist) functions
are all included as well.