Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun With a High Speed Video (and Still) Camera

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We got a Casio EX-F1 camera this week at work. Its a fairly unexciting camera image quality and handling wise, but it does have a couple of neat features including the ability to capture:
  • 60 frame burst at 60 FPS at full resolution (6mp)
  • 300 frames/second movie mode at 512x386 resolution
  • 1200 frames/second movie mode at (a rather abysmal) 336x96 resolution
Though the camera is fairly rough around the edges (not to mention slow to operate) I believe its movie options are not only interesting to explore but its a harbinger of things to come. The Casio EX-F1 is most probably the first in wave of cameras that meld the digital and still world and in the process offer interesting possibilities to those willing to experiment.

I was really excited to play with its 1200 fps capture feature since it essentially gives you a high speed camera in a consumer body (and for a consumer price). Sadly its not the extremely low resolution that makes it difficult to work with but the extremely wide (i.e. awkward) aspect ratio. In the end I stuck with the 300 fps capture since the frame size was something more familiar.

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In addition to droplets of food coloring in water, I also shot the popping of balloons (which still happens too fast for 1200 fps to capture) and the reaction of baking soda to vinegar (which wasn't terribly exciting).

I have a few more ideas I want to explore with the camera but it'll have to wait until I get back from my quick trip this week.

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