Ikegami, NAC Eye New Super-Slo-Mo Camera

Ikegami is dipping its toe into 3D by mounting its existing cameras on third-party rigs, but it is diving right into the super-slow-motion market with a joint effort with NAC Image Technology that will combine the best of both companies’ technologies.

According to Alan Keil, VP/director of engineering for Ikegami, the new camera will be able to shoot upwards of 1,000 frames per second with the help of three ⅔-in. CMOS sensors. And, by using the new Ikegami 3-Gbps transmission path, 1.5 Gbps can be used for live acquisition, and the remaining 1.5 Gbps transports replay material from the 96-GB RAM hard drive.

The camera will bring together the NAC sensor and hard drive with Ikegami’s camera-control unit.

“That will make it easier for video operators to match the camera to our other cameras and those from other manufacturers because they have similar controls,” says Keil. “They can also be networked and assigned to other operators [like existing cameras].”

The camera will not be available commercially until early 2012.