Rebranding and New Product Launch
There are going to be some significant changes to the fps1000 family.
I'm spinning off the camera business into a new entity. Most of you are probably unaware of my company, Imagetec, at the moment, as I've concentrated on the fps1000 brand. Existing backers and pre-orderer customers will still be dealing with Imagetec as that was the entity under which I launched the original Kickstarter campaign. However, this company was originally my consulting company and I wanted to separate out the camera operation into a separate entity.
I wanted the new company name to reflect its purpose and I finally came up with the name The Slow Motion Camera Company Limited. Comments are welcome though I have to warn you that it's too late to change!
Rationalised Product Range
After much consideration I have sadly had to drop the Silver and Gold models. After all the improvements I have made since the original launch - the improved case, the larger screen and internal batteries - there is no profit left in these models. The Silver is being sold at cost. I will honour all existing orders but they can no longer be ordered from the pre-order site. Only the Platinum will be available to order. I have changed its name to simply the fps1000.
New Product Launch
So much has changed with the new Double Platinum that I thought it worthy of a new launch. I have changed its name to the fps1000HD and it is available in 2 versions, 64GByte and 128GByte memory variants with a slight reduction in performance for the smaller model. The Kickstarter for this model has just gone live so please visit the site and check it out. I have also removed this from the pre-order site. Because of the drop in value of GBP I have had to increase the price of the 128G model - though anyone outside of the UK has been getting it at a bargain price! Again, I will honour existing orders (which are configured with 128GBytes) at the pre-order price. If any of you were about to place an order then there are early bird prices close to the original pre-order price on the new Kickstarter.
There have been some significant changes with the 4K version which will explain much of the delay. A few months ago I decided to switch to a different sensor. This was because I have been frankly disappointed with the performance of the original one I chose. The manufacturer decided to drastically reduce the performance of the chip at 1080p making it really difficult for me to achieve my target performance of 1,000fps at this resolution. Fortunately a new sensor came to the rescue. It is leagues ahead in performance and sensitivity. I am on my third iteration of this new sensor board - it has been a steep learning curve as the philosophy behind the new sensor is quite different from the original one. So while I know there hasn't been much news I have been very busy getting it to fruition. In the meantime I have put the new experience learned from the fps100HD into it such as power saving and cooling. I'm really excited about this product. It is all basically working. I will update soon in more detail on this.
Although production has been ongoing for sometime now and many of you have cameras, the rate of production is slower than I'd like. I am putting as much resource into this as I can. Current backers that are still waiting to receive cameras may ask why I am launching a new campaign at this time. I am looking at the fps1000 and The Slow Motion Camera Company as a long term concern and providing a new income stream for the company will help the production of existing cameras, which share many of the same components, as well as generate awareness of the new products which will provide a future for the company. The original investment from the first kickstarter campaign has been used to buy the initial components for the cameras - mainly memories and sensors. However, the development of the final product and the numerous iterations of the boards to get them to production status has also required a lot of investment. I am still building cameras in relatively low volumes as this is all I can do with the limited resources of the company. I will satisfy all outstanding orders but it will take time.
In the event of a successful campaign for the fps1000HD I hope to be able to increase batch sizes which should enable me to satisfy all outstanding backer orders within the next 8 weeks. I know this has been a long wait for many of you and I appreciate your support. I want you to know that I am committed to satisfying all existing orders and to invest in the fps1000 family for the long term.
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