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This high frame rate camera takes from 840 to over 10,000 frames per second to produce amazing slow motion video at a very low cost.
This high frame rate camera takes from 840 to over 10,000 frames per second to produce amazing slow motion video at a very low cost.
This high frame rate camera takes from 840 to over 10,000 frames per second to produce amazing slow motion video at a very low cost.
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Rebranding and New Product Launch

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Rebranding

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.

Fps1000 4K 

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.

Current Backers 

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.

If you have any questions then please email me at grahamr@fps1000.com rather than post comments or messages.

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    1. Nick on October 19, 2016

      Glad to see you are building your buisness bigger and better. I look forward to hearing more about the progress of the HEX. Thanks again!

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      Martin W on September 12, 2016

      Awesome, thanks Graham :)

    3. Graham Rowan 2-time creator on September 10, 2016

      Thanks for the messages of support.

      The Hex is still very much on the way - it will probably be renamed the HDX in line with the rebranding. It is definitely the most sensitive of the range with very large pixel size designed for higher frame rates.

      I will post an update own this soon.

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      Martin W on September 9, 2016

      Thanks for the update. I think it makes sense to drop some models. When i backed this campaign i went directly for the platinum model as it was the most interesting version. The plan to offer the HEX Platinum and the 4K was a big step ahead and i like both very much. Thinking of my recording conditions (indoor) I'm now 90% sure that I will upgrade to the HEX model due to higher framerate and light sensitivity. As it seems to be closer to the original design than the new 4K sensor, can you give me an estimation when to expect the HEX?

      I wish you great success with your business

    5. Edwin Lee on September 7, 2016

      Thanks for the update, Graham.
      I'm slightly miffed at the delay, worrying current consumer technology will catch up, but trust you to try and stay ahead.

    6. Jim Kirk
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      on September 6, 2016

      Thanks for the update. I'm currently waiting (eagerly, but patiently) for a Hex Platinum. It's been a long, varied road, but for a complex, cutting edge product it's understandable, if a bit frustrating. Good luck with your new venture, the sample videos look great! I look forward to being an early user, and hope that the FPS1000 like grows and has great success.

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      James Benet on September 6, 2016

      Very direct and well explained, glad to see the long term commitment and honoring of all orders from the first campaign and the ones after. The new campaign will bring a lot more awareness to the product and having a finalized fps1000HD makes it easy for backers to know what they will get without modifications. Best of luck on the campaign.

    8. Graham Rowan 2-time creator on September 6, 2016

      Thank you for your kind words Oliver. Your support is very much appreciated.

    9. Oliver Bogler on September 6, 2016

      Dear Graham - thanks for sharing this information with us. I applaud you for that, and for the vision and plan you have developed. KS is all about the launch of something new, with engineering and business being key elements as well as the ability to adjust course as development occurs. I hope that the next KS campaign is a success and that your new company prospers.