Photographer Vincente Sahuc has posted an extended reel of slow motion footage from one of Casio’s fantastically cheap, slow motion capable cameras [site | on CDM].


New York 2008 from Vicente Sahuc on Vimeo.

The video was shot at 300FPS, using a Steadicam Merlin and… Rollerskates! Some lovely editing, a great soundtrack and a variety of locations and shot types kept me completely mesmerized.

Ed.: So, this raises the eternal question: what camera should a visualist buy? I’ve wound up grabbing some great footage with an ordinary point-and-shoot. The problem is, SLRs have many, many advantages for photography – and video choices are limited. (The HD-shooting Nikon D90 is an important exception, but it costs twice as much as this Casio.) The Casio is pricey for what amounts to a prosumer megazoom, at US$700 street, but that footage is quite nice. So now we have to see whether those cheaper upcoming Casio’s can do nearly as good — then your killer combo would be a cheap, smaller Casio and a low-end SLR for your stills. Well, plus a conventional HD camera, of course. Okay, economy, we need some help — we can’t do all the lifting ourselves. -PK

  • kongobot

    Vincente Sahuc is a damn fine cinematographer. He makes the camera look good. Casio should license the footage.

  • http://www.accentfeed.blogspot.com Miguex

    wow.. this looks fantastic.
    I can see a lot of color correction went into that sequence.

    it makes me want to go get that camera…
    What would you guys think is the best option (economic wise)?
    Peter? Jaymis?

  • http://www.vimeo.com/vjlab vj Lab

    love the footage. want this :)

  • Graham T

    This is interesting because one could say we are entering this stage of super High Quality expensive gear such as 'Blu-Ray' and 'HD' etc… so it seems natural to now turn around and start to use older, less expensive gear to get the authentic, lo-fi , gritty visual style back again.

  • Dudy

    The reality simply looks better when it's slow.

  • zach

    This is exactly the debate I'm having now. Should I buy the EX-F1 or the D90? I need a still camera anyway and I think the lenses should make video look actually better than my Canon hv30, even if the quality is technically a little worse. My work almost requires slow-mo, so I'm leaning towards the Casio, also because it's made so much cheaper by including the lens. However, I'd really like to be able to slap all those sick Nikon lenses on there, like macro and bellows lenses. I'm going to take a memory card down to B&H and try them out firsthand, but this video quality (albeit with quite a bit done in post) makes me optimistic about the Casio.

  • http://wileywiggins.com Wiley

    I have a EX-F1 and it's great, but it needs TONS of light. as a still camera it performs poorly at higher ISO's and as a slow motion video camera, it either wants full sunlight or a devoted light kit. Even shooting regular speed, regular room lights don't cut it.

    Not that this should be a surprise to anyone. Just make sure you are prepared to get some real lighting equipment if you buy it. The dinky LED that pops up on top of it doesn't cut it.

    The other thing I liked about the Casio is that is shoots video straight to h.264 in a .mov wrapper rather than whatever skanky .avi file most people have come to expect. In fact I think the EX-F1 is the only model of casio's to do this, and subsequent EX models are shooting x.264 in an .avi wrapper.

    Also, you can deinterlace the biggest size video that the camera will shoot- 1080i60 to a very nice looking 1080p30. That's my preferred shooting method. The 720p mode looks a little artifact-y for my tastes. Resizing down from 1080p fixes this most of the time.

  • http://wileywiggins.com Wiley

    oh, and I should mention that the 300fps footage isn't HD… you have to shoot at a weird slightly sub-SD framesize, but… who cares. A little color tweaking like the clip above, and people will barely notice.

  • zach

    Just tried out the exf1. I had to buy it actually, as the jerks at Casio glue the memory card slot shut on the demo models they send to stores. You're not kidding about it needing a lot of light. I'm pretty sure I'm returning it to get the d90, which with a fast lens looks damn near like you're shooting on 35mm film. The quality is that much better than the casio that I'm willing to sacrifice true slo-mo for the optical flow in Motion 3, which is actually quite realistic. Hopefully, Nikon or Canon will give me the best of both worlds in the future.

  • kyle

    how exactly is this effect accomplished? is this simply slow motion or a bullet time effect. i am particularly interested in knowing how to do these type shots using an SLR via photos or video. please point me in the right direction.

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis

    @Kyle – the effects is native to the camera, which shoots at 300FPS. Proper slow motion. (Oh yeah!)

    Here's some more information on CDM: http://createdigitalmotion.com/tag/slow-motion+ca

    And the site for this camera: http://exilim.casio.com/browse_cameras/high_speed

  • wonderBoy

    Hello I like the video.
    I have Casio Ex-F2 as well and Merlin
    However I never succeeded to get the cam stabilized on the steadicam!
    please what hole and setup did you use to get it steady and how much weight in middle and lower end of the Merlin did you use!?
    Thank you a lot.