High-speed video cameras are not cheap. They often cost more than $25,000. That’s what makes the Edgertronic, which is capable of shooting almost 18,000 frames per second, so intriguing – it only costs $5,495. For video enthusiasts looking save some serious cash, the Edgertronic camera may be the perfect option.

To cut costs, the Edgertronic has been striped down to the essentials: image sensor, chip set, memory and processor. Here are the details on the camera:

  • Proprietary Global Shutter technology allows crisp exposures without rolling shutter jello effect
  • Exposures down to 1/200,000 seconds
  • Resolution settable from 192×96 to 1280×1024
  • ISO 100-1600 sensitivity (color), ISO 400-6400 (monochrome)
  • Frame rates up to 17,791 fps (resolution dependent)
  • Stores captured videos in H.264 format on a removable SD card
  • Web-browser based control panel
  • Compact 111x108x79 mm form factor (roughly the size of a D-SLR)
  • Field upgradeable software/firmware

The camera comes with an Ethernet cable, AC power adapter, Nikon 50mm F1.8 D Lens, airline grade fitted case, 12V car adapter and a wired remote trigger.

Here’s a look at a video shot by the Edgertronic:

Female Anna’s Hummingbird – 500 Frames/sec from edgertronic on Vimeo.