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best video camera for super slow motion

by jwlud / June 8, 2012 2:01 AM PDT

what is the best inexpensive video camera that will capture a golf swing for anaylsis...best fps to get good quality.

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Speed vs. Quality vs. Size vs. Cost
by PistonCupChampion / June 8, 2012 3:25 AM PDT

What is your budget? How slow is super slow? What do you consider good quality?

Most consumer cameras that can shoot high speed video reduce the image size drastically, because it wouldn't be able to process the incoming images fast enough at regular sizes. The slower you want the slow motion to be, the smaller the image size becomes.

If you demand high image quality, the best way to get it would be with a camera that shoot full HD @ 60fps, and use software to create the slow motion you need.

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best video camera for slow motion golf swing
by jwlud / June 8, 2012 7:44 AM PDT

I would like to keep it around $300 and the speed needs to be slow enough to review several parts of the swing...I would guess about 240fps or maybe the next fastest speed would be sufficient...quality needs to be good enough to see position of club face through impact through the ball. Is camera and software the creeper and easier way to go for someone with limited video and computer skills?

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Let's be honest.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2012 7:47 AM PDT

There are a zillion golf swing analyzers on the web. You seem to be ignoring what's on the market today?

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best video camera for slow motion gplf swing
by jwlud / June 8, 2012 12:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Let's be honest.

I don't understand how a golf swing anayizer on the web would help with what I am looking for? Can you explain what is available on the web?

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Example search? Sure.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2012 12:30 PM PDT
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best video camera for slow motion golf swing
by jwlud / June 9, 2012 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Example search? Sure.

I did not explain my problem well...I want to buy a camera to video my golf swing in slow motion...I am not looking for a professional to analize my swing...I want to do a self evaluation...make some adjustments to my swing and then view the results...the speed only needs to be slow enough and clear enough quality that I can see the club face postion throughout the swing.

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High Speed Video
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 9, 2012 2:56 AM PDT

The only digital camera maker that has taken much interest in high speed video is Casio.

Take a look at Casio FX-ZR100, ZR200 and ZR300.

Here is a review of the ZR100:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/camera-reviews/casio/ex-zr100/casio-exilim-ex-zr100-review.html

I have read some customer reviews and most customers are disappointed in the quality of the high speed video.
They seem to expect something better than the camera can produce.

Good high speed video is usually found on industrial cameras that cost in the thousands of dollars.

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best video camera for slow motion video
by jwlud / June 9, 2012 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: High Speed Video

I am looking for a video camera!

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Doubtful.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 9, 2012 9:01 AM PDT

Any video camera with more than what was offered should run a few thousand more.

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Camcorder
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / June 9, 2012 1:57 PM PDT
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good question
by Nurburgringer / September 26, 2012 12:01 AM PDT

I was looking for the same thing about 6 months ago, and couldn't find anything under $1000 that did >100fps at HD (i.e. 720p+) resolution. It's either not yet technically feasible in this price range, or consumers just aren't that interested in it.

I ended up buying a Panasonic Lumix ZS20 that does 220fps at 320x240, which sounds and is quite low, but I think the results are pretty good:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fSWcaqRvB0

Overall I'm very happy with this camera, takes very good stills and excellent video (although the autofocusing "hunts" on fast moving objects), and I find myself using the HDR and slo-motion functions quite a bit.

Hopefully in the next few years there will be 220++ fps @720p options in the <$500 market.

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Panasonic FZ200
by PistonCupChampion / October 3, 2012 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: good question

The new FZ200 can do 720HD @ 120fps.

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