Buying Slow Motion Cameras On Different Budgets

23 Mar 2020

4 Min Read

Slow-motion scenes are an inseparable part of our videos. The ways and purposes we use this technique are varied just like the cameras that are good at producing it. So today we want to look through a list of cameras that can give you nice and smooth slow-mos to better your videos. We’ll start up the list by the cheapest then go to the most expensive one. So let’s jump in!

GoPro HERO 8

One of the cameras of the famous action camera producer that is good at capturing action in slow-motion. But it doesn’t mean you can’t capture other types of slow-mo with this camera. You can use it to capture a nice raindrop slow-motion in 4k and use it in your video but it’s best to use it for capturing actions as it’s produced for it.

 

 

Specs:

  • Sensor 1-Chip CMOS
  • Sensor Resolution 12 MP
  • Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (78 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC)
  • 1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60/100/120/200/240 fps (MP4)
  • 1280 x 720p at 50/60/200/240 fps (MP4)
  • Still Image Resolution JPEG: 12 Megapixel, 4000 x 3000
  • Image Stabilization Digital
  • Waterproof Depth Rating 33.0′ / 10.0 m (Camera)

     Price: $349.00

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GoPro HERO 8

Sony RX100 VII

One of Sony’s low price compact pocket cameras that is capable of recording slow-motion and helps you out with some other stuff like animal photography with its capability for zooming to do telephoto shootings. So you can get the benefit of its zooming to reach out to some far fetched objects and record it in slow-motion. 

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Sony RX100 VII

Specs:

  • Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
  • Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
  • Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000
  • Sensor Type CMOS
  • Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/119.88p [60 to 100 Mb/s]

Price: $1,198.00

Blackmagic Ursa mini pro g2

Going up on our price ladder, this Blackmagic camera costs more than twice the previous one, but it’s the camera that helps you do more cinematic stuff using it high resolution up to 4.6k and other features like built-in ND filter to help you get full control over light and 15 stops of dynamic range. So a camera like this is definitely awesome to get slow-motion footage with acceptable quality.

 

     Specs:  

  • Image Sensor Size 25.34 x 14.25 mm (Super35)
  • Advertised Dynamic Range 15 Stops
  • Raw 12-Bit:
  • 4608 x 2592 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120 fps 
  • 3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/120/150 fps 
  • 1920 x 1080 at 23.98/24/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/300 fps 

     Price:$5,995.00 

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Black Magic Ursa Mini pro g2

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S

The other camera on the list is this mirrorless micro four thirds digital camera made by Panasonic. It can record DCI 4K60p and Full HD 1080/240p which makes it a good option for projects with slow-motion scenes. Another noticeable point about this camera is its well low-light performance which makes other usages possible for you as well.

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Panasonic Lumix-DC GH5S

Specs:  

  • Camera Format: Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
  • Maximum Resolution 3680 x 2760
  • Image File Format JPEG, Raw
  • Image Stabilization: None
  • MOV/MP4 4:2:2 10-Bit
  • DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/24.00p [150 to 400 Mb/s]
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 240fps [100 to 200 Mb/s]

Price: $1,997.99

Sony a6600

Another Sony option with the same price level with higher dynamic range and an interchangeable lens that is also a good option to do slow-motion. The resolution of the A6600 is higher than the RX100VII so in terms of representing the details of the slow-motion captured footage will work out better for you.

 

 

Specs:

  • Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
  • Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
  • Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000
  • Sensor Type CMOS
  • Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/119.88p [60 to 100 Mb/s]

     Price: $1,198.00

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Sony a6600

Sony FX9

Sony’s recently released camera is capable of doing many tasks including slow-motion shots. A full-frame camera that gives you 120fps Full HD and an upcoming firmware update that makes 180fps Full HD available. It’s capable of recording 16-bit raw 4K/2K footage up to 120 fps to an external recorder. It also has an internal ND filter and 15 stops of dynamic range and it’s consistent with the Sony pedigree. It is a full cinematic camera to upgrade your work and also give you amazing slow-mo footage for a much higher price of course. You can learn more about it on this blog if you decide to use it.

Specs:

  • Image Sensor Size 35.7 x 18.8 mm (Full-Frame)
  • XAVC-I 4:2:2 10-Bit:
  • 3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (240 to 600 Mb/s) 
  • 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps (89 to 222 Mb/s) 
  • 1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (112 Mb/s) 

Price: $10,998.00

Sony-FX9
Sony FX9

RED Dragon-X

A high-priced camera with a high range of quality. It features an S35 sensor and is able to shoot at 6K uncropped up to 75 fps, the exact thing you need to get the high quality smooth slow-mo footage you want. 

 

Specs:  

  • Image Sensor Size 30.7 x 15.8 mm (Super35)
  • Raw Recording REDCODE RAW:
  • 6144 x 3160 at 75 fps 
  • 6144 x 2592 at 100 fps 
  • 5120 x 2700 at 96 fps 
  • 4096 x 2160 at 120 fps 
  • 3072 x 1620 at 150 fps 
  • 2048 x 1080 at 240 fps 

 Price: $19,950.00

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RED Dragon X

Phantom v2640

And finally the frame rate beast. This Phantom camera is able to capture HD footage which is not so interesting. BUT the wonderful part is that it records HD with 6,600 frames per second and even higher frame rate for lower resolution. Yes, this means it’s a slow-mo machine that breaks every normal action into hundreds of pieces. That’s why it’s the highest level of a camera in terms of creating slow-mo videos and that’s exactly why this is expensive because it’s not a normal consumer camera, it’s a pro.

Specs: 

  • Vision Research Custom Designed 4-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • 12-bit Depth
  •  2048 x 1952 – 6,600fps; 1920 x 1080 – 11,750fps; 1792 x 720 – 19,690fps; 640 x 480 – 28,760fps
  • Weight: 17 lbs, 8 oz. (8.1 Kg)

Price: $135,000

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Phantom v2640

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