Slow motion footage enables you to capture incredible detail in a scene but you need technology to slow the action. Specifically, though it sounds like a contradiction, slow motion recording requires you to have a high speed camera.
A high speed camera is capable of recording many frames per second so that more action is captured when you slow the video down.
High speed cameras usually record slow motion at 120fps, 180fps, or 240fps, with shutter speeds of less than 1/1000th of a second. The higher the frame rate, the more natural the slow motion will look.
Our list of top slow motion cameras are:
- Sony RX10 Mark IV
- Canon G7X Mark III
- Blackmagic Pocket 6K
- GoPro HERO 8
- Panasonic GH5s
- DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal
Read more below on the specifications for each camera and why we rate them as perfect for capturing slow motion footage whatever the occasion!
The Sony RX10 Mark IV is a solid bridge camera that’s designed for professionals. This camera comes with a range of features designed to create impressive slow motion videos, including Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, and TimeCode / User Bit.
Sony’s elite High-Density Tracking AF technology enables you to keep a focus on your subject as they move - essential for slo-mo shots.
The camera records 120fps at 1080p but it’s capable of recording from 240fps all the way up to 960fps for super slow motion, capturing clips that are 40x slower than the standard time.
Don’t miss a moment with the RX10’s three recording time options. A Start Trigger records motion even before you press the shutter button, the End Trigger continues filming afterwards, while the End Trigger Half allows additional recording either way.
The RX10 IV features a reliable built-in SteadyShot image stabilisation system that is brilliant in minimising camera shake with low shutter speeds.
The Canon G7X Mark III compact digital camera features on numerous best-of lists, thanks to its impressive array of specs that extend far beyond slow motion video recording.
The camera boasts a 20.9MP CMOS sensor with optical image stabilisation and a lens focal length of 24 to 100mm.
The camera’s decent autofocus system locks onto and tracks your subject with a single tap.
The compact camera is capable of extremely low shutter speeds and a maximum frame rate of 120fps in Full HD for high-quality slow motion videos. It can also record 4K video at 30fps without cropping.
Interestingly, you can also shoot movies with a vertical movie aspect - great for social media!
This powerful camera is the only camera on our list capable of shooting 4K ProRes at up to 120fps. You can also shoot 6K up to 50 fps.
The Blackmagic Pocket is most famous for its exceptional video quality, with sharp attention to detail, especially in RAW files.
You can choose from a range of different slow motion frame rates available in different professional-level Blackmagic Raw codecs, which capture a huge amount of information in your recording.
Couple this with the 13 stops of dynamic range and you have tonnes of freedom when colour grading or editing in post-production.
You’ll also love working with Blackmagic’s autofocus system, which locks onto your subject with a simple tap on the screen.
But it’s also worth mentioning the camera’s dual ISO micro four thirds sensor, which means it captures incredible footage in low light.
For a more affordable option, the Blackmagic Pocket 4K also offers hreatvalue for money.
GoPro continues to carve a niche for itself and the HERO 8 deserves recognition for its impressive slow motion videos.
You can record Full HD at 240fps or 120fps. There’s also 4K recording capabilities at 60fps. When playing back the footage, you can extend one second of footage out to eight seconds for super slow motion.
The TimeWarp 2.0 feature means you can speed up or slow down your videos with just a tap.
Finally, the HERO 8 features HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation and built-in mounting to ensure stable video no matter the adventure.
Arguably one of the best slow motion cameras on the market, this mirrorless camera can record in 4K video up to 60fps and with about 8MP resolution, without a time limit.
It’s also capable of shooting slo-mo of exceptional quality thanks to its ability to shoot at 1080p up to 240fps.
The GH5s produces amazing colour reproduction and performs particularly well in low light situations.
The Panasonic mirrorless camera is also surprisingly sturdy, with a splashproof, dustproof, and freezeproof body. Yet it’s lightweight, making it a great choice for travellers.
An unusual addition to our list, the DJI Osmo Pocket is an action camera and gimbal all in one.
This petite camera has a 12MP CMOS sensor with the ability to shoot slow motion at a frame rate of up to 60fp in 4K and up to 120fps in 1080p.
The most notable thing about this camera is its Mechanical image stabilisation, which mimics a camera and gimbal setup.
The result? Super smooth slow-motion footage from three-axis stabilisation and professional-looking footage you would think impossible without an expensive camera and gimbal.
This is ultimately a fun, lightweight camera aimed at those who plan to post their creative works on social media.
Are you shopping for a slow motion camera?
At Camera House, we have a range of high quality, high speed cameras that will capture superior slow motion footage. Shop our range of cameras online today and look out for specifications with high frame rates.
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