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Best camera for slow motion video

Best slow motion camera to buy

Before buying a camera capable of capturing HD or 4K slow motion video, you need to know how slow motion video recording works. Slow motion video is recorded at high fps (frames per second). When it is played back in normal fps (generally 30 fps, which is smooth enough for human eyes), it becomes a slow motion video clip. For instance, you can get lightening effect in slow motion by recording it at 6000 fps. Playing it back in 30 fps will slow down the video 200 times. For regular purposes, you wouldn’t need to slow down the speed of a video clip more than 4 times. If your camera has ability to record HD videos at 120 fps, you can play it back 4 times slower at 30 fps. So, when buying the best slow motion camera, make sure it supports high fps HD video recording.

However, digital cameras and DSLRs with even 120 fps video recording ability might cost you more than $1500. For an affordable solution, you may settle with Camcorders or action cameras. They are capable of recording HD slow motion videos. And they are inexpensive too. But camcorders and action cameras are neither stylish nor practical. So, our recommendation to you is to go for slow motion camera phones. Camera phones are the most affordable and practical solution for slow motion HD or 4K video capturing. All you need to do is buy a camera phone that can shoot videos at very high fps. After shooting videos, use some video editing software to edit those videos to play at normal speed (30 fps or 60 fps) to get HD or 4K slow motion effect. Listed below are the best camera phones with HD slow motion video recording ability:

Best slow motion camera phones

iPhone 8 Plus

Features

Released 2017, September
Display: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi density)
Memory: Card slot No
Internal: 64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM
Main camera: Dual 12 MP, 2x optical zoom
Features: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR
Video: 2160p @ 24 / 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/ 60/ 120/ 240fps
Selfie camera: Single 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm
Features: Face detection, HDR
Video: 1080p@30fps

Samsung Galaxy S9

Features

Released 2018, March
Display: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (~570 ppi density)
Memory: microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal: 64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM
Main camera: Single 12 MP, dual pixel PDAF
Features: LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 240fps, 720p @ 960fps
Selfie camera: Single 8 MP
Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video: 1440p@30fps

Huawei P20

Features

Released 2018, April
Display: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2240 pixels (~429 ppi density)
Memory: Card slot No
Internal: 128 GB, 4 GB RAM
Main camera: Dual 12 MP, PDAF & laser AF
20 MP B/W, 2x lossless zoom, PDAF
Features: Leica optics, LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p @ 960fps
Selfie camera: Single 24 MP, f/2.0
Video: 1080p@30fps

Sony Xperia XZ2

Features

Released 2018, April
Display: 5.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels (~424 ppi density)
Memory: microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal: 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
Main camera: Single 19 MP, predictive PDAF & laser AF
Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p @ 960fps
Selfie camera: Single 5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5″
Video: 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)

 

HTC U12+

Features

Released 2018, June
Display: 6.0 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels (~537 ppi density)
Memory: microSD, up to 512 GB
Internal: 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Main camera: Dual 12 MP, dual pixel PDAF & laser AF, OIS
16 MP (12 MP effective), 2x optical zoom, AF
Features: Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR
Video: 2160p @ 60fps, 1080p @60 / 240fps, 1080p @ 30fps (gyro-EIS), HDR
Selfie camera: Single 8 MP
Features: HDR, panorama
Video: 1080p@30fps

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