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Best camera for slow motion video

Best camera for slow motion video shooting

Before buying a camera capable of capturing HD slow motion video, you need to know how slow motion video recording works. Slo-mo video is recorded at high fps (frames per second). When it is played back in normal fps (generally 30fps, 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 30fps 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 120fps, you can play it back 4 times slower at 30fps. So, when buying the best camera for slow motion video shooting, make sure it supports high fps HD video recording.

What kind of camera should you buy for slo-mo video

Digital cameras and DSLRs with even 120fps video recording ability might cost you more than $1500. For an affordable solution, you may settle with Camcorders. Camcorders are capable of recording HD slow motion videos. And they are inexpensive too. But carrying a camcorder is not that stylish or practical either. So, even if it doesn’t go in accordance with the title of this post, I will suggest you to go for camera phones. Camera phones are the most affordable and practical solution for slo-mo HD video capturing. All you need to do is buy a camera phone that can shoot videos at very high fps. After shooting videos at very high fps, use some video editing software to edit those videos to play at normal speed (30fps or 60 fps) to get HD slow motion effect. Listed below are the best camera phones with HD slow motion video recording ability:

Best HD slow motion cameras

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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