Ultimate Guide: 10 Best Slow Motion Cameras

by Tom Shu

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With camera technology advancements, the slow-motion capabilities of cameras nowadays are incredible. You can find budget cameras that can shoot in high quality 120 frames per second (FPS) in 1080p. There are even mirrorless cameras now that can shoot 60 FPS in 4k at 10-bit 4:2:2, which is mind-blowing considering just a few years ago these video specs were only available in professional cinema cameras.

If you’ve just started your research, my hope with this article is to provide you with all the information you need to help you find the best one!

As I always say, the one thing to remember when investing in camera gear is that creating interesting and cinematic videos is not because of the gear, it’s because of you, the filmmaker. The right gear can help you and make it easier for you to achieve your vision, though.

Here are the cameras we will be covering today:


How to Choose the Best Slow Motion Camera for You?

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What’s Your Budget?

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The first thing you’ll need to understand is your budget. When setting your budget, keep in mind that for the most part there are two different types of cameras to choose from. Interchangeable lens cameras and fixed lens cameras.

Interchangeable lens cameras are awesome because they give you the flexibility to switch between different lenses which will give your image an entirely new look. However, the downside is that they’re usually more expensive as you will have to buy both a camera body and a lens (this isn’t always the case, though).

On the other hand, with fixed lens cameras, you don’t have the same flexibility, however, they’re usually cheaper and can give you many of the same powerful slow-motion features as interchangeable lens cameras.

You should also keep in mind that most of the interchangeable lens cameras that we will go over are made for both photography and videography.

For example, the full-frame Sony a7III is in the premium category. The reason why it’s in the premium category is that it has great features that will benefit both photography and videography, but when it comes to just slow-motion specs, it is pretty much the same as the much cheaper Sony a6600, APS-C camera.

What’s the Best Affordable Slow Motion Camera

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If you want to go with the cheapest slow-motion camera option, an action camera like the GoPro Hero 8 Black or the DJI Osmo Pocket is your best bet. You can find both of these for under $400.

Although these cameras are small and are more of an action camera, they are both jam-packed with powerful slow-motion features and will give you great video quality.

For example, both cameras are able to shoot 60 frames per second (FPS) at 4k, which many of the higher-priced interchangeable lens cameras we will go over don’t even have.

If you want a little bit more flexibility, you could go with the Sony RX100 VII. This powerful compact camera from Sony has a crazy zoom lens with a focal length range of 24-200mm. It also features the same autofocus system as Sony’s top of the line a9, and it can shoot 1080p at up to 960 frames per second (FPS).

Think About What you will Be Filming

Each one of you will be using this camera to shoot slow motion and share it through different platforms.

It’s good to understand what each platform does when you upload the video. For example, if you’re primarily focused on sharing your videos through Instagram, Instagram does not support 4k videos. So, paying a premium to get a slow-motion camera that can shoot 60 frames per second (FPS) or slower at 4k might not make the most sense.

At the same time, you might be shooting these videos just for fun and sharing the videos casually with family or friends. If this is the case, you probably don’t need the latest and greatest camera model. The most important features for you might be ease of use and whether or not you need editing software to view the slow-motion video.

On the other hand, if you’re a professional filmmaker or you aspire to be a professional filmmaker, you will probably benefit from advanced features such as flat picture profiles, customization options, and a higher recording bit rate for better video quality.

Understanding how you will be shooting and sharing before making your final decision will save you time, frustration, and most importantly you’re hard-earned money.

Quality of Video, Bit Rate, and Bit Depth

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When you’re shopping for your slow-motion camera, you’ll notice that each camera will have a different bit rate listed. At the most basic level, the bit rate is the amount of information that is encoded per second. The important part to remember is that generally speaking, the higher the bit rate of your video, the higher the quality of your video. The bit rate is shown as the number of megabits per second.

This is the video specs for the Sony a6500 from B and H. As you can see in the yellow highlights, the bit rate is listed for every recording mode on the camera:

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The video resolution and bit rate are separate from each other.

You can have two different cameras recording at 4k, but end up with different quality because of the bit rate it shoots at. For example, with all other variables being equal, if there are two cameras shooting in 4k resolution, the camera which records at a higher bit rate will have a better quality video.

There are some pros and cons of having a higher or lower bit rate. Higher bit rates, give you better quality video, but the file size is much larger, making it more difficult to store, upload, and send.

On the other hand, lower bit rates have lesser video quality, but the file sizes are smaller making it much easier to store and send.

Bit Depth Explained

In the video specs of each camera, you’ll also notice that some cameras can record in 10-bit versus 8-bit. This is the bit depth the camera can record in at the different recording modes. If you don’t see the bit depth listed, it is more than likely 8-bit as that is typically standard.

I’m not going to get into all technicalities of bit depth, but on a basic level, bit depth is the possible number of variations in shades of colors that make up an image. With an 8-bit bit depth, you can have a possible 256 shades of red, 256 shades of blue, and 256 shades of green. This gives you a potential 16,777,216 total colors in an image.

On the other hand, with a 10-bit bit depth, you can have a possible 1,024 shades of red, 1,024 shades of blue, and 1,024 shades of green in an image. This gives you a potential of 1,073,741,824 total colors in an image, so the difference between 8-bit and 10-bit is very significant.

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To really take advantage of a 10-bit bit depth, though, you’re going to need to shoot in a log or very flat picture profile. You’ll also need to use video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve to color grade your video in post-processing.

If you don’t plan on doing either, then an 8-bit bit depth is all you need.

Video Crop Factor

Although you’re looking for a slow-motion camera, I’m going to assume that you will also be shooting real-time video too. Most of the cameras that we go over will shoot slow-motion footage in 1080p resolution and you will have the choice to shoot real-time video in 1080p or 4k resolution.

Although it doesn’t happen with every camera we will cover, some cameras will have an additional crop factor when you’re shooting in 4k or shooting slow motion in 1080p.

For example, with the Sony a6500, there is a 1.9x crop when shooting in 120 frames per second (FPS at 1080p). It’s not a huge deal, just something to look out for.

Features and Attributes to Look for in a Slow Motion Camera

When choosing a camera to shoot slow-motion video, these are the most important features and attributes to look out for.



Size of the Camera Sensor

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There are pros and cons of having a larger full-frame sensor versus the smaller APS-C, Micro Four Thirds, and 1/2.3” sensor size. For the most part, the larger full-frame sensors will give you better low light performance and will give you a greater depth of field at the wider apertures.

However, full-frame cameras and lenses are usually more expensive, bulkier, and heavier to carry around.

In reality, with the camera technology we have today, you can make amazing, cinematic videos with any sensor size. For example, I shot Spirit of Matsu, my first award-winning short film with the Sony a6500, which is an APS-C sensor camera.

Every slow motion scene you see here was shot with this camera and it is not even close to the most advanced camera or the newest anymore.



Slow Motion Frame Rates in 4K Resolution

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Typically, the standard slow motion frame rates that you will find in cameras today are 60 frames per second (FPS), and 120 FPS. Some cameras might also have 100 FPS, 180 FPS, and even High Frame Rate (HFR) modes like 480 FPS and 960 FPS available.

In most cameras, the slow-motion frame rates will be shot in 1080p resolution. However, some cameras now have the ability to shoot slow motion in 4k resolution, which will give you significantly better quality slow-motion footage.

At this time, a slow-motion frame rate of 120 FPS in 4k resolution is the best slow-motion resolution you will be able to find in a consumer/prosumer level camera. The only camera we will cover in this article with the ability to shoot 120 frames per second (FPS) in 4k is the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera.

Other cameras that we will cover like the Panasonic GH5, Panasonic S1, GoPro Hero 8, DJI Osmo Pocket, and Fujifilm X-T3 still are able to shoot at 60 FPS in 4k resolution which will still give you a great slow-motion look to your footage.

Extreme High Frame Rates (HFR) Modes

In some cameras like the Sony RX100 VII, you have the ability to shoot in extreme High Frame Rate modes which turns these into super slow-motion cameras. Using the HFR mode, you will be able to capture extremely high frame rates like 240 FPS, 480 FPS, and even 960 FPS.

The downside with these extreme High Frame Rate (HFR) modes is that video quality is usually decreased and you can only record for a very short amount of time before the camera has to buffer.

Slow and Quick Modes

Some cameras like the Sony cameras have a Slow and Quick mode that allows you to shoot and process slow-motion footage in-camera. This means the slow-motion footage is ready to go right after you shoot it.

You’ll be able to preview your slow-motion footage through playback on the camera and you won’t need to slow down the video in post-production before using it.

The downside with any Slow and Quick mode is that the video is usually shot at a lower bit rate and you will lose flexibility when editing the footage.

Reviews of the Best Slow Motion Cameras

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Here are my 10 favorite slow-motion cameras. To make it easier for you to find the right camera I have split them into 3 different categories based on price:

  • Best Cheap Slow Motion Cameras
  • Best Mid-Range Slow Motion Cameras
  • Best Premium Slow Motion Cameras


Best Cheap Slow Motion Cameras

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1. GoPro Hero 8 Black

Don’t overlook the GoPro Hero 8! Yes, it’s primarily made as an action camera, but it has some incredible slow-motion specs. Add in the new HyperSmooth 2.0 technology, which is GoPro’s improved stabilization functionality and you have a very powerful camera capable of capturing some amazing slow-motion footage.

The GoPro Hero 8 can shoot in 60 FPS at 4k and even 120 FPS in 2.7k. It even has the ability to shoot in a High Frame Rate (HFR) mode of up to 240 FPS at 1080p.

The biggest drawback of using an action camera is it’s small 1/2.3” sensor size and lack of lens flexibility. If you just shoot video casually these issues will be no problem at all, but if you’re creating professional work, it might not be the best fit.

PROS

  • New and improved HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization technology.
  • Can shoot 60 FPS in 4k and 120 FPS in 2.7k. Some of the more expensive cameras can’t even do this.
  • Super Slow Motion mode allows you to shoot up to 240 FPS at 1080p.
  • Time Warp feature allows you to easily shoot hyper lapses quickly which will add variety to your final video.
  • Records at 60-100 Mb/s which is pretty good considering its price point and size.

CONS

  • Still, an action camera so you don’t have as much flexibility as other cameras in this article.
  • It might be hard to handle because of the small size.
  • It has a smaller sensor size so you will not get the crispiest footage in low light situations.


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2. DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal

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The DJI Osmo Pocket Gimbal is a tiny, lightweight camera that is jam-packed with features. As the name suggests, the most unique feature of this camera is that it’s a combination of 4k camera with gimbal stabilization. This will allow you to effortlessly capture super-smooth slow-motion footage as you would if you had a more expensive 4k camera + gimbal setup.

For slow-motion frame rates, the DJI Osmo can shoot 60 FPS in 4k and 2.7k. Unlike the GoPro Hero 8, for 120 FPS footage, you will have to drop your resolution to 1080p versus the 2.7k on the GoPro.

Again, the downside of picking up a camera like the DJI Osmo Pocket is its small sensor size and lack of interchangeable lens flexibility.

PROS

  • A combination of compact size plus gimbal stabilization makes this a really fun camera to carry around and shoot with.
  • Surprisingly good quality 4k video at up to 60 FPS for such a small package.
  • Three-axis stabilization for buttery smooth footage.
  • Records at 100 Mb/s which is pretty good considering its price point and size.

CONS

  • Small sensor size, so you don’t have as good of a low light performance as the other cameras in this article.
  • You will need to connect your smartphone and go through the DJI registration process in order to use the camera.
  • It’s very dependent on your smartphone. In order to get the most features, you will need to use the DJI Mimo app, which kind of ruins the point of having such a small camera.


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3. Sony a6500

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The good news for you is that with the release of the newer Sony a6600, you can usually find the Sony a6500 + kit lens under $1,000. With the price drop, it is now definitely one of the best budget slow-motion cameras you can get.

For slow-motion frame rates, you can shoot 60 FPS and 120 FPS at 1080p. It’s unfortunate you don’t have the ability to shoot slow motion in 4k like the GoPro Hero 8 or DJI Osmo Pocket, however, its powerful features and the flexibility to change lenses makes up for this.

The APS-C sensor in this camera gives you an incredible ISO range with great low light performance, and the 425-point phase-detect autofocus system is still one of the best available.

Additionally, you have the option to use Sony’s Slow/Quick Motion function which allows you to shoot slow-motion video all in-camera. This means you won’t need to conform your slow-motion footage in a video editing software in order to view your footage in slow motion.

If you need an example of this camera’s potential, just take a look at my short film Spirit of Matsu. 90% of the slow-motion footage in this film was shot with the Sony a6500.

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PROS

  • Slow-motion frame rates of 60 FPS and 120 FPS at 1080p.
  • Incredible ISO range which makes it one of the best low light cameras in this price range.
  • Super quick autofocus system with 425 phase-detection autofocus points.
  • Sony’s Slow/Quick Motion function which allows you to shoot slow-motion video all in-camera.
  • Pretty good autofocus when shooting in slow motion frame rates.

CONS

  • The battery life is famously bad so you will have to carry multiple batteries at a time.
  • The screen is hard to see especially in daylight. It also dims when you shoot in 4k.
  • The camera will overheat if you shoot for a longer duration of time. It’s more of an issue when shooting 4k video, so it won’t be as big of a problem when shooting slow motion.
  • Records at 60-100 Mb/s which is not as good as some of the other interchangeable lens cameras.
  • 1.9x crop when shooting at 120 FPS in 1080p.




4. Sony RX100 VII

The Sony RX100 VII is one of the most powerful compact cameras ever made and it has some unreal slow-motion video capabilities. It is not an interchangeable lens camera, however, the 24-200mm zoom lens it has will cover you in most situations you’re shooting in.

For slow-motion frame rates, you can shoot at 60 FPS, 100 FPS, and 120 FPS in 1080p. What makes this camera stand out from the crowd, though is its High Frame Rate (HFR) mode allowing you to shoot up to 960 FPS in 1080p in short spurts.

As the 7th generation RX100 camera, it comes with the new and improved sensor, which gives you nearly the same autofocus capabilities as Sony’s most premium camera, the Sony a9. This means you get real-time autofocus and face and eye tracking when shooting video, which is great to have.

PROS

  • 24-200mm zoom lens which will cover you in most situations you’re shooting in.
  • A new sensor that gives you nearly the same autofocus and face and eye-tracking as the premium Sony a9 camera.
  • High Frame Rate (HFR) mode which gives you the flexibility to shoot up to 240 FPS, 480 FPS, and 960 FPS at 1080p.
  • Pretty good autofocus when shooting in slow motion frame rates.

CONS

  • It’s still a point and shoot compact camera so you cannot change the lens and it has shorter battery life.
  • You can get the Sony a6500 with a much larger sensor size plus a nice lens for the same price.
  • The small size could make stability an issue especially if you’re zoomed in at a longer focal length.
  • Records at 16 – 100 Mb/s when shooting in slow motion which is less than the similarly priced and better specced out Fujifilm X-T3.


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Best Mid-Range Slow Motion Camera

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5. Fujifilm X-T3

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The Fujifilm X-T3 is an APS-C sensor camera like the Sony a6500 and the Sony a6600 in this article. Although Fujifilm has not always been known for producing cameras for video work, this is definitely one worth looking into.

It comes with some really incredible video recording modes, especially on the slow-motion side. For slow motion frame rates, you can shoot at 60 FPS in 4k, 2k, and 1080p and record internally at 10-bit 4:2:0, which is crazy considering the price point it is at.

You will also find a High-Speed Record mode in this camera which will allow you to capture slow-motion footage up to 120 FPS at 200 Mb/s versus the 60-100 Mb/s that you find on the Sony cameras. Again, pretty amazing considering its similar price point to the Sony RX100 VII compact camera.

What really makes this camera special, though, is its film simulation modes that allow you to emulate classic Fujifilm film stocks like Provia, Velvia, and Eterna with just a click of a button.

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PROS

  • Amazing high-quality slow motion video recording modes such as 60 FPS in 4k recorded internally at 10-bit 4:2:0.
  • High-Speed Record mode available that allows you to shoot up to 120 FPS at 200 Mb/s.
  • A wide selection of unique film simulation modes that emulates some of Fujifilm’s most popular film stocks.
  • It is a great all-around value for the price point it is at.

CONS

  • There is no in-body stabilization.
  • The autofocus system is inferior to the Sony cameras.
  • The battery life is not as good as the Sony a6600, Sony a7III, and Panasonic cameras.
  • There is a 1.2x crop when shooting 60 FPS in 4k and 1.3x crop when shooting 120 FPS at 1080p


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6. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera is one of the most powerful video specific cameras available. It’s so famous for what it can do with video that many people call it the poor person’s Red Cinema Camera.

What makes this camera powerful for shooting video is the different codecs you can shoot in. In particular, you have the flexibility to record in 4 different versions of ProRes 422 or Blackmagic Raw codec all in the camera.

Without getting into the technical details, both these codecs are professional level and allow you to capture the most information possible in your video.

This gives you much more flexibility if you plan to color grade or color correct using a video editing software in post-production. In all other cameras in this price range, recording in ProRes 422 or a Raw format is only possible if you record externally to a video recorder.

In terms of slow-motion video, here are all the options you have. It’s pretty incredible and is the only camera in this article that can shoot 4k at 120 FPS.

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PROS

  • A super-powerful video camera that allows you to shoot ProRes 422 and Blackmagic Raw codec directly in the camera.
  • The only 4k 120 FPS camera in this article.
  • A huge amount of different slow motion frame rates available in different codecs.
  • Very flexible dynamic range and performs incredibly well in low light situations.
  • Wide variety of lenses available at different price points as its a Micro Four Thirds camera.

CONS

  • You will need to get additional accessories such as external memory, rig, external monitor, and external batteries in order to really maximize the potential of this camera.
  • It is solely for video so if you had plans to use your camera for both video and photography, this is not a good choice.
  • There is no image stabilization and the autofocus is not very good.
  • You will need a ton of storage to hold the ProRes 422 and Blackmagic Raw video files.
  • It is a Micro Four Thirds sensor versus the APS-C and full-frame sensor cameras in this article.
  • Almost 2x crop when shooting in 120 FPS.




7. Panasonic GH5

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The Panasonic’s GH5 is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds that is also jam-packed full of video features. It is easily one of the most advanced video cameras you can buy in this price range.

Most importantly, unlike the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera, you can just pick this camera up and go out and shoot without the need for additional accessories.

On the slow-motion side, it can record at 60 FPS in 4k and up to 180 FPS at 1080p in 8-bit. You also have the flexibility to shoot 60 FPS 10-bit 4:2:2 in 1080p if you know you will be color grading your footage in post-production and you want to capture as much color depth as possible.

The camera has one of the best fully articulating flip touch screens that is easy to use even if you’re shooting outside in the middle of the day. This is especially apparent when you compare it to the screen on the Sony cameras, which aren’t the easiest to shoot with.

The downside of this camera is that the low-light ability and autofocus system are not as good as what you find on the Sony cameras.

PROS

  • The video quality is one of the best and you can shoot at slow motion frame rates like 60 FPS at 4k and 180 FPS in 1080p.
  • You can record in high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 which will give you increased flexibility in post-production.
  • The only camera in this article with a flip touch screen that fully articulates in all directions.
  • One of the best in body image stabilizations available, which will allow you to easily capture smooth footage.
  • Good value as you would expect to find these features in a much more expensive camera.

CONS

  • Low-light performance is not as good as the Sony A7 III.
  • Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus (DFD) autofocus system does not work as well as the contrast-detect and phase-detect autofocus system on the Sony cameras.
  • It is a Micro Four Thirds sensor versus the APS-C and full-frame sensor cameras in this article.
  • You cannot use autofocus in its Variable Frame Rate (VFR) mode, which means no autofocus at 120 FPS or 180 FPS.


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8. Sony a6600

The Sony a6600 is the newest model in Sony’s line of APS-C cameras and improves on what made the Sony a6500 such a popular camera for video work. If you liked what you have read about the Sony a6500, the Sony a6600 might be a good fit if you have the budget and want the improved feature set.

The biggest changes they made to the Sony a6600 vs the Sony a6500 include:

  • Upgrading to the Sony Z battery, which is the same battery you find in the full-frame Sony cameras and doubles your battery life.
  • A screen that flips a full 180 degrees versus the 90 degrees limit on the Sony a6500.
  • The screen does not dim when shooting 4k video.
  • Improved autofocus which now includes eye and face detection and object tracking.

For the slow motion frame rates, this camera, unfortunately, shoots at the same 60 FPS and 120 FPS at 1080p as found on the Sony a6500. However, The sensor has been upgraded so it processes 1.8x faster than the a6500 and still gets the amazing low-light performance you can expect from Sony cameras.

With the new battery, upgraded sensor, and even better autofocus, it really makes this one of the best mid-range slow-motion cameras for any situation.

PROS

  • Improved battery life, autofocus, and screen make this an even stronger camera than the already good Sony a6500.
  • It has the great low-light performance that you can expect from Sony cameras.
  • Quick and accurate autofocus system which now includes eye and face detection and object tracking.
  • Pretty good autofocus when shooting in slow motion frame rates.

CONS

  • You don’t have as flexible of slow motion frame rates as other cameras in the mid-range category.
  • It records video in 8-bit versus the 10-bit that you will find in the cheaper Panasonic GH5 and Fujifilm X-T3.
  • It is the most expensive mid-range option but doesn’t have the most features.
  • The 5-axis in-body image stabilization is not as good as the Panasonic GH5.


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Best Premium Slow Motion Cameras

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9. Sony a7III

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The Sony a7III is one of Sony’s most popular full-frame cameras for both video and photography work. At its price point, it is also one of the best value full-frame cameras available in the market today.

What I will say is that if you’re strictly looking for a camera to shoot slow-motion video with, there are better choices like the Panasonic GH5, Fujifilm X-T3, or even the Sony a6600 if you want a Sony camera. For slow-motion frame rates, the specs on this camera remain similar to the Sony a6600 and older Sony a6500. It can shoot 60 FPS and 120 FPS in 1080p with an 8-bit bit depth.

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However, if you’re also going to shoot 4k video, and maybe dabble with photography in addition to shooting slow-motion video, this is one of the best cameras you can get.

This camera has a full-frame sensor, which will give you better low light performance and greater depth of field. It has an incredibly accurate and fast autofocus system, and you have a variety of different customizable buttons on the body of the camera which makes switching between settings super quick.

PROS

  • Full-frame sensor so you get a better low light performance and greater depth of field.
  • There is no crop when shooting in slow motion frame rates like 120 FPS.
  • One of the best, if not the best low light performance which will allow you to capture great quality video even in dark conditions.
  • Ability to switch between full-frame and Super 35mm mode with a click of a button, which will allow you to zoom in 1.5x without losing quality.
  • Incredibly powerful and accurate autofocus system which now includes eye and face detection and object tracking.
  • Pretty good autofocus when shooting in slow motion frame rates.

CONS

  • The slow-motion video quality and features on the Panasonic GH5 and Fujifilm X-T3 are better.
  • At this price point, it might not make sense if you will strictly be shooting slow-motion video.
  • The 5-axis in-body image stabilization is not as good as the Panasonic GH5.


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10. Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is a full-frame camera from Panasonic that builds on many of the features which made the Panasonic GH5 so popular with video shooters. If you’re looking for a full-frame camera and like what you see about the Panasonic GH5, then this camera might be a good fit for you.

For slow-motion frame rates, you’re able to shoot at 60 FPS in 4k and up to 180 FPS in 1080p. On the 4k side, you’re also able to record at 23.976 FPS / 29.97 FPS in 10-bit 4:2:2. The S1 has much better low-light performance than the GH5, which was one of the GH5’s main weaknesses.

Unfortunately, unlike the Panasonic GH5, you can only record 60 FPS in 4k at 10-bit externally through a video recorder and you will have to pay $199 for the Lumix S1 Filmmaker Update to do so.

PROS

  • The video quality is one of the best and you can shoot at slow motion frame rates like 60 FPS at 4k and 180 FPS in 1080p.
  • The low light capability is much improved from the Panasonic GH5 and is on par with the Sony cameras.
  • One of the best in body image stabilizations available which will allow you to easily capture smooth footage.
  • Build quality is like a tank and it has a bunch of customizable buttons to easily access different settings.

CONS

  • You will need to pay $199 for the Lumix S1 Filmmaker Update in order to get the most advanced features like 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output and Full V-Log recording.
  • The autofocus system is still not as good as the Sony cameras even with its updates.
  • For the price point, it is probably not the best value for people considering the other cameras available.


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