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6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford

Jourdan Aldredge

Slow down time by cranking up your fps with these 6 slow-mo ready cameras that won’t break the bank.

Cover image via DSLRguide.

Jean Luc Goddard famously said that cinema is “truth at twenty-four frames per second.” This is debatably true, but it opens the door to some improvisation. A good example would be how filmmakers can manipulate time by simply shooting more than 24 frames a second, then playing the footage back at speed to show the world in slow motion.

The technology of high frames-per-second (fps) filming has greatly advanced in the past several years, which has opened the door to new digital cameras capable of shooting at very high fps while maintaining high quality.

If you’re looking to suspend audience disbelief and challenge cinematic perceptions of truth and film, here are six affordable slow-motion-ready cameras to consider.

Sony RX10 II / Sony RX100 V

5 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford — Sony

The Sony RX10 II and the RX100 V are both popular point-and-shoot cameras for photographers and videographers alike. However, for those in the video field, the RX10 II and its pocket-sized brother (the RX100 V) offer a surprising kick with crisp 4K video and up to 40x slow motion. In terms of low-light sensitivity and quick ease of use range of fps, you can get some epic slow motion fill-in shots at a very reasonable price point.

Sony RX10 II

  • Video Recording
    • 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps
    • 1920 x 1080p: 120 fps, 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
    • 1920 x 1080p: 960 fps, 480 fps, 240 fps
  • ISO 12800
  • 20.2MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
  • Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Eq)
  • Price: $1,199.99

Sony RX100 V

  • Video Recording
    • 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
    • 1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
    • 1920 x 1080p: 960 fps, 480 fps, 240 fps
  • ISO 12800
  • 20.1 MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
  • Zeiss 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Lens  (35mm Eq)
  • Price: $999.99

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

5 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford — Canon

Canon’s compact point-and-shoot PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera is impressive in terms of ISO range and image processing. While not quite as capable of super-high fps, the G7 X Mark II does boast full 1080p HD recording at 60 fps. With added perks like built-in WiFi, the G7 is a strong offering at great low price point.

  • Video Recording
    • HD 1920 x 1080p: 59.94 fps, 29.97 fps, 23.98 fps
    • 1280 x 720p: 29.97 fps
    • 640 x 480p: 29.97 fps
  • Expanded ISO 25600
  • 20.1MP 1″ CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • 4.2x optical zoom f/1.8-f/2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Price: $679.99

GoPro Hero5 Black

6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford - GoPro Hero5

The classic go-to for quick capture b-roll and slow motion action footage, the GoPro Hero5 Black is the latest in the compact camera series. This is perhaps the most affordable camera that captures quality slow motion footage with 2.7K capture up to 60fps and 1080p up to 120 fps.

  • Video Recording
    • 3840 x 2160p at 24, 25, 30 fps (MP4)
    • 2704 x 2028p at 25, 30 fps (MP4)
    • 2704 x 1520p at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 fps (MP4)
    • 1920 x 1440p at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60, 80 fps (MP4)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 80, 90, 120 fps (MP4)
    • 1280 x 960 at 50, 60, 120 fps (MP4)
    • 1280 x 720 at 25, 30, 50, 60, 100, 120, 240 fps (MP4)
  • 2-inch touch display
  • Price: $399.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 4K

5 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford — Panasonic

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 has a great zoom (25-400mm) and offers 4K recording up to 30 fps. For slow motion, you can capture full-HD up to 60 fps. In the Creative Video mode, you can capture high speed video up to 120fps in 30p 1920 x 1080. The lens, which is a 35mm equivalent can reach ISO levels of 12800 and 25600 when fully extended. This is perfect for any macro slow-motion shots you may need.

  • Video Recording
    • 4K QFHD 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps
    • HD 1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
    • High Speed Video 1080: 120 fps (30p)
  • ISO 25600
  • 20.1MP 1″ high-sensitivity MOS sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x zoom lens
  • 25-400mm f/2.8-4 (35mm Equivalent)
  • Price: $699.99

Sony a7S II

5 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford — Sony

Worth including, but an outlier in price, is Sony’s a7S II with a 12.2 full frame CMOS sensor that can record amazing UHD 4K footage. For slow motion capture, you can shoot HD 1080p video up 120 fps. If you’re looking for an everyday video camera that also offers excellent slow-motion capabilities, Sony’s a7S II might be your best bet to consolidate your resources and reduce your overall investment.

  • Video Recording
    • 3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps
    • 1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (50 Mbps XAVC S)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 50, 59.94 fps (28 Mbps AVCHD)
    • 1920 x 1080p at 50, 60 fps (28 Mbps MP4)
  • ISO 409600
  • 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS sensor
  • S-Log3 gamma and display assist function
  • Price: $2,599.99

What’s your go-to slow-motion camera? Let us know in the comments.

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