Why invest in a professional camera from us?
Our cameras have high FPS as default when doing captures. To get the the best quality when analyzing video in slow-motion, this helps a lot.
You can do this with some consumer cameras or smartphones as well, but often the trade-off is a significant decrease in image quality and resolution.
You can see that the higher fps camera moves noticeably smoother when we play it frame by frame
With consumer cameras, objects that are moving very fast, like a golf club, will look like they are actually bending as you swing - this happens with cameras that have a rolling shutter. The cameras we recommend have a global shutter which avoids this problem.
Which camera is right for you?There are a few things to take into consideration when you are selecting a camera to buy. These different things have a tendency to impact each other, so understanding them all is important to understand what the overall result of a camera will be.
As mentioned before; how many frames per second (FPS) a camera is able to record makes a big difference for slow motion video analysis. Our cameras have a high FPS baseline. A higher FPS often results in a lower video resolution, so when selecting a camera you have to take into consideration what makes more sense for you.
The higher amount of megapixels a camera has, the more pixels it can show in a single frame, giving you a higher resolution. More megapixels also means larger files, so you should consider what is most important to you.
By image quality we we mean things like sharpness and color balance. Light sensitivity can often have a big effect on the perceived quality, read more about that below.
Light sensitivity has a lot of impact on where you are planning to use your camera. While high FPS is amazing, it is not useful unless you can actually see what is going on in your studio. When filming indoors cameras often have less light than is ideal, which can cause quality degradation. You will have to sacrifice a lot of image quality to get a good capture or invest in a lot of professional lighting depending on how light sensitive your camera is.
This is an important aspect to consider when choosing the right camera for you, and is impacted directly by how much space you have available where you are doing analysis. Different cameras have different sensors, which requires different distances to the golfer to be able to capture the entire swing. We can assist in calculating the minimum required distance which will capture the whole body and golf club in a swing.
We have cameras that utilize USB as a connection and cameras that use PoE (Power over Ethernet). Generally speaking, USB2 and USB3 can be difficult to use with cable lengths above 5 meters, while PoE will work well up to at least 60 meters.