Catching a moment in slow motion requires a sophisticated camera that can capture a high number of frames per second with a respective resolution. Slow motion cameras allow you to catch the action as it occurs, and there are several different models on the market. Many will fit into your price range, while many others will not.
The best slow motion cameras can easily cost several thousands of dollars – or more. We're going to review five of the top slow motion cameras of 2016, so you can find a model that suits your needs.
1. Phantom v2512
The best of the best: the Phantom 2512. This isn't your everyday camera, and it has the ability to capture up to 1 million frames per second at a low resolution of just 128 x 32. On the highest resolution of 1280 x 800, you'll be able to achieve a staggering 25,000 frames per second.
An exceptional model, Phantom 2512 is meant for true professionals and comes with a price tag of $100,000+.
You'll also find that this model offers impressive features, such as:
- Memory capacity of up to 288 GB
- 10 Gb Ethernet downloads
- Convenient fans to keep the camera quiet
- Can be recorded directly to a CineMag IV
- Continuous recording
- GPS input and timing
- Extreme dynamic range
- Auto exposure
- Two HD SDI ports
- Nikon F mount standard support
- Canon EOS non-optional
This camera is exceptional in every way, but is truly meant for professionals. Unless you have an extreme budget, we recommend looking at some of the other models listed below that are more in the average person's price range.
2. Sony RX100 V
A high-end camera priced under $1,000, Sony offers the RX100 V that can top virtually any camera on this list in terms of slow-motion production (aside from a number one choice). High resolutions of up to 4K video are able to be produced, and there's an anti-distortion setting for fast shots.
This camera features:
- Slow-motion video capture of up to 960 frames per second
- 20.1 MP
- 4K movie recording
- 11x optical zoom
- Anti-distortion shutter (1/32000 sec)
- Fast intelligent AF
- Smart phone connectivity via Wi-Fi
- Records up to 29 minutes of video
This model tops the list of slow-motion cameras that are actually in the affordable price range. While still a little on the pricey side, you will be able to use this camera for all of your needs from wedding photography to casual picture taking.
I do want to note that slow-motion picture taking is done at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 to reach 960 FPS. But it's important to know that the image is scaled up from 480p to the high resolution above to reach the frame per second rate. If you are able to live with fewer frames per second, you can scale up 720p up to 480 FPS if you wish.
3. Canon PowerShot G16
The Canon PowerShot G16 is a slow-motion camera that will cost under $400, and includes full HD video, Wi-Fi and 12.1 megapixels. This digital camera also offers five times optical zoom, and can produce up to 240 frames per second of video.
This model has something for everyone, including:
- 5x optical zoom
- HDTV playback
- 1080 P full HD video
- Lowlight performance system
- Wi-Fi connectivity to share pictures instantly
- Pre-style manual focus control
- Super slow-motion movies setting
The G16 has a very high picture quality, excellent build and compact size. The software included is fast and robust, and the Wi-Fi feature is a nice addition to upload pictures to your phone with ease.
This is the ideal camera for budget-friendly shoppers.
4. Sony RX10 III / Sony RX10M II
Sony's second model on my list. The RX 10 III would have been higher up on this list if it wasn't for its higher price point. This model is similar to the last Sony model reviewed, and it can produce 960 frames per second for super slow-motion video.
Earlier model RX 10M II is $200 cheaper and has 8.3x optical zoom vs 25x in RX 10 III camera while main specs are the same.
This model also offers 4K video recording, dual-recording of 16.8 MP, and super-speed anti-distortion shutter of (1/32000s). Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to connect this camera to your smartphone apps, and this model's feature list, includes:
- 4K video recording
- Continuous shooting of up to 14 FPS
- 25x optical zoom
- LCD display
- 20.2 MP
- Super slow-motion of up to 960 FPS with other slow-motion choices of 480 FPS and 240 FPS
- 29 minutes of video capacity
The only reason that you would not choose this camera over any of the previous two (aside from the Phantom) is its price. If you have a budget that is in the $1,400 range, it doesn't get much better than the RX10 III by Sony.
5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 4K
Panasonic offers the Lumix DMC-FZ1000, which is an exceptional digital camera that can even capture 4K quality. The camera comes with a 16 GB SD card, camera bag and a camera cleaning kit for your convenience.
There's a 20.1 MP sensor as well as a bright DC lens for capturing pictures in lower light.
This camera also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, and this model features 16x optical zoom. You'll find this camera can take slow-motion video, and does offer slow-motion playback. The DMC-FZ1000 offers:
- Slow-motion video in high definition at 120 FPS
- 8-megapixel hybrid photo frame
- Ability to take pictures of 3840 x 2160
- 16x optical zoom
- 5-axis tilt correction
- Remote Wi-Fi shooting
If you're in the market for a mid-priced camera that offers some of the high quality video that even the top slow motion cameras can produce, this is a good option for you.
These top 5 best slow-motion cameras will produce exceptional picture quality and video. If we had one camera to pick in the affordable price range, it would be the Sony RX10 M II, but all the other cameras will provide you with quality slow-motion – especially the Phantom.