Casio EX-100 Pro (msrp $1,000)

Casio EX-100 Pro

The Casio EX-100 Pro is set to make its debut in January 2015.  Golf enthusiasts are eager for its arrival as this camera is based on the old Casio EX-100, which was one of the kings of golf swing analysis before Casio discontinued the model.

 

Here are some of the new features of the Casio EX-100 Pro:

  • Manual Shutter Speed (1/10000th)
  • 60 Frames per second
  • Link up to 7 cameras and sync with an Android tablet running SynchroShot App
  • Price: ¥103,700 ($870 USD)
  • Wireless LAN built-in

The camera is set to go on sale some time in mid-January.

Here’s a video of the new camera in action:

Casio EX-FH25

The Casio EX-FH25 is one of the best golf video cameras out there.  Just make sure you set the ISO to 1,600 in order to get the super slow frame per second.  This camera goes up to 40,000 frames per second, even though that is not necessary for a golf swing.  1/2000 is a good number.  This camera goes for about $350 used.

Since these are no longer sold new, you can buy them on Amazon or Ebay.

  1. Max frames per second: 40,000 fps
  2. Manual Shutter Speed: Yes
  3. Max Resolution: 720p
  4. LCD: Yes
Here are specs from Amazon:
  • Number of Effective Pixels – 10.1 megapixels
  • Image Sensor – 1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS
  • Total Pixels – 10.62 million
  • File Format Still Images – RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
  • File Format Movies – AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Casio EX-FH20

The Casino EX-FH20 is no longer being sold new, but you can get one on Ebay for around $200-$300.  Just make sure you put the ISO up to 1,600 in order to get the 1/40,000 shutter speed.

  1. Max frames per second: 40,000 fps
  2. Manual Shutter Speed: Yes
  3. Max Resolution: 720p
  4. LCD: Yes
Here are the spec according to Amazon.com:
  • Requires 4 AA Batteries (included)
  • 9.1-megapixel high-speed CMOS sensor; shoot up to 40fps
  • 20x optical zoom; High Speed Anti Shake with CMOS Shift Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch Super Clear LCD
  • High-speed movie capability; up to 1000 fps
  • 31.9 MB built-in memory; capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

GoPro Hero3: White Edition (msrp $199)

The GoPro Hero 3 is a great camera, but it may not be the best for golf video swing analysis.  Mainly because of it’s low frame rate and lack of a built-in LCD.  The only thing that the camera has going for it is its low price.

  1. Max frames per second: 60 fps
  2. Manual Shutter Speed: No
  3. Max Resolution: 1080p
  4. LCD: No

Here is the CNET review on the Black edition, which is $200 more and records at 120fps:

http://www.cnet.com/products/gopro-hero3/

Here are the specs as taken from Amazon:

  • Professional quality video capture in 1080p 30fps, 960p 30 fpts, 720p 60 fps, and WVGA 60 fps
  • Built in Wi-Fi compatible with the GoPro app for Smartphones/Tablets; as well as the Wi-Fi remote (available seperatly)
  • Compatible with LCD Touch BacPac, and 2nd generation Battery Bacpac, as well as backward compatible with all older generation bacpacs
  • 5 MP photos with 3 fps burst mode, and time lapse at .5, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals
  • 131’/ 40m Waterproof Housing with integrated flat lense housing

Here’s a slow motion video using the GoPro Hero3 on Youtube:

 

Casio EX-FH100 (msrp $300) – TOP PICK

The Casio EX-FH100 is no longer made, but this camera is, hands down, the best low priced video camera for golf swing analysis mainly due to it’s ability to manually control the shutter speed.  You can still find this camera used on Amazon or Ebay for around $300-$400.

 

  1. Max frames per second: 1,000 fps
  2. Manual Shutter Speed: Yes
  3. Max Resolution: 720p
  4. LCD: Yes

Here are the specs according to Amazon.com:

  • 0.1-megapixel resolution; highly-sensitive CMOS sensor
  • 10x Ultra Wide Angle Zoom with CMOS Shift Image Stabilization
  • Capture 40 shots per second for still images (maximum image size of 9.0 megapixels and maximum shooting capacity of 30 shots)
  • High-speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps; High-resolution HD Movie function
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

With this camera, you can actually shoot up to 1000 frames per second, but the resolution is 224×64.  At 420 fps, which is great for golf swings, the resolution is 224×168.  You can read the full CNET review right here:

http://www.cnet.com/products/casio-exilim-ex-fh100-black/

Here’s a cool video sample of a slow motion video on Youtube:

Casio Exilim F1 (msrp $799)

Hands down the best golf video camera out there is the Casio Exilim F1.  They don’t make this camera anymore, but you can still find them used on ebay or Amazon for under $1,000.  The best thing about this camera is it’s ability to adjust the shutter speed manually.  In order to capture high speed video without blurriness, you really need a camera that can adjust to a shutter speed of around 1/2000 of a second.  Anything less and it will be impossible to capture the club and shaft without blurriness.

 

 

Here’s a sample of the Casio Exilim F1 at work:

iPhone 5s (msrp $299)

One of the new features of the new iPhone 5s is the ability to record slow motion video at 120fps at 720p.  This is equivalent to most of the action cameras out there these days, like the Sony Action Camera HDR AS-15 and the GoPro Hero 3.

  1. Max frames per second: 120 fps
  2. Manual Shutter Speed: No
  3. Max Resolution: 1080p
  4. LCD: Yes

To access the slow motion camera on your iphone 5s, just go into the camera app, and swipe to the right:

Then click on the red record button to start recording.  What you get is a video recorded at 720p 120fps.  From what I can tell, you can only access the slow motion video within another app.  The iPhone 5s has a built in app within the Camera app that slows down the video that are captured in 120fps.  So, if you import this same video onto your computer and try to watch it in slow motion, it will not display in slow motion.

Here’s a sample that I took with my iPhone 5s:

Pair this video up with the V1 iphone app, and you can instantly analyze your golf swing on the fly.  It’s pretty amazing how easy it is to record your golf swing these days.  With the new iPhone 5s’ built in slow motion camera, there’s really no need to purchase a separate video camera anymore.

Get one of these cheap tripods, and you can use it on the range while you’re practicing:

Sony Action Camera for Golf Swing Analysis on Sale for $178.00

Amazon is selling the Sony Action Camera HDR-AS15 with Wifi for $178 brand new.  This is the lowest price on this camera that I’ve seen.  With Amazon Prime, you can get this camera in 2 days.  With the new firmware update, you can record at 1080p x 120 frames per second, which is perfect for recording your golf swing.

You won’t get a better deal than this at the moment.