Panasonic GH4 – First Low Cost 1080p 96f HD Camera!


We have been closely following the GH4 since leaks started appearing a few months back.  Initial rumors said that 1080p 120 frames/sec will be included as-well as a 240 frame 720p mode.  The hype machine was running full seam back then.

When the camera specs were announced and the dust settled we were left with a 96 frame Full HD 1080p camera that claims to be full quality in a variable frame rate mode “No Audio Recorded in This Mode”.   What of the 240 720 mode? It seems the camera has done without even the 720p specs of older GH cameras.

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Sony FDR-AX100 4k camera with a 120f 720p mode


The just released Sony FDR-AX100 Handycam is not just a 4k recording multipurpose camera but it also hides a 720p 120f mode which so far seems to be lower quality than regular 720p video cameras. The quality while usable is not ideal.  The resolution seems to be well below the stated 720p in slow motion mode.

There is a sister model with the same sensor called the HDR-CX900 which shares all features “Including 720p 120F recording” except the 4k recording and of course a discounted price. However the $500 shave might be unwarranted considering the 1.5k investment for the CX900  which for $500 more you get 4k on the AX100.

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Panasonic Lumix ZS40 US and TZ60 Europe


The relatively new camera from Panasonic “Available March 31st” hides a hi speed mode on the cheap with relatively good specs for such a small camera.

Named Lumix ZS40 in the US and TZ60 EB in Europe the camera boasts the following specs:

  • 30x  Optical zoom at  f3.3 wide – f6.4 Tele
  • US Model Hi Speed: 120p 1280*720 plays back 30p,  240p 640*480 vga.
  • EU model Hi Speed: 100p 1280*720 plays back 25p,  200p 640*480 vga.
  • 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 18.9 Megapixels
  • ISO 100 – 6400

Video quality wise it seems better than some recent low cost hi speed efforts but not comparable higher end Panasonics.  It suffers from aliasing in the video samples at hi speed. Regular 50p and 60p seem on par with very little scaling artifacts. Bitrates are quite low however

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Kickstarter Hi Speed Camera Edgertronic


The story behind the edgertronic camera is very compelling, Mike Matter and Juan Pineda have created a block camera that captures 700fps at 720p with interchangeable Nikon Mount.  All with a dream and the support of kickstarter backers.

This is a milestone camera because it represents a break from the norm. A firm escape from the costly specialty market of Phantom, Photron and other hi end camera companies.

The cost of this camera is around $5,495.00 for a  Color Camera and includes a Nikon 50mm F1.8 D Lens.  Quite a low price compared to cameras like the Miro and Fastec TS3 which retail for as much as a car.

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Nikon 1 V3 120 frames 720p in an ILC!


Nikon’s new 1 v3 camera has some pretty impressive specs regarding hi-speed video.

  • 120p at 1280*720   HD  (Time duration not specified)
  • 60p at 1920*1080 Full HD  for 10min
  • 768 x 288/400 fps (aspect ratio 8:3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) */
  • 416 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 8:3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps)  */
  • MSRP $1,199 USD
*/ Hi Speed Cams doesn’t consider these resolutions to be usable for professional work.  It might be good to have them for scientific purposes but not for video quality that can inter-cut with professionally shot material.

We still have no samples from the 120p mode but it might produce a very clean image since Nikon’s 60p mode is very good in recent cameras.

This camera is important because it is the first time we have access to over 60p in an interchangeable lens camera be it SLR or Mirror-less. The Panasonic GH4 will have 96p at 1080 which in our view is a more important milestone because of resolution.  More on that camera over the coming weeks.

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Copyright James Benet 2010
Coot Bird Take Off (Shot on EOS 7D 400mm 5.6L Lens 1/4000)

Ever since I got into digital imaging at the end of the 1990s I was very interested in Hi Speed Video Imaging. Over the years I have seen the price of these digital wonders go down in price considerably and are now close to what you would call affordable for the enthusiast.

I have produced a few footage videos for my stock videography work over the years with slow motion/hi speed cameras but have never been able to use, rent or own a truly professional hi speed camera.

In this blog I will try to keep up with hi speed camera news, specs and price points to make it easy to sort the ocean of available options out there for rent and purchase ; as the market seems determined to cloud information in the segment due to marketing reasons.

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