Back in 2012 it seemed that with the advent of the Lumix LX7 with its 720p 120fps video mode it was only a matter of time for even stronger high resolutions in semi professional compact cameras. For some reason or another the LX8 has not come out to replace the LX7 and it is probably still the best 720p 120fps camera for the price available. It is very high quality for a compact camera image with a 1/1.7″ sensor; even with mild aliasing it is still one of the more professional images out there.
The LX7 will become two years old this July and it is already becoming really scarce on availability. That it still retains the 6th spot in our slow motion affordable camera guide would give you some indication of its quality. It wont give you the large sensor look but it will let you have a very good camera with a slow motion function that seems just too good for a camera with these specs. It wont do higher frame rates at lower resolutions but it will also do 1080p at 60fps with very good quality.
- 4k 2160p video
- 720p 120fps slow motion
- 13 Megapixel – Sony Exmor IMX 214 Generation 2 sensor
- 6 lens element design to avoid distortion and color aberration
- 5.5″ 1080p display with 3100mAh bettery.
- 2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon 801 cpu.
- MSRP of $299 for 16GB and $349 for 64GB version
- Android with CyanogenMod extremely customizable.
The phone is very capable and should create competition to the Nexus 5 from Google and Galaxy S5. 720p 120fps is not a new spec it was available since the Note 2, Galaxy S4, iPhone 5s, HTC One, Note 3 and Galaxy S5. The iPhone 5s and the HTC One have about the same resolution in hi speed mode which is not true 720p.
Our friends at Sanstreak Corp, who make the edgertronic hi speed video camera, got us some recent information that may be of some value to our readers.
Production seems to be ramping up and the goal is to reach a 30 day timeframe between order and delivery of the camera.
Back in March 2008 a big splash in affordable Hi Speed arrived with the Casio EX-F1 Semi Pro camera. It promised to finally deliver the frame rates that were the realm of cameras in the tens of thousands of dollars but for the not to shabby price of $999 US.
NAB 2014 has already started to look like a 4k camera and UHD workflow oriented show from all angles. Manufacturers seem determined to push 4k at all costs and it seems looking at the product ranges that it will probably be adopted fully by the production crews of major TV Shows and News outfits. There are definite advantages to shooting 4k as opposed to 3D which is really a specialty format for limited uses. 4k can be used to create incredible looking crisp FHD 1080p that far out-resolves any 1080 camera to date, plus use footage as a canvas for re-framing and stabilization from wobbly shots.
What this means for slow motion cameras is that, as hardware has become 4x as powerful in order to capture and encode four times as many pixels as FHD 1080p, we get to reap the benefits in lower resolution modes. 4k capture permits lower resolution modes to jump as a side effect of more camera power as follows: