The newest line of Panasonic camcorders announced at CES are a step forward in the codec department with up to 50mbps at 60p but the feature that caught our attention is that both the HC-W850 and HC-V750 can record 120 frames at 1080p plus interpolate to 240p by using pixel motion algorithms.
- 20x Optical zoom F1.8 (WIDE) / F3.6 (TELE)
- HD 120p 1080 with 240p* 1080 interpolated
- HD 1080 60p mode at 50 megabits / sec.
- Latest generation O.I.S. with 5 axis stabilizer
- 1/8000 shutter with 2 lux minimum illumination.
Seems that the trend for over-cranking in cameras of all types is accelerating. While the slow motion quality is still up for grabs it could be a solution for a low budget.
For high speed the cameras seem identically suited which means you could go for the cheaper option if you don’t need a selfie rotational camera on your setup.
There are a few manual controls but both of these cameras are a hybrid of auto and manual modes. You don’t get the full manual control of more expensive cameras.
Looking at the Panasonic videos showing the 120p and 240p interpolated modes we can see that the quality is a little aliased and the 240p mode interpolation looks decent but there is no substituting the real thing “capturing full hi-speed progressive frames”. However Youtube videos can’t be judged as the final arbiter of quality compared to raw camera footage.
We welcome any camera users to submit your samples from these cameras in slow motion!
Slow Mo Sample Videos from Panasonic: