I often download the full user's manuals but even then it is often difficult to determine whether, for example, a shutter speed spec of 1/2000 sec applies in high speed video mode, video mode or still mode. Typical reviews do not address the issue of setting the shutter speed for high speed video.
I usually search for Youtube golf swing videos, from the side view, to locate videos displaying minimal motion blur. I can't find any Youtube videos using the DMC-ZS20 for golf.
Here's a DMC-ZS20 video of a baseball pitcher on a heavily overcast day (no shadow) where the motion blur of the hand is difficult to interpret as to whether shutter speed is 1/2000 sec or not. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze45SSuz12k
I'm very interested in this topic. I have been on the hunt for a camera or camcorder to use for the upcoming baseball season. Just something to record our players on the mound and at bat to break down their mechanics in slow motion. I looked the jvc ex250, casio exilim 100, sony sports camcorder... Don't really want to break the bank. Can anyone offer some insight? Maybe some recommendations?
Casio EX FH100 is excellent for high speed video analysis of sports. Manual shutter speed control and shutter speeds as fast as 1/40,000 sec for very small motion blur.
Similar Casios EX- F1 (2008), FH20, FH25.
The above models are no longer manufactured so you have to buy used or left over new stock. Prices have gone up since most new high speed video cameras are only offered with AUTO control
A tennis player bought a used Casio FC150 for $90. He says that it has manual shutter speed as fast as 1/1000 sec. His video of a serve looks very good. I don't know about the current Casio FC200 regarding the type of shutter control. CORRECTION 2/28/2013 - He now says that the FC150 can set a shutter speed of 1/40,000 sec in high speed video mode if the "HS" button is pressed. ?
Basic high speed video information. http://www.kinovea.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?id=435