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YgnacioRunner's Avatar YgnacioRunner 12:55 PM 09-23-2013
Hey guys,

I'm going to be buying a $1000 camcorder to record Baja 1000 movies, and I need your help finding one.
I need the following requirements:
Not tape
24fps HD
60fps HD
(120fps HD?)

It needs to be able to do super beautiful slow motion

Thanks!

bsprague's Avatar bsprague 07:01 PM 09-23-2013
Slow motion is not hard if you shoot in AVCHD 2.0 1080p60 and use most any NLE system. I use Adobe Premier Elements 11 and can slow things down a lot.

If it were me and I was shooting the dusty Baha, I would get a Sony GW77. They seem to be out of production but a few are on sale used at Amazon. Amazon will back them if there is a problem.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HDR-GW77V-Definition-Handycam-Camcorder/dp/B00863R36W/ref=sr_1_1?m=A2L77EE7U53NWQ&s=merchant&ie=UTF8&qid=1379984341&sr=1-1&keywords=gw77
brunerww's Avatar brunerww 11:01 PM 09-23-2013
Slowing 1080/60p in the edit will certainly work, but it won't give you the clarity of overcranking in camera. As a case in point, please freeze one of the action frames from the slow motion portion of this video, shot at 1080/60p with the Panasonic X900 camcorder and slowed down in Premiere (please watch at 1080p):



Please compare that to this video, shot at 720/120p with the Panasonic FZ200 superzoom (watch at 720p and freeze one of the action frames):



In my view, the FZ200's in-camera slow motion is a better solution than interpolating 1080/60p. It gives you smoother slow motion and reduces motion blur.

Hope this is helpful,

Bill
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bsprague's Avatar bsprague 10:01 AM 09-24-2013
"In my view, the FZ200's in-camera slow motion is a better solution than interpolating 1080/60p. It gives you smoother slow motion and reduces motion blur."

I think you are right. But, the OP said he wanted to shoot the Baja 1000. It is a race in the desert where the racers kick up a dust, sand and grit storm that is second to none. If he wants to get even a little close to the action he may need a dustproof camera. He may also want to wash it to get the dust off.

The other Bill
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