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Hi everyone,

 

I am taking my golf a lot more seriously these days, and as a result, I would like to purchase a video camera that will enable me to better keep track of my swing. I don't need the latest and greatest technology (i.e. high definition), but would like something that will allow me to capture good quality audio/video and transfer it to my computer.

 

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks.

 

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Anyone?

 

This may sound odd, but you may not want to get a DV (video) camera at all because most of those shoot - go figure - video. "Video" in the common sense is 30 FPS, which really isn't good for shooting swings.

 

Oddly, I've found that the best camera for taking video of golf swings is a STILL digital camera. As in pictures. I have a Canon SD-550 that can shoot 320 x 240 at 60 FPS (frames per second), and it is a lot better than a DV camera (30 FPS).

 

For example...

 

 

Here's video shot with a good DV camera at the standard 30 FPS (click some of the different kids names and view the video): http://barzeski.com/golf/

 

Now, here are some 60 FPS videos from the SD-550 camera:

http://thesandtrap.com/briz1.avi http://thesandtrap.com/briz2.avi http://thesandtrap.com/briz3.avi http://thesandtrap.com/briz4.avi (step through frame by frame, it's pretty good)

 

The nice bonus is that the digital still camera (the SD-550) takes nice still pictures (duh - that's its main purpose) while most DV cameras take horrible still pictures.

 

P.S. The SD-550 can take 640 x 480 video at 30 FPS, just like a DV camera, in .avi format. But I never use that mode - I'd use a DV camera if I only wanted 30 FPS.

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Before regular digital cameras became so advanced with video capture, most software systems were recommending Canon Eluras. If you are going to use software, I would check with the manufacturer for what they recommned as it does make a difference.

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Honestly, I'd just use the camera in most digital (still) cameras, unless you plan on teaching for a living.

 

It's too easy to get caught up in getting a pretty swing instead of an effective one (Vijay Sigh's exact words). Video's a good tool once in a while to see where you are, but I don't think you need to invest a ton of money in it get a good golf swing. Ball flight tells you all you need to know. :yahoo:

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