What kind of video camera for tennis?

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  1. x5150

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    What model or specs does a video camera need to take some footage of hitting on the court. something that will capture the sound of the ball and isn't choppy when viewing the video.
     
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    maria sharapova says make everyshot a power shot
     
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  3. Mike Cottrill

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    how much can you spend?
     
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  4. phucng_10

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    Don't exactly know how much your range is but I use my sister's Sony Cybershot and Canon Powershot to record my tennis rallies. Both feels like it captures the image the way I want it and it doesn't cost so much to buy a Cybershot or a Powershot.
     
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  5. x5150

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    I'm not talking about still photography are you guys? I don't have any money but Christmas is coming up haha.
     
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    No, recording videos and such, correct?
     
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  7. x5150

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    yah camcorder I guess. I know digital cameras come with video recorders but usually very poor and horrible sound.
     
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  8. Moz

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    I'm interested in this - particularly what would be good for capturing frame by frame without too much blur. Any help appreciated.
     
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  9. tennisguyak

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    look for a mini cam. go through your sunday newspaper ads every once in a while and look for one that might be on clearance, or wait till the day after thanksgiving. Generally all major brands' camcorders are pretty good now. My dads sony from sears works just fine and he got it for $215.
     
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  10. Mike Cottrill

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    How much money can you spend?
     
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  11. NotAtTheNet

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    I use the Sanyo Xacti, its all digital and records to an SD card. My 4 gig card can record about 2 hours of video at 60 fps and twice that at a normal 30 fps. It comes with a remote. Also invest in a nice tripod for 30 bucks so you get stable shots. It can also record in HD which is pretty decent. Different models run anywhere between 200 - 400 depending on the features.

    Some samples
    http://www.youtube.com/user/roninartist713
     
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    Nice videos, good sound, you can hear shoes squeekin and the pop of the ball. How much did yours cost?
     
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    About $800 maximum.
     
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  14. Mike Cottrill

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    Hi Moz,
    This camera and video list for $999.99 US which is above you max budget, however I expect you can find it below list. In time the price will drop as well. If not, a night away from the pub will get you there. From what I have seen, I am very impressed with this camera/video if you are after capturing high speed sports like tennis. A year ago the closest camera I could find that would capture at this frame rate cost $10k. Stills are not the quality of a DSLR, but that is not what I would purchase this camera for anyway. Here are some specs and review. The video camera I purchased a few years ago is so obsolete now. Just like my tennis game.

    http://www.exilim.com/intl/ex_f1/images/gallery/CIMG0091.MOV
    I think they could have used a faster shutter speed to stop the blur on contact.


    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08010601casiof1.asp

    http://www.exilim.com/intl/ex_f1/images/gallery/CIMG4884.jpg
    Shutter Speed : 1/500

    http://www.exilim.com/intl/ex_f1/gallery.html

    Hope this helps
     
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  15. Blade0324

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    I would also recommend taking a look at the Aiptek video camera. They make the HD version I think it is called the A-HD+. It does not have image stablization but if you are using on a tripod no worries. It will allow for recording and playback at 1080 at 30fps or 720 at 60fps. Only about $150 bucks give or take and if you are mainly going to use if for tennis then it's hard to beat.
     
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  16. supertrex

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    dont forget the wide angle lense.
     
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  17. Moz

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    Thanks for the info Mike. I take it the length of video it can take is only determined by the size of the memory card you choose to buy. If possible I'd like to record a match or two on it.

    I don't go to the pub anymore so can no longer make that sort of instant justification! I've found it for $920 in the UK. I'm tempted.....
     
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    Haha... unfortunately at the time it was about 600 bucks (it was the 720i hd quality, model xacti hd1a), but it now is around 200-400 on the bay. I've seen new ones at best buy for around 200 that shoot 1080, but i didn't check the specs for frame rates and what not which is important for recording sports.
     
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    I've read some pretty bad reviews on the aiptek's. Lots of comparisons as a low quality xacti. Not that the xacti will blow you away with pristine video quality, but for the handheld size, its pretty decent.
     
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  20. Blade0324

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    Yeah I read some bad reviews on it as well but decided that for the money it was worth a try. I have to say that in some inside low light situations the video is a little tough but for indoor tennis or outdoor the video quality is great. some have also said that the audio is not great but I find it to be more than adequet. I actually think it is very comparable to camera's that cost 5-6 times as much. It may not last as long but for the price I'm not worried about it.
     
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    Might be good to find something that has the ability to shoot at a high fps so you can view in slow motion if needed and the better cams have better light sensitivity for dark conditions. Many of the lower end cams are awful in low light.
     
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