Advice for Recording match and trainings

Table Tennis Discussion

Last updated 5 years ago

Ferenc Csizmás

Ferenc Csizmás Asked 5 years ago

Hi Everybody!
 
In our sports club we want to purchase a video camera to record sessions of matches or trainings. We want to look them back immediately on a monitor or tablet or analyse them later. It would be mounted on the wall of our training room located in a high humidity cellar with artificial lights. Our basic requirement is that it should be ease to use and since it will be mounted approximately 2.5m high it should be remotely controllable (e.g. via smartphone). We are not sure what technical parameters should be considered (shutter speed, fps, sensor size, ISO sensibility, etc.) and what kind of device  (camera or video camcorder) would most suitable for the task.
 
Our first idea was an action camera (GoPro 5, Sony ActionCam) but during testing they didn’t show the quality that we expected (the video was noisy and the ball was blurred). The features specific for them and they are good at are not necessary for us, and what’s more, can be even disturbing (wide angle makes the table curved in the video). The only exception is the 120 fps at 1080p recording that helps reduce blurring of the ball and makes possible to slow down the video for visual analysis.
 
Do you have any experience with table tennis recording under the circumstances we have? Which device is more suitable: a digital camera or a camcorder?
 
If a camera would be ok should it be a DSLR or a mirrorless camera would be enough?
 
Can you offer a certain brand (manufacturer, type) that you used with satisfaction or you think would be fine?
 
We seek a device below 600$.
 
Thanks in advance for any information that brings us closer to our goal.
 
Best regards,
Ferenc Csizmás

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Ferenc,

I hope someone will be able to help you out.


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