Does anyone know of a good cheap video camera?

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Last updated 6 years ago

Andrew Pape

Andrew Pape Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois,

thanks for informing me about your video camera. I just looked up your model and found that it was about $580 and that it's been discontinued.

Actually, I think that a normal digital camera would be nearly good enough for basic shooting of TT play. When a coach captured some of my shots, he could see from the little LED screen what I was doing wrong. Problem is that the LED screen is very low-quality, and I'd have to upload the video to computer to see what's going on.

I'm only interested in video cameras because there was a recent sale, with a video camera going for $59 (AUD). I couldn't believe the price. I guessed the camera must be a no-brand type of junk. I've heard, however, that a lot of the unknown brands are actually all made from the same factory. So I was hoping I could get one under $100. Harvey Norman's cheapest is $140. Being a good customer, I might be able to get a discount. But it's probably lacking features.

Can you or anyone help with selection of a video camera, based on prices and features? Thanks.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago

Hi Andrew,

I hope others will have some information for you.  Others will also benefit from the advice.

Videos are a useful tool for being able to watch your strokes and game.  It is often difficult to judge what you are doing without watching it back. 

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Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

Has anyone had any success using the video on their smart phone to record Table Tennis?

Mary Lei

Mary Lei Posted 6 years ago

I have some success just using my simple digital camera Canon ELPH 310 HS with settings: ISO 3200, Shooting Drive mode, L for large file size, highest compression, highest movie quality and no flash. You can see an example of my video here on youtube:

I think I will let the lighting be auto next time instead of setting for fluorescent light.

Previously I had better video contrast:

Not bad for a simple camera < $200. But I do run out of battery in about an hour as I will take less videos.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Nice work Mary.

Shreyas Pandey

Shreyas Pandey Posted 6 years ago

Hi Alois/Jeff,

Where can I upload my video so that you can see it and also provide me important instructions.

Thanks in advance

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Hi Shreyas,


Youtube is a good option. You can keep it private if you are worried about that. We look forward to seeing it. Send us an email once it's done, or if you need more help with it.

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