With the Go Pro Hero 6 camera you can capture HD footage at 240 frames per second, which makes it the perfect action camera for recording super slow motion footage. Shooting at 240 frames per second makes it possible to slow the footage down 8 times and still have smooth and jerk free footage.
Being able to record full HD footage at 240 frames per second was one of the main reasons I bought the Go Pro 6, and whilst the Go Pro 6 is expensive (and there are cheaper action cameras out there) I was prepared to pay more to have the option to capture slow motion video.
Recording slow motion footage with the Go Pro 6 is easy and simply requires pressing a few buttons, however there are a few things you need to think about before using the 240 frames per second mode.
The first, and most important consideration is light. In order to shoot at 240 frames per second you need an abundance of light. Too little light, and the video footage will be too dark. Gauging how much you can let the light levels drop to and still capture decent footage at 240 frames per second requires time, practice and experience. Unfortunately, there is no magical formula or set rules, and it is a case of practice, practice and practice some more. Before shooting at 240 frames per second I would always take some test footage and checking the video to ensure there is sufficient light.
The other important consideration with capturing slow motion is the subject matter. At the end of the day some things work, and some things don’t. Sports and action is an obvious subject for slow motion footage, however there are other subjects that are just as good. It is worth experimenting with different subjects for slow motion footage because there are things I have tried that I never would have thought would work, and also things I have tried that would be perfect for slow motion but weren’t. The joys of photography…………
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Some slow motion captured with the Go Pro 6
Below are some examples of slow motion footage captured using the Go Pro 6 action camera you may want to check out.
Slow motion footage of the Maxxis British Motocross
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