Product Review--Canon Powershot ELPH 100HS

Over the past few years, it's become very easy to get your golf swing on video. There's no shortage of devices that can film video, espeically smart phones. The video quality from smartphones is typically very high, but it's not always the best for recording high-speed movements--like the golf swing.

The naked eye can see movements at up to 30 frames per second (fps), and that is the speed that most smartphones and cameras record video. This is great for slow moving objects, like your kids opening Christmas presents, but will cause any fast moving thing to be blurry in the video.

As recent as a few years ago, one would have to pay several hundred or thousand dollars to get a camera to record in high speed. But recently, there are several new options to the market that allow you to record in high speed that are much more affordable.

One of these is the Canon Powershot ELPH 100HS. MSRP is $179.99, but you can get them online for as little as $139.00. This little camera (it's the size of a credit card) can shoot still photos, videos in full 1080p HD, and in slow motion at either 120 fps or 240 fps.

I recently purchased two of these to film golf swings for this website. They worked great. They're small enough to easily fit in your pocket or golf bag and very easy to operate. Please note that they do not have any internal memory, but have a slot for a standard SD card. They come with one rechargable battery, but aftermarket batteries are available very cheaply.

Below are two videos shot with this camera. Both show me hitting a few chip shots. The first was shot in 1280 x 720 HD, and the second in 240 fps slow motion.


Overall, these cameras are a great way to record your golf swing and are a good general use camera as well. They're inexpensive, small, and very easy to use.

Let me know your thoughts!

Brant Kasbohm, PGA
Director of Instruction