By Andrew Liszewski
It doesn’t do much more than your average flash based camcorder, but the V-Swing does have a few features aimed at golfers looking to hone their game. The most obvious is the War Of The Worlds-esque gooseneck-mounted camera that can be bent in all directions and rotated up to 270 degrees. That coupled with a 170 degree wide angle lens means you should have no trouble capturing your swing with this thing mounted to your golf cart or bag. It’s also claimed to have high speed frame rate capabilities allowing you to step through and analyze your swing in slow motion, but a closer look at the specs shows it maxes out around 50fps. So I’m going to assume it’s got a fast electronic shutter to keep blurring to a minimum.
The 60MB of built-in memory is essentially useless for doing any kind of video recording, so you’ll want to factor in the price of a large SDHC card if you intend to actually capture anything, but a 32GB card should hold up to 12 hours of 640×480 VGA video. The rechargeable lithium polymer battery is rated for 5+ hours, though I’m not sure if that’s with the 3.5-inch TFT LCD display turned on. However, it looks like Amazon is carrying it for $349.95, and at that price (and cheaper) you can pick up one of Casio’s EXILIM digital cameras that are capable of capturing up to 120fps at VGA resolutions, and even more if you don’t mind a drop in resolution.