5 Tips for Shooting Stunning Slow Motion on the Sony RX100 IV

Guest Post by Henry Shephard

henjo2Times are precious, especially when you have kids, and being a filmmaker and a recent first-time dad I’m guilty of wanting to document everything. Therein lies my obsession of looking out for the latest gear to give my films that extra edge.

Super slow-mo has been on that list for a long time! Until quite recently, if you wanted to shoot with frame rates in the region of 480fps and above, you had to have over $60,000 in hand for a Phantom camera – but in steps the Sony RX10 II and Sony RX100 IV!


I ended up purchasing the Sony RX100 IV for the pocketability factor. The fact that you can leave this camera in your pocket and have it on standby for anything worth recording is incredibly useful.

With all the excitement of the slow-mo capabilities of this camera, immediately after purchase, my wife and I used it to film this video of our daughter, to remember the fun of giving her a bath! You quickly realize that water in slow motion equals absolute gold!

Here are 5 tips for Stunning Slow Motion on the Sony RX100 IV

1. 480fps max

Avoid shooting above 480fps: The loss in quality from 480fps to 960fps is not worth those extra frames. 250fps with a sensor readout of 1,824 x 1,026 effective pixels is ideal for quality shots.

2. Use ‘End Trigger’

This camera allows you to shoot the previous 2 seconds of action upon pressing the record button. This can be found within the menu options. This way, I can wait for the action to happen first and then hit record. Note it takes the camera 20 seconds to save the video file to the card when using high frame rates.

3. Use natural light (lots of it!)

Natural light will help avoid flicker that is often associated with high frame rates and different light sources. You also need a lot of light when shooting at these high frame rates. Remember when shooting at 480fps, you need your shutter speed to be 1/1000th (180 degree shutter) which takes away a lot of light.

4. Slog-2 can enhance your image

The Sony RX100 IV might look like a hobby camera and has limitations especially when it comes to shooting slow motion, but it also comes with the famous Slog-2 Gamma Mode that can enhance your image. When Picture Profile 7 (PP7) is enabled your image becomes much flatter thus increasing dynamic range, providing a better highlight rolloff and making it easier to apply Slog-2 LUTs in your editing system for great colors.

5. Use water or particles to make your shots more stunning

If you’re looking to shoot with water, dust or even produce underwater shots without the big price tag, use the Aquapac small camera case 418 (like I did). It’s $20! It will give your shots another edge.

Not only do we at henjofilms.com see the uses for this camera in our personal lives, but professionally as well. Filming that one special shot at weddings or for something unique in our corporate work, can bring the production value of the video up a few notches!

To sum up, I totally recommend this camera to anyone looking to add that extra special something to their films.

For a more in-depth look at the camera check out cinema5D’s Sony RX100 IV REVIEW

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henjofilms Reply
henjofilms September 21, 2015


 Gar O'Rourke Reply
Gar O'Rourke September 21, 2015


Dan Buck Joyce Reply
Dan Buck Joyce September 22, 2015

This was shot using the RX10ii on a Ronin M https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=0inSQnREdak

Rob Anthony Reply
Rob Anthony September 22, 2015

Excellent video, thanks for sharing

Ben Doyle Reply
Ben Doyle September 22, 2015

That last shot made the video. Nice work!

Roberto Garces September 22, 2015

What about the sounds made by the babe?

Roberto Garces September 22, 2015

Baby sorry.

Adrian Price September 24, 2015

Magic! How did you get that last shot?!

Sylvain Bui Photography Reply
Sylvain Bui Photography September 25, 2015

really nice job ;)

 Burt Johnson Reply
Burt Johnson February 5, 2016

I just got this camera today. Went out to a festival tonight and shot some Ecuadorian fireworks (aka, “castles”) with it. Looks fine on LCD, but LightRoom CC does not read the videos. Found them and double-click on iMac OX 10.11.12, and it says the format is invalid — apparently not picking up the XML that goes with the MP4 video.

How do I get this into Lightroom, or otherwise edit it??

 Burt Johnson Reply
Burt Johnson February 5, 2016

Clarification — I can read normal video. It is the HFR (high frame rate) videos that I can not see outside the camera.