For a long time now I have been designing high definition video evidence cameras for the international law enforcement and police community. Technology has now reached the stage that a specific golf purpose camera for the practice area could be designed and built, but it will cost more than the law enforcement versions. Is the golf community prepared to pay about $1,000 for such a camera?
The camera would have a resolution of 1.3 megapixels and a frame rate of 1000 images per second and a global shutter. The key is the global shutter and the consequent ability to stop motion without false distortion and artefacts. Cameras such as the famous GoPro have rolling shutters in sensors that cost about $10 but a 1.3Mp sensor with a global shutter will cost $200. Existing high performance/high frame rate cameras have had global shutter sensors costing $700 and up. The new sensor suggests an end user price of $1,000. Will the golf world pay that price?
The camera would and could work with all or any existing golf analytical software but would only be of value for the practice area. I am not a golfer but those I have managed to discuss this with all state that once on the fairway they could be bothered with setting up a camera. The research organisations say that over 30 million golfers exist in the world and that there are some 35,000 golf clubs with shops. If one does basic math then to sell only one camera to each club and achieve the 35,000 sale would produce a gross profit for the manufacturing company of over $5 million. So the idea seems as though it would be attractive to the commercial world but if golfers refused to buy it then it is a turkey?
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