A comparative newcomer to the market is Canon's Scoopic 16M ($1,810), a camera so fast-loading that an operator can film the offense and defense separately without missing a play. The Scoopic has a 100-foot automatic load with a zoom lens.
All of these cameras use 16mm film, which most coaches favor because of the sharper images and superior projection equipment. But Super 8mm cameras are now being perfected. The only drawback is that the film may not always be processed as quickly as the coaches would like. According to one retailer, just about any Super 8 camera with a zoom can be used.
Regardless of the type of camera, all coaches would choose color over black and white, but it costs too much-roughly $175 to $200 per game compared with the $100 to $125 for black and white—to be used regularly. And few schools have good enough lighting. "From a scouting or training standpoint, there's no question you see considerably more in color," says one coach, "and when it comes to attracting the attention of college coaches to players, color again is your best shot."
Now high school basketball teams (in some states, 50% of them) are using game films—even practice films. Swimming and track coaches are dabbling with cameras, too. Who knows? Someday they may even film third-grade dodge ball.