Frame Rate! Frame Rate! Frame Rate!
The Canon 1Dx – frame rate – 14 frames per second.
The Canon 5Diii – frame rate – 6 frames per second.
May times out in the field have I heard my guests say, “I wish I had a faster frame rate”.
Why?! – is what I ask myself…
Before I move on, I will explain what a frame rate is for these of you who don’t know;
A frame rate; expressed as fps or frames per second, refers to the number of individual frames (or images) your camera can take per second.
There are some pros & some cons to both but I will not go into these details as it is pretty much an endless debate. In my personal opinion, it is not really “needed” but rather just a want. The only really time you will make full use of 14/15/16/17 or 60 frames a second (Olympus OMD mkii) is if you’re a full time bird photographer & you want to capture those extremely fast wings in the perfect position as seen below;
When in comes to 95% of your other game movements these lightning fast frame rates are not needed to be honest.
I did a quick exercise in office today to show off one con when it comes to these high frame rates.
Looking at photography as a whole, I always say taking the image is the easy part where as sorting & processing is the difficult part.
For the purpose of the I used 2 different camera bodies; namely the Canon 1Dx & the Canon 5Diii using the exact same setting;
- ISO – 4000
- Aperture – f 2.8
- Shutter Speed – 1/2000
- Drive – Continuous High
Remember, that I took continuous shots for only one second with each camera, the sequence of images are seen below;
I have always thought of & knew of this massive collection of images while shooting a 1Dx but “in the moment” one does not worry too much about it.
Now that I can actually see the difference between the result of a 1 second burst test in the screen shots above, I might be more conscious about it. Quiet tiring just looking at it to be honest.
The hours I have spent flagging & rejecting images are endless & in my opinion, very unnecessary.
Here are two images, one from each collection above;
The reason I put the two images above into this blog is just to prove that regardless of your camera frame rate, one can still capture identical images weather you shooting at 14 frames per second or 6 frames per second.
I hope this helps you realise that a high frame rate is not a “need” & thats having a slower frame rate will lessen your shorting process dramatically.
Until next time;