Burst shutter feature useful or not on a digital camera

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Brian, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    When you buy a camera these days for have some extra features such a
    burst shutter option that causes the camera to take 15 shots per
    second (depending on the model of camera). There are two uses I can
    think of such as shooting someone crossing the finished line or over
    coming the shutter lag problem.
    Has anyone found other uses for the burst shutter option?

    On the Fijufilm FinePix S8000 camera there are options for 15 shots
    per second, 15 shots per 2 seconds, 3 shots per 3 seconds called a Top
    3 and continously shooting at 2 shots per second by holding down the
    shutter button until either you release the button or the memory card
    is full. I can't find a use for the Top 3 as I could use the continous
    shooting mode. The only disadvantage of the 15 shots per second is
    that you are limited to 2 Meg photos.
    Does anyone find these features useful and what occasions would you
    use it?
    Another feature called bracketing I find useful but you need to decide
    on plus or minius 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV. It would be nice if the camera was
    able to take a wider range of exposures such as taking 5 photos at
    different exposures. I've found that the 2/3 option seems a better
    choice and the last photo it takes out of 3 seems to be correctly

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Nov 25, 2008
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  2. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks Mike.
    The only disadvantage I've found is the camera needs to store the 15
    or so photos before you can take another shot so there is a time
    delay. Maybe some time in the future cameras might have a dual burst
    mode so you can take a burst of 15 photos and then before they are
    saved you can take another burst of 15 photos, then all 30 photos are

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Nov 26, 2008
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  3. This is a common feature/drawback of Fuji's bridge cameras, and it was one
    of the giggest driving motivations that made me upgrade my S6500 to a DSLR.
    DSLR's write the images to the memory card as they're being captured, like
    they're using a sort of buffer memory arrangement, whereas the bridge
    cameras tend to wait until you've captured the burst, before starting to
    devote all its processing power to writing the images, rendering the camera
    unuseable until the process is complete.
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Nov 26, 2008
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