Shot speed and a comparison between digital and film

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eigenvector, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Guest

    I notice that I get quite a bit of lag between shots on my Oly C720
    (especially when put on TIFF mode). That said, are digital cameras
    incapable of taking shots at the speed that a film camera can produce?

    If there are any high speed cameras out there, what are they and how do they
    compare with film cameras. Seems like mine is about 1/10th the speed of a
    good film camera. For comparison we can keep the discussion to 35mm film
    cameras and digitals to 1600x1200 jpeg (which my Olympus C720 designates
    Eigenvector, Sep 23, 2003
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  2. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Guest

    I guess I'm not familiar with the terms. When I think of a film camera, I
    think of some professional photographer's camera that he/she/it uses to take
    shots out in the field - like combat photos or something. A camera like
    that can pop off shots at maybe 1 shot every second or so. When I compare
    that to mine, I just can't see a digital camera dumping to memory that fast.
    But then again I really don't know a heck of a lot about cameras.
    Eigenvector, Sep 24, 2003
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Faster than that.
    High-end digital SLRs do 3-4 shots per second as well. They have a
    fast buffer which can store 4 to 10 pictures taken quickly and then
    transfer the picture to a memory card.

    The big differnce is that a motor-driven film camera can do an entire
    roll (or even spool in the case of movies).
    Ray Fischer, Sep 24, 2003
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    Eigenvector Guest

    Okay, so a digital can do it, in small bursts albeit, it will just cost much
    more to do it.

    Didn't know that was possible because of the data transfer that has to
    happen, but now I know.

    Any idea when technology like that will start to become more available to
    the casual user. I noted the comment before yours about how Olympus often
    has the burst picture taking - bracketing is what it is called I think(?).
    That's not really what I had in mind, although I guess for high speed shots
    the effect is the same.
    Eigenvector, Sep 25, 2003
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