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Shutter speed won't go over 5 frames a sec. on d300

In the ch shooting mode my camara will not go over 5 frames a second.  Even with the mb-d10 battery grip with the aa batteries.  I would like to be able to shoot 6-8 frames a sec.  Any sugestions

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  • poolguy22 Jan 14, 2009

    Thanks, it turns out I can't shoot more than 5 frames per sec in raw in jpeg not a problem.

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Even if your camera is rated at shooting more than five continuous frames at a time, those are stored in a memory buffer in the camera, when the buffer is full the camera writes the images to your flash memory card. How fast the memory card can accept the data will determine who fast space is made available in the buffer for a sixth or seventh shot.

The main limitation on how many images can be shot in continuous mode is based on the storage capacity of the memory buffer and also how fast images can be written to your inserted memory card.

So, the higher the resolution the image the more space it takes in the memory buffer. Should you shoot in a smaller resolution you should be able to shoot more frames continuously. However, there are a few variables involved. If the Camera is preset at the factory to not store any more than five images no matter what the resolution than there is no way around this encumbered feature. And, or the speed at which the memory card you use can accept written data will also decide how fast the buffer is cleared for new data.

The highest speed flash memory conforms with Version 6 and has a write speed of 188x.

So, the things to double check is if a limitation is built into your camera of five images and no more than five no matter what the resolution. This is not uncommon. The second is the speed at which data can be cleared from the buffer and written to the memory card, less common but a newer standard now that faster flash memory cards are becoming available.

Now, all that being said, There are 'firmware' updates released from time to time that make adjustments to camera features than can change these variables

Most Nikons use Compact Flash so see if you can get a high speed card that is version 6 compliant. But, first, check the sony support site for your camera and see if 5 is the limit no matter what. And if so, see if there is a firmware update under downloads at the support site that increases the number of shots that can be stored in buffer while being written to the flash memory card.

I have a client wtih a D60 who when she switched over to 133x Compact Flash was able to shoot more frames faster in continuous mode.

Please don't hesitate to use the comment text box below for any further assistance, such as the support page at Sony for your camera if you don't have in in yoru manual. Or any information you may need regarding shooting in high speed mode and what format to use. Most Pros that consult with me are using JPEG uncompressed. If you have questions please provide more detail on how you have your camera setup and under what conditions you are shooting in when attempting to capture more frames per continuous mode shotting.

Regards,
Worldvet

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jan 14, 2009

    Keep your eye out for a firmware update that may increase the buffer for continuouse shooting and also suggest to Sony that they increase the number of shots in continuous mode as an option released as a firmware update. I only suggest this, but suspect the hard coded program in your camera may not be changeable in a practical sense.

    Good Shooting,
    Worldvet


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