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Re: 3 frames per second
Hey there timdjones7, the camera will only shoot 3 fps when placed in Continous Shooting Mode. You can set this via the dial controls on top of your camera. Rotate it to the little icon that looks like a man running. Now you are set to go. Have fun!
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The 4 frames per second shooting speed really only applies when you're shooting on manual focus. If you're not shooting a well lit scene or using an off-brand lens your camera will take a bit to auto-focus on your subject. Also if you're using the on-board flash, your camera will take a few seconds to recharge and fire again for the next picture.
In order for it to shoot at the theoretically possible 8 fps, the shutter speed has to be aat it highest setting and the aperture wide enough as well as the media card has to be a fairly fast one as well (fastest write speed you can afford) and use j[eg mode not RAW (NEF)
If you're using the flash, the flash isn't going to charge that fast.
If your shutter speed is slower than a third of a second, you're obviously not going to get three frames per second.
If the camera is set on AF-C and the subject is moving, the camera may be having trouble tracking it.
If you're shooting RAW and have a slow memory card, the buffer will fill up quickly and slow you down. Try it with JPEG and see if it makes any difference.
If you have the exposure delay mode (custom setting #31) turn on, the camera will wait about 0.4 seconds before shooting, and this applies even in continuous mode.
Check all of the above. Set the camera to Manual exposure mode. Turn off the autofocus. Set the image quality to JPEG Basic. Set the camera to Continuous 3 fps. Now, press and hold down the shutter release button for five seconds. Does the camera take about fifteen pictures?
If you've checked all of these and it still won't do it, post an additional comment here and we can go from there.
6.5fps is only the manufacturer's indicative maximum. The camera will not always perform at this speed when conditions aren't suitable (too dark, for example). In Sports Mode, the camera decides the correct shutter speed for that scene. If it's not a very bright day, shutter speed has to be lowered (slow) to compensate for the lack of light. This results in a lower frame per second.
If you want to test the max fps, set your camera on Tv, and set the speed to 1/1000+ on a bright sunny day. Set the Drive Mode to AI Focus or AI Servo. If at 1/1000th of a sec, the Aperture value blinks in the viewfinder, you don't have enough light. Increase the ISO. You should be able to achieve 6.5fps. That's my experience anyway. Good luck.
Pre-PMA 2004: Canon today announced the impressively specified EOS-1D Mark II which features a new 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, it can shoot at just over eight frames per second and has a 40 frame JPEG image buffer (20 frames in RAW mode). This means that shooting at full resolution at full speed the camera is buffering 69 megapixels per second (or 100 MB/sec). Other changes include the addition of a USB port, an SD slot, the removal of the external white balance sensor as well as some subtle body styling changes.