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Digital Camera with High FPS Continuous Burst Shot?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Before you tell me to do a search ... I'm looking for something very specific. I would like to find a reasonably priced digital camera that will do high FPS burst shots (and a lot of them). Some of the digital SLR cameras will do a continuous burst of up to 5 FPS for 100+ shots. This might be a bit excessive, but the faster the processor the better for me. I'd like to be able to get 2+ FPS burst shots (or higher if possible). I would prefer to not have to spend $1500 to get it though... hence my dilemma.
Any ideas of what compact or reasonably priced cameras might fit this description?
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GREG
post #2 of 22
If you're going to invest a good amount of money, I would recommend breaking down and buying a dSLR. I have a Nikon D2h and D3 (among others), both of which are 8+ FPS. The great thing about a camera like this is the possibility of changing lenses for what you need, etc. I don't know of any compact digital camera that can take full resolution pictures at decent bursts speeds, but I'm sure there must be a few. One major problem that you might have with a compact is its lack of ability to focus track at high speeds. It might be able to do the bursts, but not keep up with the focus if the subject is moving at a decent rate. One alternative could be a video camera, something in a digital format that could be imported to a computer, and the individual frames exported as pictures.
post #3 of 22
It's an out-of-date model now but you may well be able to find one on fleabay - take a look at the Minolta Dimage 7Hi. This will take up to 140 frames at 7.2 frames per second with 1280 x 960 resolution. It also supports various other speeds and resolutions and is, as far as I know, the only digital camera designed specifically for high-speed shooting.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/minoltadimage7hi/
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_...dimage7hi.html
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D7HI/D7HIA.HTM
post #4 of 22
You could get a Nikon D40, 6mp, 2.5 fps burst with an 18-55 zoom (35mm equiv. 28-80) for <$500 new, ~$430 demo from a place like www.bhphoto.com or www.adorama.com, etc. Pretty light, too.
post #5 of 22
Do a google search. There are many cheaper with more FPS than the Nikon.

Do you want High res or will 640x480 images at 30 FPS do?
post #6 of 22
You don't mention the purpose but I have been told that 8+fps is where you want to be for good MA.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm less interested in MA/instructional purposes and really only want this to be able to capture nice photos of skiing. I usually find that in order the get decent shots a continuous shot mode that can shoot very quickly is required (then you end up with several photos to choose from). 8 FPS would be great, but I won't get out of that for under 2 grand probably. I have found a few Casios that can shoot at 4FPS for a reasonable price. I have a MiniDV camera with a DuoPro slot that I use for MA, so this would be more for shooting action shots for eye candy purposes.
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GREG
post #8 of 22
Eye candy? I agree that you probably want a DSLR. see www.imaging-resource.com for many very extensive reviews.
post #9 of 22
did you check the new canon rebel xti?
post #10 of 22
Used Canon 20D or 30D. That's the easy part. Then you need to buy glass...
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
I'm less interested in MA/instructional purposes and really only want this to be able to capture nice photos of skiing. I usually find that in order the get decent shots a continuous shot mode that can shoot very quickly is required (then you end up with several photos to choose from). 8 FPS would be great, but I won't get out of that for under 2 grand probably. I have found a few Casios that can shoot at 4FPS for a reasonable price. I have a MiniDV camera with a DuoPro slot that I use for MA, so this would be more for shooting action shots for eye candy purposes.
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GREG
By the time you get through reading the responds, the price of dSLR would have dropped into the sub-$1000 range! And I'm not kidding!

You want high frame rate. Get a dSLR body with good frame rate. Even the "budget" lens for SLR are much better quality than what you'll get with other digitals. So, don't get side-tracked by the "pseudo professionals" into buying expensive lens, your total package price will be well under your $1500 target.

There're literally one new dSLR coming out on the market every month. What that means is there're also a lot of very lightly used dSLR from a year or two ago that's very good quality on the market too!

Last but not least, if you're shooting skiing, you're probably talking about tele-photo lens. Guess what? Tele-photo for dSLR is "normal" for film SLR, which is the cheapest abd best lens available on the market.

I'd say you can get a very good dSLR package for under a grand NEW. Less if used.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Do you want High res or will 640x480 images at 30 FPS do?
Continuous burst does not equal video mode on point and shoot camera.

10fps is about as fast as it gets, digital or film, and it is not cheap to achieve. The camera altis posted is intriguing...cameras much newer and much more expensive aren't capable of that kind of burst performance.

The sub-1000 dollar dSLRs are slower than that camera too.
post #13 of 22
Thanks Garrett. I was begining to think I had wasted my breath!

Apparently, the Dimage 7Hi can also manage 5.2 FPS at 5 megapixels for up to 9 frames - which sounds good for those high-speed close encounters with snow going everywhere. There's lots of pro freatures too that will help in difficult lighting (like snow scenes) and the 28-200mm lens is also very good with virtually no purple fringing - take a look at some of the samples.

You're going to need a lot of DSLR to match that.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by altis View Post
Thanks Garrett. I was begining to think I had wasted my breath!
Definitely not! so far that looks to be the best option and it is VERY reasonably priced. Thanks for the advice. I know nothing about cameras...
post #15 of 22
If you're still looking then check out the recently anounced Casio Exilim EX-F1. This supports 60fps, for up to 60 frames, at its native resolution of 6 megapixels plus various movie modes (including 1920x1080 full HD) up to a staggering 1200fps.

More details:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08010601casiof1.asp
http://www.exilim.com/intl/ex_f1/
post #16 of 22
Whats the matter? Someone spill propel on your current camera? :
post #17 of 22
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Whats the matter? Someone spill propel on your current camera? :
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ROFL
post #18 of 22
I agree with many others that a DSLR is a great way to go (I'm saving up for either a D80 or D300), but if you want to stay in the point and shoot realm I'd recommend the Canon S5 IS.

I have one of it's ancestors, the S2 IS, and it's a great medium sized point and shoot. Decent zoom range, a fair degree of manual control, 3fps, decent image quality, image stabilization and a fairly durable construction. I think they are retailing for around 300.
Lensmate makes a great adapter tube that lets you use lens filters and even some wide angle, tele, macro ect. adapter lenses.
post #19 of 22
Dads Nikon D80 is in a word, awesome. Esp cool if you aready have some nikon lenses in the closet.

Sis' D40 is almost as good and yup about $500.

I just bought a cannon 720 (love DSLRs but hate lugging them.) About 1.7 FPS. $200. 6x optical, 8mp.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Whats the matter? Someone spill propel on your current camera? :
No. Gatorade.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
I ended up with a Canon 40D. 6.5 FPS continuous for up to 100 shots. It takes incredible pictures. I'll post up some of the results over the next few weeks.
post #22 of 22
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ROFL
Only 4 Bears would understand that.
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