Frame Rate! Frame Rate! Frame Rate!

The Canon 1Dx – frame rate – 14 frames per second.

The Canon 5Diii – frame rate – 6 frames per second.


May times out in the field have I heard my guests say, “I wish I had a faster frame rate”.

Why?! - is what I ask myself...

Before I move on, I will explain what a frame rate is for these of you who don’t know;

A frame rate; expressed as fps or frames per second, refers to the number of individual frames (or images) your camera can take per second.

There are some pros & some cons to both but I will not go into these details as it is pretty much an endless debate. In my personal opinion, it is not really “needed” but rather just a want. The only really time you will make full use of 14/15/16/17 or 60 frames a second (Olympus OMD mkii) is if you’re a full time bird photographer & you want to capture those extremely fast wings in the perfect position as seen below;


When in comes to 95% of your other game movements these lightning fast frame rates are not needed to be honest.

I did a quick exercise in office today to show off one con when it comes to these high frame rates.

Looking at photography as a whole, I always say taking the image is the easy part where as sorting & processing is the difficult part.

For the purpose of the I used 2 different camera bodies; namely the Canon 1Dx & the Canon 5Diii using the exact same setting;

  • ISO                   -           4000
  • Aperture         -           f 2.8
  • Shutter Speed -           1/2000
  • Drive                -           Continuous High

Remember, that I took continuous shots for only one second with each camera, the sequence of images are seen below;

Canon 1Dx - 14 frames per second

Canon 5Diii - 6 frames per second

I have always thought of & knew of this massive collection of images while shooting a 1Dx but "in the moment" one does not worry too much about it.

Now that I can actually see the difference between the result of a 1 second burst test in the screen shots above, I might be more conscious about it. Quiet tiring just looking at it to be honest.

The hours I have spent flagging & rejecting images are endless & in my opinion, very unnecessary.

Here are two images, one from each collection above;



The reason I put the two images above into this blog is just to prove that regardless of your camera frame rate, one can still capture identical images weather you shooting at 14 frames per second or 6 frames per second.

I hope this helps you realise that a high frame rate is not a "need" & thats having a slower frame rate will lessen your shorting process dramatically.

Until next time;

Happy Snapping;


6 thoughts on “Frame Rate! Frame Rate! Frame Rate!

  1. Joe Knapman


    I totally agree. A higher frame rate is a nice to have, but not necessary for 98% of wildlife. Infact having the E-M1ii and the E-M1X both capable of 60FPS (18 in C-AF) I normally dial it back to about 8-10 FPS. After all who wants to go through 180 shots if you hold down the shutter for just 3 seconds.
    A few times, like the chameleon catching prey with it’s tongue, or that water droplet splash for example it can make real sense.

    • Michael Laubscher

      Hello Joe, thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog! As you shoot Olympus with the capability of shooting with these crazy frame rates, your inout is greatly appreciated.

  2. Rod Hering


    Your point is entirely valid, but you forgot the most important aspect of high frame rates. Bragging rights in the bird hide.

    • Michael Laubscher

      Thank you for taking the time & yes this is indeed an important aspect!! 😉

  3. Gareth


    Hi Michael compleatly agree I’ve been doing wildlife photography for a good while starting from film I’ve got two cameras that I use regularly and love useing for my wildlife the Nikon d500 and canon 7d mark 2 both have highFPS as you know but also have camreas with smaller FPS and get great results so your spot on regards gareth

    • Michael Laubscher

      Hello Gareth. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blog and for leaving this comment. Have a great day further and happy snapping.

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