Burst Frames - X-S1/HS50

Started Jan 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
Kawika Nui Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: Burst Frames - X-S1/HS50

You are right about the idiocy of limiting burst depth to a handful of shots.  Yet many makers do this.  FujiS9400/S9200: limit 10 frames.  Nikon P510, P520: limit 7 frames.  Canon HS50: as you said.  FZ70: similar.

So far Panasonic FZ150 & FZ200 are the only superzooms I've found that can deliver decent burst rate and depth.  About 25 frames at full resolution (5.5fps or 12fps).  Also both have full HD1080p60 video.  Canon G16 has good burst, but of course it's not a superzoom.

It's hard to understand why anyone would make a camera so good in every other respect and then give it a ludicrously small buffer.  And as you've found, it requires a lot of digging to get the buffer depth (even as they tout the burst rate, which without decent depth is useless).

Even DSLRs & MFTs are similar.  Canon is usually pretty slow in terms of fps.  Pentax has done a good job with high rates and decenrt buffer (K-5, K-3).  GH3 is very nice, too.   But so often a really great camera is put out with either low burst rate (Canon) or small  buffer, or both.

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