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Friday, April 22, 2016

Is The new D5 DSLR Nikon's Fastest Shooting Camera?

Nikon F3H and Nikon D3, side by side
How far has Nikon cameras come in terms of burst rate, as measured by frames per second, in the last twenty years? Remember the Nikon F3H, the Super high speed film camera announced in 1996?

Its 13fps burst rate actually exceeds the new Nikon D5 DSLR firing at 12 fps. The F3H camera was a one-off modification, based on the Nikon F3 and the MD-4 motor drive. Its primary goal was for sports photographers covering the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan.

Fast forward twenty years, and now the new Canon 1D X Mark II camera can fire 14fps and 16 fps with mirror lockup. Are we comparing apples to oranges? Do we really need all that speed?

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