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Monday, May 20, 2019

Andy Rouse hyping a 30 fps camera he is using in Ranthambhore, India for Tiger Photography

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera

Last week, Andy Rouse posted on social media he is in Ranthambhore National Park, India, photographing tigers and using a 'new' camera system that is capable of 30 fps.

The rumor mill ran wild with speculation, ranging from the beta version of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to some high end version of the EOS R mirrorless camera, or a completely new camera from another manufacturer.

I have been to India numerous times for wildlife photography and Andy's personal guide in Ranthambhore is a friend of mine. He informed me this time Andy is using a Sony mirrorless camera for his test shots.

Frankly, the obsession with frame rates per second is rather silly. The current EOS-1D X Mark II and Sony A9 cameras are capable of 16 and 20 fps already. I never use the 16 fps and prefer to set the rate at 12 fps for freezing Hummingbirds in flight.

There is little doubt camera manufacturers are working on increasing the frame rates of their cameras, precisely to satisfy the fatuous pursuit of one-upmanship. I expect Canon to announce the pro version of the EOS R and the EOS-1D X Mark III camera some time in early 2020. Keep checking back for the latest information.

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