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01-23-2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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Burst Mode

http://www.pentaximaging.com/footer/news_media_article?ArticleId=10507458

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"When switched to the new high-speed advance mode, the user may capture up to approximately 115 images at the speed of approximately 21 images per second.*

* The image size is fixed at 1.6 megapixels in the Burst Shooting mode.
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A bit disappointing to those where were expecting to vary the fps:MP ratio dynamically to something more useful.

Thoughts on where 1.6MP images shot at 20 fps might come in handy?

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When your video camera breaks down?
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Maybe, but still no sound.
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Even if you accepted the relatively low framerate, it'll only be good for 5.5 second clips, and no sound.

(I realize, of course, that you were being facetious.)

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Well...

1.6 MP images might come in handy if, uh, you don't care at all about image quality. But then why would you want speed?
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I was thinking maybe coupled with the reported phenomenal high ISO performance performance, this would make for so nice candid night shots ... but the low-light AF is still below par.

Anyway, who am I kidding, I'd love to get my hands on one just to look at the IQ (not going to happen on a poor grad student's stipend, but I do love my K100D).

Sure the burst mode is a gimmick, but it's not being overly emphasized and, if you think about it, it is pretty darn cool.

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Seriously though, I can see it being a "fun" feature, mucking around with the kids in the backyard kinda thing, but can't yet think of a "serious" use - I'm sure there's got to be one?
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Sure makes for a great headline: "Pentax introduces 20fps 14.6 MP DSLR ... for $1300"

(However misleading that may be.)

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I heard someone said landscape photographers would really take advantage of this speed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arpe Quote
Seriously though, I can see it being a "fun" feature, mucking around with the kids in the backyard kinda thing, but can't yet think of a "serious" use - I'm sure there's got to be one?
Not to useful for me but could be useful for anyone who wants to capture fast paced action in phots that will only be posted to the internet or that will only be printed at low resolution. Examples would be the sports pages of on-line news services, war-corespondents, school sports photographers for printing in the school paper or yearbook, situations like "I'm gonna let go now and see if baby takes his first step" etc. Obviously not for those who hope that every photo they take might be suitable for framing at poster size.

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Heh you never know, in conjunction with the new B+W mode there could be a revival of the silent film era posted all over You Tube lol.
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Shooting with high FPS is a must for a sports photographer like myself. I really hope the updated firmware lets me customize my FPS speed.
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Most disappointing is the hype we were given by some trusted folks here.. Though, that is only my sentiment right now and subject to change without prior notice
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Pentax just doesn't get it. Fps is one thing but being able to track the subject is the most important thing. They completely missed it here! Same old focus system.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nametagaaron Quote
Shooting with high FPS is a must for a sports photographer like myself. I really hope the updated firmware lets me customize my FPS speed.
Yes indeed, that's what I want it for, but at more than 1.6mp.

Chris (Codiac) did state that there was goods news coming up for sports shooters, I don't think it is this he was referring to, so it must be a lens, but the only things I can see are the DA*200/2.8 (expensive as it's *, and 200 isn't very long), and the DA*300/4 (f4 is often too slow). So I'm unsure what he was referring to.
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