How to Optimize Your Digital Camera for Faster Shooting

How to Optimize Your Digital Camera for Faster Shooting

Mike Cave
Oct 3, 2011

Camera technology has increased dramatically in the past few years and like every other piece of technology they have gotten faster. If you are picking up a new camera or have one that's fairly new, you might not be taking advantage of it's capabilities. Here are some tips to keep you from missing that special moment.

Many of today's camera's shoot HD video as well as bursts of images. If you own a newer DSLR, your camera could possibly record up to full 1080p and shoot over 10 images per second in a continuous stream of full resolution images. What you may not realize is that you can't get the maximum performance out of your rig if you aren't using the proper memory card.

Most modern camera's support sd/sdhc cards so for this example we will refer to those but the same principle applies to whatever type of memory card is being used. If you have ever shot in continuous mode on your camera, you were using the buffer memory in the camera to write to the sd card as fast as it could. If your card can write as fast as your camera, you can theoretically shoot until it is full with no hitches. If your card is too slow, your camera will not be able to shoot as fast as it could.

To avoid missing that high speed shot of your dog or child in action make sure you are shooting with a properly fast memory card. Some of the newer Class 6 SD cards can hit 20MB/s and Class 10 cards can get even faster at 30MB/s. We recommend getting a card that is rated at a 20MB/s or greater write speed for the best results, Class does not matter. A fast memory card will guarantee you no issues when recording HD home video or shooting that baseball game. After all, no one likes missing that moment, especially if it can be avoided.

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