01 August 2017

Canon EOS DSLRs: FPS Continuous Shooting Speeds

Canon EOS DSLRs: FPS Continuous Shooting Speeds
10 FPS - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
I regularly receive queries on the website about the frames per Second Speed (fps) for Canon EOS DSLR bodies and the importance of fps in selecting a new camera body (in relation to specific photography genres).

FPS will relate to the speed of how many images a specific camera can take during a continuous burst of captures and another important measurement, Burst Rate will be related to how many shots a specific camera can continuously capture before slowing down.

Various factors could influence the actual burst rate and therefore shooting speeds may vary in terms of individual camera setup, memory cards, JPG and / or RAW file section.

Official Canon Article: Understanding and Comparing Canon Burst Rates

Learn more about CF / SD Memory Card speeds (tests for various Canon EOS Bodies).

When does fps / continuous shooting speeds matter?
It generally matters more in faster and action genres - for shooting Birds in Flight the photographer could have more success and choice with seven or ten images from one single burst or even a few shorter bursts of four of five images at one time. One potential disadvantage is the high volume of very similar images to select from (in post-processing).

FPS Shooting Example / Demonstration (Canon EOS 7D Mark II)
An example of eight continuous shots captured with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II - with its 10 fps capability and high-speed maximum burst rate. Egyptian Goose Take-Off

FPS for Canon EOS Enthusiast / Semi-Professional / Professional DSLR Cameras


Canon EOS Body

FPS

Max JPG

Max RAW

EOS 60D

5.3

58

16

EOS 70D

7

40

16

EOS 80D

7

80

25





EOS 7D

8

120

25

EOS 7D Mark II

10

130

31





EOS 6D

4.5

1250

15

EOS 6D Mark II

6.5

200

21





EOS 5D Mark III

6

65

18

EOS 5D Mark IV

7

Full

21





EOS 5Ds

5

Full

14

EOS 5Ds R

5

Full

14





EOS-1D X

14

180

38

EOS-1D X Mark II

16

Full

170


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