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Fastest Continuous Shooting Digital Camera
Placeholder The Leica Q2 shoots at 20 fps - one of the fastest continuous shooting modes of all cameras.

Continuous shooting refers to how fast the camera can take images one after another in rapid succession as rated in fps (frames per second). Fast continuous shooting is great for catching action shots. Sometimes the action happens so quickly its hard catch the perfect shot, fast continuous shooting allows you to capture many closely spaced photographs so that you can pick the one which best captures the action. Many cameras allow you to shoot in continuous mode and choose the first or last n photos so that you can basically hold the trigger down until you see what you want and then let go.

Continuous Shooting Example

The following photo illustrates many rapid fire photos collaged into one. It provides an excellent demonstration of how fast continuous shooting can capture a subject over time in different phases of an action. This is also an excellent illustration of the opportunity for creative photography using fast continuous photo modes.

7 Steps to a 180 Flip
photo sequence of a 180 skateboard trickTaken on a Canon 350D using continuous shooting this photo captures a skateborder performing a 180 in multi-stage detail. Photo by thEOS.

Fastest Shooting Digicams

The following are some of the best and fastest shooting compact digital cameras. Providing rapid fire photography at reasonable prices.

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Fast Shooting Entry Level DSLRs

The following are some of the fastest shooting, reasonably priced entry level DSLRs

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Fast Shooting DSLRs

The following are some of the fastest shooting DSLRs at any price level.

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Diego (7:20 PM, June 12, 2017)
Great piece of information, thank you for that! I would like to ask for your preference between a Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and Nikon Coolpix B500. I want to get a camera for my wife as she loves taking pictures wherever we go. She is a beginner and wanted to give her something to learn with. Which one do you think would be best for her? Any help is much appreciated.
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (8:35 PM, January 09, 2014)
Photoshop or GIMP. Then use layers and layer masks
Tyrone Jackson (8:13 AM, June 22, 2013)
Very useful, thanks man
Avatar for maemotastudios maemotastudios (5:29 PM, May 17, 2013)
(So, sorry for taking so long to getting back to you your question was
lost in my many emails in my in box) In many opinion the Sony a77 is the
best choice for you, it has an incredible burst rate of 12 fps (frames
per second) at 24 mp (mega pixels) from what I've seen and through my
research this is currently the best out there at the moment; i.e. the
fastest speed at the highest quality... this is truly an exciting and
extraordinary tool within the industry!
Avatar for Bahaa Chouman Bahaa Chouman (8:31 AM, March 04, 2013)
Dear Maemotastudios you seem a very smart person so in your opinion which one is at least the best from the side of megapixels and quality for rapidfire or burt mode becouse like for example jetski or kart racing its important to have rapidefire mode but like you said it will loss image quality so which one is the best out there that can have a good megapixel and a fast burstmode please advice me becouse i am not smart like you in Camera stuff :)
Maemotastudios (4:20 AM, June 07, 2012)
"Rapidfire" or "Burst Mode" as some brands call it. Captures only part of the sensor and therefore drasticly reduces your megapixels, it really depends on the camera and therefore the sensor size as to how many pixels you're losing. I personally would rather have a camera that's at it full specs than cut anything short. As an example I had a friend who was raving about the Pentax k-20d that it shoots 21 fps .. while true, that's also at 1.6 megapixels. (usually this model would be 14mp 3fps) So, continuous shooting mode would be shot using your full sensor and all of it's megapixels. I hope that this all makes sense.
vivek (4:48 PM, June 05, 2012)
Please help me understand the difference between rapidfire and continuous shooting mode. in rapidfire also it shows FPS in continuous shooting also it shows FPS. what is the difference? Thank you
Mailhot_927 (2:44 AM, August 17, 2011)
how can you do that. You take the 7 pictures and what now? Do you use a specific program?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:46 PM, June 24, 2011)
Hi Tom, good point, we should fix that.. in the mean time, if you click on any of the links to explore fast fps cameras, it will show you their FPS as the first spec in the list for each camera.
Avatar for Tom Lim Tom Lim (4:44 PM, June 24, 2011)
It would be nice if this list shows the FPS for all the cameras listed.  Only shows it for a few.