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I'm looking to buy a new camera for sports photography and I need a camera that can shoot continuous JPEG at exactly 8fps. On the Canon R8, it looks like if I don't use the electronic shutter it'll shoot at 6fps, and with the electronic shutter it shoots at 40fps.

Is there an option where I can use the electronic shutter and choose to shoot at something slower than 40fps?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Alternative solution: Shoot at 40 fps, and only keep every 5th image. \$\endgroup\$
    – Peter M
    Jun 19, 2023 at 15:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ For my use case, I take about 800k photos in a weekend. The 8fps and being ready to ship is extremely important. \$\endgroup\$
    – Citizen
    Jun 19, 2023 at 15:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ NO off the shelf consumer camera takes exactly x-number of frames per second that consistently, particularly with mechanical shutter. Aperture, ISO, exposure time, lens correction settings, etc. all affect exactly how long the interval between frames will be. In real world situations, an "8 fps" camera will typically give you somewhere between 7-8 fps, with the fastest rate approaching 8 fps only if you have Av wide open, Tv shorter than flash sync, no AF, base ISO in bright enough light, no lens correction, etc. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Jun 19, 2023 at 15:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ 800k images at 8 fps is 27 hours of continuous exposure. That almost sounds like you are effectively shooting video of some sort. But in what I just looked online about the R8, it says "up to 40 fps". So if exactly 8 fps is a requirement, perhaps you are not looking at the correct tool for the task? \$\endgroup\$
    – Peter M
    Jun 19, 2023 at 15:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ What is the actual photographic problem you're trying to solve? Why do you think being able to shoot at exactly 8 fps will solve that problem? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Jun 19, 2023 at 15:20

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You can set few different drive modes:

  • High-speed continuous shooting +
    [Elec. 1st-curtain]: max. approx. 6.0 shots/sec.
    [Electronic]: max. approx. 40 shots/sec.
  • High-speed continuous shooting
    [Elec. 1st-curtain]: max. approx. 6.0 shots/sec.
    [Electronic]: max. approx. 20 shots/sec.
  • Low-speed continuous shooting
    [Elec. 1st-curtain]: max. approx. 3.0 shots/sec.
    [Electronic]: max. approx. 5.0 shots/sec.

Ref: Canon product manual.

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