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02/01/2006 10:09:21 AM · #1
Can anyone here tell me the difference between using continuous shooting or single shot? Is there a difference in image quality? Does it effect sharpness etc? I am just curious!

Di
02/02/2006 02:43:25 AM · #2
Does anybody know???
02/02/2006 03:11:29 AM · #3
I'm not an expert or anything, but there shouldn't be any difference in quality between continuous and single shot modes. You only get the advantage of shooting multiple frames in a row, helping to capture the action better. If you move your hand (for example when trying to pan) you will of course get less sharp or even completely blurry images.

I hope this helps.
02/02/2006 03:15:44 AM · #4
I sometimes use this for slower shutter speeds. My theory (sometimes it works sometimes not) is that pushing the shutter button moves the camea slightly no matter how solidly you hold it, but the second or third frames hopefully will be more stable...
02/02/2006 03:15:46 AM · #5
I keep my D70 on continuous all the time. I've found that I get most shake with long lenses when I press the shutter on the first shot. When I keep the shutter down after that the next two or three shots are sharper.

TC is too quick for me!

Message edited by author 2006-02-02 03:16:13.
02/02/2006 03:16:24 AM · #6
I dont think there is any difference in quality. Anyway, what do you really mean by continuous shooting? If it means camera will keep on clicking the photos till the button is pressed (at timely interval) that it does not reduce the quality but the number of shots it can take is limited by the quality (and size) of image you choose due to limitation of writing speed to card (which means camera cannot click more frames whan what can be accomodated in buffer before writing to memory card).

There could be continuous shooting when you are using bracketing. This is helpful when you dont know if underexposed or overexposed picture will suit your purpose. You can set the bracket to take multiple pictures with change of exposure level between each. The technical quality will be same but offcourse the "artistic" quality will change (over exposed, under exposed, properly exposed).

Hope this was the answer you were looking for. Anyway, I dont have a SLR so these might be more things associated with SLR ccontinuous shooting which I might not know.
02/02/2006 03:18:01 AM · #7
For example, when I was taking a picture of my son's classmates (20 of them) I used the continuous trigger - and I managed to get one where all of their eyes were open at the same time.
I also use the continuous shutter when I go to my son's soccer games - you never know when something is happening what is the best moment to capture - so I just fire off. (I also use AI Servo when shooting fast-moving sports, but that's another setting:-)
02/02/2006 05:51:02 AM · #8
As simple as this:

Continuos shooting: action photos (sports, fast subjects)
Single shooting: everything else

If you are used to single shooting and you turn in to the continuous mode you have to be carefull with the time you keep you finger in the shutter button, because if you leave your finger there you will end up with 3 or 4 photos instead of one.

I keep my cameras in continuous shooting all the time, but I only keep the finger there for an instance.

02/03/2006 04:18:26 AM · #9
Thanks for all the replies. I normally leave my camera on continuous just in case I want to take action photos. I just wondered why they would have a continuous and a single shot selection if continuous does everything that single shot can do with the same quality?

Oh well, maybe it's just one of life's mysteries!

Thanks again,

Di
02/03/2006 04:33:09 AM · #10
If you're shooting with a flash or in a studio, then you may well not want continuous shooting, as the lighting might not be able to keep up with the camera's frame rate. For landscapes, architecture, if you're carefully composing a detail shot and when using a tripod, you may not need continuous shooting either. The continuous mode, however, does make for a simplistic substitute for image stabilisation when using a slow shutter speed, as others have already said and there have been numerous discussions of this.
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