This is just a quick post to give a simple explanation of your camera’s different drive modes – what they are, what they do and when you should use each one.
Camera Drive Modes
You camera has a number of modes you can select to control how it reacts when you press the shutter button. These are the drive modes. You can choose to have single, multiple shots or to delay when you take the photograph when you press the shutter button.
Single Shot Mode
Continuous Drive Mode
- Transfer speed of the memory card in your camera – You need a ‘fast’ card to help the camera transfer the information quickly;
- The camera’s buffer size – This is the number of fames that the camera can store temporarily internally prior to writing to the memory card;
- The image quality that you have selected – The resolution/size of the RAW or JPEG files you are recording;
- Continuous autofocus/single autofocus – Some cameras give you the option for the camera to either just autofocus on the first image of the burst or for it to adjust focus for each subsequent frame captures in the burst mode. Single autofocus mode will naturally allow your camera to take faster subsequent frames.
Silent Shutter/Quiet Mode
This remote mode works when you plug in a wired (or wireless) remote control to trigger the shutter button. This is advisable where you are using a very slow shutter speed and want to ensure that you do not shake the camera resulting in a blurred image.
Mirror Lock Up
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