Thursday, July 2, 2009

High Speed Burst Mode

High Speed Burst Mode the Video Demo:
In this installment I will be discussing the high speed burst mode feature of the Leica D-Lux 4.
The maximum frame rate 6 per second is under ideal conditions. In low light conditions the frame rate will be some what slower. The pictures are taken continuously while the shutter release button is held down for up to 35 exposures per burst using the cameras internal memory or up to 100 depending on the memory card you use in the camera.
The ISO is set automatically by the camera to 500 to 800 ISO depending on conditions. The quality setting is automatically set to 3 megapixels which equates to a 2048 x 1536 at a 4 x 3 picture ratio in a JPEG format. RAW is not available while using this mode.
How useful is this mode? It depends on how you use the camera. I have had fun taking shots of my grandson drinking from a glass and running around the pool with the dogs chasing the pool sweep. The close up shots were taken indoors at a close range and I was pleased with results. Here is a short 30 second video showing the shots and results.

Burst Mode Test from Ted Goth on Vimeo.

Here is another short video of outdoor shots taken at a longer range in strong sun and shade.

Burst Mode 2 from Ted Goth on Vimeo.

Next week I will be covering my exploration of the use of auto bracketing and the multi-aspect ratio options. Look forward to your comments and good shooting.

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