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EOS 200D continuous shooting seems slow


So I got a canon 200d in September and it’s great so far, but continuous shooting mode seems really slow. It will take a burst of photos and then lag and take 1 every two seconds whilst having the red light come up. I used a brand new faster memory card (200mb/s), I made sure I had good lighting, I shoot in RAW but it also did it whilst shooting in JPEG too…it seems no matter what I do it’s just really slow. Is this the case? Or is it something I’m doing wrong? 




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It most likely has nothing to do with the camera but is the buffer for the SD card. The lag may be caused by the buffer load.

What card are you using in it?

V30 write speed is 30 MB/s, V60 write speed is 60 MB/s, and V90 write speed is 90 MB

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Thanks so much for your reply!


I originally started with a Sandisk sd card 100mb/s and then switched to a 200mb/s but I’m still finding it’s too slow. Do you think I’ll need an even faster one? 


There is a number in the display to tell you how many images you have until the buffer is full. Is that going down to 0?

Note that the 200D is no speed demon.


The best frame rate is around 5 frames per second in burst mode and that will slow dramatically once the buffer is full.  According to reviews, buffer depth with RAW files is around 5 frames at which point the rate drops to just over 1 FPS. 

So a fast card will help a little but given the very small buffer depth, especially when shooting RAW, you are quickly going to drop well below its stated frame rate.  It is supposed to do a bit better in JPG because it can buffer more JPG frames before filling but once the buffer is full then JPG frame rate will also drop greatly.

Turning off any internal processing (lens correction, noise reduction, etc.) should help; you can apply those in RAW.  I use much faster 1DX III bodies but I still leave all of those corrections turned off in body and apply them in post to my RAW files.


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As others have said:

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John Hoffman
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