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Jan 13, 2021 23:56:21   #
digitalnut Loc: Endwell, NY
 
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but it only shoots 4.5 FPS. I shoot a lot of college and school Lacrosse and I would like at least 8 FPS. This number coming from my D7500 and works out perfect for the action shots. What I would like to know is, is it possible for Nikon to do a firmware Update to increase the frame rate? The Z5 has everything I want except the speed. I have asked Nikon about doing an upgrade, but they said they are not at liberty to tell me what is going to be updated in their cameras or updates to their cameras. Any information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Please Stay Safe and keep shooting !!

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Jan 14, 2021 00:38:01   #
Leitz Loc: Solms
 
digitalnut wrote:
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but it only shoots 4.5 FPS. I shoot a lot of college and school Lacrosse and I would like at least 8 FPS. This number coming from my D7500 and works out perfect for the action shots. What I would like to know is, is it possible for Nikon to do a firmware Update to increase the frame rate? The Z5 has everything I want except the speed. I have asked Nikon about doing an upgrade, but they said they are not at liberty to tell me what is going to be updated in their cameras or updates to their cameras. Any information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Please Stay Safe and keep shooting !!
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but i... (show quote)

If Nikon will not divulge features of impending upgrades, how would you expect anyone here to know??

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Jan 14, 2021 00:51:18   #
digitalnut Loc: Endwell, NY
 
I don’t expect anyone here to know what they are going to do. I guess I didn’t get my question correct. What I want to know is, if it is possible that a firmware upgrade could change the FPS. Because if it is I might take a chance and buy the camera in hopes that they would do a firmware change in the future.

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Jan 14, 2021 01:01:52   #
Leitz Loc: Solms
 
digitalnut wrote:
I don’t expect anyone here to know what they are going to do. I guess I didn’t get my question correct. What I want to know is, if it is possible that a firmware upgrade could change the FPS. Because if it is I might take a chance and buy the camera in hopes that they would do a firmware change in the future.

Have you asked Nikon if it is possible for a firmware upgrade to increase frame rate? I should think they would know more than any of us here.

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Jan 14, 2021 02:26:17   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
I would think that FPS is determined by the physical and electronic limitations of the camera body. It could be considered a selling point so if it were possible to go above 4.5 they would advertise it that way.

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Jan 14, 2021 05:38:45   #
kymarto Loc: Portland OR and Milan Italy
 
digitalnut wrote:
I don’t expect anyone here to know what they are going to do. I guess I didn’t get my question correct. What I want to know is, if it is possible that a firmware upgrade could change the FPS. Because if it is I might take a chance and buy the camera in hopes that they would do a firmware change in the future.


Very doubtful it would get more than a 10% increase. There are hardware limitations on read speed off the sensor and the data pipeline.

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Jan 14, 2021 06:24:33   #
chrisg-optical Loc: New York, NY
 
digitalnut wrote:
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but it only shoots 4.5 FPS. I shoot a lot of college and school Lacrosse and I would like at least 8 FPS. This number coming from my D7500 and works out perfect for the action shots. What I would like to know is, is it possible for Nikon to do a firmware Update to increase the frame rate? The Z5 has everything I want except the speed. I have asked Nikon about doing an upgrade, but they said they are not at liberty to tell me what is going to be updated in their cameras or updates to their cameras. Any information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Please Stay Safe and keep shooting !!
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but i... (show quote)


An interesting proposition - "overclocking" your camera...

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Jan 14, 2021 07:26:54   #
Archboo3 Loc: Central Florida
 
Doesn’t the Nikon Z6 get the frame rate you are looking for. If you haven’t purchased the Z5 the Z6 might be a better selection.

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Jan 14, 2021 07:28:58   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
chrisg-optical wrote:
An interesting proposition - "overclocking" your camera...


Bring on the Hackers !

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Jan 14, 2021 07:44:04   #
Morning Star Loc: West coast, North of the 49th N.
 
I haven't tried out this feature yet (so many other things to learn with this camera) but my Olympus OM-D E-M1 mark 3 will take up to 60 frames per second.
The camera itself feels nice in hand, is a good size even for my rather large hands.
As well as a good size to take with me in handbag, camera bag, car, etc.
Bonus (at least for me): it takes two memory cards!

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Jan 14, 2021 08:02:07   #
wildweasel
 
I have both a Nikon Z6 and an Olympus EM1 Mark ll and the Z6 will do what you want but the Olympus is my favorite.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:04:16   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
If you wanted a different camera, you should have bought a different camera.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:22:38   #
digitalnut Loc: Endwell, NY
 
Leitz wrote:
Have you asked Nikon if it is possible for a firmware upgrade to increase frame rate? I should think they would know more than any of us here.


I will ask them again and see what they say. Maybe the next person I get will be more willing to give me an answer. Thanks for the comment.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:28:02   #
digitalnut Loc: Endwell, NY
 
Thanks for all the info. I knew someone here would have the knowledge of how these cameras and electronics work better then me. Sounds like it isn’t possible to get the speed that I want without going to the Z6, which I don’t really want, because of the price and the more expensive memory card that it takes. The Z5 uses two SD cards and the price is in my budget. Again, THANKS for all your input.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:35:11   #
mikeroetex Loc: Lafayette, LA
 
digitalnut wrote:
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but it only shoots 4.5 FPS. I shoot a lot of college and school Lacrosse and I would like at least 8 FPS. This number coming from my D7500 and works out perfect for the action shots. What I would like to know is, is it possible for Nikon to do a firmware Update to increase the frame rate? The Z5 has everything I want except the speed. I have asked Nikon about doing an upgrade, but they said they are not at liberty to tell me what is going to be updated in their cameras or updates to their cameras. Any information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Please Stay Safe and keep shooting !!
I am looking at a Z5 to get into mirrorless, but i... (show quote)

Trade your Z5 in for a Z6 II and you will have the FPS you desire.

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