Is Shooting at 120 fps Worth it?

Have you ever thought about getting a DSLR camera that shoots at 120 fps?

If you’re a video creator, then you must have thought about it. I reckon most of you don’t even care about selecting the frame rate, such as 24 FPS, 30 FPS, 60 FPS, and 120 FPS.

Choosing the frame rate to shoot videos depends on various things. If I want to have that smooth, buttery footage, I would typically select 120 FPS, no doubt, and set the shutter speed at 250.

Am I naive enough to intentionally shot underexposed footage? I guess, no. I know how important light and proper exposure would be in the footage.

At 120 FPS, with my shutter speed set at 250, I get gloomy footage. I am sick of that. No matter how well I have framed the raw footage, how good the camera movement is, and how beautiful the modest background is, the dull footage leaves a negative mark on the video.

A few fixes that you can apply.

Is 120 fps worth it?

1. Playing with the Shutter Speed

Violating the standard rule of thumb, it is a daring task as doing so leads to the unfortunate failure of attaining the desired cinematic feel, which our anxious eyes used to see. Unless you allegedly want to give, add creativity to your video, and try something new.

In such a situation, as stated above, you will try decreasing the shutter speed to get a proper amount of light to your sensor. Decreasing the shutter speed results in frames struggling to blend.

Furthermore, blurriness will be hard to contain when the shutter speed is less than desired. You will get blurry objects rather than the blurry background. You can break the rule, but then the feel of a cinematic video has also vanished.

2. Decreasing the Aperture

Dropping the F stop value works pretty well without hurting the desired footage you want to take if your lens has the ability to capture at the low aperture.

Most lenses do not have this ability. My lens has an F stop value of 3.5. Other lenses may have a value of 2.8, 1.8, etc.

You are likely to have problems if the value is above the 2.0 mark, which most lenses on the market do not possess.

3. Increasing the ISO Range

Going above a certain level makes your footage quite grainy — it destroys the filmy look. The grainy depth-of-field stings in the eyes, despite making it look good. It is in accordance with my knowledge that I have gained from my experience.

According to my knowledge, the maximum ISO range you can go for in a crop sensor is 4000 if you want to get a good video out of your camera.

Let’s End this

Opting for 120 frames per second, in a room with average exposure to light, in my point of view is not a good option. Bright conditions are an exception, though.

You are going to have either pretty dark footage or pretty grainy footage, and both will not look good. Isn’t it a better option to shot in fewer frames with the shutter speed lower in order to get more light and less grain in your footage?

According to Peter McKinnon, you can get the same feel as of 120 frames per second in 60 frames per second footage by moving yourself a bit slower.

Isn’t it cool?

I am waiting for comments down below.

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