Hi! I just started using my 1100d the past weeks.  I haven't actually shot a short/animation etc.  I have read about shutter actuations, and according to what I read from many sources in the internet, the 1100d's acutation is about 100,000.  I have read that some cameras tend to reach more than 100k,  others don't reach the limit. 

I was wondering if working on stop motion, will affect the actuations "left". Cause I shoot at 12fps, and it would take a lot of shots to do a 5minute short. I am scared of wearing off my camera so fast that I need to buy a new one again.

I have read in some threads from Dragonframe, that I can just set the capture source to "None" then get my shots from the video capture so my camera does not need to actually take a picture instead, from live feed. But I think getting from the live feed might affect image quality and resolution.  Will it?

I don't have that much experience working with DSLRs in stopmotion.  You guys, surely have a lot of experience with it. So, I would rather get suggestions from you than presuming myself. 

Thank you very much!

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DSLRs, even more expensive models, can develop problems over time tht have nothing to do with shutter actuations. My Canon 40d got some dirt on the sensor that couldn't quite be cleaned off, almost gone but a little shows when stopped down to f-22.  And it has developed 3 hot pixels - pixels that stay bright.  So for professional jobs I had to get another camera, a 7d, even though it can take another 150,000 shots before the shutter is likely to wear out.   The new camera has a higher resolution, and shoots HD video as well, but I didn't need those things.

And my first DSLR, a Nikon D70, still does perfect shots, but does not have live view, so it's kind of obselete even though I could still get perfectly good frames from it.  

So I say, just jump in and use the thing!    No point sparing the shutter, only to have to eventually replace it for some other reason.  

Capturing only from the live feed is much lower resolution, and not nearly the same quality, it's just a video feed with noise from using gain to approximate the brightness of the actual high quality stills (because they get more light from taking a longer exposure, but the video feed doesn't).  So don't do that.

12 frames per second x 60 = 720 frames per minute.  That's 3600 frames in a 5 minute film, plus some outtakes, say 4000 frames for 5 minutes?  100,000 frames should be good for around 120 minutes. I see why you are concerned, but 2 hours of finished animation, a feature film length, is a hell of a lot of animation!  That's a good 10 years of work at my pace.   A friend shot a 12 minute film at 25 fps, so twice as many shots, with a Canon 600d, and it' still going strong.

So yeah, just go for it!

Oh I see. That makes sense. Thank you very much Nick! Now I can just take shots again without worrying about actuations. Thanks!

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