Numbers matter but they don’t count for much.
I recently spoke to a friend who’s bought a new camera from a reputable brand. It was an interchangeable lens system and he tells me that aside from the bells and whistles, he bought the camera solely because it could shoot 10 frames per second (this statement itself seems ironic). I asked him why that was his deciding factor and he replied “why not? Might as well get the most for my money”. He’s not a sports photographer, and for the rest of the day his camera was set on rapid shot and left firing away for the rest of the day.
What he’s doing is by no means wrong, but it’s one of the least efficient/costeffective ways to do things. He’s not a sport photographer so there isn’t any need to buy a camera with a high fps (and a lower end camera with lower fps but roughly the same specs will cost less). Not to mention that one of the things that I’ve found with shooting multiple exposures quickly is that unless you’re shooting a scene that’s changing quickly, it’s a pain in the ass to go through all the photos later during the edit. Most of the images will look exactly the same and any good feeling leftover from having a beast of a shutter will be replaced by all the memory those images will take up.
Honestly to some extent, numbers will indeed play a part. 300 images will be infinitely better to work with than 30, but once you hit 3000 it’s getting a bit silly. Think back to the days of film in which Cartier Bresson, Eugene Smith and for the new school, Joe McNally rose to fame with. One roll of film was 36 exposures, and there was no delete function. One of the things that I’ve been consciously trying to do is to focus on framing instead of continuously firing and hoping to get a lucky shot. So if you’re shooting a thousand frames an hour, give your SD card a rest and focus on the framing instead.
And please, please don’t buy yourself a camera just because it has high fps, there are many other things to consider as well that are more important to a developing photographer!