My Canon R8 can shoot video at 30/60p but only offers me 25/50p. What’s going on?

The Canon EOS R8 is a very good video camera, but why does it insist on legacy PAL vs NTSC frame rate choices.
(Image credit: Gareth Bevan)

Very broadly, the world was divided into two analog TV standards: NTSC (North America and other regions) and PAL (Europe and some other regions). There were many technical differences between them that made these different signal types incompatible or at least difficult to convert for different regions.

One of these was the frame rate. NTSC used a frame rate of 30fps, while PAL used a frame rate of 25fps. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at