Auto focus speed

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Mike & Steph, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. Mike & Steph

    Mike & Steph Guest


    I've got a Canon Powershot A40, that I've had for a little over a year, and
    it takes pretty good pictures, but it's got one really annoying quality...
    the time that elapses between pushing on the button to shoot the picture and
    the camera actually taking the picture. With dogs and kids, it's a real
    pain when they're cute for a second, and I try to click off a quick shot,
    and the camera finally snaps it like three seconds later. I suppose this
    has to do with the auto focus mechanism, because I purchased a high-speed CF
    card and it didn't make any difference.

    So now I'm looking for recommendations for a mid-range priced (under $500)
    digital camera that has a fast auto focus, or at least takes pictures within
    a few milliseconds of pushing the button. Does such a beast exist, or am I
    going to have to reach deeper into my pockets?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    Mike & Steph, Apr 7, 2005
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  2. You can try manual focus or holding the shutter release half-way to
    pre-focus the camera and reduce the delay. The Nikon 8400 has a twin
    auto-focus system to reduce delays which works very well, and being
    wide-angle it's especially handy indoors. Probably outside your
    price-range, though.

    David J Taylor, Apr 7, 2005
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  3. I just picked up a Sony Cybershot DSC-P200. It is a 7.2 megapixel
    camera that features very fast auto focus. I chose it for this
    reason. I like it a lot. It occasionally gives me a blurred picture,
    but then so does my Canon SD10.

    One thing I like about the Sony is that it remembers _all_ of my
    settings. In particular, if I program it to use spot metering, it
    does so indefinitely. The Canon loses this setting each time I power
    it off.

    My biggest complaint regarding the Sony is that it uses Memory Stick
    media. It is expensive. Plus, I can't use my SD cards, of which I
    have much stock.

    If you find a faster camera than the Sony, please post.
    David Arnstein, Apr 7, 2005
  4. Many digital camera's have this problem and last year they've solved this
    more and more, first I thought Minolta.
    Best you can look on the websites to compare.
    Anne Geeraets, Apr 11, 2005
  5. Ps. Sometimes it helps when you use the fast shutterspeed from "sports" to
    take the picture (eventually combined with flash).
    Anne Geeraets, Apr 11, 2005
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