Cameras with short shutter lag time?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Bert Hyman, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Guest

    While talking with my wife about selection criteria for a proposed
    new camera, I was surprised to hear that her main problem with our
    aging Canon A60 was the long delay in releasing the shutter.

    The A60's size and control layout suit both of us well enough, and I
    need the full manual control that it offers (I got it as a field
    "notebook" of sorts and it drifted into general photo use only
    incidentally).

    In consumer-grade, non-SLR cameras in the 5+ megapixel range, does
    any one maker's camera have an advantage in quick response time? Or,
    has this problem been eliminated generally in current camera models?
    Any brands to stay away from?

    Is there a Web site that does camera reviews where this sort of info
    can be seen for a lot of cameras in one place?
     
    Bert Hyman, Oct 11, 2006
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    DHB Guest

    Bert,
    As was already suggested by another, you can manually set a
    focus distance (infinity would not be "my" choice) but that will
    depend on how far away your subject(s) are likely to be.

    Unfortunately your A60 (2MP) P&S does not have a "C" (Custom)
    mode to that would allow you to use it to create a hyperfocal mode of
    your choice. Several Canon P&S cameras have this feature begriming
    with the A80 but so do many other brands too. So you may want to
    consider 1 of them that has it & yes most newer P&S cameras also have
    noticeably shorter shutter lag times.

    This was not my idea, so I will give credit were it's due &
    post the web address where I 1st found it:

    http://albert.achtung.com/cameras/A80/index7.html#SNAP

    Note this refers to the Canon A80, however the basic principle
    will work with most newer Canon P&S cameras as well as many other
    brands & models with this feature. Because P&S cameras have a great
    deal of DOF (Depth Of Field), this works very good & can also be very
    useful in very low light situations where AF may have problems.

    Rather then explain it all here, I'll let you go to the link
    where it's explained in more detail. You need not make it a true
    hyperfocal mode where the picture is in acceptable focus from x
    distance to infinity. You can program in a manual focus distance that
    will yield good focus from x distance to x distance.

    That's what works best for me because I don't care if the
    background is in focus & in fact, I would rather that it not be.

    I also have an A60 & thus far have not had any problems with
    it & it certainly takes some very nice pictures, which proves that
    more MP is not always needed or best. Frankly I think the sweat spot
    for most P&S cameras is between 4 to 6MP, but most people seem to
    think that more is better without regard to the physical sensor size.

    Best of luck in whatever you choose to do.

    Respectfully, DHB


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    DHB, Oct 12, 2006
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    Bert Hyman Guest

    [email protected]_papermule.co.uk_trim (bugbear) wrote in
    The manual settings are for ->me to use, but this camera is also
    intended to be used as a general-purpose recreational camera by me
    and my wife, so a camera that works well in normal "auto-everything"
    mode is what we're really looking for.

    So, I'll expand the question to ask which non-SLR digital cameras
    have short(er/est) shutter lag time when operating in auto-focus,
    auto-exposure modes?
     
    Bert Hyman, Oct 12, 2006
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    Bert Hyman Guest

    (minnesotti) wrote in
    Can I take this opportunity to re-ask one of my original questions?

    Is this particular statistic for various makers and models collected
    and reported more or less in one place by somebody, somewhere?
     
    Bert Hyman, Oct 12, 2006
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    http://www.dpreview.com the reviews there have this info. I believe if
    you use the shopping guide to compare various model you might get this
    info in the table., but am not sure.
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    Ed Ruf, Oct 12, 2006
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  6. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Guest

    (Ed Ruf) wrote in
    Thanks; even if it's not in a single table, just avoiding having to
    visit each maker's Web site and look at each of their models would be
    a great help.
     
    Bert Hyman, Oct 12, 2006
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    John Turco Guest


    Hello, Bert:

    The Imaging Resource <http://www.imaging-resource.com> has a review of
    the Kodak P712:

    The Imaging Resource - Kodak EasyShare P712 Overview
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/P712/P712A.HTM

    Here's some relevant, quoted material, from the above Web page:

    "In promotional literature, Kodak brags about the camera's speed
    capabilities, claiming the P712 has 'best-in-class, click to capture
    rate.' Though we don't normally do those sorts of one-to-one category
    comparisons, the camera did present very little shutter lag,
    particularly at wide-angle to normal focal lengths. Without
    prefocusing, the Kodak P712 took 0.14 seconds to capture an image
    when the zoom lens was at the wide-angle position. At the full
    telephoto position, it was 0.71 seconds to capture, still faster
    than many long-zoom models.

    "Though these numbers were good, when the camera was prefocused, it
    was a veritable rocket. We clocked it capturing a shot in a blazing
    fast 0.086 seconds when half-pressing and holding the shutter button
    before the shot itself. Very impressive."


    Cordially,
    John Turco <>
     
    John Turco, Oct 14, 2006
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