Digital conspiracy? The Minolta G400

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by AA Bob, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. AA Bob

    AA Bob Guest

    What's the number one problem with digital cameras? SHUTTER LAG! Why does
    shutter lag even exist? I don't know. Point 'n shoot film cameras don't
    have shutter lag. I have an old $99 Minolta Freedom III (35mm) that uses
    two infrared sensors to autofocus in a split second. The autofocus problem
    was solved a long time ago.

    Along comes the Minolta G400 digital. Guess what - no shutter lag! Great!
    Where can I get one? Nowhere. This camera was announced back in October,
    but has not been reviewed on any of the popular review sites. It does not
    come up on any of the shopping search engines. Already, it seems to have
    been replaced by the G500, which has a more conventional (i.e. slower)
    autofocus.

    Has anyone seen a Minolta G400, or has this camera never hit the street?
     
    AA Bob, Nov 12, 2003
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    P&S film cameras DO have shutter lag. Friend of mine was exasperated
    trying to photograph cars on racetrack with a film P&S. By time shutter
    fired, car was nowhere near where he wanted to shoot it. He ended up
    with a manual focus SLR. Autofocus SLR cameras fix problem as they have
    a much superior autofocus mechanization. I am sure the very best P&S
    cameras may be fast, but MANY cheaper P&S film cameras have same lag
    problem as digital.

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    Don Stauffer, Nov 12, 2003
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  3. AA Bob

    AA Bob Guest

    I'm sure there are many P&S cameras out there that are slow. However, the
    random handful of cheap P&S cameras that I've used over the years snapped
    photos as fast as I could press the shutter button. These included various
    Minolta and Olympus models.

    My point is that the autofocus shutter lag problem has already been solved
    and has been available on inexpensive film cameras. These use an external
    focusing sensor - typically infrared. Digital cameras use software
    algorithms to sense contrast within the image. That approach is, obviously,
    much slower. So, I do not agree that digital and film cameras have the same
    lag problems.

    Your frustrated friend ended up buying an SLR, which is exactly what the
    industry wants. In other words, my view is that digital camera manufacturers
    intentionally leave P&S digitals with slow shutter lag so that people are
    compelled to buy digital SLRs.
     
    AA Bob, Nov 13, 2003
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  4. AA Bob

    AA Bob Guest

    That's a good idea, but all the photos and press releases clearly showed
    "Minolta Dimage G400".

    Thanks.
     
    AA Bob, Nov 13, 2003
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  5. AA Bob

    AA Bob Guest

    Thanks for the link.
     
    AA Bob, Nov 14, 2003
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