Is there a delay when you take a shot?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Nusat, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. Nusat

    Nusat Guest

    Hi there,

    I've been told that when you shot a digital camera there's a delay between
    the push action and the camera to take the picture. Is that true?

    Nusat, Jul 4, 2004
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    Skip M Guest

    That depends on the camera. Digital SLRs and some viewfinder/p&s models
    (Kyocera springs to mind) have nearly instantaneous shutter responses,
    others seem glacial by comparison.
    Skip M, Jul 4, 2004
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    Nusat Guest

    That depends on the camera. Digital SLRs and some viewfinder/p&s models
    I am interested in compact cameras (from Canon, Fuji, Olympus, ...), so they
    suffer from shot delay?

    Nusat, Jul 4, 2004
  4. It is true for any camera, not just digital. There can be more delay in
    some digital cameras, particularly the older non-DLSR models. In many
    cameras, the problem can be alleviated by pressing the shuuter release
    half-way to measure focus and exposure, and then pressing all the way to
    take the actual picture at the critical moment.

    David J Taylor, Jul 4, 2004
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    KILOWATT Guest

    Try to find the specs. for the camera in question. The "click to capture
    delay" is what your interested in. I have a DX-6490 from Kodak...and on the
    website, it's specified as <.65 sec. but i would say that mine is faster
    than that... .2~.3 sec...

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    KILOWATT Guest

    As an additional comment... a friend bought a Pentax optio 430rs and this
    delay was a long 1.5 second! This delay seems to be minimized as digicam
    technology evolve.
    KILOWATT, Jul 4, 2004
  7. *My* camera doesn't, but then I specifically shopped for one that didn't- I
    understand pretty much all compacts do, although some brands (IIRC Ricoh,
    Kyocera) advertise models with very little delay. If I switch off autofocus,
    my Olympus E10 (discontinued) has virtually no delay at all.
    Martin Francis, Jul 4, 2004
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    Amir Guest

    I think that it's called shutter lag--"the delay from pressing the shutter
    button until a picture is actually captured (". That was
    one of my main concerns when I owned a Canon G2. The shutter lag on that one
    was sometimes too long ranging from 2 seconds all the way to even 8
    seconds!!! My experience with the new-generation compact cameras such as
    Canon S500 and Sony DSC-P100 has been absolutely different! These two
    cameras (along with many others out there) have shutter lags way under one
    seconds (some close to 1/10 of a second). I can go on and on about this, but
    a great place to start doing research and learning more about different
    features of digital cameras is That's where I go
    every time I am buying a new digicam. It has never let me down. Of course, I
    always spend some time here in this newsgroup first.

    Amir, Jul 4, 2004
  9. It's true with pretty much *any* camera -- even a Leica rangefinder.

    The question is not *whether*, but *how much*. For a Leica
    rangefinder, I think around 30 milliseconds (from old memory). For a
    good consumer digicam, maybe around 150 milliseconds -- which is
    enough to be really annoying sometimes. For a *bad* consumer digicam,
    perhaps 750 milliseconds.

    (These figures are all *after* you eliminate auto-focus and exposure
    delay; these are irreducible minimums for the particular models.)

    The digital SLRs have delays in the same range as film SLRs of similar
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jul 4, 2004
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    mark_digital Guest

    Hi there,

    I've been told that when you shot a digital camera there's a delay between
    the push action and the camera to take the picture. Is that true?

    mark_digital, Jul 4, 2004
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    Phil Wheeler Guest

    DSLR would be far less annoying in that regard.

    Phil Wheeler, Jul 5, 2004
  12. The Canon S400 is among a large group of digital cameras that has a
    noticeable shutter delay when used in the traditional manner as if it were
    an old film SLR. To use these cameras effectively with quick action where
    you need to have little or no shutter delay, you must learn new shooting
    habits. The most obvious is to anticipate the action or shooting moment and
    use the shutter half-press. By half-pressing the shutter and waiting for
    that right moment to shoot, you will not be disappointed as often. I even
    use this technique with my Olympus E-10, which has a very short shutter
    delay to begin with.

    Another technique I use to catch quick moments is kind of a shotgun method
    of using burst or continuous shooting along with shutter half-press. The
    S400 has two burst modes, fast and slow, that I've used very successfully to
    catch just the right facial expression on a baby. Or even harder, to catch
    the right expressions on the faces of my twin grandchildren who are 5 months
    old. The continuous shooting mode on my Canon S1 IS is truly continuous to
    the capacity of the CF card. That works very well with kids or sports

    David Sommers, Jul 5, 2004
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