Small P&S Shutter Lag Times ?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Bandicoot, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. I have been asked to help buy a compact digital camera, and am
    But not on its searchable comparison table. Are we supposed to
    scan reviews for every camera in creation to find this out?

    This is THE most important feature for me - my usual axes are an
    ancient Leica rangefinder and a TLR, I even find film SLRs rather
    slow. Second is an optical viewfinder (I'm too presbyopic to use
    a screen). Third is low-light performance. I don't give a monkey's
    about pixel count or zoom and I want the thing to be cheap as it'll
    be going to some fairly rough places and might well not be coming
    back. Doesn't need to be new. What is there?

    I've never owned a digital, but I've borrowed a few reasonably
    expensive point & shoots from friends and they all had unusably
    slow response times for anything I wanted to do.

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    Ron Hunter Guest

    For most new P&S cameras, shutter-lag is not the problem, but rather
    very slow focusing. My cameras both separate the focusing from the
    shutter-lag by allowing a 'half-press' of the shutter button and an
    indicator (green light) to indicate when focusing is done. In low
    light, P&S cameras can take a LONG time to achieve focus (if they will
    at all), but the actual lag after that is quite short. If there is
    enough light for focusing, then I have never had a problem with
    shutter-lag on either of my current Kodak P&S cameras. Even a film
    camera has some shutter lag since the shutter blades must open and close.
     
    Ron Hunter, May 29, 2007
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    Robert Coe Guest

    >> I have been asked to help buy a compact digital camera, and am
    : >> currently, with the intended purchaser, making our shortlist of
    : >> models to look at based on published spec.s and reviews. But
    : >> as we all know, published spec.s very rarely say anything about
    : >> shutter lag...
    : > Only if you're not looking in the right place. DPReview gives
    : > the lags times on all it's full reviews.
    :
    : But not on its searchable comparison table. Are we supposed to
    : scan reviews for every camera in creation to find this out?
    :
    : This is THE most important feature for me - my usual axes are an
    : ancient Leica rangefinder and a TLR, I even find film SLRs rather
    : slow. Second is an optical viewfinder (I'm too presbyopic to use
    : a screen). Third is low-light performance. I don't give a monkey's
    : about pixel count or zoom and I want the thing to be cheap as it'll
    : be going to some fairly rough places and might well not be coming
    : back. Doesn't need to be new. What is there?
    :
    : I've never owned a digital, but I've borrowed a few reasonably
    : expensive point & shoots from friends and they all had unusably
    : slow response times for anything I wanted to do.

    Before I bought my XTi, my main camera was a Canon G-5. It's reasonably small
    and light, has decent optics and more features than I'll ever need, and is
    very convenient to use. But it cannot be used to photograph young children;
    and to this grandfather, that's a fatal flaw.

    My daughter (mother of three of my grandchildren) recently upgraded to one of
    the newer Canon P&Ses (S70?), and she says its response time is much improved
    over its predecessors. You might want to look into that. (I'm not sure it has
    an optical viewfinder, but there may be others in the series that do.)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 3, 2007
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