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Shutter Lag On Digital Cameras?  
User currently offlineUsa4624 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 280 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

I've heard of a 1-2 second lag between when you press the "shoot" button on the camera and when the camera actually takes the photo. I've heard this complaint about every non-slr digital camera, but am looking specifically at the Olympus 720.

How do you compensate for this?

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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Press the shutter release 1-2 seconds before you want the photo to be taken. Big grin

Seriously, this is a thing you have to get used to and off course it's a hassle when taking action shots.


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3069 times:


What you hear is wrong. I used to use the C-700 for all my airplane shots. What you do is press the shutter release halfway down (as you would a 35mm SLR) to lock exposure and focus and keep it there until your composition is the way you want it, then depress it all the way. No lag in the shutter release. There is a lag while it writes the data to your card, so make that shot count!


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

You've got to weigh it up with having a 1 second shutter lag on taking the photo or having 2 second lag on Autofocus and no lag on the shutter (like my camera, although AF is more like 5 seconds Big grin).

Dan  Smile

User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

As Dan says above, the autofocus on his Pro90 (I had one) is slow, but it is continuous servo focus. This means that when you finally get the subject in focus, it remains in focus as it moves towards or away from you.

Any camera you buy with focus lag, make sure that the focus is continuous.


User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

My friend Casper always said ...' Snap before the plane comes into the frame'  Laugh out loud and if you are lucky, you will get a shot of a plane, perfectly in full frame.

Here's one lucky shot from his C-700. Big grin

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User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2916 times:

A really easy way to get around this problem on Sony digicams is you press the button halfway down until the little green dot on the LCD goes solid, then you you push it down the rest of the way and the shot will be instantaneous

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2892 times:

Brian - I believe that is called 'auto-focus'  Laugh out loud

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