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Point and Shoot digital camera with no "shutter lag"

beefcake78 1,523 371 August 14, 2012 at 07:19 AM
I'm looking for a digital camera with no lag. By lag, I mean I want to take shots of kids etc the instant I push the button, instead of a half second too late.

I already have an SLR, (which admittedly is one solution to this problem) but am looking for more of a snapshot camera to do this. We already have a Kodak and a Samsung camera which we aren't happy with as far as response goes. Also cell phone cameras and said lag is even worse with them.

It doesn't have to be a slick deal, it just has to take good pictures at the appropriate time.

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Budget? Size?

I know the DSLR is not the smallest to carry around, but it will give you the fastest results. Most P&S cameras do have some lag due to how they focus and have retractable lenses.
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Budget? Size?

I know the DSLR is not the smallest to carry around, but it will give you the fastest results. Most P&S cameras do have some lag due to how they focus and have retractable lenses.
Budget not an issue, lets say I would buy instantly under $200. I would consider price / performance ratio for anything more.

Size, small enough to fit in a purse, pocket, backpack.

When I'm saying shutter lag, I mean I have the shot, all focused in my LCD etc, then I hit the shutter, and it takes what seems like a long time to grab the shot. Sure enough, I missed it and the kid is looking away, grinning like crazy, or slapping his cousin already. Maybe it's just technique... But in shopping for a new camera, I don't know what spec this would be called or how to exactly explain it.
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Budget not an issue, lets say I would buy instantly under $200. I would consider price / performance ratio for anything more.

Size, small enough to fit in a purse, pocket, backpack.

When I'm saying shutter lag, I mean I have the shot, all focused in my LCD etc, then I hit the shutter, and it takes what seems like a long time to grab the shot. Sure enough, I missed it and the kid is looking away, grinning like crazy, or slapping his cousin already. Maybe it's just technique... But in shopping for a new camera, I don't know what spec this would be called or how to exactly explain it.
It's not a spec that's listed usually, because it has a lot of factors involved in it, light being a big one. Are you prefocusing at all by hitting the shutter halfway holding it then going all the way down to actually take the picture? You might go to some local shops and play with a few models, come home and read reviews. I usually tell people to stick with the big guys, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony (in that order probably). While there are lots of digital cameras under $200, the speed you are wanting will probably more likely be found on the higher end models costing more.

Edit: Links for further research

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/shutter-lag.htm (Technique)
http://www.cameras.co.uk/html/shu...risons.cfm (Not sure how old this page is, model numbers are european but they translate to US)
http://www.imaging-resource.com/camera-reviews (Reviews here usually mention shutter lag)
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Are you prefocusing at all by hitting the shutter halfway holding it then going all the way down to actually take the picture?
Yes.

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While there are lots of digital cameras under $200, the speed you are wanting will probably more likely be found on the higher end models costing more.
Yes. Hoping for some suggestions on make / model.
The camera is for my wife and I am sure frustration lies in the fact her current camera was a slickdeal or BF deal, costing a fraction of that.

You were editing to add links when I was replying. Thanks I'm looking at them now.
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Yes. Hoping for some suggestions on make / model.
The camera is for my wife and I am sure frustration lies in the fact her current camera was a slickdeal or BF deal, costing a fraction of that.
It's a hard spec to test, since there are so many factors. It's once place where a local B&M store would be helpful. I honestly can't make a recommendation on models since I have not shopped for a P&S in many years. Some of the cameras on the newer phones like the S3, are extremely fast, its not the same and not exactly practical but worth keeping in mind next time the upgrade is around.
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I'm looking for a digital camera with no lag. By lag, I mean I want to take shots of kids etc the instant I push the button, instead of a half second too late.
You have to understand that the lag that you're experiencing is the camera auto focusing before taking a picture. The majority of P&S cameras will focus the camera if you push the button half way. In which case, the strategy is to half press the shutter button to focus and the press the rest of the way to take the picture when you need to.
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Olympus SP-600UZ

I use that above since 2010 no issues with it.. Takes excellent HD video and Digital Sound at night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANmIWaFimLc


It can take continuous shooting too..


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All point and shoots with a CCD sensor will have shutter lag. The lag is the time required to charge the sensor. They are getting good at reducing the time, but it will always be there.

CMOS sensors don't have this problem, that is why there is no lag in DSLR's. There are some point and shoots that have CMOS sensors, but they aren't cheap, like the Canon S100 or the SX40HS which are similar priced and have CMOS sensors. But if I were you, I'd rather just take the $400 you'd spend on a camera and buy a new lens for your DSLR.

edit - just found something you might like, for $239 at amazon. CMOS sensor.
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DSC-WX...B004H8FNJ4
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Thanks all for suggestions
Went to BB today and played with http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+...Id=5430135

It seemed very "snappy", especially when compared with the older Samsung. Figured I would do some more research today and pick it up at the BB closer to my house. Ordered the WX150 off of Amazon instead, it comes in RED and has all the same features but a 3" screen instead of the 2.7"

Hopefully it fits the bill for wife.
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Thanks all for suggestions
Went to BB today and played with http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+...Id=5430135

It seemed very "snappy", especially when compared with the older Samsung. Figured I would do some more research today and pick it up at the BB closer to my house. Ordered the WX150 off of Amazon instead, it comes in RED and has all the same features but a 3" screen instead of the 2.7"

Hopefully it fits the bill for wife.
Personally I am not a fan of Sony since they like to use their own expensive memory format but it looks like this one allows for a few more common formats too which is good. I knew the megapixel race was crazy but 18.2mp on a basic P&S like this is just crazy. I can't think it will have great low light performance because of that. I mean my 7D DSLR has the same MP on a sensor that is probably 4x the physical size. Glad you found something you think will work well for you.
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RX100. Fastest p&s on the market, almost dslr speed. Gotta pay to play.
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RX100. Fastest p&s on the market, almost dslr speed. Gotta pay to play.
A $650 20mp P&S is just plain silly.
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