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Old Nov 1, 2004, 1:00 AM   #1
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Did anyone experience this new model? Particularly, howlong does the cam needs when the flash is charging.
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Old Nov 4, 2004, 3:16 AM   #2
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I have just bought one of these, I would say the flash takes no more than 3 seconds to charge, might try timing it tonight if I get chance. Also, the lcd is not black when charging as I have heard was the case with older models. I'm no expert reviewer, but after reading a lot ofbad comments on the S40, I'm quite pleased with my little S50. Look forward to reading Steves review whenever it appears. NB It also takes MMC cards (though pentax told me it's not specified to do so), I have a 256M mmc in there at the moment and a couple of new 512M MMC cards on the way.
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Old Nov 5, 2004, 11:43 AM   #3
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Steves review of the Optio S50 has been posted:

Power up to first image captured measured approx. 3 seconds. Shutter lag when pre-focused is approx. 2/10 second, and about 7/10 second including autofocus time. Add about 1/10 second when using the LCD, as it delays the the live image presented on its screen. The shot to shot time in normal, single exposure mode averaged about 3 seconds without flash, and between 4.5 and 9 seconds with flash, depending on subject distance. When shooting in Continuous mode, the S50 captured images at a rate of one every two seconds, the number of shots limited only by the amount of remaining memory on the SD card. This performance was measured using a SanDisk Extreme 512MB SD memory card with the image size/quality set a 2560x1920/ , and includes viewfinder delay, photographer response time, and image capture. All times may vary depending on lighting, camera settings, media, etc.

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