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Old Oct 8, 2003, 1:57 PM   #1
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Default Question for S400 owners

I'm on the verge of buying an S400, which I'm very impressed with in a number of ways, but I have a couple of hesitations. So I'm looking for the voice of experience from current owners.

I tried one, and the zoom seemed a bit hesitant. I had trouble getting it to stop where I wanted for framing. Anybody else experience this, or have a technique to overcome it.

Also: What kind of shot-to-shot cycle time are you experiencing?

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Old Oct 9, 2003, 2:45 AM   #2
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With regard to the zooming, I understand what you mean, but I am not experiencing it as a major nuisance. I dont think I would call it hesitant, but sometimes it can be a bit difficult to end up exactly where you want to be. Coarse would be the term I would use.

Shot-to-shot cycle, there is a repetitive shootmode which is pretty good (I got about 2.5 frames per second when using it (max res).
When taking single shots I find the shot-to-shot cycle good enough for me (2 to 3 secs?).

The 9-point autofocus mode takes some getting used to. It is pretty good, but it also requires some attention from the user to check whether it picked the right areas for focussing. Sometimes it takes a couple of refocussing attempts to get the shot right (I always freeze focus by pressing half-way before actually making the shot).

And I have had a few occasions where I thought I got the shot right (checked it on the lcd) but when downloading it to my computer, the image was not completely in focus. I think this is a more common problem for compact digicams as you cannot detect this on the small displays that they have. So if it is a really important shot, make sure to take one or 2 extra, just in case (or use the center focussing mode and be sure to aim right ).

If you are into action pictures, you will need some learning curve with the s400 to get it to do what you want but I am sure it has the capabilities to do so (although not all settings can be manipulated manually).
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