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Old Feb 9, 2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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I'm looking to replace my lowly P&S (a Samsung S860) with a DSLR and I'm particularly interested in the shutter lag; I want a camera that can take the picture quickly so I don't lose the moment.
The problem: I'm having trouble determining the correct parameter in the specifications (on the Sony website) that pertains to this. Is this information actually published? If so, where can I find it?
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 11:20 PM   #2
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Are we talking live view vs the optical view finder.
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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Malphonse, not to worry. If you come from an experience with a p&s, you will be very satisfied with the lack of shutter lag of a DSLR, no matter which brand or model you choose. There is a shutter lag for sure. And there is a difference between cameras. But I dare say it is measurable in a laboratory but hardly percievable in real life.
So you can compare other things when choosing your new DSLR, and put the shutter lag question aside. You'll be very happy whatever you choose.

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Malphonse, not to worry. If you come from an experience with a p&s, you will be very satisfied with the lack of shutter lag of a DSLR, no matter which brand or model you choose. There is a shutter lag for sure. And there is a difference between cameras. But I dare say it is measurable in a laboratory but hardly percievable in real life.
So you can compare other things when choosing your new DSLR, and put the shutter lag question aside. You'll be very happy whatever you choose.

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+1 to Kjell's post.

You won't notice the the difference between any of cameras you are likely to choose, it's that minute.
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+1 to Kjell's post.

You won't notice the the difference between any of cameras you are likely to choose, it's that minute.
+2 to Kjell

As a mere human, I've never noticed any shutter lag. It feels instantaneous, part of the reason why a dSLR costs rather more than a p&s.
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Old Feb 10, 2012, 3:30 AM   #6
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Hi malphonse, I've just tidied up the 3 posts you made in different sections and put the thread into general discussion as pretty much you are talking the same across the board of dSLR cameras.

Once focused then shutter lag as pretty much zero so nothing to worry about! Get a fast focusing lens and body and you are even better off.
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If you're looking for a camera with zero shutter, any current DSLR camera can be re-programed to work like a 1970's era SLR camera that had no shutter lag. It easy to do, first on the lens turn off image stabilization and auto focus. On the camera turn off auto ISO, then set the mode dial to "M" for manual exposer. Now you have a zero shutter lag 1970's era camera that will shoot as soon as the shutter is press. Of course you have to per set both the exposure and focus in order to get a picture worth keeping but there will be no shutter lag. Point is and I took the long way around to get to the point, is with cameras with auto setting, exposure, ISO, focus there will always be a bit of shutter lag. DSLR cameras are so fast that this lag is almost never a problem and a lot easier than using manual settings for most situation. So you can feel confident getting a DSLR that you will get that one in a life time special shot ever time.
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The most noticeable part of shutter lag in any camera is the focus time. If you manually focus, the shutter operates nearly instantly. The lens you use will typically affect the focus time more than the camera. For the least amount of lag, a large aperture single focal length lens is usually best. brian
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That's one thing I hated about my P&S cameras. Some are much better than others. Take a look at the camera reviews here at Steve's as that is one of the things they measure for the camera reviews. You might find a camera that meets you needs without the jump into the DSLR world.

But to answer your specific question, a DSLR can take pictures quickly in many circumstances, and always faster than a P&S counterpart. And DSLRs excel in every other way except price and portability. OK, and ease of use.
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