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Old Jun 19, 2002, 10:33 AM   #1
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I'm looking to buy a new digital camera. My one main concern is getting the fastest (with in reason $$) shutter speed possible. I've found the olympus e-100rs, yet it's resolution is only slightly higher than what I have now (a 4 yr. old camera).

Can anyone give me recommendations for other cameras with fast shutter speeds? Or sites which will let me search for that characteristic?

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Old Jun 20, 2002, 1:41 AM   #2
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Can anyone give me recommendations for other cameras with fast shutter speeds?
Hi Daniel,

It looks like you are in the market for a Minolta Dimage 7i or Nikon Coolpix 5700.
As far as I remember, both go to 1/4000 s.

I've handled a 7i and was particularly impressed by the x4 screen option when focussing. The EVF is excellent and the switch to manual focus immediately reminded me of how much more fun my SLR was in this respect than squinting at a tiny LCD and relying on autofocus.

The Nikon 5700 looks attractive because of the swivelling rear LCD and macro performance, but the lack of a standard lens thread and expensive battery option are minus points. These seem like nickel-and-dime ways to increase corporate earnings. Or they would if you could actually get hold of the accessories: see the discussion in the Nikon forum about getting Nikon adapter rings.

I also prefer the broader 28 mm wideangle of the Minolta lens. The zoom on the 5700 is longer, but at five megapixels, images can in most cases be 'enlarged' (you lose depth-of-field effects) by cropping and printing or displaying without doing the usual percentage reduction of image size. Going to 28 mm on the 5700 requires an adapter ring and more glass.

The other affordable 5-megapixel camera that I know about is the Sony Cybershot F707. The fastest shutter speed is 1/1000s.

For searching, why not go to
http://www.steves-digicams.com/cameras_dig4.html
and check out spec pages of the cameras that appeal to you?

Happy hunting,

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Old Jun 20, 2002, 5:50 AM   #3
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I second anteater recommendation for the D7i, '...and for catching action, the new Ultra High Speed (UHS) continuous-advance drive mode captures five 1280 x 960 (SXGA) frames per second - a rate comparable to high-end film cameras' almost replicates the E-100RS.

Another minus point on the 5700 (which is also shared by the 5000) is the NiMh AA battery grip option( ~$140) which is a must for microdrive operation due to the 'wimpy' EN-EL1 650-700mAh rating. This'll make the 5700 larger and even more costly for significantly less features than the D7i... (Did I mention action stopping wireless flash ?)



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Old Jun 20, 2002, 12:47 PM   #4
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Do you mean shutter speed or frame per second rate?
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The max shutter speed is 1/4000s for the D7i.

It's(was ?) only 1/2000s for the D7; However the new firmware upgrade did say "the new Ultra High Speed (UHS) continuous-advance drive mode captures five 1280 x 960 (SXGA) frames per second... We'll have to find out wouldn't we?

As I understand it, the CCD features an electronic shutter therefore 1/4000s is in the realm of the firmware change!


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Old Jun 21, 2002, 4:36 AM   #6
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i love my E100RS it is really fast, almost too fast sometimes.
When you have the precapture mode on and the 15fps the Pre-Capture mode allows capturing one to five images before the shutter is fully depressed, eliminating shutter lag completely.

Anyway i really have been impressed with mine, i take a lot of action shots , the 1.51 megpix doesnt really matter with me with what i use it for. I can take a lot more pics cuz of it.

I usually take around 600 pictures during a baseball game or softball game.

It takes both smart media and compact flash which is kool , i can just switch back and forth when its full.

Anyway i really like mine , but im just a rookie still.

good luck !
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I'd have to say the fastest shutter speed right now is the Fuji S602Z @ 1/10000! It is the fastest camera I've yet used and I've used the top Prosumers that are on the market!

I don't know about the D7i as I couldn't find that anywhere. However, the D7 was too big of a battery pig to waste my time with!
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'However, the D7 was too big of a battery pig to waste my time with!'



... and yet another uninformed (or cheap attempt to discredit a vastly superior camera), a day in the life of a Dimage 7 battery.

I don't know why people try so hard to backstab the Minolta's when every owner has so far discredited the earlier battery hog issue from the initial dpreview. The problems were the first D7's were shipped without batteries and inexperienced buyers have fed their D7 with underpar power source. With 1600 mAh NiMh or above this camera has the best cost/watt out of any other bare none! Just look at the cost and rating of an EN-EL-1 or an Infolithium, as a comparison the D7 last as long as or longer than my Nikon CP990 which use the same set of battery.



A 1/10000 speed rating alone doen't make a good camera does it? Otherwise there's no need to return the s602 to get a G2 instead...(max speed of only 1/1000 ?)

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