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Old May 12, 2003, 7:40 PM   #1
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Default Coolp[ix 4300 Shutter Delay

Does anyone know why with the monitor off, why there is a huge focusing delay with the Coolpix 4300? Is this something that other owners of this camera have had to live with? Otherwise this is a great camera (except for some oversatuation of reds).
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Old May 12, 2003, 8:04 PM   #2
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I dont notice it on my 4300. The focus is the same speed with or without the monitor. And i have seen some over reds but only a few times. I hope to hear more from other owners about this problem. Tealblue
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Old May 13, 2003, 12:16 PM   #3
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I cannot remember if I read this in the manual or somewhere else (manual I think), but as I understand it when the monitor is always on and in auto, the camera is contantly focusing on your subject. When the monitor is off, the camera will not acquire focus untill you press the shutter button. Because it takes longer to acquire the focus with the monitor off, there is a longer shutter delay.

I have the 4300, but I have never tested this as I always keep the monitor on. I don't like how I cannot see the entire picture through the eye piece (only 80%). I refer to the monitor a good bit to see what I'm actually going to capture.
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Old May 13, 2003, 4:50 PM   #4
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Good point on the focusing. I also did some research at dpreview.com on this subject. This issue was discussed back in December. Evidently, the 4300 is more responsive with Lexar CF cards (these cards are recommended by Nikon with this camera). I use PNY cards since the Sandisk crads are just too slow. I tried a little experiment with the Lexar card (rated at 8X) that came with the camera. I formatted the card and the focusing was more responsive (from 4 seconds to about 2 seconds). I think I'll use the monitor as much as possible.
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