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Old Feb 28, 2003, 4:32 PM   #1
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Default Olympus D-520 Flash is very slow

I have researched digital cameras in the range of 150 - 250 dollars for my first digital camera, I wanted somthing that was easy to use, small, and took a good picture. The one that stuck out the most apealing to me was the Olympus D-520, it looked great, had very good reviews and was fairly small. After reciecing it though and taking many pictues I got a little disapointed. I have owned 2 different 35 mm Olympus Stylus cameras and they worked very well, and fast at that. But when I use my new digital camera, there seems to be a very long wait when the flash is on. I can turn the LCD off, and have 1850 mah fully charged batteries in, and sometimes this camera takes between 5-25 seconds to recharge the flash!!!!! I contacted Olympus and sent my camera in because they said it wasnt normal, a week later I got it back and they didnt do anything to it, they sent me a sheet of paper saying that I need to use high quality batteries and to turn the lcd off when taking a picture, but I did all that. My friend owns a Nikon Coolpix 2000 and that thing has a 2 second flash recycle time most of the time, it is quick. Has anyone else had this problem with this camera???? I have to say though that my D-520 camera takes a better picture than the Nikon, I am at least happy knowing that!
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Old Feb 28, 2003, 6:45 PM   #2
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For some reason the recycle times on Olympus cameras are very slow. My Canon S330 takes about 2 seconds, while my Oly C3020 takes about 6 to 7 seconds in between shots to recycle. I recently started using 1850 NiHM batteries (from 1600's) and the recycle times are only slightly better (from about 9 seconds to about 6). Yours seem to be really slow. Turning off the lcd (preview) does help a little bit. I think this is where the Oly cameras are very weak, but IMHO they take better pictures than the other major brands.
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Old Mar 1, 2003, 12:32 AM   #3
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I have a C700 and a D520. The C700 does recycle about twice as fast as the D520. I assume this is because the 520 uses two AA's rather than 4. The D520 usually takes about 6 to maybe 10 seconds. I would think that 25 seconds would indicate weak or low batteries. Did you time the recycle time? It could be that you are anxious and it SEEMS like 25 seconds!
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Old Mar 1, 2003, 1:03 AM   #4
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I timed it tonight and on fully charged 1600 mah batteries(not 1850 like I thought they were) and I got about 18 seconds timed on a stop watch. That still seems long when you are taking family pictures and there are kids in the picture, you want the fastest camera in the world!! I just ordered new 2100 mah batteries from www.newegg.com hoping this will help. Can there be that much of a difference between the 1600's and the 2100 mah batteries?
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hmm.. 18 seconds seems excessive to me. I haven't used the camera extensively but have noticed it is slower. I will have to check it and get some times for you. I don't think higher capacity batteries will speed up the recycle time if the lower ones are fully charged.
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My new D40 takes 2 AA's and the flash recycle times are 10-12 sec. This is longer than my old D510, which took 5 sec. I am using the new 2100's with the D40. I used 1600's with the D510. I think the main cause is only using 2 batteries.

Don't the Canons use proprietary rechargeable lithium batteries? They would be faster.

I have been leaving the lcd on. I tried it with the lcd off, but the "last shot preview" feature on, and that saved 2 sec off the 12 sec recycle. I'm not willing to turn off the preview to gain another sec or two.

Hope the 2100's help you. Remember to give them 4 charge/rundown cycles to get to to full performance. They seem dismal at first.
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