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Old Nov 2, 2004, 1:36 PM   #1
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I'm looking for an affordable digital camera with the least shutter lag possible. I need to have lots of zoom and be able to shoot most frequently in point-and-shoot mode.

Currently I have an Olympus C700C that has a 10x zoom. It's great except for the shutter lag. I have way too many "there really was a whale there!" pictures. We travel and like to take wildlife pictures.

Suggestions please.


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Old Nov 2, 2004, 4:06 PM   #2
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The latest generation digicams are getting faster all the time. My guess would be that any of the new cameras would be faster than your C700. Some of the faster ones are down to 0.3 seconds including autofocus (Panasonic FZ-3,15,20). I own an FZ-3 and it focuses so fast that I can't tell if the picture is in focus before it's taken. I keep thinking I've taken a blur but the pic is OK.

Start with Steve's "The Best Cameras" section for the list of what he considers the best. I'm sure you'll find something there that will suit you. (hint: Panasonic) :-)

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Old Nov 2, 2004, 5:30 PM   #3
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Have a look at the specs on the "R" cameras from Kyocera/Contax e.g S5R, M410R, Kyocera SL300R or Contax SL300RT*, Contax U4R etc.

The "R" Tune technology might be what you are after -see Steve's reviews on the cameras.

The M410R is my fav at the moment ......it's one cracking camera, and similar in features to the Olympus.

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Old Nov 2, 2004, 6:56 PM   #4
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Maybe it might be time to move on to dSLR.
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Old Nov 3, 2004, 12:44 PM   #5
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At this point shutter lag and zoom are mutually exclusive.

I can't speak for zoom but for spped, I have a Kodak DX7440 and am very happy. It's very quick. Go down to a B&M and try it out. Also try the Sony T1. It's also fast but doesn't have much zoom.
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Old Nov 3, 2004, 4:31 PM   #6
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That' what I keep thinking. Any experience with Canon Digital Rebel? My husband has Rebel....could share some lenses.

Thanks for your reply.
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