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Old Feb 28, 2005, 11:03 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

I work with young children, and they don't hold still for very long. I have a Nikon CoolPix 880 (3.2 MPixel, 4+ years old) that works fine but has a long delay between pressing the button and taking the shot, and a similar delay between shots. What do you recommend that fits these priorities

1) minimal autofocus and shutter lag
2) small shot-to-shot delay
3) pocket sized
4) modes like backlight and beach/snow
5) 3MPixel or more
6) price range $150 - $400
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 12:30 PM   #2
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I've been using a Canon SD300 and it meets all your specs nicely.

It's very fast with little lag time and with a high speed SD card you can set it on continuious mode, hold the button down, and take 2-3 photos a second until the card fills up.

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Old Mar 10, 2005, 1:54 PM   #3
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Try Sony P200, its cheaper than SD300 higher MP, longer battery life, info lithium (shows how much time left on battery).
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 7:57 PM   #4
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Another vote for the SD300 here. It blows away EVERY other compact digital camera I have used for speed... including Nikons, Casios, Sonys, ect... even other Canons. Fro size/quality/speed, the SD300 is the best I have seen.
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 5:26 AM   #5
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According to Steve's review of the Casio QV-R62, its shutter lag matches that of the SD300. Here is what he had to say about it in conclusion:

"Bottom line - With an MSRP of only $299, the Casio QV-R62 offers an awesome value. Normally cameras in this price range fall into the class of entry-level consumer digicams, but its speed, size, features and photo quality are comparable to higher-end cameras costing much more. This is a camera that can be used by the entire family, while still offering usefulness for the more advanced user with its wide variety of image adjustments."
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 5:47 AM   #6
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I own a Sony P200. Very happy with it. Go check out some of the sample pics users have taken in the Sony section.
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 7:36 AM   #7
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Another vote for the Sony P200 - for the same price as the SD300, you get 7 mpgs, and virtually no shutter lag (.9 secs) - I use Sandisk Ultra II memory stick and there is NO DELAY between shots. I owned the SD200 - the SONY's image quality is superior.
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