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What criteria should I use if I want this specific feature ?

by tommyngo100 / May 2, 2013 7:56 AM PDT

I took lots of scenery pictures through the bus window each time I was on tours . Apparently, the shutter button of my digital camera ( Panasonic Lumix FH25) was not fast enough as I missed quite a few shots . I am planning to buy a new compact digital camera to overcome this limitation of the Lumix FH25 .

My question is : What is the selection criteria I shoud use to make sure the new compact digital camera will not miss shots taken from a moving bus ?

I appreciate all comments. Thanks.

Best Regards,


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Shutter Speed.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / May 2, 2013 8:10 AM PDT

It seems this model has two programmes auto and programme. choosing programme and using a higher iso and a faster shutter speed might have avoided this.


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Shutter Lag

What you are experiencing is known as shutter lag; the time between when you press the shutter button and when the shutter actually fires. It is not in the specifications, and is only determined through testing. Some sites that review cameras test for shutter lag, such as

You can overcome a slow responding camera with proper technique, by pre-focusing your shots. Instead of just mashing down on the shutter button when you want to take a photo, anticipate when you will take a photo. Press the shutter button half-way down; you will feel it stop. This engages the camera's focusing and exposure systems. Then when you want to take the shot, press the shutter button all the way down. The capture will be nearly instantaneous.

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Low latency ...
by oterrya / May 20, 2013 7:59 AM PDT

You want/need a camera that responds fast. Start with Canon and Nikon (I prefer Nikon but both are good). The big SLRs are the fastest in general but some of the compact cameras are pretty good. Go into a camera store (not a big box retailer that also carries washing machines) and do a hands on compare. Press the shutter button and see how quickly the camera responds. If the lag is very noticeable, it is probably longer than you want. Pre-focusing helps -- on most cameras you can partially press the shutter button and get it to focus and set the exposure. Then when the picture is exactly what you want, press the shutter the rest of the way for a much faster response. I have a Nikon SLR and a Nikon point-and-shoot. While the latency is noticeable in the smaller camera, it is still quite fast -- I seldom have to pre-focus to get what I want.

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