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I have a Sony 5 megapixel Digital camera that is about 4 years old. I have never taken more pictures than I have since buying this camera. However, because of the delay between pushing the button, and the picture actually being taken, I have many pictures of sides of heads, blinks and no smiles. Because of this, I have decided that I need a new camera. I'm looking for one that doesn't have any, or much delay. Also, I've seen cameras that can take more than 1 picture as you push the button. When looking at camera statistics and other info, how can I tell what I want? Any suggestions or info will be greatly appreciated.

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there are quite a few

In reply to: New Camera

I know the Canon SD cameras usually are less than 3/10th of a sec. shutter delay and so do some of the Sony ultracompacts. The only cameras I know of that keep shooting while holding down the shutter button are DSLRs, and that's a whole different field of shooting.

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In reply to: there are quite a few

Thanks for the quick reply. I knew that there would be a proper term for what I wanted (shutter delay) The DSLR's are too steep for what I need, but it was just a thought.

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Two types of "lag"

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There are two types of lag that you will find with a digital camera. The first is true shutter lag. This is probably true of a camera that is 4+ years old. But also be aware that many people often mistake focus "lag" (when you camera is trying to focus a shot) for shutter lag.

You will need to (on most Point n Shoot models) have to press the button half way down (known obviously enough as a halfpress) to focus the lens, and then shoot the picture. If you just attempt to "shoot away" you will find that the camera has to focus fist before shooting adding to the time to take a picture.

Some point n shoot cameras such as the Canon S5 IS offer "Burst Mode" (that is the term you are looking for with multiple exposures or pictures being taken with a single click and hold). The number of exposure and how quickly the camera recycles (takes the next picture) varies from model to model. For example the Canon S5 I mentioned takes 1.5 frames per second up to something like 5 pictures before the buffer gets full and has to write the images to the memory card. Obviously this is no where near what you can get with a dSLR, but it is a nice function to have (IMO of course).

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included it

In reply to: Two types of "lag"

The cameras I suggested do 3/10th of a second to take the photo including focusing. Stevesdigicams does a nice job of giving these stats. Almost any camera has a shutter lag of 1/10th of a second...not counting focus, but that's why I mentioned those.

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Thanks

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Thanks everybody for the input. Now I have some needed knowledge to make my choice.

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Not questioning your numbers

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I was not questioning your numbers but trying to give a more general explanation to the original posted question.

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