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suggestions for fast, crisp camera?

I have been searching for the best camera for a long time! I am looking for a compact digital camera that has a fast shutter speed. I believe that is the correct term, basically i don't want to wait 5 minutes after taking the picture for it to appear on the screen. Also, I am looking for a camera that takes sharp pictures. In the past I have had cameras that take quick pictures but then the pictures are slightly blurry or fuzzy.

Any suggestions?
Thank you!!!

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What you want

You have described three different things. The first thing you want is a camera with little shutter lag. This is the time it takes between when you press the button, to when the picture is actually taken. The second is shot-to-shot speed, the camera's ability to be able to take a photo and be ready to take a second photo. As for the last thing, your photos being blurry could be caused by not using a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the subject, or not holding the camera steady. Some cameras have image stabilization which will "fix" an unsteady hand. As for shutter speed, all cameras have a fast enough speed. You either need to set it manually or use the appropriate mode (most cameras have a sports mode).

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I have previously had a canon (not sure which model, it was a long time ago) which was very slow, and I most recently had an olympus FE280. The olympus was fast but the pictures didn't come out clearly. I almost always had my canon on the sport mode, and the olympus was always on the image stabilization mode. That is not my problem, it's more the problem of when the pictures get uploaded to the computer they do not look as sharp as they should...not blurry per se. And I know what I want, but I don't know of any actual cameras that offer all of these things.

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Olympus FE

Here's a review of the FE-250, a very similar model to the FE-280:

It faults the camera for its slow performance, even mentioning how it takes five minutes between shots. It also mentions that the camera does not have real image stabilization.

There will be cameras that will have what you want, but depending on your expectations, it might not be possible for a low-end price.

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