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Old 24-04-2007, 22:28   #1
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Compact camera with short shutter lag - recommendations?

I'm looking for a compact camera to carry around with me as an everyday stand-in for my more bulky SLR. One thing I really miss when shooting on non-SLRs is the short shutter lag; I've got used to pressing the button and having the picture taken straightaway, and can't really face going back to trying to shoot pre-emptively. Can anyone recommend a compact that fits the bill? I've really struggled to find any info on shutter lag on cameras - it seems to be all about megapixels and optical zoom these days...
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Old 24-04-2007, 22:53   #2
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If you're not looking to take huge amounts of pictures, you could pick up an olympus XA2/3 for a few quid, and carry a spare roll of film in another pocket.

No shutter lag, pin sharp lens, and nice and compact. If you need fine control over focus/aperture, there's lots of compact 35mm rangefinders that would do the job and not break the bank.

I genuinely can't think of a digital compact that doesn't have at least some shutter lag, others may know better.

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if you switch flash off then the canon ixus range is pretty good for low shutter lag. haven't any experience with the newer 800/900 models but the old 40/50/55 were really fast and responsive.
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The Ricoh GR Digital set to snap mode has almost zero lag.
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I tried a Ricoh GR as Radiohead and it has very little shutter lag, quite impressed me actually. The downside is that it's quite expensive.
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That's great, thanks for the suggestions I'd like to stick with digital ideally, so I'll pop down to Jessops and have a play with the Ixus and Ricohs there. And then buy one from somewhere more sensible.
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I've only ever seen the GRD in one Jessops and they wanted a comical £557 for it - it's available for £299 or so elsewhere and £250 should get you a used minter. They're quite sought-after.

No zoom, so it's not for everyone but the lens is a lovely thing indeed and it handles like a dream.
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I've got a getting-on-bit Ricoh R1v as well as a Panasonic TZ1 and both have virtually imperceptable shutter-lag.
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