My camera has a delay so my subject moves before the pic is taken
I have the Nikon Coolpix L3. When I first used it, it was a point and shoot camera. Then I started experimenting with the settings and I did something and I don't know what. When I take a picture it seems like it has a delay time. I have to hold the camera still until it flashes. It flashes about three times and usually by that time, my subject (my dog) has moved out of the picture. I've looked in the manual but cannot find an answer. I've tried changing from SCENE to CAMERA mode but that doesn't change anything either. Do you have anysuggestions that may help me to get my camera back to a point and shoot? And what should I not touch so that this doesn't happen again? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Mary Schultz from sunny Arizona
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This is a common situation with most compact point&shoot cameras. This "shutter lag" is because the camera has to do so much work when you press the shutter release button: focus on the subject, meter the light for proper exposure, and switch the electronics from viewing on the LCD to recording to memory. Larger (and more expensive) cameras have additional hardware to reduce this lag.
You can reduce the lag somewhat by anticipating the action. Press the shutter release button halfway to focus and meter. Keep it pressed halfway until the right moment, then press it the rest of the way to take the picture.
I'm going to assume you mean the ML-L3 remote. If I'm wrong, please post a comment specifying the remote you are using.
Set the camera's shooting mode to one of the remote modes. Quick remote fires the camera when you press the button on the release. Delayed-response remote waits two seconds to let you hide your hand behind your back before it fires the camera.
The ML-L3 is an infrared remote, so it must be pointed in the general direction of the infrared receiver on the front of the camera.
Take out the memory card and try to view the pics on the camera. Are they there? If so, your camera is just using the internal memory. You need to download those pics and then format the internal memory. Then, insert your card and all should work.
This is normal behavior for most compact point&shoot cameras, especially one of such vintage. You can eliminate some (though not all) of the delay by pressing the shutter release button halfway to meter and focus, then press the button all the way at the peak moment.
The movie should be transferred automatically when you transfer the images from the sd card. There should be a folder where the pics are transferred, usually through a program called Picture Project. Look for an icon with the Quicktime logo on it or a movie logo. That should be it.