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Flash takes to long and I miss the shot

When I try to take pictures of my kids when they are smiling it takes to long for the flash and shutter to go off? How can I speed this up, I have missed too many shots due to this

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Its all relative. With most of these compact cameras, to conserve power, the camera does not always keep the flash ready to fire at any given second. Firing the flash uses a lot of juice, so if it was always at the ready, the battery life would be reduced to half or less, which would would cause more problems.

When you press the button the camera then tries to cycle up enough flash power that it thinks it will need to light the scene correctly. This will require less time if its in the day and longer if its dark.
Add more time if the battery life is low.

Once you fire the flash and exhaust all the reserve power from the buffer, the camera will need to recycle itself to garner enough power for another flash, this again adds time.

More expensive cameras have better power management and can cycle up faster.

The same can be experienced with the shutter. When the shutter is pressed half down the camera needs to autofocus, then evaluate the scene to determine the exposure and the white balance. Some cameras have bigger buffers for this and can perform these tasks faster.

A way to reduce the time is to press the shutter down halfway and hold it while the kids are getting set up, this will allow the camera to focus, meter and all the other stuff, plus it will start up the flash if necessary. Then when they are all in position, press the shutter the rest of the way and it will fire almost right away.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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