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Shutter button delay

My camera has such a long delay on the shutter button, I want to throw it against the wall. I have toddlers and miss hundreds of shots while it adjusts and refocuses and by the third or fourth time I hit the button it finally takes. Is this just the way the camera is designed, or can I speed up the reaction time by adjusting settings or something? This is mainly a problem indoors with the flash.

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  • stevejens Feb 10, 2009

    Shutter button delay... My problem occurs when using the flash, but also happens outside in the bright sun.

  • pawankr Mar 03, 2009

    even i have missed out lots of shots because of this problem. It happens mostly indoors while using flash.

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For outdoor pictures in bright sunlight, turn off the flash. For flash pictures, turn off red-eye reduction. Then reduce red-eye in your computer.

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The flash need to be fully charged before it would fire the shot.

In case the battery is old and supply power is not enough to boost the flash, it will await until the orange LED of flash indicator is no longer blinking, means ready to take picture with flash light.

Replace the new full battery will be better and faster to take shot with flash enable.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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