Canon G3 irresponsive Shutter & non-see through viewfinder
1) The shutter lag is excessive: after the focus confirmation, the shutter button has to be pushed for an abnormally long time (2-3 sec) before the camera takes a picture.
2) Can't see through the optical viewfinder.
Thanks in advance for any comments and feedback.
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No. The shutter lag is due to the camera needing to focus and meter the light. The size of the memory card makes no difference to the speed. A faster memory card might let you take another picture quicker, but the difference would only be a small fraction of a second.
Shutter lag is simply a fact of life for most point&shoot cameras. You can reduce it somewhat by anticipating the action, pressing the shutter release button halfway to focus and meter, then pressing the button the rest of the way when the action peaks.
This is "shutter lag," the delay between pressing the shutter release button and the camera actually taking a picture. This is a common situation with many compact cameras. The camera has to focus on the subject, meter the exposure, and switch the circuitry from displaying on the screen to recording the image and saving it in memory. More sophisticated (and expensive) DSLRs eliminate this shutter lag by having more dedicated hardware for this.
With a compact camera, you can reduce the shutter lag by anticipating the shot. Press the shutter release button halfway to focus and meter the exposure. Continue to hold the shutter release button halfway until the right time, then press it the rest of the way.
First of all, all point and shoot cameras suffer from "shutter lag". You can Google that for more info. To minimize it, press the shutter button half-way and lock in the focus. Then, press the rest of the way when the time is right. Your camera will be about 0.5 to 0.8 seconds behind the actual press of the button.
It is probably delaying while it autofocuses. If it is like most Canon cameras, depressing the shutter half-way should allow you to focus without taking a picture, then when the moment is right, depress the shutter button fully to take the shot. You will want to practice this a bit to get used to it. Shooting in low-light it can take longer to find the focus, so it becomes more necessary to use this technique.
Hopefully that helps, but I am not a Nikon user.
You didn't mention what kind of set up you were using or what parameters you have there in your shooting session so I will just give you my two cents worth on how I'd go about doing such a project.
When I used to do shoots for my ebay auctions I used a digital camera in combination with a tripod as hand-held macro phtography can be difficult at best. To get the best results I would recommend the following:
1. Use a tripod since flash photography in macro mode often
results in improperly illuminated or overexposed pictures.
Therefore you will need to be absolutely still in order to get
clear pictures. Therefore set your flash to NOT fire!
2. Remember that macro mode on your G3 means that you
MUST shoot between 1/2" and 1.6ft. Any closer or further and
your picstures will be out of focus.
3. I suggest you shoot in the (P)rogram autoexposure mode as
it allows for manual focus if necessary.
4. If you cannot achieve good focus using autofocus (your
bottom indicator light near the viewfinder blinks yellow) then
try switching to Manual Focus (the MF button on the back of
your camera to the right of the viewfinder). Use the camera's
Main Dial to focus manually. It is located in front of the
shutter button at the top of the hand grip.
5. To ensure the least amount of camera movement use your
self timer to trip the shutter.
6. Try setting up artificial lights (photoflood or whatever you have
available) at 45% angles to your subject for the best results.
If you do these things I think you'll get the results you're looking for.
After the focus is confirmed, the Shutter-release time lag for the DiMAGE E201 is approximately 0.4 second. If the shutter-release button is depressed in a quick motion without making any pause to confirm focus, approximately 1.9 second is necessary.
The G5 has a rather short shutter lag and a rather lengthy focus lag. So if you half depress the shutter release to focus, and then moments later fully depress the shutter release I expect you will find very little lag. But I would not expect a prosumer model to focus fast.
hope this helps,
Card speed won't interfere with shutter lag.
The lag is much less (near non-existent) if you pre-focus. Or use manual focus with small enough aperture to get lots of depth of field. Make sure your kids are in the focus zone and just snap away.
I don't know what your measurement conditions were, but there's no way the shutter lag after focus is 1/2 second. I don't have a quantitative number at my finger tips, but it surely falls into the "instantaneous" category, as far as I can tell. I've taken plenty of action shots and candids, including shots of flying birds, that will back that up
Thats going to be a problem with most digital cameras in that price range (and even some $$ ones)
really the only thing I can recommend is PF.F.S. That would be Pre-Focus -- Frame -- Shot. Many people try to frame a photo up then focus/shot all in one, but this does not always work.
So if your looking to speed things up a little, just half press the button to get a prefocus and then do your magic.
Really everything I talked about above was Focus-lag, not actually shutter lag. But since this is often confussed I thought I would add it in.