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Digital camera slow reaction times

My Canon G5 is taking a long time to take a photograph following shutter release. The camera is focusing normal, and organising exposure, but takes several seconds before releasing the shutter. Colours also seem less vibrant than they used to.
Does the CCD array fail or take longer to charge after a few years, or is this problem related to battery charge or some other problem ?

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  • NickW Mar 10, 2008

    Thanks for the reply. What I mean is when I press the shutter release button, instead of the normal 2 seconds or so of thinking time for the camera to decide to start taking a photograph, it now takes between 5 and 10 seconds, or longer. Then it takes a photograph. It doesn't make any difference which mode it's in, it just takes a lot longer than it used to between pushing the button and anything happening. It's so slow that even the still life has walked off for a cup of tea.

  • engdernw Jun 11, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem... No idea what's wrong... I checked with different CF cards, no difference. Should I bring it to get it fixed? Is it worth it?

  • Colleen15 Jun 28, 2008


    I have the same problem, too. No matter which setting i have it on to include the video. I hold down the shutter and nothing happens. I have to keep pressing on the shutter to coax it. When that doesn't work, I start moving the camera around a bit to see if it will find something it likes to focus on and then sometimes it will take the picture. It's very annoying. I've had this camera for over 5 years and I love it. I always called it the magic camera because it can't take a bad photo. I've checked all the settings, changed all the batteries, and I still haven't narrowed down the problem. Help!



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OK, I think I worked it out. The shutter button was not working correctly. They wanted at least $182 to ship it off to a Canon repair facility. Give me a break! My husband spilled coffee on his personal laptop and then several weeks later spilled juice on his work laptop...I'm thinking...hello...learn any lessons yet. Anyway, he couldn't get the keyboard to work properly on his personal laptop (apparently it didn't like all the caffeine) so he bought some Precision Electronics Cleaner at Radio Shack and tried to clean it. That didn't work so we had to order another keyboard. But, that gave us the idea to try the cleaner on the shutter button. The button worked fine in the half way down focus position so we figured the spring under the button was still working but the contact when you pressed it all the way down was not activating the shutter. If we jiggled the button a bit it would take the photo so that meant the contact needed cleaning in order to take a picture with out mashing or jiggling. So short story long, I sprayed some in there and then blew some air into it to dry it out a bit quicker. The spray evaporates anyway, but that just sped up the process. It works like a charm now!!! YEAH!
Let us know if this helps. Good Luck!

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Nick, check your settings if it is Shutter mode, in this mode you can change how long an exposure is set, maybe your's set more than what you needed.

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