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Sometimes when I depress the shutter nothing happens for several seconds. I have to depress the shutter and the camera finally takes the picture. its does not happen all the time.

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You need to press the shutter half-way and allow the camera to lock in the focus (it will beep) and then press the rest of the way when the moment is right.

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