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Good evening, my olympus pen E-P1 digital camera responding slowly with the shutter, what should i do with it, TIA

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I answered this one just a second ago, but I'm going to paste the same answer here if it helps. Good luck!

This solution for the most part should work for all cameras, with some being directly applicable to all m4/3 cameras, but with the E-p1 specifically in mind.

Many settings factor into the shutter speed. The first question to ask is what lighting is around you... if you are indoors trying to take pictures of moving people, it will be difficult. To that goal, here are some things to try:
1) A new lens. :) Yes, m4/3 is a system with many amazing lenses that allow the camera to absorb light quicker. My favorite is the Panasonic 20mm f1.7. Pay attention to the f number... lower means better light performance, but remember it also means shallower depth of focus which can be a blessing and a curse!
2) Okay, so all you have is the kit lens. Here we go... First thing to do is switch out of auto mode and into the "A" mode. This will let you choose an aperture. Use your thumb wheel to dial the yellow number down as low as it will go... this will let more light in and the camera will automatically speed up the shutter speed in response. 3) Zoom out. I know you want to sit on one side of the room and zoom in to frame the subject perfectly. Instead, zoom out as far as comfortable (the kit lens has a low end of 14mm, which can have a wide-angle distortion to it, so be careful!). By zooming out, you should notice the f-number dropping as it's light performance increases. While you are in "A" mode, you may need to use your thumb wheel to drop the f-number further as you zoom out, this won't happen automatically. Then, if you want, stand up and get closer to your subject to get better composition. 4) Drop your exposure compensation. This is the little "+/-" button next to your shutter button. Press this, then use your thumb dial to drop this one or two "notches". The picture will be darker, but you can brighten this easily later... at least much easier than it is to "un-blur" a blurry photo. :)
5) Bump up your iso speed. Press the direction button on your camera that is labeled "iso" and push this up to 400-800 for starters. Try a shot and see if the blur is taken care of. After you've tried all the above steps, you are mostly reduced to bumping iso further and further till you get the results you are after, but as you go higher the graininess will get worse and worse in your photo.
6) One last thing I've heard works with minor results is to turn your in-body stabilization off (dig in to your menus, if you can't find it, dig into your manual). This may help, but you may have to add a tri-pod to make up for the stability loss.

Good luck!

Posted on Aug 14, 2011

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Need more details. What mode are you shooting in? If A, automatic, then the problem could be inability to focus because of low light. If aperture- or shutter-preferred, then try changing one or the other and, if necessary, shooting at a high asa rating.

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