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Pentax S40 Lag Time

Maybe it's just me but does anyone else who owns a S40 feel that it takes forever for the camera to cycle between shots? It's getting frustrating especially with the LCD going blank while either the picture is processed or the flash recharges. The camera takes nice pictures but you definately have to have patience.

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Re: Pentax S40 Lag Time

It's definitely painful. I set my camera to default to no-flash because of the extra time it takes to recharge the flash. It may be because Pentax allows the use of alkaline batteries, so they've made the peak power usage lower by processing the picture, writing to the card, and recharging the flash sequentially, rather than doing the flash recharging in parallel which would speed up things *alot*. Maybe they can add a Lithium/NiMH mode that would help speed things up?!? I've done some adhoc testing with my new panasonic 10mb/s SD card versus a plain jane Sandisk 2mb/s card and from what I can tell, there's less than 1 sec difference between the two cards in cycle times. So taking pictures with a faster card won't help the cycle time enough to really matter... even without the flash activated. With flash it doesn't matter at all. It may affect movie mode, but I haven't tested that yet.

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