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Digital point and shoot with no shutter lag

steven sherwin , Apr 16, 2009; 08:56 a.m.

Can anybody recommend a point and shoot digital camera that doesnt have shutter lag? Specifically, something that could be used for street photography? I know the Ricoh GR and Canon G9 and 10 are popular but I was suprised by their shutter lags when I tried them in a store. I currently use a Leica M7 but was toying with the idea of a lighter alternative for something different. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.


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Ton Mestrom , Apr 16, 2009; 09:23 a.m.

you might want to read this

and have a look at this page on PN

All P&S suffer from shutter lag. I bought a Nikon Coolpix P5100 last year for my wife and sometimes use it. Major drawback, it doesn't shoot in RAW. On the upside however it delivers great image quality and is very cheap. To be honest though I prefer a (D)SLR on the street.

Good work on your site btw

Luis G , Apr 16, 2009; 09:33 a.m.

Another way to cut down on the shutter lag is to manually set the white balance.

Arief Novisto , Apr 16, 2009; 09:46 a.m.

The Olympus E-420 is almost as small as the bigger P&S and it's a DSLR so shutter lag is minimal.

Javier Gutierrez , Apr 16, 2009; 10:51 a.m.

I am in agreement with Ton. I have both the G9 and G10 and both are very fine cameras. I find the performance to be better in the G9 over the G10. Don't know why, but it is.

@Luis. Are you saying that by adjusting the WB manually, the performance (shutter lag) will increase on a point and shoot?

Ton Mestrom , Apr 16, 2009; 11:30 a.m.

shutter lag is due to the amount of work the processor has to do. I think that is what Luis implied, the less dataprocessing the processor has to do the less shutter lag you've got.

Yoshio Tanaka , Apr 16, 2009; 11:36 a.m.


whatever it is that your doing, don't change. I laughed a lot at your images, best work I've seen in ages.

I doubt you'll improve on your Leica for the obvious reasons, but I use a Coolpix 5000 in manual focus. The focus range at f5.6 is sufficient that zone focusing works well. They handle RAW and are cheap to buy used. Perhaps try one? I recommend you try processing the NEF files with Photomatix in "tone mapping" with very mild parameters as this seems to give effects like negative. Used in this way there is almost no shutter lag. Their bodies are tough and if you add the HN-E5000 lens hood I can vouch for its ability to withstand drops on to concrete from waist height (with the lens extended).


Javier Gutierrez , Apr 16, 2009; 11:53 a.m.

Thanks Ton,
I have my G9 working as well as It can I think. I have it all set up and saved as the first of two custom settings. I have the WB set to auto, which I will change. I did notice that manually setting the ISO really improved the speed.

Hansen Tsang , Apr 16, 2009; 12:49 p.m.

I am surprised at the short shutter lag from the Panasonic G1. Go to your local camera store and play with one.

Bill Tuthill , Apr 16, 2009; 01:07 p.m.

Steven, you can get a Leica M to micro 4/3 adapter now and use the Panasonic G1 with your existing lenses! The lens on the Canon G10 is good, but not that good.

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