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I have a Fuji Finepix 4900 Zoom. However it has this annoying delay between when you press the shutter and when it actually takes a photo. I've missed many a good photo because of this. Is this normal for this camera, or have I got something set up wrong on it?
Also, I'm thinking about buying my Dad a digital camera and am wondering how the Fuji 6900 Zoom compares to the other cameras in its class. Does anyone have any comments on it?
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Hi Vicky, I think the delay you are talking about is "Shutter-lag". This is common on cheaper digital cameras and generally becomes less of a problem the more money you spend. You can compensate a little when shooting action shots by pressing the shutter release a little earlier, though this will need practice.
The Fuji 6900 is a good camera, and is quite cheap these days as it has been around for a long time. Also consider the Canon G2, which is around the same price and offers slightly better image quality. I'd suggest you take your dad to the camera shop and let him try different models to see which he prefers, it's such a personal thing that it's best he makes the ultimate decision.
The image in the viewfinder on the 6900 actually freezes for a couple of seconds when you half press the shutter as the camera focuses so what you take may be slightly different to what you thought you were going to!. The user manual says this is normal.
This is the only complaint I have with this otherwise superb camera.
They all do what you describe. Even my G2 does it, after you shoot with it a lot you will get more adept at knowing when to hit the shutter button. The g2 has a continuous mode (3 shots, lol, some continuous eh) which can help a little bit. Until you spend 6 month's income on a digital slr you are going to get that--I understand even the high priced ones have a bit of it too. The memory has to get a lot faster and the camera cpu has to get a lot faster too before that problem will be going away for good.
So can anyone recommend a camera with no shutter lag?
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