I currently have a Minalta digital camera and it takes excelent photos, however, like most digitals there is a slight delay between pulling the trigger and the shutter actually going off. This causes many photos to be blury, especially when taken photos at a dog show where they are mostly moving.
Does any one use a digital camera that has a shutter delay fast enough to take action photos?
All point and shoot digital cameras have a delay, the trick is finding one with a shorter delay and it's the features in the camera that can help with that. I would recommend a Canon (faster processor/slow shutter speed/awesome lense) then other cameras. You'll have to spend some money cause you'll want one with a high ISO (it's the way the camera uses the light) of about 1600 or so. She SD900 or SD800 is a great one. They run about $400. It's such a great camera you can literally take a picture of someone waving their hand really fast and it comes out very very clear.
the only digital cameras that don't have a delay are the SLR's and those can run you anywhere from $800 - $1400.
anytime i take pics of the aniamsl i set my camera to the action setting. this way they dont come out blurry. i also have one of those settings on it that you can take shots one right after another, like a slow motion type thing. not really sure what it is properly called. i dont use that feature because it takes a bunch of successive shots, but only saves a few of them, so i can lose what i really wanted a picture of. it is probably operator error on that setting though. my camera is a kodak one.
One thing I ALWAYS suggest is that people learn the manual settings because they can be MUCH more reliable when you get to know them. As for Point and Shoots, we have a Canon A540.......I really like it and it is really user friendly.
If you are looking for a more professional camera, I like my Nikon D70s (although I would KILL for a Nikon D200 - hoping to get it soon)
I have several SLR cameras and I do use them manually for the most part.
I was thinking of the Nikon D70 body with a zoom ranging somewhere around 18 to 75.
You said you like your D70, how is the delay.
I like my Minalta S400, I got that one a few years back and I like the fact that my wife can also use it (she is just not mechanically minded in any way shape or form) but I wanted to get something a little mor sophicated for myself.
I am looking in the 1,000.00 to 1,500.00 range for a digital. I don't want a point and shoot pocket camera.
The delay on the D70s is minimal. I only notice one when I have my stroboframe attached for my flash. But with it, you can change the delay.
I started out with a Minolta and honestly, I don't care for them.
The D200 is so far my favorite and it is dropping in price all the time. I got to play with one at my photography store. I was drooling!
But if you are looking more at the D70/D70s.....out of the two, I would suggest the D70. The reason is that the ONLY difference is the LCD screen size and it is minimal difference but the price difference is pretty good. I got the D70s thinking I was getting the 'newer/upgraded' camera but I have found out differently. I paid about $1200 or so for my camera. But I got it in a kit with alot of other items and some other lenses. Believe it or not, Ebay is a good place to look for cameras(Do not buy from individuals, but rather from stores - Just do your research and DO get the insurance on it)
But, I can say, I will be giving up one of my D70s (I have two - Long story) and getting the D200 Nikon is definitely my favorite brand, with Canon coming in close behind. I do not think that I will ever go with another brand, not as long as they continue with their current standards for cameras.
I would someday love to have a nikon, however, the ones I was looking into were pricey ($500-$600). For now I have a SONY cybershot, have to say it takes AMAZING pictures for me, because I'm a kid into photographing my dog it seems to be great for me.
I would stay away from the cheap cameras like Sony or Canon and go with a good Olympus if you want to take serious pics. It may run you some heafty money (think like close to 2k for the we have) but takes much better pictures and has much higher quality photo capabilities and higher quality lenses.
Digital cameras do have a delay, but to eliminate the long delay you simply hold down the button slightly (not pressed all the way) so it will focus then when you are ready to shoot. When you do it this way, no delay, it will take instantly from that point.