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Shutter lag Comparisons

These Shutter Lag Comparisons show the amount of time it takes each camera to record one shot and five shots.

Camera One Photo Five Photos
Canon IXUS 55 0.38 7.46
Canon IXUS 60 0.4 7.73
Canon IXUS 65 0.37 7.72
Canon IXUS 750 0.39 7.32
Canon IXUS 800 IS 0.29 7.27
Canon IXUS i Zoom 1.78 14.55
Canon Powershot A430 0.35 10.18
Canon Powershot A530 0.53 10.61
Canon Powershot A540 0.33 9.43
Canon Powershot A620 0.48 8.8
Canon Powershot A700 0.35 9.4
Canon Powershot S2 IS 0.33 7.43
Canon Powershot S3 IS 0.32 7.24
Canon Powershot S80 1.68 9.59
Casio Exilim EX-S600 0.33 17.26
Casio Exilim EX-Z500 0.43 12.79
Casio Exilim EX-Z60 0.25 8.36
Casio Exilim EX-Z600 0.39 9.68
Casio Exilim EX-Z750 0.15 7.53
Casio Exilim EX-Z850 0.28 12.43
Fujifilm Finepix A400 0.45 14.52
Fujifilm Finepix A500 1.6 16.6
Fujifilm Finepix E900 0.31 5.49
Fujifilm Finepix F10 0.3 7.42
Fujifilm Finepix F460 0.38 14.33
Fujifilm Finepix S5600 0.35 5.25
Fujifilm Finepix S9500 0.36 9.92
Fujifilm Finepix V10 0.29 5.23
Fujifilm Finepix Z1 0.48 7.75
Fujifilm Finepix Z2 0.33 6.74
Kodak Easyshare C360 0.3 6.66
Kodak Easyshare C663 0.2 11.88
Kodak Easyshare V550 0.18 6.05
Kodak Easyshare Z650 0.37 13.93
Nikon Coolpix L2 0.57 9.79
Nikon Coolpix L4 1.68 19.97
Nikon Coolpix P2 0.3 12.59
Nikon Coolpix S1 0.48 9.88
Nikon Coolpix S3 0.45 13.08
Nikon Coolpix S4 0.37 9.77
Nikon Coolpix S5 0.39 8.38
Olympus FE-115 1.09 22.58
Olympus FE-120 0.48 10.72
Olympus MJU 500 0.41 17.15
Olympus MJU 600 0.36 6.95
Olympus MJU 700 0.45 11.79
Olympus MJU 800 0.32 8.18
Olympus MJU 810 0.47 14.68
Olympus MJU Mini Digital S 0.49 12.49
Olympus SP-350 0.53 13.15
Olympus SP-500 0.37 12.24
Panasonic DMC-FX01 0.32 9.4
Panasonic DMC-FX9 0.38 11.8
Panasonic DMC-FZ5 0.26 6.64
Panasonic DMC-FZ7 0.32 5.5
Panasonic DMC-LS2 0.52 12.68
Panasonic DMC-LX1 0.3 7.32
Panasonic DMC LZ1 0.45 10.3
Panasonic DMC LZ2 0.48 10.32
Panasonic DMC LZ3 0.53 12.31
Panasonic DMC LZ5 0.51 11.75
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 0.36 11.08
Sony DSC-H2 0.16 5.24
Sony DSC-N1 0.17 6.13
Sony DSC-P200 0.18 11.95
Sony DSC-S600 0.12 5.08
Sony DSC-S80 0.12 4.89
Sony DSC-S90 0.2 5
Sony DSC-T5 0.14 4.78
Sony DSC-T7 0.19 5.03
Sony DSC-T9 0.15 5.21
Sony DSC-W100 0.3 7.63
Sony DSC-W30 0.16 5.09
Sony DSC-W5 0.29 6.61
Sony DSC-W50 0.18 5.18
Sony DSC-W7 0.33 7.63
Sony DSC-W70 0.29 6.19
 

Notes:

The time from when you press the shutter release button (ie. the trigger) until the camera actually takes the photo is known as total shutter lag. Total shutter lag is the combination of two processes at work: the autofocus lag and the shutter release lag.

  • Autofocus Lag - As soon you press the shutter button, the camera generally attempts to search for an appropriate focus point. This autofocus mechanism is often very slow, and contributes most to the overall lag. In point and shoot cameras, the physical lens is focused back and forth with a motor until the camera determines that the focus is correct. Note that all cameras will take longer to autofocus if the environment is dark or the photographed object exhibits poor contrast (which makes it harder for the camera to lock-on to).
  • Shutter Release Lag - Once the camera has determined the appropriate focus distance, the camera triggers the electronic or physical shutter mechanism. On some cheaper cameras this process can take a moderate amount of time, but it is usually not as significant as the autofocus lag. The shutter release lag is the time it takes to take the photo if one has "pre-focused" (ie. held down the shutter button half-way) or used manual focus mode.
Sources: The following websites report shutter lag in digital cameras:

 

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