Terry Fowler noted: >>if you're subject matter is small children or sports, for example, >>then the shutter lag time can drive you absolutely NUTS!! I have >>missed so many good shots of my two grandsons just because of a >>slow shutter. GRrrrr. ... and asked for a reference. Hi Terry, Sorry - I don't know of any 'easy' reference. Yeah, I like the Phil Askey reviews as well. I'm sure you have probably seen them, but if not, check out the reviews at Steve's digicam as well: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_reviews/nikon8700.html Unfortunately I think most resources give the same answer - throw money at it until it goes away! ;-) The really really expensive models don't have noticeable shutter lag: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=article_021003 (Yeah - it's not what *I* want to hear either!) HTH, RonL.