Martin Burns wrote: > For the time between pressing the button and the > shot being taken, much it is focus time, particularly on Compacts. What > several manufacturers offer (Sony for one) is a two-step shutter: > half-depress the button and the camera focuses. Push all the way down > and it takes the shot. If you're pre-focused, the shot is remarkably quick. But that's exactly the problem with moving targets, like kids, pets, sports -- it's impossible to pre-focus. Usually I set my day-to-day Canon S110 to "rapid-fire" mode and figure at least one shot of the series will be worthwhile :-) >> Taking high-res shots of small items for a project, and storing one >> shot takes -- OK, I haven't timed it, but it seems like forever :-) > > One of the (many) good things about my Canon - it can take several shots > in a burst, buffering them before writing them to the card. Is that at the highest resolution setting? The Coolpix 4500 takes (per the dcresource.com review) *25 seconds* to write an 11Mb TIFF to the CF card; that's bad enough, but the controls are locked for that entire time. Is writing to a Microdrive faster than a CF card? Do CF cards vary in write speed? Heck, for tabletop work I'd like to find a camera body that can be controlled from the computer and USB2/Firewire the images directly back, but I haven't been able to google anything close... -- Hassan Schroeder ----------------------------- hassan at webtuitive.com Webtuitive Design === (+1) 408-938-0567 === http://webtuitive.com dream. code.