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    Kodak 612 Shutter peed - longer exposure

    Just got a Z612 and quite impressed with all its features etc. However one
    thing I find frustrating. When it is on 'P' or 'auto' mode and say you are
    in a darker environment and have the flash switched off, the shutter speed
    does not seem to go longer than 1/8th. Surely on an automatic mode the
    shutter speed should automatically stay open long enough to get a decent
    exposed picture, subject to the cameras limitations - (8 or 16 seconds I
    believe?).
    Having had an SLR (non digital) in the past, no matter what apature you
    select, the camera would select the correct shutter speed for the exposure,
    subject to the limitations of then camera.

    Is this just a general feature of a digital zoom of this type or is there a
    way of overcoming this. I can do it by putting it on either manual or
    shutter speed priority and selecting a longer shutter speed, but I would
    have expected this to have worked on P mode at least as with a conventional
    SLR?

    Any views comments would be appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cappers View Post
    Just got a Z612 and quite impressed with all its features etc. However one
    thing I find frustrating. When it is on 'P' or 'auto' mode and say you are
    in a darker environment and have the flash switched off, the shutter speed
    does not seem to go longer than 1/8th. Surely on an automatic mode the
    shutter speed should automatically stay open long enough to get a decent
    exposed picture, subject to the cameras limitations - (8 or 16 seconds I
    believe?).
    Having had an SLR (non digital) in the past, no matter what apature you
    select, the camera would select the correct shutter speed for the exposure,
    subject to the limitations of then camera.

    Is this just a general feature of a digital zoom of this type or is there a
    way of overcoming this. I can do it by putting it on either manual or
    shutter speed priority and selecting a longer shutter speed, but I would
    have expected this to have worked on P mode at least as with a conventional
    SLR?

    Any views comments would be appreciated

    This seems to just be some stupid limitation camera makers add to point and shoot cameras. My wife's dSLR will pick anything in its 1/4000th-30 second range, when my Canon S2 IS point and shoot will pick nothing longer than 1 second.
    Canon EOS 40D | Pro1 | EOS 630 (film) | S2 IS | G1
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