View Full Version : My "duh" Question

02-13-2007, 11:00 AM
I am new to digital photography and have a Sony DSC-S500.

How do I set up the camera so it "takes" an exposure when I want?

Is there no such thing as simply hitting the shutter button and getting

the shot I want right then and there? It seems as if the button (or some

thing else) "hangs up." Yes, I know the half-down position permits sensing

for exprosure and focus, but can I circumvent some or all of that when

I want? Many, many thanks.

02-13-2007, 11:06 AM
No, you can not circumvent it. It is called shutterlag... the camera needs to focus first before it can make a photo. And with a camera like yours that just takes a while.

The only solution is to get a different camera with less shutter lag.

02-13-2007, 12:01 PM
Unfortunately, what coldrain said is completely true. It helps to let the camera focus to something in similar distance where you expect the thing you need to shoot "there and then" to appear and then wait with the button half-pushed. But there is no way to avoid the time it takes the camera to take a pic after you have half-pushed the shutter...

02-13-2007, 02:02 PM



02-13-2007, 04:42 PM
Note that non-digital automatic cameras have to deal with the same thing.