Just wanted to exploring more in the SLR digital world. One question or complaint from many digital-cams owners was the time taken to acquire an image (or some call it shutter-latency) after the photographer press the shutter-release is longer than a film camera.
I understand that this problem is more severe in the non-SLR digicams but what about the SLR digicams: particularly, the higher end ones, like the D1X and D1H? Did you guys experience any latency longer than, say, your Nikon F5?
Just a recap: for a film camera, shutter-latency = time of mirror-flip + focal-plane movement
Looks like for digicams, shutter-latency = time of mirror-flip + focal-plane movement + time for CCD to acquire data
How true is this in your experience? Please share.
I use a D100. Not as fast as F100, but only by a negligible margin (I don't shoot action very often)... difinitely much better than digital point and shoot. If you can live with Nikon N80, then you can live with D100. And the D1X / H should be even better.
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...is insignificantly different from the N80 until you fill up the frame buffer, about 6 frames in JPEG fine mode. The long latency of compact digicams is due to the autofocus mechanism, not the data acquisition. Digital SLRs typically have the same AF mechanisms as their most closely related 35 mm film body, and thus latency boils down to the factors you mention, which have very short times.