Shutter lag in NEX compared to DSLR

Started Jul 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
zackiedawg
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It's the shutter sequence...

Gfrensen got it right - I think what you are experiencing is what he mentioned about mirrorless cameras having to cycle the shutter down, then up, then down again to take a shot. So there's a shutter lag from the time you press the button to when the photo is taken, and it sounds almost like the camera is taking two photos. This is that initial cycle of the shutter into the closed position. This is common with all mirrorless cameras.

You would notice a significant improvement in any of the mirrorless cameras using an electronic first-curtain shutter, which eliminates that first cycle of the shutter and puts the shutter lag on par with DSLRs, which is to say, none. This feature has been added to many higher-end mirrorless models of late and solves the shutter lag issue.

Unfortunately, you'd need to move to the NEX-5N or NEX-7 to get the first-curtain electronic shutter in the NEX lineup...your C3 doesn't have it.

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