questionsany recommendations for an easy to use camera…

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Help us, what model do you have now?

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A point-and-shoot with low shutter lag is a tall order. Do you have a price range? Acceptable shutter lag time?

The Canon Powershot S90 has adjustable settings, including shutter speed and lag time, but it is on the expensive side for a point-and-shoot:

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-Digital-Optical-Stabilized/dp/B002LITT42/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1310062553&sr=1-3

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@caffeine_dude: LOL. i thought that might help, but i don't have my camera with me. sorry. it's a 14MP from costco, i'll post when i get back home the model number. :)

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btw, i went through the list of cameras on the site that has a shutter lag comparison table (http://www.cameras.co.uk/html/shutter-lag-comparisons.cfm) and these were the cameras with the best shutter-lag ratings PLUS easy to use rating. I'm grateful someone put this table out there, but a lot of the cameras on there are older models. Here's the list i filtered out (low shutter lag + HIGH easy to use rating):
Nikon Coolpix S8000
Sony DSC TX1

Panasonic DMC FS10
Sony DSC W380
Sony DSC TX7
Panasonic DMC S3

Panasonic DMC FS30
Sony DSC TX10

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@adadavis: price range under $300, acceptable is something that's not annoying... i guess less than a second w/out flash and less than 2s with flash? ...not sure, but i'm sure you all know what i'm talking about. :(

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Canon Powershot SD970 @ $249:
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SD970IS-3-0-inch-Silver/dp/tech-data/B001SER46A/ref=de_a_smtd

A review gives the following info about lag:
"Shutter lag: Full autofocus shutter lag is good, at 0.40 second at wide-angle and 0.45 second at full telephoto. Prefocus shutter lag is 0.078s, which is quite fast."
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD970IS/SD970ISA.HTM

I've never use this model, so I can't say from personal experience how that translates in the "annoying lag" department.

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Personally, as a photographer, I'd go with either Nikon or Canon. The most important aspect of a camera is your optics, and both Canon and Nikon arguably have the best optics on the market. After that, it's merely a matter of which has the specific bells and whistles you're looking for, at a price you're willing to pay.

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For slow shutter lag and at your price range, the Canon Elph series would be a good choice.

http://ow.ly/5zhjE - B&H (with Canon rebate is only $229).

Other Powershot are getting their "seasonal" Canon rebates as well. I do this professionally, and for my family members I always get either the Elph or the Panasonic Lumix line.

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thoughts on this?
Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS 10MP CMOS Sensor
sold on costco.com for $270

or this?
Canon PowerShot ELPH-100
Digital Camera
costco.com for $199