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I posted last week about a Canon A520 I just got and I like it, but the recovery time between flash ready status is over 5 seconds - I don't like that. I am looking for suggestions on a good point and shoot type digital cam with zoom, 5MP or more and a quick response time to flash, etc. I have a 2gb SD card so one with that would be preferable. I am hoping to spend under $200. Thanks
 
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The flash has to recycle and they don't exactly put the best units on the point and shoots. I can't recommend anything within your price range.
 

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I had it with the A70 - I am not happy with the upgrade...so I will continue to look.
 
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Even dedicated flash units for DSLRs costing upwards of $250 for just the flash can take time to recycle, especially if batteries are low.
 
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A point and shoot-er, you say? Well, I just got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 for $250 (Canadian) and it's got 6x zoom, 6MP, Leica lens with Mega Optical Image Stabilization, 2.5" LCD. You can turn on a burst mode, but that doesn't work with the flash, it's not instant. It doesn't come with the rechargeable batteries, it takes AA, but that's kinda handy sometimes anyway. Besides, Ni-MH AAs and chargers are pretty cheap nowadays anyway. Still, you're probably looking at at least $250 US in total. I'm quite satisfied with it, though. It's a nice little camera.
Anyway, good luck. :)(y)
 
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wish i had a mac said:
A point and shoot-er, you say? Well, I just got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 for $250 (Canadian) and it's got 6x zoom, 6MP, Leica lens with Mega Optical Image Stabilization, 2.5" LCD. You can turn on a burst mode, but that doesn't work with the flash, it's not instant. It doesn't come with the rechargeable batteries, it takes AA, but that's kinda handy sometimes anyway. Besides, Ni-MH AAs and chargers are pretty cheap nowadays anyway. Still, you're probably looking at at least $250 US in total. I'm quite satisfied with it, though. It's a nice little camera.
Anyway, good luck. :)(y)
Small correction to my old post: I said Leica lens, when in fact it is labeled "Lumix DC Vario."

And um, although that camera was the best deal I could find at the time, I've seen better since... Have you decided on a camera yet?
 

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Thanks for the clarification, I have not decided yet, I know I don't like my current set up, even the pictures are grainy and its set to the best resolution. I was browsing at Wally World the other day and the lady in the photo area said they are getting all new models so to hang on...
 
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As explained above, recycle time with a flash is determined by the ability of the battery to supply the amps needed to recharge the HV capacitor (via an inverter).

There is a finite limit to the amps that can be extracted from the camera batteries, hence the delay in recycling. 5 seconds is about normal, any "quicker" would often be injurious to the battery lifetime.

You may be seeking something that is non-attainable unless it has a very low output flash.
 
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