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How to Reduce Your Digital Camera’s Shot-to-Shot Delays

All digital cameras have a delay between shots during which you have to wait to take a new photo. This delay usually isn’t long because digital cameras typically can limit this delay with a good built-in super-fast memory called a buffer, which accepts photos as quickly as you take them, freeing the camera to take another picture. But if you don’t have enough buffer memory, you can take some steps to reduce the delay between pictures.

  • Monitor the buffer.

    Keep an eye on the buffer indicator in your viewfinder. It might be a bar readout or numbers that show how many frames remain. If you think an important picture-taking moment is imminent, stop taking photos and let your buffer drain to make room.

  • Get a faster memory card.

    With some digital cameras, a better-performing memory card can reduce shot-to-shot delays. A faster card is of most benefit for cameras that have smaller buffers.

  • Shoot at a lower resolution.

    In a pinch, you can switch to a lower resolution to increase the number of shots you can take in a row. If rapid-fire is more important than image quality, go for it!

  • Enlarge your buffer.

    You can upgrade some digital cameras (but mainly the very expensive ones) with additional buffer memory.

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