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How long is the lag time between shutter releases?

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Shutter lag is the time between pressing the shutter button and the recording of the image. This delay or lag is the time it takes the camera to perform the different functions of taking a picture: focusing, calculating exposure, releasing the shutter, and recording the image to the memory card.

There are two primary specifications associated with shutter lag:

  • Click-to-capture: The sum of all four elements above. It is the time from pressing the shutter release to the time the camera is ready to take the next picture (when not in a continuous shooting mode). This is often expressed in tenths of a second or can be as much as 1 second.
  • Release lag: The time from when the shutter is fully depressed until the capture actually takes place. This is often expressed in milliseconds. A typical specification is 9 or 10 milliseconds.

Check the following table for the shutter lag for various cameras.

NOTES:

  • Shutter lag may vary depending on the camera settings. The following table is based on test conditions performed by Sony.
  • Time measurement used in the table are all approximations.
Model The time lag between shutter releases (second)

ILCE-9

Shutter Type is Mechanical Shut. and e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
Shutter Type is Electronic Shut.: Approx. 0.033

ILCE-7 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-7M2 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-7R Approx. 0.19
ILCE-7RM2 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-7RM3 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-7S e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-7SM2 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-5000 Approx. 0.02
ILCE-6000 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-6300 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
ILCE-6500 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
NEX-3 Approx. 0.10
NEX-3N Approx. 0.02
NEX-5 Approx. 0.10
NEX-5N e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
NEX-5R e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
NEX-6 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
NEX-7 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
NEX-C3 Approx. 0.10
NEX-F3 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.02
Model The time lag between shutter releases (second)
DSLR-A100 Approx. 0.11
DSLR-A200 Approx. 0.085
DSLR-A230 Approx. 0.10
DSLR-A300 Approx. 0.085
DSLR-A330 Approx. 0.10
DSLR-A350 Approx. 0.085
DSLR-A380 Approx. 0.10
DSLR-A550 Approx. 0.07 *1
DSLR-A700 Approx. 0.066
DSLR-A900 Approx. 0.063
ILCA-77M2 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.09
 ILCA-99M2 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.09
SLT-A33 Approx. 0.09
SLT-A37 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.08 OFF: Approx. 0.09
SLT-A55V Approx. 0.09
SLT-A57 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.09
SLT-A58 e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.09
SLT-A65V e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.09
SLT-A77V e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.08
SLT-A99V e-Front Curtain Shut ON: Approx. 0.05 OFF: Approx. 0.11

NOTE: For DSLR-A550, the shutter lag is approximately 0.2 to 0.3 seconds during Manual focus check Live View.