Q: I have been using my digital camera (Canon A60) to take images for e-mail, mostly indoor photos and macro photos. I have had a difficult time finding a camera that provides fast shot to shot times with the flash on and an overall fast camera flash. Any advice? --W.B.
Finding a camera with fast response times when using the flash is very difficult among inexpensive, consumer-level models. The small, built-in flash on those cameras is not designed as a fast camera flash that can provide quick responses; instead, it's designed to provide basic lighting while using as little battery power as possible.
Normally, for those seeking a fast flash recovery, I would recommend upgrading to a digital SLR with an external flash. However, in this case, with the ways you're using your photographs, that type of expense seems tough to justify.
It's possible you could look for a consumer-level camera that can accept an external flash. There aren't a lot of cameras like this, and they'll cost a little more than a typical point and shoot, but they could work well in this situation.
Ultimately, though, you may find much better flash response times simply by purchasing a newer model. The A60 has been around for quite a few years, and a newer camera will give you much better performance. Also, some newer cameras will have macro shooting modes, which should help with flash performance on close-up photos.
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