I've recently been experimenting with street photo.
It's all cool but I have a large DSLR with big lens with large aperture and it tends to look a bit "scary" to people... Not to mention it's just damn heavy to carry around.
So I'm thinking about a compact camera. Except that they are all freaking slow...
I looked at the review, and the delay between press the button (including AF) and take the photo is always over a half a second, practically a whole second, sometimes over a second. Each time I used a friend's compact camera the delay was super frustrating. Had to ask people to pose and/or click before whatever I expected to come came. Not many keepers with this messy method...
Does a fast compact camera exist? Or am I just spoilt by the speed of SLR cameras?
I guess for now I'll try a couple other "tricks" to make it look less "scary" : stop using the lens hood even if it means flare from time to time, put some gaffer tape on these bright large white logos, get a small strap that is worn as a side bag rather than these big neck straps with "SUPER POWERFUL DIGITAL CAMERA" big enough to be able to read 50 feet away.
I can live with all the limitations of compact cameras (small sensors that make a not as pretty image, no decent high iso, 2-3 sec recovery time after shooting, not many shots on a battery, not a real viewfinder, and so on ...) but speed is really a problem. A not-so-sharp photo with dodgy colours taken at the right moment is ten times better than 100 million megapixels of what you didn't want to shoot.
I don't remember having any of these problems with the compact film camera I had a while ago. It was just like... Click and it would go right away. Don't really want to go back to film though, film processing is a pain and it has become even more expensive that it used to be...
What are your thoughts about this?