600D/T3i - why mirror goes down when shutter snaps in LiveView

Started Mar 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: The bigger 60D
In reply to brightcolours, Mar 8, 2012

brightcolours wrote:

Maybe a Sony Nex-5N? I think those have electronic shutters...

The Nex 5N also has a physical shutter; they have an "electronic first shutter" - I haven't looked into what this actually is for, but there's still a physical shutter involved. See this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI8qwmGqNO0

The only interchangable lens camera that has an electronic shutter that I know of is the Nikon J1 - the company literature boasts about it's entirely silent electronic shutter. It's big brother the V1 has a physical shutter. There may be others (Pentax Q?) but I don't have any further info.

Apparently there's a reason for a physical shutter - there's an article here: http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/why-digital-cameras-have-mechanical-shutters.html

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