Bragging about our expensive mirrorless/DSLR vs a point and shoot

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
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photoreddi Veteran Member • Posts: 6,790
Re: He has a point.

ddtan wrote:

I must say that the OP does have a point. In that there is no reason for an expensive camera not to also have an auto mode that rivals a cheaper point and shoot, those things are not mutually exclusive. His scenario has happened to me many times, call me ignorant.

There is a reason. The X-mount cameras use focal plane shutters, and that mandates a relatively slow flash sync speed. To increase the flash sync speed would mean replacing the focal plane shutter with an electronic shutter or using a leaf shutter (inside the lens) like the X100/X100s whose leaves are small blades so they can operate faster. It's possible for future Fuji X-mount cameras to work as well as cheap P&S cameras, but to do that they'd need a hardware change, and one would be to use the kind of sensors the P&S cameras use that have built-in electronic shutters.

There's a fairly reliable way to tell if a camera has a really fast sync. speed that permits shutter speeds of 1/1000 and faster Disable the camera's electronic sounds and see if the shutter makes a noticeable sound when you take a picture. If it's mostly silent you're good to go. If you hear a noticeable shutter sound, you're probably hosed.

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