Using the electronic shutter

Using the electronic shutter lets you perform various kinds of shooting that are difficult to achieve using the mechanical shutter, such as shooting without sounds or shaking, shooting with a super-fast shutter, and blackout-free shooting*.

*During blackout-free shooting, the screen does not black out or drop frames and you can keep looking at the subject through the viewfinder or monitor while shooting images.

Shutter types and camera performance

The camera’s shutter speed range, shutter sound, occurrence of blackout, and availability of the anti-flicker shooting or the flash for each setting are as follows:

Item Shutter Type: Auto Shutter Type: Mechanical Shutter Shutter Type: Electronic Shutter
Shutter speed Single shooting:
BULB – 1/32000
Continuous shooting:
0.5" – 1/32000*1
Single shooting:
BULB – 1/8000

Continuous shooting:
30 – 1/8000
Single shooting:
30 – 1/32000
Continuous shooting:
0.5" – 1/32000
Shutter sound Single shooting: Mechanical shutter sound
Continuous shooting: Electronic shutter sound*2
Mechanical shutter sound Electronic shutter sound
Blackout Single shooting: Occurs
Continuous shooting: Blackout-free*3 *4
Occurs Blackout-free*4
Flash Available*1 Available Available
Anti-flicker shooting Available Available Available
Shooting with variable shutter Available Available Available

*1When shooting with a flash attached, shooting is performed with the mechanical shutter and the shutter speed range for continuous shooting is 0.5" to 1/8000 second.

*2 When shooting with a flash attached, shooting is performed with the mechanical shutter and the mechanical shutter sound is heard.

*3When shooting with a flash attached, shooting is performed with the mechanical shutter and blackout occurs.

*4When [Shoot. Start Display] is set to [On], blackout occurs only when the first image is shot.

Advanced shooting using the electronic shutter: Shooting without shutter sound

You can use the electronic shutter to shoot without shutter sound.

  1. MENU (Shooting) → [Shutter/Silent][Silent Mode Settings][Silent Mode][On].

Advanced shooting using the electronic shutter: Blackout-free continuous shooting

You can use the electronic shutter to perform continuous shooting with focus and exposure tracking, without the screen blacking out.

  1. MENU (Shooting) → [Shutter/Silent][Shutter Type][Auto] or [Electronic Shutter].
  2. Turn the mode dial and select P (Program Auto), A (Aperture Priority), S (Shutter Priority), or M (Manual Exposure), then set the shutter speed and aperture value. (For example: shutter speed of 1/250 second and aperture value of F2.8)
    • The product will not adjust the exposure in manual exposure mode when [ISO] is set to other than [ISO AUTO].
  3. Turn the drive mode dial and select (Continuous Shooting: Hi+), (Continuous Shooting: Hi), (Continuous Shooting: Mid) or (Continuous Shooting: Lo).
  4. Turn the focus mode dial and select AF-C (Continuous AF), then start shooting images.


  • If you want to display the timing of shooting on the screen during blackout-free shooting, adjust the setting using MENU (Setup) → [Display Option][Shoot. Timing Display].
  • To take advantage of the performance of the camera, we recommend that you use a UHS-II card or CFexpress card.


  • When shooting without the shutter sound, do so on your own responsibility, with sufficient consideration to the privacy and portrait rights of the subject.
  • Even if you set the camera to shoot without the shutter sound, it will not be completely silent.
  • Even if you set the camera to shoot without the shutter sound, the aperture and focus will make sounds.
  • When using a lens compatible with Aperture Drive in AF, sound from the aperture drive may be audible during continuous shooting if [Aperture Drive in AF] is set to [Focus Priority].
  • During continuous shooting with the electronic shutter, the refresh rate of the screen display becomes slow when the shutter speed is slow. If you want the screen display to be smooth in order to track the subject, set a shutter speed faster than 1/60 second. Alternatively, set [Frame Rate Low Limit] under [Live View Display Set.] to [On]. If you set [Frame Rate Low Limit] to [On], blackout may occur depending on the shutter speed.
  • The electronic shutter operates differently when a Mount Adaptor is attached on the camera.