How does an electronic shutter make you a "Stealth" photographer ?

6 months 1 day ago - 6 months 1 day ago #661511 by BlurredLines
Hi,
I was reading a review on a Lumix DMC-FZ1000 and it said this.....
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The combination of the FZ1000's long zoom lens and optional electronic shutter make it great for 'stealth' photography. Being able to
photograph people chatting on the street or wildlife in the trees
without anyone/anything noticing opened up some interesting options that
my big DSLR couldn't pull off. The downside of using the electronic
shutter is that moving subjects may appear distorted by the 'rolling
shutter' effect.

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I'm just curious.....if you're 25 feet or more from your subject, can they actually hear the shutter?
why would using an electronic shutter make this more stealthy?   Are mechanical camera shutters that noisy?   I have several Bridge cameras and none are noisy like that.

I'm just curious why he said it would be "stealthier" ?


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6 months 1 day ago #661514 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day BL

May I answer your Q in two ways
a) all too often the media writers offer waffle and "mushroom fertiliser" in their reviews of a product, and
b) from years of experience with mirrorless / superzoom cameras, they are extremely quiet anyway

In the menu settings, I have the option of silence or 'small-click' or 'medium-click' or 'slr-like Kplunk' noises inserted into the taking the photo moment. I have always gone for the 'medium-click' so that I know that the shutter has worked. It is a click that I doubt can be heard more than a foot or so away from the camera

In actual use, I have never had 'wildlife' respond to the click of the camera and disappear on me .... it is more like they see me and run in fright [some people & my grandchildren do the same thing too :)]

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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5 months 4 weeks ago - 5 months 4 weeks ago #662098 by KCook
Some DSLR are very easy to hear from 25ft, thanks to the clunk of the mirror. So yeah, it can make a difference. For street photography I do prefer an e-shutter.

Kelly

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/

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5 months 3 weeks ago - 5 months 3 weeks ago #662111 by Troponin
If you want complete silence, you have to buy a mirrorless. Manufacturers have been claiming their DSLRs have a “silent”
mode for years, but none of them are silent, nor is the difference between silent and normal great.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #662166 by garyrhook

Troponin wrote: If you want complete silence, you have to buy a mirrorless. Manufacturers have been claiming their DSLRs have a “silent”
mode for years, but none of them are silent, nor is the difference between silent and normal great.


Yeah, my Nikons have a "quiet" mode, but it's not anywhere near quiet.

The D850, being a hybrid, can shoot completely silently. One of the reasons I bought one.


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