I love the electronic shutter / silent mode on my GX7

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Amin Sabet, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
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  2. onlyablur

    onlyablur Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    I love the silent mode on my G6 as well! Although it has a limit for up to iso 1600...so sometimes in low light indoor scenes, I have to turn it off and the loud shutter sound attracts subjects' attention...

    Is there such a limit on GX7 too? I was originally considering GX7 mainly for this feature (to take photos of our baby), but then I found out G6 has the electronic shutter as well so I went for it instead.
  3. MarkyM

    MarkyM Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 27, 2013
    The electronic shutter limit on the GX7 is ISO 3200.
  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Wonderful family moment Amin! :smile: :2thumbs:
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  5. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 7, 2011
    Priceless moment! That is what I like about gx7, so I have only one shot w/ mech shutter to hear how loud it was, then all all e-shutter.
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  6. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    It is a great feature. I set the Fn3 button to toggle the silent mode off and on. For GH3 users, there is a firmware update that adds the silent mode to the custom menu.
  7. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    One of the best feature of the gx7 me thinks. Its a leica killer in my book!

    It also suppress shutter shocks at low shutter speed!
  8. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    It's one of the features, along with the built-in EVF, that caused me to up-grade from the E-P3. I also like the option to trigger the shutter with a half-press. I think it helps reduce camera shake quite a bit.
  9. justins7

    justins7 New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2013
    I loved it too, with my new GX7 -- until many of the photos had horrible horizontal streaks in them. I know this was because of the fluorescent lights; it is mentioned in the manual, which says to change the shutter speed to fix the problem. But I don't think that's a good option in low-light (to which shutter speed?), so I'm now back to the loud shutter. Has anyone else noticed this problem?
  10. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Yes, it is great for stealth mode. :)

  11. Serhan

    Serhan Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 7, 2011
    I took many shots at night in NY w/ 12mm f2, mostly wide open, and I found only a couple photos at Broadway w/ big electronic signs showed the horizontal streaks. I had many photos inside the Grand Central station, inside and out at Rockefeller w/ no problems. Maybe it is just fluorescent lights/lcd tvs causing it. The camera kept the min shutter at 1/60 until it reached the max ISO 3200 or slower then 1/60 when I tried to shot slower speeds to show movement. First 9 rows are from NY, starting w/ third photo in first row:

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  12. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    What a great moment captured!
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  13. Tinderbox (UK)

    Tinderbox (UK) Mu-43 Regular

    As well as the limit to ISO3200 the Flash does not work either :(

  14. orfeo

    orfeo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    flash isn't very stealthy!

    I getr the banding when a few fluo lights are dominant in a frame too.

    The advantages of the silent shutter are way more predominant than its drawnbacks.
  15. Gary Ramey

    Gary Ramey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 27, 2012
    Aurora Colorado
    A question that came up at my new years party...yes we're that boring... Does electronic shutter have any disadvantages over a mechanical one?
  16. justins7

    justins7 New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2013
    So, do I need to set me shutter speed to 1/60 or faster to avoid the streaks?
  17. justins7

    justins7 New to Mu-43

    Dec 30, 2013

    See attached -- mostly under fluorescent lights.

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