Using electronic shutter

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by bigbob, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. bigbob

    bigbob Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 14, 2012
    Robert Morin
    Is there any disadvantage using the electronic shutter? Pro and Con . On the 14-42mm pany lens on side there are 2 switches top for zooming. the bottom seems to do nothing. I read it was for manual focus. Thanks in advance. bigbob
  2. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    If you asked on the G5 electronic shutter, it got the following limitation:
    1. You can not use flash.
    2. Max ISO is 1600.
    3. Moving subject may get distorted.
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  3. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    The main issue with the electronic shutter is that the entire image is not recorded simultaneously. As a result, you may see distortion of moving subjects. This is very similar to the 'jello' effect people see recording video of moving subjects.

    As to the Panasonic lens, the bottom switch will let you adjust the focus distance when the camera has been set to manual focus mode.
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  4. jackwolf

    jackwolf New to Mu-43

    Dec 12, 2012
    it's seems like points noted here are on the cons.. what is the pros of it btw?
  5. nublar

    nublar Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2013
    No use of mechanical shutter - completely quiet (except for lens focusing sounds) and doesn't contribute to your shutter count. Also supposedly eliminates some issues when using the 45-175pz.
  6. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    The electronic shutter has zero vibration and is silent.
  7. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    I use the electronic shutter to shot in museums with the P20.
    The silent shutter is a new experience and I enjoy not disturbing other visitors.
    I have also set all the focus beep to off.
  8. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    There is no true advantage using the electronic shutter as such other than it is completely silent and as mentioned there is no mechanical vibration (from the shutter) that seems to plague some lenses at certain shutter speeds causing a slightly blurred image. I used to use the ES when I first got my camera but have just gone back to using the mech shutter as it's more versatile.

  9. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    I would think a vibrationless shutter would be a real advantage w/ macro or long telephoto lenses or attaching to a micro/telescope.
  10. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Possibly but I've not had any vibration issues using the mech shutter with tele or macro lenses, I think mirror vibration could be an issue for macro lenses etc with DSLR cameras which is why they have mirror lock-up but that doesn't apply to mirrorless cameras.
    As long as the subject isn't moving too fast then the ES is fine but with fast moving objects that fill a large portion of the view finder ES is not recommended due to the long read time from the top to the bottom of the sensor.

  11. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
  12. lemmy

    lemmy Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2013
    London, England
    David Thorpe
    I have the battery grip which yield over 1200 shots before power starts to wilt. After 1200 shots on the ES, the first battery still shows full and the second is, of course,unused.

    With the BG you could take the camera away for a 1 month holiday and if using the ES never need the charger. Battery life starts to be irrelevant, almost like using an old mechanical shutter film camera.
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  13. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    This one was taken using the electronic shutter at 1/100 the police officers were walking toward me.

    <a href="" title="The police squad by Ehud Lavon, on Flickr"> 8557445129_66c6a92034_b. "1024" height="1024" alt="The police squad"></a>
  14. Jcarrith

    Jcarrith Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2012
    Electronic Shutter Artifact Example

    Not a good photo but check out the bee's wings
  15. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    ^^ You have hit the E shutter limit of taking picture of moving items.
  16. mirrorless

    mirrorless Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2013
    That function was installed mainly for time lapse. It is limited up to 1600 iso. As others have pointed out, using this for regular shots may produce images with distortion.
    But, for those of us who might like experimenting with time lapse, and yet want to preserve the life of our shutters, it's quite a nice option.
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