Watching a camera shutter go in slow motion is both educating and amazing. The exposure cycle is well known:
- Mirror goes up
- front curtain moves down, exposing the CCD
- back curtain slides down blocking the CCD from further exposure
- front curtain moves back into upwards “ready” position
- mirror goes back down.
Actually there is a 1.5 step where the back curtain moves up, getting ready to go down later, but this step is hidden from us as it happens behind the (still closed) front curtain.
This cycle can go as fast as 1/8000 of a second on some of the more professional camera bodies.
I thought it would be fun to watch different cameras go at the shutter sequence in slow mo. Note that some of the clips were not taken with a pro camera but rather with the $450 Nikon V1. Personally I was surprised at the backlash the mirror goes through on the rerun step.
Nikon D3 @ 5000 FPS
Canon 5D mk II @ 2000 FPS
Nikon D700 @ 420 FPS
Nikon D80 @ 5000 FPS
Canon D60 @ unknown FPS
PENTAX K10D @ 5000 FPS
D600 @ 1200 FPS
Olympus E-P2 @ 1200FPS
5D mark 1,2 & 3 @ 1500 FPS
7D vs D7000
Canon EOS 5D vs EOS 450D @ 5000 FPS
UPDATE: Reader Florian Knorn sent a compilation of Sony slo-mo shutters. you can watch it as a list on Youtube.
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