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Old Jul 10, 2002, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default S602 and the 1/10000 shutterspeed


Does it real? How does it work?

For example the pro slr cameras
Canon EOS 1V - max 1/8000 sec
Nikon F5 - max 1/8000 sec
don't have a fast shutter like the S602.

Help me understand it.
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Old Jul 10, 2002, 11:03 PM   #2
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Default A brief "tutorial" on shutter speeds....

There are sometimes two shutters with the electronic cameras. One is a mechanical shutter which can only operate at limited speeds. The purpose of the mechanical shutter is primarily to protect the sensor from ambient light. For example, if you carry your camera with the lens facing up and the sun beats down on an unprotected sensor, catastrophic damage can and does occur.

With the more expensive professional digital cameras, a mechanical shutter prevents light from entering until the shutter release is actuated, then the mechanical shutter opens. In addition to the mechanical shutter, an electronic "shutter" which acts as an on-off switch can be controlled to incredible speeds. For example, in Canon's EOS-1D, this shutter speed goes to 1/16000 of a second.

So getting a shutter speed of 1/10000 with the Fuji S602 is not difficult. What is difficult is having it actually function properly in terms of the sensor's ability to respond and the ability of other linked electronics to properly function with it. On the S602, this fast shutter speed is only available in the "manual" mode. In the automatic mode it's limited to 1/1600.

The Olympus E100-RS actually has 1/10000 shutter speed which can function in the automatic mode.

So the simple answer to your question is yes, it does have this capability.

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