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Old Mar 6, 2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me why on the D3100, when set to "S" shutter priority mode I can only go to 1/200 with the build in FLASH. I can close the flash and go higher and I can use an external flash and do the same. Any ideas??

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Old Mar 6, 2011, 1:25 AM   #2
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The camera knows that 1/200s is the fastest sync speed with the built-in flash, and so doesn't allow you to select a faster speed. All the non-pro bodies work the same way, although some have faster sync speeds than others. I think the pro bodies also work the same way, but I'm not sure.

The D3100 doesn't support Auto FP (high speed sync) so I'm pretty sure that when you put a Nikon flash on the camera that the shutter will still be limited to 1/200s.
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i wouldnt worry, if your using flash 1/60 sould be easily fast enough for most things anyway
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NikonUSA website specs said:

Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/200 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200s or slowerFlash Sync Speed



http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produc...Tabs.TechSpecs
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I believe that is the max shutter speed for built in flash. With a external flash you can go faster if you set it to hss, high speed sync. That will give you a faster shutter speed, but with a flash you will be able to freeze action at 1/200 without a problem.

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Can anyone tell me why on the D3100, when set to "S" shutter priority mode I can only go to 1/200 with the build in FLASH. I can close the flash and go higher and I can use an external flash and do the same. Any ideas??

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There is no Auto FP High Speed Sync for the D3100.
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that is a bummer
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so with out a flash I can go past 1/200 but with a flash there is NO WAY? I ask because dont you want to go past 1/200 when trying to freeze motion? like for instance, someone playing a piano and I want to freeze their hands so its not blurred? and how about indoor sports when you need to freeze and action shot?

Thanks.... Im new to the DSLR . I had a FUJI S9100 that could go way past 1/200 with the built in flash or external flash
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not with the d3100 as viznquest pointed out, is without hss ability. You are limited to 1/200. But that is fast enough to freeze action with a flash.

Not sure if the fuji supported ttl and hss. Most likely just a none dedicated flash in manual. That is only looking for trigger voltage and not sync to the camera's ttl.
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can it capture a drop of water bouncing off a bowl when a small metal ball drops ?
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