I'm using the Nikon D3200, which has a Quiet Shutter Mode. As I understand it, the mirror is mainly delayed from moving again during the shot, thus the "quieter" mode. What I'm curious about ist how this would affect different photo types, eg sports, nature or portraits.


The main disadvantage I have seen with silent mode is that the shots/frames per second rate in continuous mode is reduced. E.g. the Canon EOS 7D Mark II can only take 4 shots / second in silent mode, where in non-silent high speed it can take 10 shots / second. Also, there is an even longer delay from the time you push the shutter button to when the photo is taken (also known as "shutter lag"), but one could argue that it is not noticeable.

If you are using your camera for sports, it might be better to not use silent mode if you want to use continuous for burst shooting.

For portraits, you probably will not even know the difference between silent / non-silent. Your subject should be siting still enough so that the photographs between the 2 modes would hardly be noticeably different.

Silent is best used in places where you do not want to have the shutter sound being predominant, like in some churches or events where you need to be quiet.

I also acknowledge that Canon's cameras are not exactly the same as Nikon's, but the concepts of silent mode are essentially the same.

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    FYI, on the D3200 quiet shutter and continuous shooting are mutually exclusive. Still applicable to other models, though.
    – j_foster
    May 24 '18 at 23:59
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    Also, reaction time (time between pressing the shutter button and when the image is taken) is slightly slower because the mirror moves up slower
    – NoahL
    May 25 '18 at 0:49
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    Presumably viewfinder blackout is also extended somewhat? May 25 '18 at 14:17

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