Fastest Shutter Speed
Placeholder The Sony DSC-RX0 has one of the fastest shutter times available of any point and shoot: 1/32000 of a second.

Having a faster max shutter speed means you'll be able to take pictures of fast moving subjects without any risk of blur. Sports, car racing, fast moving people any kind of action where you want a super crisp photo. Fast shutters are also important for very bright days when you want to use a low f-stop.

Example Photos using Fast Shutters

The following photos demonstrate the usefulness of a fast shutter time - in some cases its used to ensure regardless of how sunny it is you can still utilize a wide open lens and in other circumstances its to capture your subject in high speed motion


Soccer Silhouette
photo of a soccer player doing a back flip kickThis photo by vramak via flickr shows an incredible action shot taken at 1/4000 with a Sony DSC-H7 digital camera of a soccer player kicking against a sunset.
Hot Rod Sunlight
photo of a hot rodThis photo by bulliver via flickr shows how a fast shutter time can be useful when you're not capturing fast motion. Perhaps shooting in aperture priority mode at a set ISO. Shot with a Nikon D90 at 32mm.
Great Egret
wildlife photo of a large beautiful bird Mike Baird's great wildlife photo demonstrates how a fast shutter is important to capturing birds and other fast moving animal. In this case a photo taken at 1/4000 via a Canon EOS 20d with the lens wide open.
Highspeed Portrait
portrait of a young manThis photo by Paul - Somers via flickr shows a great portrait taken at high speed to deal with the massive amount of light pouring in at f1.8. Shot with a D90 dSLR at 200 ISO.

Great Digicams with Fast Shutters

These are some of the best digital cameras that can shoot at 1/2000 or faster.

small list digicams with at least 1/2000
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
from $1,198
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Focus points Many focus points Help
315
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
from $998
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Autofocus Autofocus Help
Phase detection
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
from $1,698
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.4
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,440k dots
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
from $399
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

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Entry Level SLRs with Fast Shutters

The following SLRs have at least 1/4000 shutter speeds

Pentax KP
Pentax KP
from $897
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
819,200 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.62x
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
7 fps

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Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
from $569
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,037k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Nikon D5600

Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400
from $326
Battery life Great battery life Help
1200 shots
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
230 lenses
Sensor size Large sensor Help
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm

Learn more about the Nikon D3400

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Discussion

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Avatar for Tade R Tade R (5:10 PM, August 28, 2014)
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/2000 ??? (at the top of this page) - my old Lumix FZ-18 has it, and most cameras have now more. And on this page:
http://snapsort.com/cameras/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-III-specs/shutter-speed/max
average shutter is 1/400, but all cameras with 1/4000 are marked as "below average". What's going on?