Fastest Shutter Speed
Placeholder The Nikon Coolpix A1000 has one of the fastest shutter times available of any point and shoot: 1/4000 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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99
from $448
Zoom Great zoom Help
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99

Nikon Coolpix A1000
from $477
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help

Learn more about the Nikon Coolpix A1000

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS
from $338
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA
from $979
Aperture Wide aperture Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
24 fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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

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Entry Level SLRs with Fast Shutters

The following SLRs have at least 1/4000 shutter speeds

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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:
average shutter is 1/400, but all cameras with 1/4000 are marked as "below average". What's going on?