Fastest Shutter Speed
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 has one of the fastest shutter times available of any point and shoot: 1/2000 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 Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
from $536
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
from $664
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
from $379
Zoom Great zoom Help
50x
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
from $1,298
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
69.0

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Entry Level SLRs with Fast Shutters

The following SLRs have at least 1/4000 shutter speeds

Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
from $1,206
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,216 ISO
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
25
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100
from $1,147
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,256 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
83.0

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Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-5 II
from $660
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,235 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Battery life Great battery life Help
980 shots

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Pentax K-5 IIs
Pentax K-5 IIs
from $695
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,208 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Battery life Great battery life Help
980 shots

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