Cheat sheet: Shutter angles vs shutter speeds

Shutter angle vs shutter speed
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In video, you need to adjust the shutter angle and not the shutter speed. But what is a shutter angle - and why do we need a different term? It’s not just videographers being awkward! The concept of shutter angles rather than shutter speeds makes a lot of sense for video. They are effectively the same thing, but you need to be able to translate one into the other. That’s because mirrorless and hybrid cameras tend to work exclusively with shutter speeds and it’s only full-on cinema cameras that swap to shutter angles.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at