What are the pros and cons of electronic shutters on cameras?

Glass breaking captured with high speed photography
Electronic shutters allow far faster shutter speeds - which will make high-speed photography more accessible (Image credit: Getty Images)

Even though SLR cameras adopted digital image sensors as far back as the 1980s, other key components have remained defiantly mechanical. Mirrorless cameras removed the mirror and optical viewfinder components, of course – but some models have gone even further by offering an electronic shutter.

Right now, most of these cameras provide both mechanical and electronic shutters, because the technology that enables the latter is still maturing. But while electronic shutters aren’t perfect, they offer important and worthwhile advantages. Of course, whether these benefits apply to your photography is another matter.

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Will Cheung FRPS
Photography expert

Will is a freelance photographer and imaging journalist based in Cambridgeshire, UK. Over the years, he’s edited Practical Photography, Digital Photo, Photography Monthly, Advanced Photographer and, most recently, Photography News. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and sits on its Travel distinctions panel.