To enable the electronic shutter and eliminate the noise and vibration caused by operation of the mechanical shutter, select [On] for [Silent photography] in the photo shooting menu.

  • An icon is displayed while silent photography is in effect.

  • Note that the electronic shutter will be used regardless of the option selected for Custom Setting d5 [Shutter type].

  • The display will briefly go dark when the shutter is released. This signals that a photo has been taken.

  • Regardless of the setting chosen for [Beep options] in the setup menu, no beep will sound when the camera focuses or while the self-timer is counting down.

  • Enabling silent photography disables some features, including:

    • the flash,

    • long exposure noise reduction,

    • flicker reduction, and

    • high ISO sensitivities (Hi 0.3–Hi 1.0).

Silent Photography
  • Selecting [On] for [Silent photography] does not completely silence the camera. Camera sounds may still be audible, for example during autofocus or aperture adjustment, in the latter case most noticeably at apertures smaller (i.e., at f‑numbers higher) than f/5.6.

  • You may notice the following in photographs and in the shooting display:

    • Flicker or banding in scenes lit by such sources as fluorescent, mercury vapor, or sodium lamps

    • Distortion associated with motion (moving subjects may be distorted, or the entire frame may appear distorted if the camera is moved during shooting)

    • Jagged edges, color fringing, moiré, and bright spots in the display

    • Bright regions or bands in scenes lit by flashing signs and other intermittent light sources or when the subject is briefly illuminated by a strobe or other bright, momentary light source

  • The frame advance rate for burst photography changes when [On] is selected for [Silent photography] (Frame Advance Rate).

  • If an option other than [Off] is selected for [Vibration reduction] in the photo shooting menu, sounds made by the camera may be audible when the G or K button is pressed.

  • Silent photography mutes the shutter, but this does not absolve photographers of the need to respect their subjects’ privacy and image rights.