Article ID : 00122612 / Last Modified : 04/29/2021

Restrictions when using the Silent Shooting feature of my camera

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    What is Silent Shooting?

    Silent Shooting is a camera feature that allows you to shoot images without the sound created by the mechanical shutter. The effect on images may vary depending on the camera model and camera settings.

    Restrictions when using the Silent Shooting mode

    • Silent Shooting can only be selected when the mode dial is set to P, A, S, M (or P/A/S/M/AUTO on the ILCE-1).

    • Flash can't be used (except ILCE1).

    • The minimum ISO sensitivity is ISO100 (except ILCE1, ILCE-7SM3, ILCE-7C, and ILME-FX3).

    • The following functions can't be used:
      • Auto HDR
      • Picture Effect
      • Picture Profile (except ILCE1, ILCE-7RM4, ILCE-7RM4A, LCE-7SM3, and ILCE-7C)
      • Long Exposure NR
      • e-Front Curtain Shut.
      • S. Auto Img. Extract.
      • BULB
      • Multi Frame NR
      • Anti-flicker shoot (except ILCE1).
      • Mechanical Shutter
      • Shooting with remote release when an FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander is attached to a Multi Interface Shoe
    • For ILCE-7RM2 camera, continuous shooting can't be selected.

    • For ILCE-6300 and ILCE-6500 cameras, Continuous Shooting: Lo can be selected for continuous shooting.

    • Bright areas on the camera LCD may be recorded darker when shooting with low ISO settings. To prevent this, shoot at a higher ISO or adjust the exposure settings.

    • Silent Shooting is turned off when you shoot using apps downloaded from PlayMemories Camera Apps™ website.

    • The time from start-up until you can shoot takes approximately 0.5 seconds longer than usual.

    • The sound of the aperture and autofocus motor may still be heard when the Silent Shooting feature is on.

    Other things to consider

    • The movement of the subject and of the camera body can cause distortion in the image.

      • Panning the camera quickly from side to side may cause vertical lines to appear tilted.
      • Distortion may occur when taking photos of children, pets, sporting events, or other fast moving subjects.
    • Dark bands or yellow striping may occur in the image when shooting under flickering fluorescent lighting or if the flash of another camera goes off at the same time.

      • The effects described above are caused by the difference in exposure timing by the electronic shutter at the top and bottom of the sensor.