Article ID : 00125971 / Last Modified : 08/09/2021

Restrictions when using the Silent Shooting feature of my Sony 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 of Silent Shooting on images may vary depending on the camera model and camera settings.

    Restrictions when using Silent Shooting mode

    Note: Supported functions vary depending on your camera. For details, refer to your product's manual. Manuals are posted on our support website.

    • Silent Shooting can only be selected when the shooting mode is set to P/A/S/(or P/A/S/M/AUTO on the ILCE-1).
    • Flash can't be used (except ILCE-1).
    • The minimum ISO sensitivity is ISO100 (except ILCE-1, ILCE-7SM3, ILCE-7C and ILME-FX3).
    • The following functions can't be used:
      • Auto HDR
      • Picture Effect
      • Picture Profile (except ILCE-1, ILCE-7RM4, LCE-7SM3, ILCE-7C and ILME-FX3)
      • Long Exposure NR
      • Front Curtain Shutter Off
      • S. Auto Img. Extract
      • BULB
      • Multi Frame NR.
      • Anti-flicker Shoot (except ILCE-1)
      • Mechanical Shutter
      • Shooting with remote release when FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander is attached to the Multi Interface Shoe
    • For the ILCE-7RM2 camera, Continuous shooting can't be selected.
    • For ILCE-6300 and ILCE-6500 cameras, only 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 the PlayMemories Camera Apps website.
      • Some applications let you use Silent Shooting. To test this, launch your application and check if you can select: MENU → Custom SettingsSilent Shooting.
    • The time from start-up until you can shoot takes approximately 0.5 seconds longer than usual.
    • The aperture and autofocus motor's sound may still be heard when the Silent Shooting feature is on.

    Other things to consider when using Silent Shooting

    • The movement of the subject and the camera body can distort the image.
      • Panning the camera quickly from side to side may cause vertical lines to appear slanted.
      • 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 simultaneously.
      • The effects described above are caused by the difference in exposure timing by the electronic shutter at the top and bottom of the sensor.