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I can feel and hear the shutter fire. You can take the lens off and watch it fire if you want. All of the speeds can be controlled either electronically or with a shutter, with the exception of 1/16,000 which is only electronic.
By default it uses a focal-plane mechanical shutter that's limited to 1/4,000s, but if you enable the electronic shutter, you can achieve shutter speeds up to 1/16,000s!
One thing I am not clear on ...is the 1/16000 a global shutter ? ie it would be so cool if we could flash sync at 1/16000 ! :-) but there is no way to trigger a flash I think ..
My wife won't use the D3100 I bought her because it is too big so I am taking my first look at the Nikon 1 series. A preliminary look makes me think that the specs are very similar between the J3, J4 & J5 (mainly Mp) so I may look for a clean low click J3 - but - I am not familiar enough with the 1 series to be sure.I expect some of you know all about them so what do you reckon - or perhaps you have a better idea? I will probably use it myself too, so I would like a reasonable level of quality, but the budget is meagre so the 1 series is the limit for price.Thanks for any advice.