Understanding what a shutter speed is has been with us since the beginning of learning photography. For shooting video, shutter speed gets a little more complicated as it now has a direct relationship with the frame rate to calculate for. Shutter angle is what will make everything simple again.
In this episode of DPReview TV, Jordan Drake and Chris Niccolls are preaching all about why shutter angle is better than shutter speed for video. With shutter speed, you need to do the math to have the right effect with the frame rate of your recording. Probably the more difficult part though is you need to remember to do it every time the frame rate is changed. If you record a mix of slow motion and standard footage, it’s only a matter of time until you miss one of these changes and your clips are useless. Shutter angle allows you to only worry about one number and no math, and that one number is likely never to change even when flipping between frame rates.
Sounds great, right? The problem is that only a few consumer cameras that aren’t full blown cinema cameras have the option to use shutter angles rather than shutter speeds. As noted by Niccolls and Drake, a couple of the popular options on the market right now are the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and GH5s, but other companies that are trying to flex their video specs inside hybrid cameras should take note and give us the choice as well.
Do you wish your camera had the shutter angle option for video? Do you agree that it’s a better method than calculating shutter speeds? Let us know in the comments below.