I hope this isn't a silly question. Is it impossible or too expensive to
turn the sensor on and off or something instead of a mechanical shutter?
In addition to the other replies I believe the camera manufacturers also
use the shutter as a black reference to measure sensor native noise.
The Nikon D70 "electronically" shutter flash syncs up to 1/500 which is
on the "closing" side of the cycle, and I think that should be standard
on all high end DSLR's.
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