Comparing Shutter Noise Of Popular Cameras

Photographer Davin Lavikka released this short and neat video documenting the shutter sounds of several popular camera's. It's a great comparison for those photographers who have a legitimate concern over shutter noise. The video also showcases the Olympus silent shooting mode, which as seen in the video, is virtually inaudible.

Of course, everyone has a preference for shutter sounds. Personally I'm quite fond of how muted and beefy the D810 sounds. The Olympus E-M5 ll silent shooting mode is very effective though and I can imagine would be of interest to folks who shoot wildlife.

Which shutter sound catches your fancy?

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Meh, these ain't got nothing on the meaty *WHUMP* of my Hasselblad 501 CM.

Hasselblad HD, mmmmmmm

my thoughts exactly. Loudest. Shutter. Ever.

No, I think my Bronica S2A is the loudest or maybe my RB67 Pro?? As for the quietest and smoothest camera with a mirror, well that would be my Sigma SD1M.

I miss the satisfying sound of the RB67.

My old Pentax is hands down the loudest camera I've ever heard. And if you go longer than 1/30, there is an extra special noise that happens from what must be a loose component. My favorite camera ever, but totally useless if you're trying to get close to wildlife.

I have to agree with Roger Jones, the quietest shutter I head has been the Sigma SD1M which surprised me as my Pentax k5 and k3 already had a really quite shutter compared even to most mirror-less cameras while my old d3 was rather loud (more like shutter shout lol).

The Sigma DP's with the lead shutters though are virtually silent :D

Wow! That Olympus E-M5 ll is quiet! I've heard that for court photographers, the Leica film rangefinder was the "gold standard" for how quiet a camera could be in the courtroom. Leica has just been bested!

I have two film cameras, Canon A-1 and Canon F-1N, both with their respective motor drives (MA Motor Drive and AE Motor Drive FN); and a Canon 5D Mk III. I prefer sound of the F-1N with the auto film advance. It sort of goes "zing" with the film advance included.

I have a mirrorless Olympus. It's super quiet and doesn't scare the critters away, though it isn't completely silent. Quiet shutters are a nice plus of the mirrorless systems.