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Comparing 17 Canon DSLR Shutter Burst Sounds

By Anthony Thurston on July 18th 2013

One criteria that may not mean much (to most) when comparing cameras that you are going to buy is the noise that the shutter makes, but it sure is interesting just for comparison’s sake. Youtube user Doc H has produced a video which compares the various sounds  created by 17 different Canon DSLR models.

The video starts on the low end with the likes of the 300D, moving along through the 400D, 550D, 5DII, 60D, 7D, and ending with the 1D X. Its is actually pretty interesting how different the shutter noises are across these different generations/levels of DSLR. Check out the video below:

That 1D X sounds like a flipping machine gun huh? I thought this video was interesting because its not every day that you get to hear the differences between camera shutter noise. Its one of those things that in your mind they all sound the same, but actually the sound is pretty unique to each camera model.

What is your favorite Shutter sound? Which is your least favorite? Let us know in a comment below.


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Love that 1dX.

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  2. rhaphazard

    I believe there was a Korean movie about a protagonist who could tell the difference between different camera shutters, but the name escapes me.

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  3. Sachin

    This is just camera porn ;)

    But on a serious note: I own and frequently use cameras ranging from old Russian Lubitel TLR (in which one just hears the shutter), to some rangefinders (again.. only the shutter) to a 500c/m Hasselblad to a whole bunch of Nikons to my first Canon, a 7D.

    My Hassy sounds like a canon (the weapon) and I only shot 1 wedding with it. The bride and groom were students of photography and wanted shots from a hassy. Distracted the heck out of everyone including me, in this digital age. All my manual focus Nikons (F3, FM3a) sounded so beautiful. The FE not so much.

    I don’t use the 8FPS on the 7D as much. Only to show off, once in a while, to some young ‘un fawning over gear.
    And yes, the 14FPS sounds like a gatling gun.


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  4. Andrea

    Kind of funny coming across this because I was just telling another photographer recently that I prefer the shutter sound on the Canon 5D Mark II (which she has) over the Mark III (which I have). The Mark II sounds very solid.

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  5. Urban Photo LA

    That 1Dx sounded like an automatic weapon!

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  6. Greg Boiarsky

    While hopelessly out of date, I find the EOS 10D to have the most pleasant shutter sound. This likely is the result of a large mirror and mirror box combination, along with decent mirror-slap damping. In terms of ergonomics, Canon has yet to match this oldie but goodie.

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  7. John Torcasio

    I have owed about half of the Cameras show , Still have a use the 50D but my 1Dx shutter sound is amazing.

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