Silencing the GF1

robperks

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I have looked but yet to find an answer, probably poor search words.

Is there a way to make the GF1 shoot silently, i.e. turn off the shutter sound? I am trying to get pics of my 8 month old daughter and the sound wakes her as well as making it almost impossible to sneek candid shots.

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rob
 

DHart

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Rob, the GF1 and all m4/3 cameras (I believe) have mechanical shutters. What you are hearing is the actual sound of the shutter, not a simulated sound effect that can be changed or silenced.
 
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Exactly what Don said - on a compact camera the shutter sound is usually simulated for effect and can be set to different volumes or replaced by a bird chirping, cat meowing or similar craziness on some models. Your m4/3 has an electronically controlled mechanical shutter which is not small and will always make the same sound during operation.
 

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It took me a while to get used to the sound of the shutter on my GF-1 when I got it. Coming from a DSLR, it sort of sounded like it was broke or not taking properly in comparison!
 
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At first I thought a m4/3 shutter sounded weird without the familiar thunk of a mirror to accompany it.
 

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