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Why are Micro 4/3 cameras so noisy?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by stratokaster, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    And I'm not speaking about random-colored pixels ruining pictures at higher sensitivities. I'm speaking about sounds our cameras produce when taking photos. They are loud and distracting.

    A friend of mine recently bought the Nikon D7000. This camera is much quieter than any Micro 4/3 camera even when shooting in the Continuous - High mode. In the Quiet mode, it's whisper quiet. And it actually has a mirror swinging up and down!

    I expect some people to say that the Nikon is a beastly camera and its large body muffles the shutter sound. But the Samsung NX200 is both slimmer and much quieter than the Olympus E-P3 which has the softest shutter of all Micro 4/3 cameras.

    Why can't Olympus and Panasonic give us quieter cameras?
  2. DekHog

    DekHog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 3, 2011
    I don't know the reasons why, but have owned a few Olympus D-SLR's, and they were quieter than my E-PL2 - very, very annoying.... I know you can't have a silent shutter without a fixed lens, but quieter would be much better....
  3. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    Oops. Wrong forum section. I ask the moderators to kindly move this thread to an appropriate section :redface:
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I guess it's just not high enough on their priority list. Look at how loud a Leica shutter is... then look at the styling that the Olympus PEN cameras take after. I don't think they consider quiet to be a prime concern for their target market.
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Guess I'm a bit of a dinosaur - I like the distinctive shutter click of my E-P1. Just personal preference, I guess.:biggrin:
  6. taran

    taran Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    Unfortunately yes, as a wedding photographer, it is impossible to use Olympus pens during the ceremony, just too much of a distraction. Lets hope the next gen m43 cameras have a "Q" shutter or a better damped shutter mechanism.
  7. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Maybe you should ask why Olympus cameras are so noisy. I don't notice my Panasonic being particularly loud.
  8. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Dublin, IE
    My Panasonic GH2 is louder than the E-P3.
  9. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    So, this is why people give me funny looks when I bracket?
  10. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    I'd love for a quieter shutter..sure the camera is inconspicuous but taking the shot can be very noisy and attention grabbing. :( 
  11. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    It doesn't bother me for what I do, and it's quieter than the Canon DSLRs I shot with, and quieter / better pleasing than the first generation NEX cameras I have used, but I do agree I would like a quieter camera because I want to start trying candids in quieter places, and I'm not comfortable with my Pens for this purpose.
  12. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    Good point! All of my M43s - GH1, GH2, GF2 - are like mice that roar! Where is that global shutter?
  13. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    the G1 is so loud (and shakes during actuation) that I thought someone had put a mirror inside! The gf1 is loud, too.
  14. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Focal plane shutter vs. leaf shutter
  15. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    That's only half the story. My Pentax K-5 (with a focal plane shutter) sounds like it's kissing photons.
  16. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Every time I see someone carrying on about the rapturous sound of their K-5 shutter I want to buy one.
  17. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    Doesn't bother me. Compared to the "beep beep" of the guests autofocus confirmation on their Canikon's my GH2 is positively silent. And it's as loud as my Pens.

  18. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    I think I'm 90% of those "someones"

    - it's the sound of a gentle gust of wind
    - it's the sound of a beautiful woman blowing a kiss
    - it's the sound of angels passing gas

    don't blame me, my iPhone sent this
  19. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    +1 on the shutter sound of the K-5. :smile:
  20. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Actually you can have a silent shutter on an ILC, as shown by Nikon's new 1 system cameras. I hope we eventually see the option to have a 'virtual shutter' come to m43, these cameras are just too bloody loud in some circumstances. Yes you get a loss of quality I suppose (a mechanical shutter ensures even illumination across the frame, given the 'rolling shutter' effect CMOS sensors have) but I think it would be a worthwhile tradeoff.
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