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pboerger Dec 13, 2005 8:19 AM

As a photojournalist, I shoot in places where loud DSLR mirror slap would be unacceptable such as in theaters, churches and government meetings. I am moving up substantially to a new level of camera. I am seriously considering the Fuji S9000 as the best quiet alternative to a DSLR, but of course a DSLR is superior overall. Question: Which DSLR is the quietest? I know for a fact the Canon 20D is way beyond acceptable having experienced a photographer recently shoot at a funeral. Thanks.

pboerger Dec 15, 2005 8:44 AM

16 views and not one response. Must not be an issue for DSLR users.

E.T Dec 15, 2005 9:54 AM

Looks like that isn't much commented in reviews... they talk about mirror sounds only when talking about how fast cameras can take photos:

You might want to check Sony R1, practically it uses DSLR sensor but otherwise it's much like non-SLR digicams and it doesn't have mirror. (live preview wouldn't work with it)

And here's general comparison of performance/usability between DSLR and top end prosumer.

peripatetic Dec 17, 2005 3:27 AM

I agree that the R1 looks fabulous for your purposes.

I wish my 20D were quieter. Actually it's just about the only substantial criticism I have of it.

An extract from an article for you...


The reality is that there are a lot of pros using digicams. For example, I spent almost a decade of my career shooting production stills for the movie and television industry. Even an M series Leica wasn't quiet enough to shoot on-set during a take, or a taping. I would have given my soul for a camera like the R1, which is totally silent when shooting. The same need is found by photographers shooting in theaters and courtrooms.
The full article:

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