Canon EOS R7 Shutter Sound (electronic first curtain)

Canon Eos R7

For the geeks here…

Courtesy of とるなら写真道楽道中録, the video below let you listen to the Canon EOS R7 shutter sound.

For more shutter sounds have a look here.

More Canon EOS R7 information, hands-on reviews and more is listed here.

Canon EOS R7:

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Canon Patent: Automatic Shutter Mode Switch (mechanical/electronic)

Canon Patent

And yet another very interesting Canon patent application spotted by What about your camera switching automatically the shutter mode?

Canon patent application 2021-129230 discusses technology and methods to automatically switch from mechanical shutter to electronic shutter based on parameters. From the patent literature:

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a lens device, an image pickup device, a camera system, and a program capable of taking an image with an optimum shutter method without a user manually changing a setting.
Conventionally, an imaging device that realizes imaging by using a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter in combination has been proposed. In Patent Document 1, flicker detection is performed based on a signal output from an image sensor, and based on the result, imaging is selected to select whether to use a mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter in the second and subsequent imaging of continuous imaging. The device is disclosed. When flicker occurs, the image pickup apparatus of Patent Document 1 uses an electronic shutter to improve the efficiency of the image pickup operation, thereby improving the frame speed during continuous shooting.
However, the shooting conditions in which it is preferable to use a mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter depend on requirements other than the frame speed. For example, when imaging is performed at a shutter speed at which the effect of rolling shutter distortion is large, it is desirable to use a mechanical shutter. Further, when imaging is performed at a shutter speed in which the shutter impact is sustained during the imaging period, it is desirable to use an electronic shutter in order to suppress image blurring. On the other hand, there are some users who like the sound and shooting sensation when using the mechanical shutter.
An object of the present invention is to provide a lens device, an image pickup device, a camera system, and a program capable of taking an image with an optimum shutter method without manually changing a setting by a user.

If I got it right the shutter switch is triggered by shutter speed and also by the tracked shooting distance:

The lens device is a lens device which can be mounted on an imaging device which picks up an image of a subject and an imaging device which has a mechanical shutter. A determination unit is provided with a determination unit which determines which of the mechanical shutter and the electronic shutter is to be used for starting imaging of an imaging device using information on an imaging device and information on a current imaging condition, and notifies the imaging device of a determination result.

Interesting fact: there is another Canon patent that discusses how to automatically silence the shutter based on subject and distance.

More Canon patents are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Which DSLR Or MILC Has The Coolest Shutter Sound? Find Out Here

Shutter Sound

The folks at Lens Rentals for once decided not to tear down a camera or lens. Instead, they tested the shutter sounds of a bunch of cameras in order to find out which one has the best sound.

They say:

As a leading authority on optical testing and product reviews, it occurred to the Lensrentals staff recently that we owed it to The Internet to explore the final frontier of camera comparisons, a comprehensive examination of shutter sounds. Our thorough and scientific testing covered multiple models from nearly every major camera manufacturer. After weeks of debate and analysis, we believe we’ve finally reached a consensus on which camera shutters are the best and which camera shutters are the worst. But first, let’s take a look at some of our most popular cameras, and how each of their shutters sound.

The video below let you listen to all shutter sounds.

According to Lens Rentals the worst shutter sound comes from the Leica SL 601, Sony Alpha a77 II, and Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R. The best sounds come from Nikon D850, Olympus PEN E-PL7, and Pentax 645Z. And Canon?

This is how the Canon EOS R Shutter Sounds (silent shutter inclusive)

Canon Eos R Firmware Update

Mert Gündoğdu shared a video with us where he recorded the shutter sound of the Canon EOS R, normal shutter and silent shutter. Thanks Mert!

All Canon EOS R information, hands-on reviews, first impressions, videos etc we collected so far are listed here.