Hear how the sound of Fujifilm’s camera shutters has changed over the years

Mar 3, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Mar 3, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s odd, the effect that the sound a camera’s shutter makes when it’s fired can have on a person. It’s odder still that we require one at all, although they add them to the apps we use for the otherwise silent cameras in our phones. A good heavy *clunk* makes you confident you’ve got the shot, while others can leave you feeling a little underwhelmed.

In this video, a Fujifilm employee going by the YouTube username nycphotog2006 decided to put together the sounds of five of Fujifilm’s most popular interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras – The Fujifilm X-T1, X-T2, X-T3, the shiny new X-T4 and the video-centric X-H1.

Ncyphotog2006 admits that this is a “thoroughly unscientific sound experience”, and each of the cameras is running in burst mode, capturing the at the maximum speed possible. But the difference in sound between the different bodies is quite interesting, especially side-by-side.

There are some obvious pitch and volume differences between them, but even the quietest sounds pretty loud when compared to the secret weapon pulled out at the end; The fixed lens, leaf-shutter, Fujifilm X100V.

Have to be honest, I miss the mighty thud of the Pentax 67. What’s your favourite camera shutter sound?

[via Fuji Rumors]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Hear how the sound of Fujifilm’s camera shutters has changed over the years”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    1dx??

  2. Jukka Jalkanen Avatar
    Jukka Jalkanen

    Sinar shutter (copal)

  3. Warren Dibb Avatar
    Warren Dibb

    Olympus OM2

  4. Photography vijayakumar Avatar
    Photography vijayakumar

    “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” Wedding Photographer in Chennai

  5. Antony Cousens Avatar
    Antony Cousens

    Nikon F5. Such a great sound.