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Muffling the Shutter

You may find it useful to mute the shutter at stage performances, during interviews, or for wildlife photography.

“Quiet” Versus “Silent”

The differences between quiet shutter-release mode and silent live view photography are summarized below.

Quiet shutter Silent photography
Shutter release Quiet¹ Silent
Frame advance rate (fps) Up to 3 S: 1
CL: 15²
CH: 30²
Available image size/quality options All Small³/JPEG fine
  1. For quieter photography, enable live view to eliminate the sound of the mirror being raised.
  2. Maximum 5 s.
  3. Size is determined by image area rather than option selected for Image size:
    • FX (36x24) 1.0×: 2784 × 1856 pixels
    • 1.2x (30x20) 1.2×: 2320 × 1544 pixels
    • DX (24 × 16) 1.5×: 1824 × 1216 pixels
    • 5∶4 (30 × 24): 2320 × 1856 pixels

Quiet Shutter-Release Mode

The mirror stays up while the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down. The mirror is lowered (more quietly than in single-frame mode) only when the shutter-release button returns to the halfway position, allowing you to control the timing of the click made by the mirror.

To choose quiet shutter-release mode, press the release-mode dial lock release and rotate the dial to .

Quiet Shutter-Release Mode Burst Photography

Quiet shutter-release mode offers a choice between single-frame and a burst mode with a frame rate of about 3 fps. To switch from one to the other, press the button and rotate a command dial.

Silent Photography

In live view, you can take photos with the shutter open and the mirror raised, eliminating the sounds normally made when a photo is taken. To enable silent mode, press the button in live view and select On for Silent photography (you can also enable silent mode using the Silent live view photography option in the photo shooting menu).

Photos taken in silent mode are a maximum of 5 MB in size (FX format) and are recorded at an image quality of JPEG fine , regardless of the options selected for image size and quality in the photo shooting menu.

Movie Stills and Live Frame Grab

Movie stills and live frame grab can also be used for silent photography.

Movie Stills

You can silently film movies and later play the movie back and use the Save selected frame option to create JPEG stills from selected frames.

1 Pause playback on the desired frame.

Press to pause playback.

2 Choose Save selected frame.

Press or , then highlight Save selected frame and press .

3 Create a still copy.

Press to create a fine-quality JPEG copy of the current frame. A confirmation dialog will be displayed; highlight Yes and press .

Save Selected Frame

Movie stills lack some photo information and can not be retouched.

Live Frame Grab

If Live frame grab is selected for Custom Setting g1 (Custom control assignment) > Shutter-release button, pressing the shutter-release button all the way down during filming will soundlessly take a photo without ending recording.

Live Frame Grab

Photos are recorded at the current movie frame size and are saved at an image quality of JPEG fine. Only one photo is taken each time the shutter-release button is pressed, regardless of release mode. Up to 50 shots can be taken with each movie.