A Comparison of Burst Mode Speeds and Shutter Sounds of Canon DSLRs

Canon’s DSLRs come with a variety of continuous shooting speeds, ranging from 2.5 frames per second on the 300D (AKA Digital Rebel/Kiss Digital) to a whopping 14 frames per second on the high-end 1D-X. If you want to get a taste of what these shutter speeds sound like on the actual cameras, check out the comparison video above by YouTube user dochero2005.

It was created by taking the burst mode shutter sounds of cameras in the Canon lineup, visualizing them, and then arranging them in order of speed.

Here are the cameras featured in the video: 300D, 1100D, 350D, 440D, 550D, 5D Mark II, 6D, 30D, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 60D, 50D, 40D, 7D, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X.






Back in 2011, we shared a couple of videos showing what 14 frames per second looks and sounds like on the Canon 1D X. The same burst mode frame rate existed in Canon cameras as early as 1984, albeit in a very different form.

  • olly

    I thought it was just my old 350D that sounded like a squeaky wheel..

  • DC Reels

    1DX is a damn cylon.

  • Zack

    Ah, the 300D, my first love. I sometimes dust off the old guy for nostalgia sake. In addition to the blistering 2.5 fps, there’s that painful wait for the buffer to clear after taking just 4 shots. DSLRS have come pretty far in 10 years.

  • Ashkan Ahmadi

    1DX is not a camera, it’s a sewing machine!!!

  • Trey Mortensen

    I think it’s so interesting that they all have fairly distinct shutter sounds even though they are made from the same brand and some at the same time. My 550D sounds like the the sound effect they use in movies for when someone whacks someone with a bat though.

  • Thewirehead

    A few times I’ve fired of a burst of my 1DX during the first kiss and heard people in the audience gasp.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Makes me want to go record my Canon A-1 shooting film at 3.5 fps and 5 fps (using Motor Drive MA)
    The sound signature will be much different from the others since my camera has more to do than just flip up the mirror and arm the shutter.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Agreed! That’s a beast!

  • sean lancaster

    I never use burst and only use single shot, but I also switched my 6D to quiet mode. I’d love to see a video like this comparing regular shutter to quiet modes between cameras that have them (e.g., the RX1’s quiet mode is silent, so that wouldn’t be necessary). ;)

  • Vin Weathermon

    I want that 1Dx. Oh well.

  • Eka Gaurangga

    the last one is Gatling Gun…:D

  • Brent Busch

    It would be nice if they’d all been recorded the exact same way. Comparing sounds recorded in different ways with different mics makes it hard to compare accurately.

  • Waleed Alzuhair

    And I thought only the sound of fast motorcycles gives me goodbumps :)

  • feared

    I’d like to get all the cameras in the video… then I’d be able to record them!

  • Matthew Wagg

    It might be just because I have a 30D, but it sounds out of all the cameras there to be the best sound. Well apart from the 1dx which is insane :)