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Official Test of the Sony A7 Shutter

We’re reporting to you from inside an anechoic chamber 400 feet below the Earth’s surface in Durango, Colorado. The walls of this bunker are 16 feet of solid concrete which is in turn surrounded by tons and tons of stone. The walls and ceiling are covered with military grade sound deadening material, the same material that Jay-Z uses in his recording studio. On the floor is additional sound deadening material along with a nice Berber rug. There is a single entrance to this bunker, an elevator shaft that is completely lined with more sound absorbing material.

[photo: Sony]

[photo: Sony]

We’ve come all this way to test the shutters of the newest mirrorless miracles from Sony, the svelte-bodied A7 and A7r. Here they are, the Holy Grail of the whole mirrorless movement; small cameras that promise to take big pictures, with fat, full-framed pixels capable of catching a handful of photons and turning them into something that Nat Geo or Magnum would want. But the one constant criticism of the new Sony’s is the sound of their shutters. Nearly every hands-on review of the Sony’s has mentioned either the volume and/or quality of the shutter noise, with some even suggesting that despite their other admirable qualities, the racket makes them ill-suited for street work and inconspicuous candids.

Here at NCN, we’ve gone to great lengths to see whether or not those criticisms are in fact true. That’s why we’re here in the anechoic chamber hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface. To avoid any extraneous noises, we’ve left anything that might make noise up on the surface. Watches. Laptops. Even cell phones, even though they can’t work down here anyway. I cannot begin to describe to you how quiet it is in here. There is an odd tranquility about this place. This is what death must sound like.

[photo: Sony]

[photo: Sony]

Ok, we’re just about ready to start the test. Our sound engineer has signaled that it’s time to put on our −30dB headphones. The test will begin shortly…

Ready?

CLICKZIPSNAAAAAAP!

HOLY CRAP THAT’S LOUD AS HELL! MY EARS ARE RINGING! WHAT??? I CAN’T HEAR YOU! THIS IS NCN REPORTING TO YOU FROM AN ANECHOIC CHAMBER 400 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE OF DURANGO COLORADO WITH THE GOD FORSAKENLY LOUD SONY A7!

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not really a sucessor, they’re continuing to sell the A7 and A7r along with the A7s, each has different features that will appeal to different users, for example the A7s has great low light potential but only half the Megapixels of the A7.

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