Why do Cannons chirp when taking pictures?

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  1. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not all Canons chirp - but it is just the sound made by the shutter curtain and the mirror moving. Different manufacturers, different sounds.
     
  2. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    To be honest I prefer Canon's "chirp" to Nikon's "clunk"
     
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I was about to say that same thing lol.
     
  4. moikeyy macrumors member

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    The Rebel series do make that distinctive chirp, and I guess that has something to do with the mirror blackout duration. The XXD, XD series does more a profound click-thud.
     
  5. OzExige macrumors 6502

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    There's a little bird inside to tell you when your picture is ready. :)
     
  6. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    I much prefer a nikon clunk to a canon chirp.

    Nothings better than a leica clunk though.
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Cannon embeds a tiny canary in their top line pro stuff. In the lower end models they emulate it with software, and it is largely for aesthetics. However, the high end cameras with the live canary actually utilize the little guy for post-picture sensor grooming. The chirp you hear is the canary receiving a mild shock indicating that the sensor needs to be cleaned.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I thought the canary cleaned the sensor, which is why Sensor Cleaning pops up on the screen and takes a few seconds ... :confused:
     
  9. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    It does! The shock is how the camera gets the little guy to start.
     
  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

    The canary is the little birdy you watch. He chirps when the mirror hits him in the back of the head.

    Someone should notify PITA. :(
     
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  12. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    On the cheaper Canon point and shoot cameras that make the chirp via software you can change it to make a few other sounds, like a dog bark or just an electronic camera sound. Maybe your camera does that waloshin? The camera sound might be the best, that way you're not hurting any little birds or miniscule dogs. ;)
     
  13. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nope dislike Cannon's mainly because of their cheap build quality and annoying chirp sound.
     
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  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Cheap build quality ... maybe if you are comparing a top of the line Nikon to a Rebel - but then the opposite could be said comparing the top Canon to the entry Nikon.

    The build quality is the same when you compare like models.
     

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