Why are cameras so noisy?

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Lensahand
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Why are cameras so noisy?
11 months ago

I'm not talking about my high ISO pictures.

I mean, I have a Panasonic GF-1 micro four thirds camera which makes such a racket when I take a shot that I feel embarrassed in company or anywhere where I feel I should be discrete.

I also have a Canon 550D which is pretty noisy too.  How come point and shoots are so quiet by comparison, and in fact camera phones are silent?

Are there any SLR or MFT cameras that people would recommend which are considered quiet?  I'm thinking of selling my GF-1 as I can't stand the noise any longer!

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